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Song Parodies -> "Obamessiah"

Original Song Title:

"O, Christmas Tree"

Original Performer:

Miscellaneous

Parody Song Title:

"Obamessiah"

Parody Written by:

Bob Beckley

The Lyrics

Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love redistribution
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love redistribution
Let others work and share their pay
While we kick back and laugh and play
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love redistribution

Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Don't worry 'bout George Soros
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Don't worry 'bout George Soros
The media will play it down
No one will know you are his clown
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Don't worry 'bout George Soros

Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Watch out for Jesse Jackson
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Watch out for Jesse Jackson
We heard it on the evening news
He wants to cut your stuff from you
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
Watch out for Jesse Jackson

Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love to drink your kool aid
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love to drink your kool aid
No matter you don't walk the walk
We love to hear you talk the talk
Obamessiah! Obamessiah!
We love to drink your kool aid

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Agrimorfee - October 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Artless.
Ethan Mawyer - October 31, 2008 - Report this comment
This whole wealth redistribution is socialism which is almost communism talking point is still ridiculous. Most people who believe it don't have enough money to have their taxes increased, and those who will have their taxes increased will only notice their money is missing if their accountant tells them about it.
Below Average Dave - October 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Ditto Ethan's comment, and add that "Obamessiah" sounds really off to "O Christmas Tree". . .
Bob Beckley - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I guess it's natural not to be able to separate politics from the parody itself.
Ethan Mawyer - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
The week before the election? There's no separation now. Anyway, what's the point of this parody if not for partisan politics?
Bob Beckley - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Parody is about form over content, is it not? Content, be it political, sexual, whatever, is secondary. But because the political carries so much emotion, I think people get caught up in it and tend to forget the form, which is the point.
Ethan Mawyer - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I think the only time that content could possibly be secondary is when the song being parodied is ubiquitous in pop culture and has not already been a frequent target of parody, which is not true for either case for Oh Christmas tree. Dave already addressed the main issue with form here, and there are many examples of this site when both form and content are extremely strong. The best place to look would probably be the SOTM winners list, which I think can be found either through the drop down menu at the top of amiright or in the song parody contests forum in the messageboard.
Bob Beckley - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Ethan, if content is king, then why bother with parody at all? Just write content.
Ethan Mawyer - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Because writing something that fits perfectly with the tune, lyrics, and rhyme scheme of a popular song is much more impressive and potentially much funnier than writing the same thing as prose or even a non-parody poem. Content and form are both extremely important, and I consider it impossible for a great parody not to be strong in both areas.
Bob Beckley - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Ethan, your first sentence supports my point about form and how very important it is in a parody. It also begins to define what strong form is. How would you define strong content?
Ethan Mawyer - November 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Strong form is very important, and without it strong content can be wasted, and the same is true when a parody is structurally sound but the content is no good. It is much harder to define strong content because it is much more open to personal opinion, but interesting storylines or clever jokes/wordplay or at least original thoughts are likely to result in strong content and I didn't see any of those here.
Bob Beckley - November 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I think parody content has to be judged in light of original content and in terms of subjective labels like humor and cleverness. It is not as easy to pin down as form. Because of this, my point has always been that form is primary and content secondary to good parody writing. Both are important, but form is paramount. My real point of all this from the very beginning, however, was that people can't read a political parody without going off-track and getting caught up in the politics of it; something I'm sure we all know anyway.
Agrimorfee - November 03, 2008 - Report this comment
In re your last comment, see http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/oakridgeboys14.shtml .
Patrick - November 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Captures the supporters of Obama as I see them. Fits the original song quite well, in my opinion.

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