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Song Parodies -> "Unemployment!"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Oklahoma! Broadway Cast

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Rex Ungericht

The Lyrics

I'm forced to find a new beginning to my life
I'm over fifty, it could be too late
Maybe as a WalMart greeter with my wife
Relocating to a brand new state
Brand new state - isn't this just great.

Used to be a second pilot on a freighter
Now I get to choose between cashier and waiter
Markets started crashing with a sonic boom
Companies started using the broom
Looking for work and hearing "nope"
All out of cash and all out of hope

UUUUUNNNNNNN-employment, where your savings vanish like the rain
And a special treat is pidgeon meat
While your future's going down the drain
UUUUUNNNNNNN-employment, ev'ry day my honey lamb and I
Have a big yard sale that always fails
Because everyone's too broke to buy

We know when the workers get tossed (goodbye!)
There are huge bonuses for the boss
And so they say, hey!
Let's cut the staff today!
And so they're laying off lots and lots of employees
Unemployment, oy vay!


We know that we're getting the heave
So our jobs can be shipped overseas
And when they say, hey!
Free enterprise, ok?
We start to sayin'
Wait 'til YOU face unemployment!
Unemployment, oy vay! T-R-A-U-M-A
Oy Vay!

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Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 12

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Susanna Viljanen - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I was unemployed during the nineties' recession for almost two years. I know by firsthand experience what it is and how it feels.
alvin - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
very apropos for the times
Dreaded Mom - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Oy vey - very good. This happened to me in Oct, so now I have plenty of time to try parodies.
Christie Marie M - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Timely parody you wrote. This song you wrote ought to be a musical on the real world, in which we face unemployment. I got laid off so many times it's not even funny. Companies buy other companies. I am amongst the people who look for work. I've been temping jobs for years!!!
AFW - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Very good
John J - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Clever parody - particularly the pigeon meat line.
Max Power - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
That's exactly what will happen to Grossman.

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