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Song Parodies -> "My Lament for Dumbed-Down TV"

Original Song Title:

"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"My Lament for Dumbed-Down TV"

Parody Written by:

Wendy Christopher

The Lyrics

I'll be honest about this one: the first two verses are lifted straight from a weird dream I had this morning (complete with a huge choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.. !)
Rather than blame it on the cheese I ate the night before, I decided to run with it. This is the result; I certainly can't claim it as one of my better works (and I'm quite glad it's not my only submission for today!) so...let this serve as a dire warning as to what happens when you snack before bedtime...!
Who lives in a gi-ant pineapple?
A pineapple under the sea
A gi-ant aquatic pineapple
SpongeBob Squarepants a-ppar-ent-ly...

Say what? That’s not
A realistic premise to me, can’t be
Oh dear, please hear
My lament for dumbed-down TV

And here’s Swedish Chef from the Muppets
Now what is he cooking today?
Ingredients are giving him trouble
His chicken keeps running away

Can’t look, can’t cook
I can’t learn to cook from this show, oh no
Ho hum, so dumb
Or maybe it’s me I don’t know

When Scooby-Doo chases a monster
It’s always some masked-up bad guy
Whose crime is just being quite scary
You don’t see that on CSI

Mostly ghostly
But hardly a grim felony, really
Snore-y, gore-free
They seem pretty dumbed-down to me

We all know she’s called Miley Cyrus
Not Hanna Montana, it’s mad
And do all the Simpsons have jaundice?
‘Cause they’re really yellow, that’s bad

Uh-oh, oh no
My friends are all looking at me - weirdly
Now they all say
I think far too much ‘bout TV!

But if I don’t watch all these programmes
How else will I learn about stuff?
Though working them out makes my head hurt
Maybe it’s not dumbed down enough…

My head, wasted
It seems that the problem is me, could be
My bad, so sad
My brain is too dumb for TV!

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Rob Arndt - May 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Wendy, I love your imagination and creativity. Nicely done- 5s!!!
AFW - May 30, 2011 - Report this comment
My "Said-I-meants", exactly...good job
2Eagle - May 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Also, there's all that crap on network TV - American Idol, TMZ, ETC, but don't knock The Simpsons. That's a really funny show.
Patrick - May 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm a long-time Simpson's fan myself. The one show I can't fathom is "Big Brother". But still compelled to watch it. That's the network that canceled "Jericho".
Phil Alexander - June 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Brilliant :-)
Wendy Christopher - June 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks for all the lovely comments - much appreciated :^)
I too am a fan of The Simpsons - I guess by the end of this parody I was starting to play with the idea that it wasn't actually the stuff on TV that was dumb, but that 'the masses' have all dumbed down and TV was just trying to cater for them... and that the more they do that, the dumber the masses get. Or something. UK TV is AWASH with dreadful Reality TV shows now, and Big Brother actually killed itself off over here, as soon as the TV execs deliberately started choosing contestants who were guaranteed to be constantly obnoxious and/or social oddities. Of course there's still some good stuff on too... but by God, do you have to hunt for it!

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