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Original Song Title:

"Home on the Range"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Homeless Today"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

Yes, the population in the New York City homeless shelters in 2014 is at a record high (54,667 in April 2014)! Stats: OS, if you need it:
Oh, find me a home
Where the muggers don’t roam,
Where the rats and the roaches don’t play,
Where little is heard
Of that vulgar F word
And a siren’s not blasting all day!

I’m homeless today!
In a Bronx city shelter I stay.
If I get the means,
I will move back to Queens
Or a studio flat near Broadway.

New Yorkers now roam
‘Cause they’re tossed from their homes,
And the shelters are filled to the brim.
The rent’s too damn high!
Ask DeBlasio why.
Better yet, my ex-landlord—ask him!

We’re homeless today,
So Barack and DeBlasio pay.
(We’re) not all bums and jerks;
Some of us go to work,
But we barely make minimum pay!

The job market crashed.
Then the programs were slashed.
Our low pay and high prices don’t jibe!
That house seeks high bids
While we can’t feed our kids.
How do you expect us to survive?

We’re not all deranged
Though to you, we look dirty and strange.
If all that you heard
Was that vulgar F word,
Well, then, you try to live on chump change!

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John Jenkins - August 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Well done, Melanie Lee. I don't think the original song has as many verses as your parody, but you had a lot to say and you said it well. Where does the blame for homelessness belong? Of course, a lot of people and institutions can be blamed; but, interestingly, the only perpetrators that you specify are both Democrat. I commend you for being an equal opportunity parodist.
Patrick - August 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Brilliantly written. I don't know why anyone would live in New York City, but I'm glad they do, otherwise they would bring their lack of manners and their repressive laws to Kansas ("Home on the Range" is our State song). There are three different versions in the Wikipedia article and they all have six verses. I think your lyrics capture the feel of what it must be like to be one of society's outcasts. Last night, as I stood in line with thousands of more or less affluent people, waiting to attend a concert in Kansas City, Missouri, I saw a man picking up cigarette butts from the sidewalk and stripping the remaining tobacco into a foil pouch. You can see such contrasts in just about any US city. Security code for this comment "ARD". There is a line in the Esperanto version of "Hejm' sur la Step'" that goes "Dum longa rigard', mi scivolis pro ard'" (As I gazed out, I wondered at the glow". I used to know more of the language, this parody brought back some of it.
Jonathan - August 15, 2014 - Report this comment
actually pretty funny but still a little sad too 5's
Noo Yawker - August 15, 2014 - Report this comment
For everybody's information: According to The National Alliance To End Homelessness, the U.S. cities with the top homelessness rate are
1. Tampa
2. New Orleans
3. Fresno
4. Las Vegas
5. Honolulu
6. Los Angeles
7. San Jose
8. Seattle
9. Stockton
10. Springfield, MA
And Patrick, shame on you for your stereotyping New Yorkers for "lack of manners." How dull! You should know better.
Not a Noo Yawker - August 16, 2014 - Report this comment
You're right, you look at the site where that list comes from... "The two most populated metro areas, New York and Los Angeles, also have the highest homeless populations." So the rate isn't the highest, but they still have the most homeless. Anyone can distort facts I guess.
Patrick - August 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Sorry about the stereotype. But, when I hear a heterosexual New York accent, it seems to make every sentence sound like "F! You!". The few times I have been cussed at on the street in Kansas City, it was by someone with a New York hetero accent. There is also a very distinctive gay New York accent, you can sometimes hear on interview shows. Having that many people crammed into a small area has to be rough on the nervous system. I try to stay out of downtown KCMO for that reason. Yesterday I talked to a couple of Jewish guys from New York. They told me all the crap you have to go through to own a gun in that state. It's almost as bad as trying to register a car in Kansas. That's why I always give thanks for New York and California, so that people who can live that way will have a place to do so and never, ever bring their ideas about government here. Rob, by the way, I know you are one of the good guys. As for the list of cities with highest rates of homelessness, they mostly seem to be places where a person might have a chance of staying alive outdoors at night. The police and Salvation Army keep tabs on the homeless encampments in KC, especially in the winter, since it is all too easy to freeze to death.
Dave W. - August 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Great parody - Melanie Lee.......The Salvation Army ( I love that term) Want's you to Volunteer...Sign up to help them out and or donate what you will feel the better for it and make your own hometowns a better place to live
Melanie Lee - August 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Thanks for all your feedback! Interesting clash of statistics! Then again, there is a difference between numbers and percentage...

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