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Song Parodies -> "Sysadmins Lament"

Original Song Title:

"Sweet Betsy from Pike"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Sysadmins Lament"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

They say 'mongst the coders the work is okay
If you get it compiled and the errors away
But as a sysadmin such sucker is green
if the program is poor and the bugs can't be seen

Cracking show - I'm alive
But it still is far better than Win 95

They gave me the Windows to work with the mail
With Exchange and Outlook and things that are frail
Forgot to switch on all those extensions on files
And the writer of that virus now hideously smiles

I thought mail incoming I filters did set
Yet the users with neglect click attachments they get
And loud in my earholes the sweet angels sang
"Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam PRANG!"

From postmaster into the web stuff I went
To find out the I-I-S is badly bent
It's like a Swiss cheese and it's flaky and bad
Instead Apache on Linux, and I'd really be glad

I thought we had servers with disk space enough
But I really don't know if I'd cry or I'd laugh
As the users download all that music, porn, games
I think if it's better to switch on mainframes

I hack for the money, I hack for just fun
And I'm awfully anxious to get the things done
But for hardware fixes at midnight in dark
I'll tell boss in morning "Blow that for a lark".

The bosses keep telling that Exchange is okay
They don't have to upkeep that abortion all day
It takes forty servers to properly run
Configuring sendmail is far more a fun

Now Red Hat mark Nine is remarkably great
That system can be run on just any crate
The only small problem is GNU copyleft
As the Microsoft thinks it's an int'lectual theft

There's an ongoing fight between emacs and vi
As I do use pico, I fail to see why
the UNIX guys fight over seventies' warez -
In Windows it's Notepad and nobody cares

So come all young techies and listen to me,
"A senior sysadmin you never should be
But learn yourself Fortran and Java and C -
and be just as happy as a coder can be"

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Pacing: 4.5
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 4

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John Barry - September 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Gotta be the first any maybe only parody that mentions vi. vs for that!
Joelle - September 25, 2004 - Report this comment
DKTOS, but true anyway. 5's!
Ingeborg S. Nordén - September 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Pacing's off on a couple of lines, but it's pretty farn good geek humor. 4-5-5!

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