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Song Parodies -> "Lighting the Shamash"

Original Song Title:

"Rockin the Suburbs"

Original Performer:

Ben Folds

Parody Song Title:

"Lighting the Shamash"

Parody Written by:

Ethan Mawyer

The Lyrics

I'm pretending i'm a few years older than I am for this song. Some key terms:shamash - the candle use to light the other candles during hanukahgelt - chocolate in the shape of coinshere we go: my chanukah song
Lemme tell y'all what it's like
Never putting up Christmas lights
It's because I was born a Jew
I have some other things to do

Religious freedom was at stake
The greek tyrant decided to make
Jews eat eggs along with their steak
Doing that was a real big mistake

I'm lighting the Shamash
Just like Adam Sandler does
I'm lighting the Shamash
Because tonight is Hannukah
I'm lighting the Shamash
One time a night for like a week
Since one time Judah and his crew could
Expel the oppressive Greeks

The temple needed a new light
But there was wax for just a single night
But the candle managed to burn bright
For a span of eight whole days, alright!

Because of that we celebrate
Not for just one night but for eight

I'm lighting the Shamash
Just like Mike the Beastie Boy
I'm lighting the Shamash
And later on the kids get toys
I'm lighting the Shamash
We're spinning tops and eating gelt
Since my ancestors made the best of a bad hand that they were dealt

These are better days
The gifts that we are giving
Show just how well we are living
We can worship at a temple any day
And say
That we have the right to pray
But my great great great great grandad
Most likely lacked the right to
Think in that way
I'm lucky that I'm free
I'm lucky that I'm free
It's good to be free

I wish i could be sure
It will always be that way

Y'all should know what it's like
Never putting up Christmas lights
Y'all should know what it's like
Never putting up Christmas lights
Y'all should know what it's like
Never putting up Christmas lights
Y'all should know what it's like
Never putting up Christmas lights

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 4.3
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 3

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Olvan The Terrible - December 04, 2002 - Report this comment
Good parody, but the story of Hanukkah was about the Maccabees fighting against the Syrians, not the Greeks. Also, I believe it was sacred oil instead of wax.
tone-def - December 05, 2002 - Report this comment
i believe they were syrian greeks and yeah you're right about the oil. oops
Philbo Baggins - December 05, 2002 - Report this comment
You know, when you said you were going to do a Hanukkah parody, I assumed you meant a parody to the Adam Sandler Hanukkah song... I don't know the original, so I'm off to try and find it: will vote on the thing when I come back.

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