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Song Parodies -> "Obama Joy"

Original Song Title:

"(O) Danny Boy"

Original Performer:

Celtic Woman

Parody Song Title:

"Obama Joy"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

Since immigrant Irish were once a downtrodden minority that rose to power in the USA, I used this still-popular century-old ballad to speak insouciantly, at some risk that I hope I have exaggerated, to that nation's current president.
Oh Barry boy*, your poll numbers are falling,
And once again they're down; just count their slide.
George Bush is gone; he'd call your poses bawling.
It's you, it's you must grow or yield your pride.

Succumb, Barack, to Hummers in the auto show
And pristine valleys flushed with blight of coal.
It's they'll be there when sunlight fades, winds fail to blow.
Oh Barry boy*, it is with joy I let you know!

But when you're dumb* after the hours of lying,
And this is read, as read it well may be,
Your guys will find my place and do their spying,
And spiel that day Miranda Rights for me.

And I shall fear, as oft you tread upon me,
Forestall my rave, no longer Tweeter be.
Force you will send to sell me that you're lovely,
And I sha'n't sleep in peace until you set me free!
* I intend no Jim Crow slur by "boy", and by "dumb" I mean incapable of speaking. (Imagine that!)

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Overall Rating: 4.6

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Patrick - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
What is it about Barack Obama that makes everyone so uneasy? He has triggered a buying mania for guns and ammunition, but signed a bill allowing carry in national forests. Last week we came within two votes in the Senate of getting a form of national concealed carry license recognition. Your song implies that Barack will eventually unleash a stormtroop army to arrest dissenters. He's not only reading from "Das Kapital" but apparently "The Turner Diaries". In the event that should happen, note that "Danny Boy" may also be sung to the melody of the Nazi "Horst Wessel Lied", a favorite of the Sturmabteilung. The President does have a lot to learn, you have captured that aspect of his election and first six months quite well. He's going to find out that getting his way is a lot harder than he expected, and maybe some of what he wants shouldn't happen. But all I want from a President is a competent administrator. I'm not looking for a hero or charisma. I've studied enough history to know where that leads.
Fiddlegirl - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Thank goodness you "calibrated" your words so carefully! ;)
Barry J. Mitchel - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Patrick: Can you say ACORN, SEIU or UAW? Thanks for your thoughtful comments; I read the Wiki page. Somehow I knew my song title would attract Obama supporters. Fiddlegirl: As further calibration, I'd change "it is with joy" in line 8 to "sans any joy", which fits the OS better and says that I don't exult in big safe vehicles or coal mining, but know that they won't go away any time soon.
Old Man Ribber - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Faith and begorah! May the road rise to meet that son of the old sod Barry O'Bama! ;D
Guy - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Barry - your parody will attract both supporters and dissenters alike. Both of my grandfather's, my father and three of his four brothers were coal miners. Joe the Biden even spoke up during the campaign saying that he was a hard-coal miner (anthracite I think he was referring to). I don't believe that he ever did that for a living. Exult or not about coal mining, it was a job that fed a lot of families when I was growing up. And you are spot on in the fact that coal mining will not go away any time soon.

As for your content, I would say that it gives a fair assessment of the current situation. And yes Patrick, a lot of us are fearful of the direction in which we are heading. I have a thought provoking parody coming up about a true event that happened in the late 1970s. All things in moderation - anything extreme brings woe. I have been patient with our new president over his first six months - he is a smart guy - he needs some seasoning so that he may better apply himself to being presidential. I think his priorities are askew. Like getting involved in the affairs of a small town police department is not something that I think the POTUS should do. He needs wise advisors about him and he needs to listen to them. No great leader ever does it all by him or herself. Guess he can?
Patrick - July 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Barak O'Bama is not the cause of our current problems, he is a symptom. A philosophical disintegration in our country dating back to the so-called Progressive era which led to the bloodless overthrow of the Constitution in 1913. I like your reference to coal, which burns at night when the wind isn't blowing. Electric cars are nothing new, they were available in the early 1900's. Today's electrics have little more range than the electrics of 100 years ago, and take just as long to recharge. That's why cars run on gasoline. The free market made that decision long ago, and no government mandate is going to undo the laws of physics today. I still don't see an army of ACORN troopers marching down my street, but I suppose it could happen. I also don't see any number of Americans turning out in the streets, the way people did in Iran in the wake of that fraudulent election. White people have forgotten how to riot. There are better ways to deal with the problem, anyway. Read "Atlas Shrugged". The US has an appalling amount of interpersonal violence, but political violence is still relatively rare here. But it has happened in the past. Guy, I look forward to your upcoming song. I really need to get back to writing a few of my own.
Mark Scotti - July 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I echo everyone's comments above. Bob Dylan's calssic song should be changed now to "The Times They Are A Scaren'" Well done!
Michael Pacholek - July 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Look at the bright side: You've got President Obama to kick around for another seven and a half years.
Barry J. Mitchel - July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
OMR: His birth name was Barry Saetoro. Guy: I just read in the WSJ that coal demand is way down and stockpiles up; probably a temporary effect of recession. You end with a great parody of BHO's campaign mantra! Patrick: Another history lesson to educate us. RU1 of those Harvard profs? Obama has loosed an army of canvassers to swell support for ObamaCare. Then there's his Americorps. Can you say greenshirts? MP: I hope it's only 3.47 years; at my present rate of 2/wk, that will be about 360 more parodies!
Dana Mathewson - October 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Great job, as always, Barry. I gave you top score on "funny," although it's not exactly "funny" but "apropos." MP, in July 2009 it might have looked as if Obama might be around awhile -- today, I doubt it. The Democrat "brand" appears a tad tarnished.

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