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Song Parodies -> "Have You Forgotten? (the French Edition)"

Original Song Title:

"Have You Forgotten?"

Original Performer:

Darryl Worley

Parody Song Title:

"Have You Forgotten? (the French Edition)"

Parody Written by:

Joseph Fernandez

The Lyrics

The original song is a pro-war country song which has been unfairly banned by many country music stations. This parody is a version directed at the French weasels...
I hear the French say
We don't need this war
I say they're all rotten to the core
You don't care 'bout freedom
just hearin' the sound
of the French army backin' down
You say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start appeasin' let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten?
How it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
With Hitler's tanks blowin' you away

Have you forgotten?
When Paris fell
Your people stuck inside
Put through a living hell

And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Sadaam
Have you forgotten?

Remember the statue of liberty?
But all the French know, is how to flee.
Did they even read it, know what it say?
If it was up to me, I'd throw it back that away
You say this country is just out looking for a fight
After you betrayed us man, I'd have to say "you're next in line"

Have you forgotten?
How it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
When Hitler's tanks blowin you away

Have you forgotten?
When Paris fell
Your people stuck inside
Put through a living hell

We vow we'll get the ones behind Sadaam
Have you forgotten?

Remember those proud soldiers
In the Revolutionary War
That was when the French knew what we're fighting for

Have you forgotten?
All your people killed
They went down in the trenches
Then the US saved your rear

Have you forgotten?
About the Marshall Plan
All the money that we lost
To rebuild your filthy home

Don't you tell me not to worry about Sadaam
Have you forgotten?

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Pacing: 3.8
How Funny: 3.5
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 63

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 3   8
 4   14
 5   29

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Mike (Mike Armstrong) - March 10, 2003 - Report this comment
I agree that this original song shouldn't be banned - it's no worse than "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue", which just recently was #1, so I don't understand the reasoning. Not a bad job, I like the historical premise for the parody.
Rice Cube - March 10, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't know the song, :-D
Bruce Decker - March 10, 2003 - Report this comment
Nice work, well thought out and well grounded in a factual historical perspective. Minimal use of slang and profanity will probably make it unappealing to a significant number of readers on this site.
Jeff Reuben - March 13, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't think the original should be banned, as everyone's entitled to their opinion, but it makes some serious stretches. I mean, saying that if you're against the war with Iraq, you've forgotten about Osama and 9/11? Iraq is bad, but they weren't behind 9/11, al Qaeda was. Amazing how Bush has made that shift without factual basis.
Joe Fernandez - March 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Geez....more comments then votes, come on guys vote! Just because it's pro-war and doesn't curse every other word doesn't make it a bad parody...
Billy Florio - March 18, 2003 - Report this comment
I would vote on it, but I dont know the original
Jeremy Rash - April 16, 2003 - Report this comment
I think the original is better even though this is a good parody. It doesn't matter what anyone says I don't think the original should be banned.
Debbie - April 25, 2003 - Report this comment
I really like this parody...I think the song says it all.
Jason - May 01, 2003 - Report this comment
Its about time someone here in the USA stood up for the meaning of this song. And gave our troops full support who have gone to war to protect our country, families, and freedom!!!
Smain - May 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Really choked ! how could a country song be pro-war knowing that country lyrics usually talk about love !!!
Gosper - May 08, 2003 - Report this comment
This song is great. We can't forget the past easily
Patriot - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
We can't forget the past easily, Gosper? More like let's look at how we are remembering the past. Let's look at all the reasons we went to war in Vietnam and how much harm we did to our own troops and to children and other non-combatants. Let's remember how the French helped us get our freedom and remember that France couldn't have been liberated without the French resistance. History is complex, and flattening it into good guys and bad guys makes us ignorant at best, liars and in denial certainly. That is not what my family is fighting for now or has fought for in past wars. And I voted here as I do in every election. I don't think the original should be banned, but neither should we ban the Dixie Chicks.
Joseph Fernandez - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Of course the harm in Vietnam started with FRANCE who colonized it for years before the US ever stepped foot there. The French helped us because it suited them at the moment, since they were at war with Britain anyway, and the loss of the American colonies was a strategic blow to Britain. And after that it was nothing but problems with France....Go to the encyclopedia and look up the XYZ affair...essentially the French double-crossed us at the first available moment, and we were a hair's breath away from war with France at that point. And that has continued to the present day with Iraq.
Julia - July 25, 2003 - Report this comment
O.k., the original made my head spin - what an insult to human intelligence, what a masterpiece of using emotions to over rule rational thought and pesky little facts. But it has a good melody, es easily sung along and grabs the U.S. citizien by his patriotism - and if he refuses to sing along, then he's a traitor to the poor victims and his proud country. Dreary dreary me, where ever have I seen this before. As for the "I don't like the french because they disagree with U.S., politics" version: where is this a parody? as far as I know a parody is supposed to make fun of a piece or form of poetry and keep its style while changing the content into something opposing the original's content. This "French Edition" doesn't question or oppose the content of the original, it extends its twisted logic to insult "the French". It shows a superficial knowledge of history - everything that fits nicely into "every U.S. citizen is a hero by heritage" picture is remembered, everything else is ignored. The logical mistakes are pretty obvious: critical views towards a war are equalised with "not caring for freedom", "the ones behind Saddam" are a unspecified mass which "we vow we'll get" - so, the only justification required for attacking somebody - Syria, France, whomever - is to throw him/them into that mass. Incidently, not all that long ago (not as long as the 2. WW) american interests were not so very opposed to dealing _with_ Saddam. Does that make them "the ones behind Saddam" too? And the connection between 2. WW and Saddam Hussein. O.k., again everthing not fitting with the "we are heroes, everybody else is a coward". Ehm. Fifty years ago U.S. troops were among those who fought against Nazi Germany, therefore every european country is in duty to agree with every thing any U.S. president plans to do? O.k., since the actions of a country over its history oblige every body who benefited from them to eternal obedience: During the "American Revolution" the citizens of the british colonies received substantial military help from *suprise* France, as well as from a couple of indigenous tribes. The latter were slaughtered off by their victorious allies shortly afterwards, but since France still exists, I guess that means the U.S. are still bound to jump through hoops when asked to in a french accent. It seems the strategy of both the original and the imitation are not to remember the past, but to remember as much of it as suits the current political issues.
Phil - November 06, 2003 - Report this comment
How sad. Another song that promotes division in this world, about a topic as tragic as the Iraq war, which Bush entered without a shred of proof or International support. Contrary to American perception, the world doesn't hate the US, but these kinds of efforts don't help. PS: thanks to the US for ignoring the Nazis and joining WWII 2 years after the rest of the world after getting bombed at Pearl. Or "have you forgotten"?
JOHN - March 12, 2004 - Report this comment

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