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Song Parodies -> "Four Chords"

Original Song Title:

"I'm Yours"

Original Performer:

Jason Mraz

Parody Song Title:

"Four Chords"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Part of my "Blame It On The Pop" self-challenge. The Four Chords Of Pop: OH GOD MAKE IT STOP. Hopefully those links explain what the Roman Numerals mean (they're sung as the numbers, BTW), if not, an example: for the key of C major, you play chords based on the first, fifth, sixth and fourth notes in the C major scale ie C major, G major, A minor then F major. That said, parody. Enjoy!
Well, it dawned on me list'nin' to my playlist
Seems to be a theme with chord progessions, I've noticed
And I feel like a twat
Cause I didn't notice that
And so when each song fades out, I grab paper and a pencil
And listen to the chords to see if they're the same, I will
How many times these chords I've heard
"Down" and "Forever Young"

They might sound pretty great, oh sure, oh sure
It's all the same four cho-o-o-o-o-ords
Yeah-eah-eah, eh-eh-eh

Well, all you gotta do is pick your key
I then V then VI then IV, you'll see
Sing about your heart or some such crud, crud, crud, crud
Then you just repeat ad infinitum, and you've go-ot a hit
Like half of pop'lar music
There are times it gets varied, but not by much, much, much, much, mu-uch

It's always I, V, VI, then IV, good Lord
On me it grates, I'm bo-o-ored
Of the same old thing, afraid
It will not halt
Always the same four cho-o-ords

Do-d-do-do-do-do, do-d-do-d-do-do
Well, do you get a hate-on when those four chords reach your ear
It makes me wanna down beers
Boozin' up-a-whup-a-whoa
Whoa-oh-oh-oh oh, whoa oh oh oh-oh oh-oh
Ha ha
Mmm-mm mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm

I've been list'nin' way too long, checking for this chord progression
Like square pegs into round holes, not ev'rything fits the pattern
But there's still the simple fact
And that they still show up way too much, ma-a-a-a-an
I'll Google it just to see if anybody else sees this
Seems Wikipedia says that my method is too rigid
Can change the order, dude
Just more ways for them to be used

Songs get stuck in your brain, I'm sure, I'm sure
They're still the same four cho-o-o-o-ords

Started with Pachelbel's Canon in D
That was eight chords, the last four got free
But the first four are so overused, I'm getting bo-o-o-ored
So please don't, please don't, please don't
If you wa-ant to wri-ite songs, mate
Innovate your score
Don't use, don't use, don't use the same four cho-o-o-o-o-o-ords

Wow, three parodies in three days! Let's see if I can keep this up *sees next song in list is by Flo Rida* GUESS NOT.

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 4.0

Total Votes: 4

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Matthias - May 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Never noticed this myself but this is a pretty snazzy topic about music that I never knew about and now and I know and knowing is half the battle.
Agrimorfee - May 30, 2014 - Report this comment
The main problem I've been having with your parodies recently is that you tell an interesting idea, but don't show anything about it (the writer's maxim--"show, don't tell."). This is getting on the right track. So, does Mraz's song here follow the pattern too? I know diddlysquat about chords. (on a sidenote--How--and why--would anyone 1bomb in only the Overall Rating field? This crap renders the rating system utterly moot and pointless)
Blaydeman - May 31, 2014 - Report this comment
(ABC) RE: Ratings- Yeah Aggy that is pretty strange, LOL! Anyway, I agree with Aggy that lately you've been coming up with interesting and unique concepts, but don't seem to quite follow through with the idea. This one is much better than a few of you recent ones. It had a good idea and a lot of fun song deprecation humor that was fun. Keep heading in this direction.
Jeff Reuben - May 31, 2014 - Report this comment
This couples well with Weird Al's "This Song Is Just 6 Words Long". 6 words and 4 chords and you've got a pop hit! Well done!
Abbott Skelding - June 01, 2014 - Report this comment
This was an interesting choice. The pacing was good and you covered the topic pretty well...however it was in that weird limbo of being funny and too ranty/informative. Not a whole lot of jokes, (plus I believe the comedy group The Axis of Awesome covered this topic pretty well: Overall, not badly executed, it just didn't do anything for me.

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