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Song Parodies -> "I Fought the Ex"

Original Song Title:

"I Fought the Law"

Original Performer:

Bobby Fuller Four

Parody Song Title:

"I Fought the Ex"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

I'm payin' bucks for my own son
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won

I need some money 'cause I have none
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won

Divorced by lady and I feel so broke
I can't afford no fun
Yes, that was one expensive poke
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won

Her damn lawyer was a top gun
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won

I won't be taking a va-cation
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won

Screwed up my credit and I feel so sad
And bankruptcy's no fun
Well, now I know I've really been had
I fought the ex and the ex won
I fought the ex and the ex won
© 2006 Tommy Turtle

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 3.8
Overall Rating: 3.8

Total Votes: 12

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Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Don't know the original song for sure so I'm not voting, but I'm guessing it's basically the same song that The Clash did (covered?) in a later decade. Anyway, I've read it and it was good stuff of the short and straight to the point kind of type as lyrics.
Michael Pacholek - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Ex-cellent, even if it left you ex-asperated.
Tommy Turtle - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Peter, I never heard of The Clash, but I googled it and yes, they covered this one that was previously done by Bobby Fuller 4. (Guess that shows an age difference between us, but then, turtles often live past 150, so I'm still pretty young as they go.) Seems a lot of more modern bands have covered stuff from the birth 'n growth era of rock 'n roll. Other than that, I end up DKTOS on a lot of the songs folks post here, but still trying.

TUVM both.
Serevi - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey great parody! Didn't know who did the OS but i'm sure i've heard Bryan Adams doing it on one of his live albums! good job anyway 555!
AFW - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Been there..done that..only funny in hindsight...and in this parody..5's
PMS - February 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Ex-trodinarily funny!
Tommy Turtle - February 03, 2006 - Report this comment
I had no idea this OS had been covered so many times. According to no dubyas tacodotcom/roots/law.html:
"The song was released on the album "In Style With The Crickets" on December 5, 1960...after the passing of Buddy Holly"
"The most commercially successful version was recorded by The Bobby Fuller Four...released...October 1965"
"I Fought The Law" has also been recorded by Tom Petty, The Clash, Hank Williams Jr, Marshall Crenshaw, Sam Neely and rerecorded by Sonny Curtis."
Serevi, Google also says yes, Bryan Adams did do it. I wonder how many others have? It's a great Oldie staying young..

AFW, my sympathies... also my apologies for what I'm doing to your work today elsewhere on this site lol.... PMS and all, appreciate the interest and glad you enjoyed it!I tried to post this last night Thu 2 Feb, but had to figure out for myself, just before seeing Red Ant's advice on the issue, to leave out full links.
Peregrin - August 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Funny is not a word that instantly springs to mind for this TT. But you know what I mean when I say you did a good job with the limited scope of the OS. And yes, I knew the OS, and it is a standout as the best cover (which surprised me) of the song that i have heard.
Tommy Turtle - August 26, 2012 - Report this comment
Peregrin: Per numerous discussions elsewhere, some of us feel that the category "Funny" should include "witty", "well-done", "cleverly stated", "thought-provoking" (especially for sociopolitical satire), "informative" (TT niche?), etc. No, not all parody is funny.
    Fortunately, this one, unlike all of the sheep-shagging parodies, is fictional; we agreed quite well without any d*mn lawyers getting in the way. Thanks for commenting, and I agree that BF4 was the best on this OS.
lifeliver - August 26, 2012 - Report this comment
This was a great match-up, I thought, a perfect vehicle. I remember well the BF4 original and also the Clash's. Everything a pop song should be - punchy, pithy and totally memorable, and this parody is the same. Glad the financially disembowelled protagonist wasn't you. Btw, my offer for your ex's Picasso was a joke. I actually draw and sketch a bit myself, and reckon I could fetch $500 for a sample of my best work. Picasso gets $50 million for his. That makes him 100,000 times a better artist than me. Ego-crushing. 'Unlike all the sheep-shagging parodies', ROFL.
Tommy Turtle - August 26, 2012 - Report this comment
lifeliver: I thought your offer was a joke, too, and not in a funny way. ;-D
j/k "$10k for a Picasso original" -- yeah, right, in your dreams! ... Not sure there's a direct correlation between payment and talent -- you'd be amazed at how cheaply TT has sold a few of his parodies to radio producers ;) -- but 300 yrs after your demise, folks may pay millions for your art. :) Glad you liked the play on "fictional."

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