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Song Parodies -> "Author Or Critic?"

Original Song Title:

"Devil Or Angel"

Original Performer:

Bobby Vee

Parody Song Title:

"Author Or Critic?"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

Many of us serve two disparate functions on amiright. Just as we are contributing authors, we also engage in scoring and commenting on the works of each other. Perhaps if we confined ourselves to a single function, the quality and quantity of our work would improve. Sometimes the grind becomes a little too much (even for the retired with more time than most). This parody is a bit of soul-searching and self-inventory. (Is this beginning to sound as pompous to you as it's sounding to me?) ;D

Author or critc? I do both on this site.
Spending too much time - on line at amiright.
Author or critic voice - I should just do one.
Too busy! I'm dizzy! Which role is for me?

Writer - reviewer? Together, too much work time.
Punny observing - or longer works in rhyme?
Capable at both jobs - but master of none.
It's no ruse! I must choose! I need booze!

It's more than just trying
To lead double lives,
But you may be crying
Without all of my "fives".

Author or critic? Which one should I do the most?
If I go on - my brain will be toast.
Writer-reviewer man - to do both's not fun.
I won't shout! I won't pout! But gee, I'm worn out!

Author or critic? I'll try to cover it all,
But this would tax - a George Bernard Shaw.
Author or critic voice - whichever I've done,
I'll keep on - 'til I'm gone - it's no con!

The meter is tricky because some final syllables of lines are elongated while others are not. Refer to the original if you think I made a mistake! ;D

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 11

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   1
 2   1
 3   0
 4   0
 5   9

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Mark Scotti - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Great thoughts, Ribber! It's VERY easy for your works, always entertaining, knowledgeable, timely, and yes, always worthy of fivers...
Old Man Ribber - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Thanks Mark. The fives I mentioned were the ones I always give when reviewing. ;D
AFW - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Excellent observation...very well put..sort of highlights insider information.
Old Man Ribber - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Happy New Year, One Bomber! ;D
Max Power - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
One bomber's basically someone who trashed someone's parody based on the personal issues the loser has with the author, not on the song itself. I don't know if I can take it any longer. Good parody by the way.
John Barry - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I can ID with this. With some breaks here and there, I've been going at this for more than six years. Gettin' weary.
Andria - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I am both on a semi-regular basis... I only submit parodies every once in a while, commenting here and there, and the contests took a lot out of me considering my somewhat busy schedule IRL and need to rest often. Good work here, funny, and 5s.
Susanna Viljanen - January 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Wonder which douchebag gave you ones, Here are ome fives to compensate your loss.
Patrick - January 22, 2011 - Report this comment
The best critics are those who know what is involved in writing a good parody. There is one in parTTicular who has been too long absent from this site. I keep hearing about this unobomber. Does he/she have a name, does he write commentary, or is this someone who just likes to punch the one button for no particular reason. Andria. If you ever find a way to copy that Carole King track let me know.
Andria - January 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Patrick, if I ever find a way to copy the track, I'll definitely let you know. Just so you know, the way you punctuated your replies to me and OMR made it look like I was the one-bomber. (There are only a few people I give ones to routinely, and OMR isn't one of them.)
Max to @ - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
You really need to get a life, you're obsession with me is creeping me out.
TJC - January 24, 2011 - Report this comment
The wrylema we face! Nice lexpergation of my inner guilt.
BentleyBro - February 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I say you should do BOTH! Coz you're a great parody author. Also, criticism is always appreciated by your fellow authors :)

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