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Song Parodies -> "I'm President the 8th, I Am"

Original Song Title:

"I'm Henry VIII, I Am"

Original Performer:

Herman's Hermits

Parody Song Title:

"I'm President the 8th, I Am"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

These Presidential parodies I'm trying won't come in any particular order, just in the order in which I thought of them.
I'm President the 8th, I am!
President named Martin Van Buren!
I was born 1782
under American flag, just like you
but the seven before me wore born British
(Born British!)
before our great Revolution!
(Yes, sir!)
I'm the first born an American!
President the 8th I am!

Second term? No, just a first!
I'm President the 8th, I am!
President named Martin Van Buren!
I was Jackson's Secretary of State
elected in 1828
and replaced Calhoun as his VP
(His VP!)
'cause Andy never really liked that man!
(That man!)
And he wasn't fond of Henry Clay!
President the 8th I am!

(instrumental break)

I'm President the 8th, I am!
President named Martin Van Buren!
I was elected in 1836
because of geographic split for Whigs
but I got stuck with bad economy!
(Woe is me!)
And got beat by that old man Harrison!
(Old Tip!)
I got beat by William Hen-r-y!
President no more, I am!

Eighth guy! Kin-der-hook!
President named Martin Van Buren!
President the 8th, I am!

Hey, YOU try writing a parody about a guy who was President a century and two-thirds ago! Actually, that's practically how "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" DID get in in 1840.

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Voting Results

Pacing: 3.8
How Funny: 4.0
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 5

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 1   1
 2   0
 3   1
 4   0
 5   3

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Arwen - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I have to give you props, if for nothing else, for doing a parody where research is required. I mean...I know you know everything...but at some point you had to learn that stuff. I usually write about things that happen to no actual effort is required...hehehe...=) 5s, Mr. P.
Rod Worden - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I thought this was great, Michael, and I learned a number of things (which I probably won't remember..), but I thought your pacing was off in places, so I decided not to vote. Some tweaks here and there and it would have been 5s, easy.
Ravyn Rant - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Maybe a little tweaking would have made the pacing perfect, but who's going to nit-pick when you went to the trouble to write a Martin Van Buren parody? Not I. Decent job!
Arwen - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
The pacing is rated on "little to lots," doesn't have to be perfect! Sheesh! (i can't believe i'm sticking up for mr. pacholek and he's hasn't even written me a hamlet parody yet.)
Arwen - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I find it even HARDER to believe that I just wrote "he's hasn't..." I'm such an idiot...
Johnny D - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Great parody about Fartin'-Man Buren, the President during the Amistad case.
John Barry - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I applaud this and your ambitious effort to cover every pres. Reminds me of my goal of at least one limerick for every country on the planet. . .not there yet, though.
zfunky1 - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm fairly new to Amiright but I know that people who give ones without an explanation are cowards so..... I did it. I'm sorry but this just was not funny. Isn't a parody by definition supposed to be funny? Amiwrong or what? Even tho' Lionel Mertens' Father's Day tribute was not funny, his tribute to Fathers (Love Your Kids You Lucky Fathers) was an excellent tribute on a fitting day. Perhaps I would have received this differently if it was on President's Day. I did, however, give you a couple of 4's 'cuz your pacing was good and this was VERY well-thought out. Please don't take this the wrong way but I think you could make some money by making more educational songs like this one and sell them to grade schools or *sigh* highschools. Great effort and extremely informative! - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
4 entries found for parody. par·o·dy ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pr-d) n. pl. par·o·dies A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule. See Synonyms at caricature. The genre of literature comprising such works. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice. Music. The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
Meriadoc - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Ah Michael, just don't Whig out before getting thru all 42... I thought this was very amusing! 4-5-5.
John Jenkins - July 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Well done, Michael. And thanks for the reminder that political parodies have been around for at least 164 years. - July 13, 2004 - Report this comment
What are the 3 voting categories here at amiright?
zfunky1 - July 13, 2004 - Report this comment
parody n 1: a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way [syn: lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery, takeoff, burlesque, travesty, charade, pasquinade] 2: humorous or satirical mimicry [syn: mockery, takeoff] v 1: make a spoof of; make fun of [syn: spoof] 2: make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers" [syn: spoof, burlesque] This definition was the fouth entry.... on the same page. THAT'S funny!

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