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Song Parodies -> "A Boy Named Gray"

Original Song Title:

"A Boy Named Sue"

Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"A Boy Named Gray"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

For the record, his full name is Joseph Graham Davis Jr. Original written by Shel Silverstein.
Well, I first ran for office at age three
it put a lot of stress on ma and me
but I still won, and politics I still play.
Now I don't mind how she raised her kid
but the strangest thing that she ever did
was, before I knew it, she just named me "Gray."

I guess she thought it was an honored tag
but a whole lot folks called me a fag.
Seems I had to fight most every day.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red.
Some guy would laugh and I'd bust his head.
I'll tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Gray.

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up left.
Didn't want the people to be bereft.
Roamed across the State to get some votes.
But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
that I'd stay to the left, and kind of far
and guys make fun of my name, I'd grab their throat.

Well, I was Governor in my second term
and some folks angry that it was perm
and whined about it, didn't stand real tall.
At a big fat rally on TV, they said they really hated me
and went through the process to set up my recall.

Well, I knew they'd pick some empty suit
to run against me, those cakes of fruit.
And I knew those big black shades over each eye.
He was big and built and tall and dumb.
I knew that I could beat that bum.
But he said, "Mein name's Ah-nold! Mein chance is gold!
Now you are goink to die!"
Yeah, that's what he told me.

And he hit me hard, right below the belt
and he turned to brag to the guy from "Die Welt"
and said, "Ya, Gray Davis is just a qveer!"
But I said, "He's gonna have to raise some tax
and his education thinking's really lax.
This guy's just ain't gonna know what he's doing here."

I tell ya, I've fought tougher men
and I've beat 'em once and beat 'em again.
And Arnold's as deep as a slice of bathroom tile.
And those Repub guys now face the cost
of another election they have lost
and Arnold looked at me that night with a smile.

And he said, "Ya, politics is rough
and that Gray Davis man, he's really tough
and I guess I vas only stringing myself along.
I thought that my name alone vould fly
and my reputation vould make him die.
I guess I found out vhich man's really strong.

Now, Gray, he fought von hell of a fight
and I know he beat me, and he's got the right
to laugh at me and the vay mein run vent splat.
I should thank mein vife before I fly
for I couldn't see right in front of mein eye
it's better to be a big old Democrat."

Well, what could I do? What could I do?
I got all choked up, and I stuck out my hand.
I called him my pal, and he called me his friend.
With a different point of view I came away.
And I think about it, now and then
though less since I saw John Kerry win.
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm a-gonna name him...

Well, maybe Arnold, but definitely not Gray!

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Pacing: 2.9
How Funny: 3.0
Overall Rating: 3.0

Total Votes: 8

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Robert J. Pagliar - August 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Very well done - especially to those of us old enought to remember the Johnny Cash variety hour - "I hear the train a comin' . . ." (that's my best Johnny Cash impression). Michael, had you written "beep" instead of hell, I think I would have wet my pants.
Guy DiRito - August 13, 2003 - Report this comment
It was a good parody, but I think you used too many of the original lines of the song. Leaving one or two when they really fit the story are ok, but parody has to be able to stand on it's own. You should have put a bit more effort into this Michael. I did like the accent played into it though. Ahnold is zo mudge vun to do parwody on. I hope he wins so we can spoof him to death as gov.
Michael Pacholek - August 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Are you sure, Guy? Ever talk to somebody from Minnesota? And Jesse Ventura's as good an actor, too.
Guy DiRito - August 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Ever been to Minnesota Mike? Ever been off the east coast? And what the hell do I care if he is gov of Ca. I never plan to live there. I've been there and it's not a place I'd want to live. If we wins we can use him for cannon fodder for our amusement.
Claude Prez - August 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Lotta good stuff in here Mike; nicely done.
John Jenkins - August 14, 2003 - Report this comment
Well done, Michael. But what is John Kerry doing in this parody?
Michael Pacholek - August 14, 2003 - Report this comment
I had to put him in there, John. I wanted to put the name of the next President of the United States in there, and that lets Howard Dean out. And apparently Guy doesn't care that 35 million people will be governed, if Arnold wins, by somebody who doesn't have the slightest clue as to how to solve problems. I mean, this is the guy who made "The Last Action Hero," a bigger flop than any State's budget.
Guy DiRito - August 14, 2003 - Report this comment
If 35 million people are stupid enough to vote for any loser then they don't deserve anyone to care for them, because they are too stupid to worry about. Besides they were smart enough to put that recall law into effect so they can undo the next idiot just like Gray.
pre-wipe tally - August 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Pacing - 6 fives, 1 four, 1 one
Funny - 4 fives, 2 fours, 2 ones
Overall - 5 fives, 1, four, 1 two, 1 one
Linda - October 30, 2006 - Report this comment
Gray Davis will go down in history and one of the biggest crooks and worst gov. ever! He was as crooked as they came and had a rep for the most dirty player to boot. Cruz, his counterpart still in office, recieved the BIGGEST ETHICS FINE IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY... shows a lot about democrats!!! By the way, this song sucks.

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