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Original Song Title:

"Breakin Up Is Hard To Do"

Original Performer:

Neil Sedaka

Parody Song Title:

"Punctuation's Hard To Do"

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The Lyrics

For all of Eliza's other gifts, she is not particularly fastidious with the finer details of proper editing, much to Professor Turtle's annoyance.

Don’t understand… parentheses
And ellipses bring me to my knees
Rules of com-ma usage, too
‘Cause punctuation’s hard to do

Please tell me when you use those “things”
One looks like “snake eyes”, one’s a little wink
Colon! That’s it… semi, too.
Punctuation’s hard to do.

They say that punctua-tion’s hard to do
And I know, grades show that it’s true
Today, at English class end,
We got our essays back; it looks like I have made an “F” again.

I beg of you, Ms. Prentiss-Nye,
Let me give this thing another try
Help me, Teacher; merci beaucoup
‘Cause punctuation’s hard to do.

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blackjack21 - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
"Help me, Teacher; merci beaucoup" I love this line, but did you forget which class you were in? ;-) 555 exclamation points!
TJC - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Great one FG! Love the topic and can relate to your plight... and, me thinks whenever TT ('The Teacher') is involved, the 'collaborator/collaboratrix is ever and anon gently herded towards the 'passive voice'!
Mark Scotti - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
It is hard to do, especially when you deserve lots of fives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tommy Turtle - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I started ad-libbing a verse comment, but it became a fool-blown parody (blown by a fool), so I guess I'll just *have* to post it on Mundi, Sic transit gloria estefan.

What can I say? There was darkness upon all the land, and then the Fiddlegirl arose, her brilliance shaming the stars and out-shining the sun. Darkness became light;; night became day; ignorance became bliss; and they beat their swords into Plough shares. [1] 555, and for some help in the always-difficult task of punctuation,

[1] Shares of Schering-Plough (NYSE: SGP), a pharmaceutical company.
Tt @ TJC - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Passive? Passive-aggressive, perhaps. :)

Nay, my good friend, she is exceedingly active, and matches the turtle wit for wit, bit for bit, nit for nit, and tat for tit.
Christie Marie M - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Lady Fiddlegirl, I've got to say that this, "quote on quote", is the "most well executed parody I've ever read!" Quoting "3 sets of fives", period.
Andy Primus - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Darn right it's hard.
I've got a punctuation question for you (or anyone else who sees this and knows the answer).

Just for an example -
The singer in Motorhead is Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster or
Ian "Lemmy" Kilminster (I prefer to use the ' instead of the ")

How would it be written if you wanted to write this -
She said "Ian, come here"
but using Lemmy instead of Ian

She said "'Lemmy', come here" or
She said ""Lemmy", come here"

Neither look right to me.
John Barry - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I love punctuation, both the act of doing it and the parody. Andy, the answer is this: She said, "Lemmy, come here." The quote is preceded by a comma. A comma must follow Lemmy, because of direct address. Finally, the period falls inside the close-quote mark, not outside.
metaphorsbwithu - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Un-comma-ly good! Very appropriate topic for parody and great OS to adapt! Most people use commas too much but, when used properly, make all the difference in the world. Laughing at "I beg of you ..."

@ Andy - I "think" I can help you. First of all, if someone is identified as John "Jack" Kennedy, you don't carry the quotation marks if you refer to him as Jack. However, if you have a sentence which is a direct quote, and it contains another quote inside, you use single quotation marks for the second quote. For example: Jack said, "Like my father always said, 'Don't squeeze the tomatoes!'" Hope this is correct and helps. :-)
Fiddlegirl - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
BJ21: LOL! You see? All these rules just have me in a tizzy! ;)

TJC: Thanks! And, yes, I think you may be on to something there! ;)

Mark S: Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) *Is* there such a thing as too many exclamation points?

TT: Muah! [LOL @ Plough shares]

CMM: You are so sweet! (And you may quote me on that!)

Andy P: You're back! We've missed you... thanks for v/c. And John and Forsby have answered your question far better than *I* could have! :)

John and Forsby: Thanks, guys, for v/c and expert advice. What a site this is, and what wonderful folks are AmIRighters! :D [ LOL @ squeezing the tomatoes... that doesn't seem to have stopped any of them, though, eh? ;) ]
Jonathan - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
you may have gotten an "F" on your test but you get an "A" on this parody 555!
Google - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Did you know that this song *already* comes up #1 in a search for Prentiss-Nye?
Fiddlegirl - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Jonathan! :D

@ Google: Mixed feelings-- does that mean that inventing names is an effective PR stunt, or just a possible fast track to a civil suit? ;)
white trash - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
my favorite of the month
Timmy1000 - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Well written and easy to sing. Great thoughts in this one; we all have the punctuation rules to adhere to and you did this one well.
Google - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
The former -- except that someone has to search for it first, and if this song is the only place that it appears, it becomes recursive. (*there's* a word for you!... and no, it does not mean swearing repeatedly.)
alvin - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
this is perfect...period
Fiddlegirl - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks to White Trash, T1K, and Alvin-- from the Rebel Without a Clause ;)

Google: "Recursive! Coiled again!" (Dick DOStardly) ;)
Google - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Oooohhh... LA goes high-tech ... someone, squirt me with a hose! :)'s to the Rebel With Stout, Sharp Claws. :D (Pounce, Tigress!)
LucidLupin LeeBee - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
perfect colonic irrigation :D

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