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Song Parodies -> "I Am Barack"

Original Song Title:

"I Am A Rock"

Original Performer:

Simon & Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"I Am Barack"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Dang! Had the title switch in my mind for a couple of weeks, wrote this on Wednesday and sent it to my radio producer, got the reject notice yesterday (Thursaday), went to AIR to post it, and found that Timke1947 had beaten me to it by a day. Well, it's a different spin, anyway. Congrats to Timke1947 for finding the same title sub.

An autumn's day
Histor-y will mark November
I claim the throne
Gazing from my altar; cheering throngs below
They're all German, but who cares? -- It's quite a show!
I am Barack
I am Messiah!

I have balls
An actress, cheap and flighty
Johansson's my soul-mate
I swear it's just a friendship! Sure, I'm kind of vain
Adoring worship's what I want to gain
I am Barack
I am Messiah!

I talk of change
But name names you've heard before
Dasch-le, E-manuel, Hill-ary
I said I'd change the order of Washington; I lied
If I'd told the truth, my campaign would have died
I am Barack
I am Messiah!

I have good looks
I am handsome, young, and I'm sexy
My appeal is: I'm a charmer
Riding on the boom, voter ratings zoom
I hold the race card; no one disses me
I am Barack
I am Messiah!

And Barack heals your pain
A Messiah never lies...

Anyone want to record this? (Like "Rocky", I can't sing or dance.) E-mail me through the Captcha link: © 2008 Tommy Turtle. All rights reserved.

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Total Votes: 16

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alvin - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
nicely done.....he is indeed considered a messiah by many....i don't think he can live up to all the hype but he is definitely a step in the right direction
Timke1947 - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
A different but great take on a title that was begging for a parody
Invisible Boy - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Nice treatment TT
Tommy Turtle - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
thanks alvin... definitely a "managing expectations" issue ... jay leno said that seeing how bad things are, BO was changing his slogan to "maybe we can" lol..

Timke1947: Yep, it surely was -- I checked before I wrote it and no one else had done it - kinda surprised -- great minds think alike :-) thanks for vote and comment.

Invisible Boy, thanks.
AFW - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm a Barack believer, but very good job on this..
TT - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
AFW, thanks.
Melanie Lee - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
You know you've written an excellent political parody when you have your political opponents L-ing OL! I voted Barack and I'm voting you 5-5-5!
John Jenkins - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I think your radio producer made a mistake on this one. Good stuff, TT. I suspect that this title might be repeated in several parodies over the next four years.
TT - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Everyone: Thanks to those who differ in opinion but are able to judge the parody fairly despite their differences, unlike *certain* writers ;-)

Melanie Lee: See above. Thanks... and I truly hope things get better under his administration. I'll wait and judge by *performance* -- as you did for me :-)

John Jenkins: I'll let him know that :-) As for the rest, time will tell. Thanks for v/c, John.
TJC - November 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Your rock --> Barack pummeling the best presidential terraforming to date! (You wrote sixteen puns and what did you get... a lyrical scolder 'bout our pres-y elect). All is well in Turtle Land!
Tommy Turtle - November 24, 2008 - Report this comment
TJC, thanks... although I'm *still* another day older and deeper in debt!
DJ Blaze - September 07, 2009 - Report this comment
You do realize that if you type in "I Am Barack" on Google, the search suggestions suggest your parody? Great job on a long-overdue title switch. 555
Tommy Turtle - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
DJ Blaze: It's an obvious switch, and at least three others have done it here -- plus countless other versions elsewhere. It didn't come up too high when I tried it. Some of my songs have come up in the top 3 or even #1 in Google -- try entering "Got a tampon please" :) :) ... thanks for v/c and the observation :-)
TT @ DJ P.S.: - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
ATM, it's at 758 page hits here -- not any sort of outstanding number, as some peeps have a song or two in the thousands -- but pretty fair for a song less than a year old, and still growing steadily. Thanks again. :)
Patrick - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Took me a while to getting around to looking this up, but well worth the effort. The original is one of my top 10 favorite songs of all times. You did a very good job with it. All these months later, Obama has done nothing to change the sentiments expressed here.
Tommy Turtle - March 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Patrick: What a pleasant surprise, and thanks for taking the time!
I had my reservations all along, and there was no way *anyone* could have lived up to that hype, but as said to Melanie Lee, he won, so I hoped for the best. This is one time TT is *not* happy to have been proven correct. Thanks for the visit, vote, and comment.

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