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Song Parodies -> "General Motors"

Original Song Title:

"Eleanor Rigby"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"General Motors"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Since General Motors has lost nearly $4 billion this year and announced that it would shut down 12 plants and slash 30,000 jobs, should it be demoted to Lieutenant Motors?
Ah, look at all those Honda buyers,
No, GM cannot con car buyers.

General Motors
Sends lots of cars to its dealers and hopes they get sold,
But they grow old.
The dealers' windows
Showcase overpriced Escalades for people to try,
But they drive by.

All the unsold Buicks,
What's with Park Avenue?
All the unsold Buicks,
Where will they Rendezvous?

High priced consultants
Writing the words to a strategy workers won't like:
"Go take a hike!"
Look at the worker
Building his last Chevrolet before his job is done.
Don't buy that one!

All the unsold Saturns,
Where will they be marooned?
All the unsold Saturns,
Will dealers all get mooned?

Ah, look at all the laid off workers,
Ah, look at all the ticked off workers.

General Motors
Has a new slogan that it is proclaiming with pride:
"Like a rock slide!"
Grossly Mismanaged
Is what GM represents to car buyers today,
They will not pay.

All the lonely dealers,
Where have their buyers gone?
All their old car buyers
Are buying from Nissan.

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Pacing: 4.6
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Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 17

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Adagio - December 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Good one. I'm not really into cars except when I ride in one, but this seemed good.
Royce Miller - December 02, 2005 - Report this comment
I like this one, John
Rex - December 02, 2005 - Report this comment
Wow. Solid from first to last. LOL'd at "like a rock slide".
Phil Alexander - December 02, 2005 - Report this comment
What, all the way through "Sergeant Motors", down to PFC Motors?
Red Ant - December 03, 2005 - Report this comment
Though the loss of 30,000 jobs is not particularly funny, the parody is, especially ""Like a rock slide!"" and "Grossly Mismanaged".
Tim Hall - December 03, 2005 - Report this comment
What's good for John Jenkins is not good for General Motors. 5's
Michael Pacholek - December 03, 2005 - Report this comment
"What's good for General Motors is what's good for America." Not anymore, apparently. "Ford's got a better idea." Wish they'd tell us what it is. Chrysler: "If you can find a better car, buy it." We can find it, we just can't afford it. GM's wheels are spinning so much, you'd think their CEO was named George Bush. (What does he care, he never has to drive again, drunk or otherwise.)
Rick C - December 04, 2005 - Report this comment
A sad tale but true. Well written, sir. 555 - December 04, 2005 - Report this comment
The market giveth and the market taketh away. Fave bits: "Lieutenant Motors," "Where will they Rendezvous," "Don't buy that one," "Like a rock slide." Nice job, Johnkins.
MarthaDTox - December 11, 2005 - Report this comment
great one John ... haven't been following this the high priced consultants verse... was at a talk given by Prof Coffee of Columbia Law school he remarked(a propos of a company that was Arthur Anderson to all intents and purposes though using a different name) that after the nuclear holocaust all that would be left on earth would be cockroaches and Arthur Anderson....
John Jenkins - December 11, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks for all of the comments. Michael, I think that if Bush were an automotive CEO, he would build visionary cars, but have difficulty controlling costs. And, great comment, Martha, I think there might be a parody there; but you might agree that attorneys would survive just as well as cockroaches and consultants.
Vin Miskell - January 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Nicely done--all 5s.
Tim Hall - May 05, 2009 - Report this comment
This parody has definitely stood the test of time, considering GM's position now.
obama - May 05, 2009 - Report this comment
this parody is good for five years or 60,000 views. Whichever comes first. I guarantee it.
John Jenkins - May 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Tim and obama - thanks for the fresh comments on a 4 ½ year old parody.
Tim Hall - May 10, 2009 - Report this comment
This parody aged very well - like single malt scotch!

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