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Song Parodies -> "Burn A Debt"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

The Four Tops

Parody Song Title:

"Burn A Debt"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

The author acquired an early love of internal rhyming from the OS line, "In your arms I find the kind of peace of mind...". Oddly, despite this internal rhyming, OS does not end-rhyme consistently -- sort of a poem in some parts. The parody mimics this style. OS lyrics here. Pretty good midi here.
Burn a debt, the bank will take my car
No payments made, they'll repossess
They'll go on searchin' my assets through
And never find more than a buck or two

And from my credit scores, I see laughter in MasterCard's eyes
And I'm well aware default's on their minds
They pretend to be my friend, when all the time
They long to be tak-ing my last dime
They'll take my house and all I own
For three late payments on a loan

Burn a debt, I want to destroy all these credit cards
But, learn, regret, I need them because I've no cash to live
But cannot buy, un-less I swipe you
I have to run that lit-tle black stripe through
But how can I get solvent, burn a debt,
When I cannot control myself; habits set?
From wanting things, needing things
Big TV, you belong to me!

I'll tell the store: can't go wrong, TV
I'll tell the store: payments long, TV
I'll tell the store: take a part of me

In your drone I find the kind of passive mind
That I've been searching for
TV, you give me the sleaze this brain of mine
Has always been longing for

In "things" I have what everyone longs for
Self-esteem, respect: a substitute therefor
That's why I treasure junk and spend my life in debt
For the only joy in life is stuff you get
So, whatever you do, MasterCard, keep on dunning me
Spurn a debt? Keep on billing me
Churn and sweat!

"Therefore" and "therefor" are even easier to confuse than "there, their, they're"; therefore, there is a link therefor. © 2006 Tommy Turtle.

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.6
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 8

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Cal - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice. The original sucked but this is funny :)
Stephen Harrington - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
555, good play(tried to follow the midi close, I think I stumbled, but that's my fault, not yours).
John Barry - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Damn! I had one in the works with this title but couldn't figure out where to take it. Thanks for doing the job for me. 5s
AFW - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Is this the same, "Bernadette" that Pat Boone recorded, way back? Great job on this...we can always bank on you for a good parody..5's
Paul Robinson - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Nice job, TT...and you pin-pointed for me what I DID find catchy and intriguing about that song way-back-when it first came out...I didn't know squat at the time about writing or internal rhymes - and can't remember doing much analysis of anything I couldn't touch with my hand...yeah, I was a young teen-ager when this song was around. 5's ~ ~ ~
alvin rhodes - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
i turn off the OS when it comes on but i like your twist on it
Turtlette - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Cat, thanks... Stephen Harrington, thanks; a lot of Midis seem to bury the melody in the background music, or is that just my imagination?.. not your fault... John Barry, thanks; happy to oblige; GMTA (great minds think alike)... AFW, thanks, good pun... Boone did "Bernadine", possibly Bernadette's sister lol ... Lots of other OS out there with same title, different song.... Paul, thanks; that thing you're talking about, I couldn't find inside this silly shell, so I started engaging in auto-parodicism at a very young age.... soon I intend to post the first parody I ever wrote, as a tiny Turtlet.... alvin rhodes (and Cat), as with "MacArthur Park" or 'Unchained Melody", that's a very high compliment... TUVM, and glad I keep hitting all your unfaves for you -- got any more?
Rex - April 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Ah, the joy of getting... and you get 555.
TT - April 21, 2006 - Report this comment
Rex, thanks.
Red Ant - April 21, 2006 - Report this comment
File this under Chapter 15. I used to use credit cards like this, though not anymore.
TT - April 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Red Ant, thanks... good for you; too many still do (not I either).
Tim Hall - April 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Another great parody of a Four Tops song. The ther one involved Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got (Ain't No Thinkin' When I'm High on Pot)
TT - April 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Tim Hall, thanks, and yes, I liked alvin rhodes' parody very much also.
Larry Hensley - April 24, 2006 - Report this comment
I liked this one, 555s
TT - April 24, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks, Larry.

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