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Song Parodies -> "Too Small Your Brain"

Original Song Title:

"I Call Your Name"

Original Performer:

The Mama's & The Papa's

Parody Song Title:

"Too Small Your Brain"

Parody Written by:

Paul Robinson

The Lyrics

So small your brain; there's not much there
When asked to explain, you toss your hair
Obvious you are not too bright
It's such a shame
There's no switch to the light
so dumb, oy vey

What did you do to break it? (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
Don't work worth a damn (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
Call a plumber to snake it (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
Maybe something is jammed (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)

Conversation; must keep it light
Must make things plain
Stupidity is your plight
dumb you'll remain

~ ~ ~ {In whispered voice} ~ ~ ~
~ ~ (Dumb...Dumb.....Dumb....Dumb.....Dumb.........Dumb) ~ ~

Intellectually vacant (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
You sit there and stare (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
Thought process; can't wake it (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)
Guess there is nothing there (duh, duh, duh-duh-duh)

Expectations are not too high
Still, it's a shame (Yeah)
There's no way to apply
for a new brain
Not smart; you sit and smile
Too small your brain
Yeah!

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Adagio - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Enjoyed it, Paul. :D 5's
Paul Robinson - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, Pat...
alvin rhodes - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
and how creative YOUR brain...thanks for the laughs...5
Kristof Robertson - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
The best Condoleezza Rice parody I've ever read...;-) 555
Paul Robinson - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Why, thank you, alvin...had a lot of fun writing this one...and THEN...I listened to the OS to make sure it worked with the actual song and realized how much funnier it is when you factor in Cass Elliot's vocal styling - the way she draws out the first two lines...and then the group joins in and the increases slightly through the first verse...and then the pace accelerates and all the "doo, doo, doo-doo-doo's" come in...so I had to record an overlay version of my parody...and I was totally LOL listening to it in my car later on yesterday afternoon. Kristof - that appears to be a "Condi-cending" remark...but it seems quite appropriate, all things considered. Glad you folks enjoyed it ~ ~ ~
Michael Pacholek - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
You are aware this was a Beatle song first, right?
Paul Robinson - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Michael, actually I was not...I never heard them do it, but I was familiar with the Mama's and Papa's version...the Website I pulled the OS lyrics to said "Phillips" on the page...I assumed that meant John Phillips of the Mama's/Papa's wrote it...do you have information to the contrary on this? It doesn't matter as far as my parody presentation because you can choose which version you want to pace it to, and happen to like the way the Mama's and Papa's did it quite a bit...Thanks for the note, though...OH...I have a Beatles parody that I'm submitting tonight...ought to be up tomorrow morning...
Punctuation Police - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
If you are going to write a parody that targets someone else's brain power (or is this self-deprecating humor?), please do not insert unnecessary apostrophes into Mamas and Papas. Please read Phil Alexander’s “’Postrophe” for guidance.
Kristof Robertson - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Paul...this is indeed a Lennon/McCartney; recorded by the Fab Four for the Long Tally Sally EP in the UK and The Beatles Second Album in the US. It was later covered by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas in 1963 as the flipside to "Bad To Me" and indeed by TMs&TPs
Paul Robinson - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Hey, Punctuation Police - My most humble apologies appear to be in order...but...ARE YOU KIDDING?? Yes, it appears I was in error in inserting those apostrophes into the group name...I hate to sound like a crotchety old man here, but I found the tone of your criticism rather overblown and somewhat undeserved. Perhaps if I had specifically targeted someone or some group here that level of reprimand might be warranted. Yes, I did commit an error based on my own less-than-clear understanding of the use and function of apostrophes... rest assured I will endeavor to apply the correct convention in the future. Thank you for pointing that out, it is an area where I could certainly stand some improvement....... I'll get to that right after I deal with "run-on sentences". So I plead guilty...mea culpa......Now, since we are in the "please" mode as to corrective actions, why don't you "please" try to place your criticism in a tone and level appropriate to the action or deed...you could have pointed out the error in a more constructive manner and not have precipitated this long-winded, cranky response. Hmmm...This response seems to have taken on a tone similar to, or perhaps even exceeding yours...Do you see what can happen? Thank you ~ ~ ~
Paul Robinson - May 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Kristof - Thank you for the clarification ~ ~ ~ Authorship notwithstanding, I doubt that the Beatles version could have been as much fun to listen to and use for this. I suppose I could go back to the lyrics site I used and send them a note to correct the authorship reference. Hmmm...How will I word my correction note? Let me see if there are any examples in this thread I could use for guidance...Ummm...here's one...Michael's...yeah, and this one here by this "Kristof" fellow...uh-huh...Any others? No, the rest of them are too inflammatory...
Johnny D - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
You've got a BIG "parody brain", Captain Robinson, ARRRGH!
Paul Robinson - May 20, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, JD...now if I could just squeeze all the mush out of it somehow ~ ~ ~ that's probably too "mush" to ask for ~ ~ ~
Linda - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Most singers and songwriters seem to have experienced those who can do the origina or an off-shootl with a cool spin and voulla! They have a hit like La Bamba fore Ritche Vallenz. Maybe you could get "Smashmouth" to sing it.

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