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Song Parodies -> "Hamsterball"

Original Song Title:

"Thunderball"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Tom Jones

Parody Song Title:

"Hamsterball"

Parody Written by:

Michael McVey

The Lyrics

©2020 by Michael W. McVey
He rides his wheel while others sleep.
He bites and sinks his teeth real deep.
He looks at the world, explores it all
While he rides his Hamsterball!

He wants to release so much stress.
He eats some more, though he needs less.
You wonder why he heads for the wall,
which he strikes with Hamsterball.

Any wheel he sees, he’ll spin.
He will try to get out when he is in.

You may be wishing he’d be gone.
His wheel spins on and on and on.
With its noise you will hardly sleep at all,
But he likes his Hamsterball!

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Michael McVey - November 20, 2020 - Report this comment
I'd like to write a note of encouragement to other parody writers. Sometimes when you want to spoof a particular song but can't come up with a good way to do it, it's because the right context hasn't presented itself yet. Way back in 2004, shortly after I joined this site, I got the idea to write parodies of James Bond theme songs. Of course it isn't possible to spoof the entirely instrumental Dr. No theme, but I did succeed with the next two, "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger". Then when I got to "Thunderball", I got stuck. I simply couldn't think of a good way to spoof it. More than 16 years later, the context presented itself. My elder daughter's best friend had some hamsters she needed to give away, and we took two (so my younger daughter could have one too). When I spoofed the first two James Bond theme songs, they hadn't even been born! But then I got the idea for "Hamsterball", and upon inspecting the lyrics I saw that some of the ideas fit quite well with my usual style of trying to have some echo of the original. For example, "and he strikes like Thunderball" became "which he strikes with Hamsterball" and it is a very real example of hamster behavior - crashing their balls into walls and other objects. I've had plenty of other pets, and one summer we looked after the hamster of one of the teachers at my daughter's school, but this is the first time we've had hamsters of our own. Mice, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, I've pretty much kept them all, but until now not hamsters. And that's why this idea took 16 years. I'm sure some of you have had similar experiences, though perhaps not over such a long time frame.
Callmelennie - November 20, 2020 - Report this comment
You can spoof an instrumental by adding nonsense lyrics to the melody, a la Bill Murray -- Star WARS! Nothing but STAR wars. One time, I spoofed the 'theme songs" to "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Bewitched" and "Leave It To Beaver" by adding lyrics to the music
Michael McVey - November 21, 2020 - Report this comment
I've done it once: the part where the devil played the violin in "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". But to me that's the exception rather than the rule. I've also thought of turning "Tequila" into "Chihuahua", but that would be more suitable for a video.
Callmelennie - November 21, 2020 - Report this comment
The orchestral score for "2001" is actually Johann Strauss's "Thus Spake Zarasthustra" hence ....... Thus .. Spake .. ZARASTHUSTRA! -- He SPAKE to me and he SPAKE thusly ..... Thus .. spake .. ZARASTHUSTRA -- Monkey KILLS with bone then BONE becomes ship

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