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Song Parodies -> "Iraq the Pins"

Original Song Title:

"I Write the Songs"

Original Performer:

Barry Manilow

Parody Song Title:

"Iraq the Pins"

Parody Written by:

Jim Rotondo

The Lyrics

I can't believe I'm doing a Manilow song, but the pun begged for it.
I’ve been bowling forever,
And I set the very first pin.
I put the lanes and ball returns together,
I am pin boy, and Iraq the pins.

Iraq the pins for Baghdad Bowl, I do.
Iraq the pins, that is, there’s only two.
Iraq the pins that make the bowlers cry.
Iraq the pins, Iraq the pins.

My lane survived the onslaught,
And I saved the only ten-pound ball.
Now, as you approach your first shot,
You’ll see a max of two can fall.


Oh my pins, a second glance,
Awakens you from your sullen trance.
And I remember when there were many more.

Pins filled the lane,
But things have gotten insane.
Pins for me, pins for you,
Pins for you, pins for me,
It’s a Middle East catastrophe.


I am pin boy, and Iraq the pins.

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 3

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Mark Scotti - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Very, VERY creative effort Jim. My fav of the day!!!!
Tommy Turtle - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Got even more clever at the end, when it became apparent that "pins" could be a metaphor for "people" -- or am I just imagining things? Score = 300 (that's 555) but could we get some actual choruses instead of "chorus"? Shouldn't be hard for a writer this clever.
Jim Rotondo - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Thank you Sirs, and I promise to write out every chorus henceforth.
Tommy Turtle - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Jim, I might not have been clear enough before. What gets you extra credit here is writing *different* parody choruses each time, even though TOS repeats the chorus. Chance to show off your wit, make us laugh 3x as much,etc. Great opportunity! ... and btw, a *really* good title switch and concept.
Jim Rotondo - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Hmmm, 3x the laughs with differing Choruses...OK, excellent advice Tommy, but don't forget I also composed "Lazier Than You"!
TT - March 19, 2009 - Report this comment
(LOL!) Lazier than a turtle? I doubt it! (LOL!)
kevin - March 21, 2009 - Report this comment
clever i liked the the pun

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