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Song Parodies -> "Wheel of Fortune"

Original Song Title:

"Piano Man"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Wheel of Fortune"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

It's Saturday night on ABC
"Wheel" regulars are all tuned in.
I'm an old man standing at the wheel
Planning how to spend all that I win.

Tom on my right is a know-it-all.
Elaine on my left worships Pat's name.
But I need victory and a Jeep Cherokee,
So I hope I can win at this game.

Give us a vowel, if you would, Vanna, please,
Give us a vowel, Miss White,
For we all want to solve this word mystery
And win the big Fortune tonight!

Now Pat at the mike is a friend to all,
He's a hero in my eyes.
And he's quick with a pun and he keeps the show fun,
But he'll never win the Nobel Prize!

Yes, Pat is a Dan Quayle look-a-like
Whose wit cuts like a dull butter knife,
And he knows that Vanna's the show's top banana
And probably will be for life.

Now, we know that web site's the category,
Because the word ends in "dot-com"
Thanks to three letters identified
By my archenemy Tom.

But Tom misses with "S" and I spin the wheel
For one hundred dollars, I guess letter "T."
As Vanna turns over tile number eight,
I consider my next strategy.

Bla... Blank-M-Blank Blank Blank
Blank Blank T-Dot-C-O-M

Give me a vowel, if you would, Vanna, please,
Give me the "A," Miss White,
For I've got to solve this word mystery
Before the wise guy on my right!

I should have a clue when "A" fills the first space,
Only five more blanks left to fill in.
But as hard as I try, I'm I afraid I might die
When I find "Bankrupt" on my next spin.

"I'd like to solve the puzzle now, Pat,"
Says Tom, after "Lose a Turn" gets Elaine.
He says "!" and as Pat salutes Tom
All my hopes disappear down the drain.

I had not heard of this web site and so
I ask, "What does this site signify?"
While Tom shows his disdain for my obsolete brain,
Pat gives me his patient reply:

"If you like songs, unenlightened man,
If you like humor with bite,
Then you're in the mood for a parody
So check out this clever web site!"

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.3
How Funny: 4.7
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 31

Voting Breakdown

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   2
 2   1
 3   2
 4   8
 5   18

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Royce Miller - February 17, 2003 - Report this comment
Writing this parody would have involved watching more Wheel of Fortune and more work than I would care to do! Good job
Mike (Mike Armstrong) - February 17, 2003 - Report this comment
Clever - clever indeed.
Michael Pacholek - February 19, 2003 - Report this comment
Almost a perfect score. The rhythm's a little off, but funny goes a long, long way. Great job. Especially since BJ mentioned "Wheel" in "We Didn't Start the Fire." Payback's a femi-canine.
Jeff Reuben - June 18, 2003 - Report this comment
A sequel to I Lost On Jeopardy by Weird Al. Good story, the length of the song is impressive in itself. Great job!
h - October 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Good for you. I dispise WOF. Its the worst show ever. They have a remake of it in australia and its probably even worse than the 1 in america. if i have to see "the loverly" (blonde, fake and plastic) Nicky Buckly waving her arms around every time someone asks for a letter one more time i will commit suicide. And u have it only on saturdays. we have it everyday!
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - March 06, 2004 - Report this comment
HEY, Wheel Of Fortune Is Not On ABC, It's Syndicated, First, NBC Then CBS.
Guy - March 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Contestant: Can I buy an "0"?
Sajak: Sorry, there are no numbers in the puzzle.
Contestant: Oops sorry I must have hit the zero when I meant "O".
Sajak: Sorry we have to got with your first choice.
Contestant: OK, well, if I could have had a number I would have taken a 5 anyway.

I must have spun a "Lose a turn" when this posted. Great parody John.
John Jenkins - March 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, GBHD and Guy. It is a pleasant surprise when an old parody gets new comments and votes. GBHD, in the Los Angeles market, WOF is on ABC. I didn't realized that different networks showed it in different parts of the country.
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - March 23, 2004 - Report this comment
Look At The Parody CBS, NBC & ABC, Parody Of Free Fallin By Tom Petty. I'm In The New York Area And I Have A Game Show Book, And Says That Wheel Of Fortune Is On Syndicated. Also When I Was Little I Never Knew What Syndicated Was, I Always Thought Jeopardy! & Wheel Of Fortune Were On ABC Too. By The Way, Jeopardy! Was On ABC In 1990 Called Super Jeopardy!
Adagio - December 02, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Pretty good one, John.
Guy - December 03, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC-W) See my above comments. This is an appropriate parody for an ABC contest round. Restoring my 5s even though there are no numbers in the puzzle. Go 'head Vanna, try to stop me.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - December 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Seconding how damn clever this idea was. A 'W' for 'wonderful', $500.
Rick D - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
I always gripe about the "site related parodies" but this is far and away and exception to that complaint.
Agrimorfee - December 09, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Even though I would not have ended the song that way, John deserves lots of praise for illustrating the structure of the game into the verses (making an suspenseful story in the process) and turning the "la-di-das" into a puzzle. Very cool.
Scathe - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC-W) Piano Man is a difficult song to parody. Excellent job.
Johnny D - December 11, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC) Wonderful all the way through, John, but the last verse is my favorite.
Arwen - December 12, 2004 - Report this comment
ABC--I used to be addicted to Wheel of Fortune!! This was funny, John!
Meriadoc - December 18, 2004 - Report this comment
(Absolutely Brilliant Concept!) :-)
neminem - December 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Yeah, I likewise love the last couple verses. There definitely seemed to be some quirks in the timing, though - 455.
Peregrin - December 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Well done John J. Hard work in that one.
Claude Prez - December 18, 2004 - Report this comment
The Vanna/banana line was great but the whole thing was very good.
Phil Alexander - December 19, 2004 - Report this comment
I only recently started listening to the OS, when I put the CD in my car.. and already I've parodied it twice: it's a great sort of rhythm to tell a story to. And this is a good one, JJ
Paul Robinson - December 19, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC W) - Very well done, JJ - you caught me with the "site" twist - didn't see it coming and that made this all the more fun to read (and then re-read, of course). Like Phil, I hadn't paid much attention to the OS in the past, just was familiar with the oft-heard chorus part...5's...
Kristof Robertson - December 21, 2004 - Report this comment
(ABC-W) Not too au fait with WOF, but this was clever. 555
Chuck Woolery - February 05, 2005 - Report this comment
I Was The First Host Of Wheel Of Fortune!

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