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Original Song Title:

"25 or 6 to 4"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Approval Rating 34"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

If anyone knows what the title "25 or 6 to 4" originally meant, let me know, 'cause I've never been able to figure it out. As with many songs that set up well as "George W. Bashes," the hard part is NOT changing the original lyrics! If you're wondering why "CREEP" is in all capitals, it was the Committee to Re-Elect the President, who hired the guys who broke into the Watergate complex in 1972. I'd do "He's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Nixon," but Mark Russell already did that (incorrectly, as it turned out) for Bill Clinton in 1995.
(instrumental opening)

Waiting for a brand-new poll!
A real good rating is my goal!
Flashing numbers cross my eyes!
Looks like I've lost lots of guys!

Now I'm feeling like Al Gore!
"Approval Rating: 34!"

Staring blindly into space!
Now begun to lose my base!
People now see I'm a fake!
Wondering how much I can take?

People tell me, "Please do more!"
"Approval Rating: 34!"

(instrumental break)

Feeling like I ought to sleep!
People now think I'm a CREEP!
Dad, give me something to say!
Karl Rove, help me make them pay!

"Approval Rating: 34!"
"Approval Rating: 34!"

(instrumental close)

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.6
Overall Rating: 4.6

Total Votes: 9

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John Barry - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
". . .darkness. . .wherein all of the beasts. . .do creep forth."--Psalms. 5s
alvin rhodes - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
approval rating 5
Stephen Harrington - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
Good, 5s. ^__^
carol - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
5's. I don't think he's going to recover this time. I hope not anyway.
MasonR - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
"Dad, give me something to say!" reminds me of the Warren Zevon line from "Lawyers, Guns, and Money": "Dad, get me out of this!" Nicely done. Too bad it's true. 5's.
Rex - March 03, 2006 - Report this comment
From The Straight Dope: Waiting for the break of day--He's been up all night and now it's getting close to sunrise. Searching for something to say--Trying to think of song lyrics. Flashing lights against the sky--Perhaps stars or the traditional flashing neon hotel sign. Giving up I close my eyes--He's exhausted and his eyes hurt from being open too long, so he closes them. Staring blindly into space--This expression can be seen often on the faces of writers and reporters. Trust me. Getting up to splash my face--Something you do when you're trying to stay awake, though a good cup of Starbuck's does wonders for Cecil and me. Wanting just to stay awake, wondering how much I can take--How far can he push himself to get the song done? Should I try to do some more?--This is the line that makes many think it's a drug song. But it is just as easily construed as a frustrated writer wondering if he should try to do some more lyrics/songwriting. As for the curious title, Lamm says, "It's just a reference to the time of day"--as in "waiting for the break of day" at 25 or (2)6 minutes to 4 a.m. (3:35 or 3:34 a.m.)
Larry Hensley - March 05, 2006 - Report this comment
Approval rating for this parody- 555 percent.
LucidLupin - March 05, 2006 - Report this comment

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