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Song Parodies -> "Getting Down to the Wire"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start the Fire"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Getting Down to the Wire"

Parody Written by:

Below Average Dave

The Lyrics Jack Wilson. . .you are an evil little man you know that? For those who don't know what I mean see Cat's "AmIRight Right Request Hour" thread. . .
I know I cannot stay in this damn bed all day
Feel horrific, Eyes are twitching, Man I'm moving slow

Coffee's starting, big decision, Sick I'll fake, I envision
Bad idea 'cause Maria will fire me though

It's occurred stay calm, Red Bull waits, Swallow some
Great, shower cold as ice, Brushing my teeth on the fly

One half hour, I'm clean, I'm sick of this routine
Gotta jet though, grabbing my keys and my good neck tie

Getting down to the wire
The clock is ticking
To the gas I'm sticking
Getting down to the wire
I don't feel right yet
I'm not awake quite yet

Cars are stalling so I moan, Crawling in the damn fast zone
C'mon mister, getting blisters, Not wearing sun block

Move along hearing songs, hope we aren't blocked too long
Peeling, squealing, Boss calls, he's stuck down the block

Prime Time for me to be as late as I can be
Hope that I do not get canned, Hope the D.M. understands

Straight ahead, Great at last, Gotta open it up fast
Or I'll face that mean face, Hear how I'll be replaced

Now things are really dire
My stomach is turning
For more time I'm yearning
Hope I do not expire
Though I do not like it
Can't afford to spike it

What a shock, beat the clock, Now the doors shall be unlocked
Looking on up at the sky, Sun is shining really bright

Through the shift I crawl, Though I really want to fall
My eyes aren't opened wide, I feel like my mind is fried

I'm feeling really sore, Think I need the doctor
Gotta go, but no, "We're too busy" says Joe

So I beg and plead, I got down on my knees
Just look at me now bro, I look like a big toad

He thinks I am a liar
No his heart ain't bleeding
From the words I'm feeding
Think my head is on fire
He don't want to hear it
Said "Advil will clear it"

What a day it's been, Feeling better than I'd been
My grin within, 'cause the clock is tickin'

Time to go and party y'all, Party at a big Pool Hall
At night I cringe, I went on a Nacho binge

Complex subject, What I do with my pay checks
Though I was up all day, Gotta earn my meager pay

One day I will retire
But from now until then
Keep hanging with my friends
No wonder I'm so tired
I always all night it
and I'll never right it

Oh no not again, What a short night it has been
Tick Tock-Damn Clock, Forgot to put on my socks

Head spins, No Grins, Hear me whine, I don't have time to dine
Before my day's began, Already have evening plans

Gotta go to work I sigh, Button up and grab that tie
Breaking sweat as I jet, Hope I'm not late yet

Speeding to get to the store, Don't want to hear the boss roar
Get there to count out the drawers, Man this story is a bore

Getting down to the wire
Yes the clock is ticking
And my @$$ it's kickin'
Getting down to the wire
But lives just goes on,
it will just go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on

This is what life requires
Gotta earn a living
Take what they are giving
It's not what we desire
If you do not like it
They'll say "Take a hike kid"
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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 22

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Matthias - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
That was pretty cool, a "We Didn't Start The Fire" parody that actually has a story to go along with it instead of just a long list. I like the OS as a list, but this was pretty clever.
Agrimorfee - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
The story made me think of Nabokov for some reason, kind of a "futility for happiness in modern day society" kind of thing...every verse was different, but the singer's plight never changes...good job on a very hard song.
Jason - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I like it. Nice job.
Ann Hammond - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I like it too.
Meriadoc - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Excellent work Dave!
littleCupCakes - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Lord B-A-D, it seems you like to live 'close to the edge' when it comes to starting the work day, eh guy??
Below Average Dave - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you everyone, I was determined to come up with an idea that would fill this song without making it a list parody, not that I won't ever do one, but I felt I could pull off this one without it being a list parody. I'm glad you guys felt it was worth the effort!
Tim Mayfield - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Wonderful. Can't say whether pacing was on or not as I can't find my album collection right now, but I do recall this is one enormous brain stretcher of a song to parody. I probably took a week of from parody writing after penning mine.
Peter Andersson - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
So "down to the wire" means like "to the last minute" if I get it right? That beside I'm with Matthias here, taking a list type OS and transforming it to a song that tells a story is kind of a novel idea even for Amiright. :-)
Below Average Dave - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you Tim very much--it was a tough OS (but worth the effort). . .and thank you Peter, I've seen so many lists to it, I wanted to be different, I think I succeeded:) Your correct with that, it's common in America to refer to nearing a deadline as cutting it to the wire, or down to the wire. . .That's one of the other things I love about AmIRight is learning the common different uses of the same words throughout the world. . .awesome
Peregrin - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Billy himself would be proud of this effort Dave :)
Jack Wilson - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Awesome job! 555
Matthias - May 26, 2010 - Report this comment
(See above) This was very well done and sure to continue you on your winning streak in the ABC competition...
Agrimorfee - May 28, 2010 - Report this comment
^^Like he said. :)
Abbott Skelding - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
ABC- Nice job, not a big fan of the original song though, but nice work!
Andria - June 08, 2010 - Report this comment
(ABC G & H) Great execution, pacing, rhyming and grammar were good, but my only qualm with the parody was that it was a bit hard to follow. But so is the OS, if you try to sing it from lyrics or along with the radio, YouTube or a recording. 5s just the same.
bobpiecheese - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
(ABC-GH) Great story here (though I don't know what 'getting down to the wire' means) but the pacing was very spotty at times. This is shocking from you, but given the OS I'll let it slide and vote 555.
Christie Marie M - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
(ABC G/H) I love this OS lots and enjoyed it spoofed a whole lot, especially the way you converted it! This is such a hard OS to spoof and pacing is hard to follow on it, but you made a great effort on it. I was thinking of spoofing this same OS, but it's pretty hard for me. Great job and lots of luck to ya!
Warren Baker - June 13, 2010 - Report this comment
(ABC G/H)BAD, I really like how you ease in simple phrases into complex rhythms like this one and make it seem effortless. Tough OS too, but really nice job.
Jeff Reuben - June 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I echo Matty's comment way above, I like how you worked this as a story instead of a "list" parody. Very well done.
DJ Blaze - June 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Great one, especially on such a hard song. 555
Christie Marie M - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
(ABC Tournament) Get wired with 5's!
DJ Blaze - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Echoing others, taking a "list" song and making a story to it is challenging, and something my parodies completely lack. Incredible effort to such a lengthy song. 555
Porfle Popnecker - July 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I could really identify with this story.
Rex - July 15, 2012 - Report this comment
This explains a lot, Dave. :-) Excellent effort on a tough song.
Max Power - July 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Something that can turn you into a high-strung tweaker.
bobpiecheese - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
(Artistry) See above!
Jeff Reuben - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I agree with Matthias' first comment, fun to see this parody as a story and not a "list". Very well done.
Glen S - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Like others have said, I liked how you told a story with a list parody, and it's clear all the work you put in. Well played, BAD. Great stuff. Now go catch the bus.

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