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Song Parodies -> "Please Don't Revoke My (Poetic) License"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start The Fire"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"Please Don't Revoke My (Poetic) License"

Parody Written by:

Ethan Mawyer

The Lyrics

How are you this afternoon?
I'll write a draft real soon
Of a song that's really long and
I'm not starting no real trouble
Sorry to have burst your bubble
How you're looking's not a good thing
Now I am nervous

'Though I've hurt nobody
You remain, scaring me
Can't you protect the peace
Elsewhere? Perhaps little Greece
I'ma call my lawyer
He'll protect my fu-ture
I just realized I'm in trouble
You're the grammar po-lice

Please don't revoke my license
I must be poetic
Or I'll feel pathetic
Please don't revoke my license
Didn't mean to hurt the
Language with my wording

I'm a small fish in the sea
Check the hip-hop industry
They're all famous, made their names with
English abuse
You're scared you'll get shot
Is that fair? I think not
It's like you all
Need to drop a deuce

I'm, like, brilliant
Like the pillow to your mint
You don't get it? It's you're fault
You're the densest, oy gevalt
Now it's getting clear
That the words I said here
Weren't wise, watch my eyes
And you will detect fear

Please don't revoke my license
My ameliorated
Style won't be hated
Please don't revoke my license
I am naught without it
Have mercy, how 'bout it

Awkwardness, with syntax
Done that I have can't change facts
And I possibly
O-verused 'postrophes
Messed with stressed syl-la-bools
Man you've got some tough rules
I've rhymed words with themselves
I'm sure you've done that yourselves

Disagreed subject-verbs
Yeah, don't need a lecture
I walks to the farm
Really, where is the harm?
Mis-used similes
Mixed-up metaphorically
Don't be like a schoolmarm
Would you like chicken parm?

Please don't revoke my license
I'll give you my supper
If you two give up your
Hopes to revoke my license
Life is not exciting
If I can't be writing

Fine don't eat my food
Like a slurper, you're rude
So, you're makin'
Further accusations
Double negativity?
You seem negative to me
What's this? Verbose?
Not even near or close
I'm not talentless
I should pour a pail of piss
On your heads, or instead
Let's forget what I just said

Please don't revoke my license
If I'm not creative
I get quite frustrated
Please don't revoke my license
I'm apologetic
Let me be poetic

What's this I should read?
Full permission to proceed?
No way? okay,
What it says, I'll say

"Fright'ning writing means that we
Must act and act swiftly
If we don't then you will ruin
English by yourself quite soon

Starting Monday you can't pen
Poems until two thousand ten
For you rhymes will be crimes
And could mean jail time
We will catch you if you try
And your sister Liz says hi
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Smile for the cam-e-ra"

You gave my heart a ride there
And I want some money
Since it wasn't funny
You suck like hungry spiders
You'd better believe
I don't feel relieved, relieved, relieved,relieved,relieved

Get in your cars and drive where
You cannot annoy me
I did not enjoy the
Prank you should find some lawyers
Since I'm gonna sue you
It's the smart thing to do

Man did you two perspire
I won't take you to court
I'm not such a bad sport
Now are you empathizers?

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Total Votes: 12

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Doug Baseball - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
OS itself almost hard to figure out how to do, but I think you nailed it. And, the important this is, it was quite funny and some great lines about poetic license.
Ann Hammond - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
he he
Agrimorfee - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I was really lost at first, thought you had lost your mind, but the jokes in this crept slowly up into my little brain...I love meta-parodies like this. (didn't get the little Greece joke). Well worth a second read, which is always a plus in my book. 555
Ethan - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Little Greece just rhymed, but aren't you supposed to be avoiding all my parodies for the next two weeks? Although I probably won't be submitting this one because it's targeted somewhat more to writers than to a general audience.
Guy - December 08, 2008 - Report this comment

Ethan - I really love this since I am getting dinged all the time for my grammar. Some have even coined the term "guyspeak". I do a lot of the incorect grammar especially in my mob parodies. Glad to see someone finally addressed this issue. Well don! 5's
Jeff Reuben - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Wow, this is one of the best songs I've seen from you Ethan. And with this OS, it had to take you some time to write. Great job here!
Glen S - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Well done, Ethan, muchos props for doing the song and for your word-play and rhyme scheme. I'm sure it took an amazing amount of work to make sections of this song seem effortless. Difficulty aside, it started a bit slow for me, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. I'll have a tough time deciding how to decide the criteria for my top 5 this month, I can tell already.
Matthias - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't say that you were the first to turn this list parody into a story, that was done first by Below Average Dave, and somewhat with Conquerer of Parodies, but this was still really good to a hard song especially to turn this way.
MasonR - December 12, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Fantastic job, lots of effort shows through here.
Peter Andersson - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
What? You have the poetic license grammar police over there too? Man, that's why I started to write in English, to get away from them over here! I take it this means it'll land at Grammarantanamo Bay if I ever get on the wrong plane...
bobpiecheese - December 26, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Holy crap, a WDSTF parody that isn't a list song? Has the universe imploded or something? This was bloody brilliant, Ethan. 555 for you!
Stuart McArthur - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) wow, what bobpie said - to even imagine not using this list OS as a list parody is impressive, but where the hell did you get the idea to use poetic licence as a subject for it? either way, you pulled it off beautifully Ethan - some very clever lines in there - 555
Max Power - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
Your immunity have been revoked!
Below Average Dave - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Wow Ethan, you are living up to the name you made for yourself in Idol, I predict an easy podium finish for this one
Invisible Boy - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I ain't not never thought of this idea before, Ethan, so koodoughs to you.
You did a great job on this...
Red Ant - April 03, 2009 - Report this comment
License is renewed. A wonderful parody about the process. And it's great to see a WDSTF parody that isn't a list.

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