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Song Parodies -> "Middletown"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

Middletown, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, lost more people on 9/11/01 than any other municipality except New York City itself. But this song is not about the massive national security failure of George W. Bush. It's about the massive economic security failure of George W. Bush. Freehold is the county seat, where you would be "killing time, filling out forms, standing in line." It's not just the home town of that other blue-collar poet who debuted in the early Seventies. No, I don't mean Joey Ramone! He was from Forest Hills, Queens, as were Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
Well, we're living here in Middletown
and they're closing all the retail stores down.
Down in Freehold, they're just killing time.
Keeping us poor, that's such a crime.

Well, our fathers fought the Vietnam War.
No one ever told them who it was for.
Met our mothers during Watergate.
Nightmare is done, Ford was too late.
And we're living here in Middletown.

But the liberalism's handed down.
Ronnie Reagan tried to throw us away

Hey... Hey... Hey...
Whoa, oh, oh...

Well, we made it here in Middletown
when New Jersey started coming around.
All the promises that Clinton gave:
Deficit's gone, our jobs were saved.

And our college degrees hang on the wall.
The Republicans don't like that at all.
'Cause they told us Clinton wasn't real.
Georgie Bush, election steal.
And we're waiting here in Middletown.

And prosperity has crashed to the ground
and Bush let bin Laden get right away

Hey... Hey... Hey...

Every child had a pretty good shot
to get at least as far as Mom and Dad got.
Something happened on the way to that place.
They played the cards of patriotism and ray-hey-hey-hey-ce.

Whoa, oh, oh...

Well, I'm living here in Middletown
and it's hard to keep a good man down.
But you want "freedom fries" with that today

Hey? Hey? Hey?

Hey? Hey? Hey?
Whoa, oh, oh.
And it's getting very hard to pay
and we're living here in Middletown.

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royce miller - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
Michael-you did your usual great pacing job and it's interesting
Jay W - November 13, 2003 - Report this comment
What I like most about this is how it echoes the songwriter's sentiments in explicit rather than implicit terms.
Tim Hall - November 14, 2003 - Report this comment
At first, I thought this was about Middletown, Ohio, which had one big employer in Armco Steel. Great job
Wild Man - November 18, 2003 - Report this comment
Sad what happened, But nice work on your parody.
Duffy - November 24, 2003 - Report this comment
Good pacing, but I am getting a little tired of the Bush/Conservative/Republican bashing. Can't anyone do a parody that doesn't have to do with tearing down others?
Absolutely Write - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Jeez, Michael - You're a friggin' laugh riot. Anybody would have as many songs on here as you if they just distorted historical and current events, bashed the President, and didn't make any more than a meager attempt to be funny. Perhaps your lemmings find the genius in it - but it's obvious your "parodies" are merely sophomoric attempts at spewing back what you 've just digested on TV (History Channel, CNN, CBS, C MORE BS . . .) - AND while you're at it, you can kiss my royal swinging chad.
Rick D - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
I don't always agree with your politics, but you know how to get a reaction in a creative way. I admire that.
Michael Pacholek - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Jeez, Abso, lay off the OxyContin! I don't see you criticizing Malcolm and Guy for loading up on political parodies! And I'll take any one of those networks over the fanatical right-wing lies of a Fox News or an MSNBC. They distort, I deride. And if I had a straw, I would kiss...
Guy - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Pullease Michael - I do not load up on political parody. Check my web page and you'll see that there is a lot of variety out there.

Maybe you should try listening to other news sources. I do. I listen to them all. I read liberal publications. This is the only way I can really know what they are about. And accessing both left and right wing news sources lets me check one against the other and get a bit more of the total truth on something.

Maybe you should try paying some attention to some right wing sources 'cause you sure don't seem to know spit about the right, at least anything accurate.

And just what do you propose to kiss with that straw? Hmmm.
baldambition - June 01, 2004 - Report this comment
your obvious distortion of historical facts made the song unenjoyable. just wait until november, you'll have even more material to cry about, when you loose again.
Lee B. - June 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey Michael I have a pariody for's a Elton John song called "Sad Songs Say So Much..about your dumb ass".
Michael Pacholek - June 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Bald: I will "loose" in November? Well, starting in January, I will be able to to loosen up, with John Kerry as President. What historical fact did I distort? Well, actually, my parents met a few years before Watergate, but other than that... and Lee, Elton agrees with me. Too bad you let the dumb go down on you.

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