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Song Parodies -> "It's Smelly, In Delhi"

Original Song Title:

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Original Performer:

Bobby McFerrin

Parody Song Title:

"It's Smelly, In Delhi"

Parody Written by:

Stuart McArthur

The Lyrics

I don't like travellin-ah!.....oh no.....I love IT-ah! here's de few little travellin tips.....(and don't worry mon, de OS will play if you right-click here)
Here's a little travellin' tip
You might want to make a note - of - it
It's smelly...
in Delhi...

...and when de action's gettin' hot you
really ought to endeavour not to
cause trouble...
in Kabul...
(cause trouble in Kabul now)

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
don't hurl in
East Berlin
don't hurl in East Berlin

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
buy high land
in Thailand
buy high land in Thailand

it's fine to dress like Fred Astaire
...I recommend you should not wear
a tie though...
in Cairo...
the Aussies say it's "alright mate" still should not wear-a-cape
in Sydney...
it's windy...
(look at me: no capey!)

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
don't sell porn
in Melbourne
(I will give you my phone number
if you have porn, call me - I mind it for you)

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
dont saute
in Norway

...aint got no cash, aint got no jive?
and you intend to stay alive?
don't break down...
in Capetown...
de Ipanema folk will frown
if you walk round in a dressing-gown
so wear speedos...
in Rio...
wear speedos
in Rio now

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh.....
no breedin'
in Sweden
no breedin' in Sweden

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
don't bangkok
in Bangkok
don't bangkok in Bangkok

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
wear toupees, on Tuesdays - just do dat!
wear a wig!

put a rug on your mug
don't display dat nude nut around like dis!

on Tuesdays,
toupees look COOL! wherever you are

be silly
in Chile

ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oohy-oohy-oohy-ooh
I go quirky...
in Turkey...
then raging
in Beijing
scoff mussels
in Brussels
wear a tunic
in Munich
run dances
in Kansas
get callous
in Dallas
in Den-mark
drive a Honda
in Rwanda
then "hooray" in...
de Ukra-ine................

(...startin' to struggle now, mon)

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Pacing: 4.9
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Total Votes: 20

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Matthias - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
"Don't bangkok in Bangkok!!!" that was amazing!!!!!!
TJC - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
Fantastic! Many great lines, esp. loved the destination/consequence littany/patter at the end!
alvin rhodes - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
you came up smelling like a rose
Kristof Robertson - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
*applause* Absolutely fabulous, Stu. A brilliant travelogue done in the inimitable McArthur stylee. Fave part was the Ipanema/Rio stanza, but the whole thing was immensely chucklesome. Bravo! 555
Meriadoc - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
A pleasant plethora of travel tips. Especially liked "no breedin' - in Sweden". But you forgot "Don't root - in Beirut".... ;-)
PMS - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
Too many great lines too mention
Stuart McArthur - October 04, 2006 - Report this comment
thanks Matthias and TJC and alvin - thanks Kristof (it was interesting to see your page layout decisions for the same OS - that's the first time we've simultaneously parodied the same song I think) - d'oh, Merry! goddammit! hey Chucky, can I please add a verse?? - thanks PMS :-)
Mr 1s - October 05, 2006 - Report this comment
It would break my heart to give you 3 of my lovely 1s, so 555s for you Stuart.
Red Ant - October 07, 2006 - Report this comment
Woah! This was funny throughout. Indeed, TMGLTM. 555. You should be a travel agent. =)
tomario - October 11, 2006 - Report this comment
DEC:-round the world in 80 seconds nice work
Jeff Reuben - October 16, 2006 - Report this comment
Great idea, I loved the rhymes you worked in, and laughed throughout.
Johnny D - October 17, 2006 - Report this comment
(Dec) Shouldn't that be "Eat kidney, in Sydney!"
Kristof Robertson - October 20, 2006 - Report this comment
(DEC5) I'd like to see you do a follow-up with just Aussie place names, Stu...I'll give you my hometown, Wagga, to start! Then you've got Mudgee, Darwin, Cooma, Wyong, Moe, Dubbo, Gympie, Bega, Colac, Nyngan, Bowral, Kempsey, Toora, Cobram, Henty, Gulgong, Grong Grong, Ouyen and more than a few other bisyllabic one-pub wonders to keep you going. Good luck! ;-)
bobpiecheese - October 22, 2006 - Report this comment
(Decathlon - Event 5) That was hilarious! Well done, Stu!
Arwen - October 22, 2006 - Report this comment
Decathlon...very funny stuff, Stuart. I've taken notes for the day when I'm rich enough (or when I snag somebody who's rich enough...; )...) to take a trip around the world...=)
Red Ant - December 16, 2007 - Report this comment

Some author!

Jeez, it's been over a year since you wrote this? Seems no longer than a few months ago... this parody has aged quite well. Still TMGLTM, but the broken-but-sensible-and-hilarious rhymes make this parody.
Peter Andersson - December 16, 2007 - Report this comment
This would make an awesome combo with "50 ways to lose your luggage" methinks... ;-)
littleCupCakes - December 17, 2007 - Report this comment
555 to General MacArthur, from the Land DownUdder!
Guy - December 20, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC4-I) Done a bit of traveling myself. Japan can be quite smelly. They use human waste as furtilizer if you venture out into the country areas in the summer you can get your nose out of joint. Their sewage system when I was there were something called "Benjo" ditches. Nothing more than open sewage running in concrete cutters along the road sides. It's Crappin' - In Jap-an. Loved it.
Invisible Boy - December 22, 2007 - Report this comment
Great idea. Once you set-up the premise, which is the key to any good parody, the possibilities are endless. Great job.
bobpiecheese - December 23, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC4-I) I haven't read this one in AGES. Still ingeniously incredible!
Laurie Alexander - December 24, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC4-I)-Very well done. Love the rhyming/geography combo.
Below Average Dave ( - December 26, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC4) Doesn't paint the best picture of India that's for sure, better bring extra soap if I ever visit the country.
Agrimorfee - December 27, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC4) Surely this didn't stink! No one should ignore this travel guide! :)
Matthias - December 27, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm still loving the Bangkok in Bangkok line.... Good to revisit this Stuart classic parody.
Cat - December 27, 2007 - Report this comment
(ABC) Heh! You're surely a well-traveled guy, and this was a riot! Loved the Melbourne line, you dirty boy. =P

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