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Song Parodies -> "Carny"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Ben Folds Five

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

Abbott Skelding

The Lyrics

Ah, the circus tent...where dreams come true. Original Song
Well my girlfriend left this morning
Said, “You won’t amount in life!”
And I thought, “Yeah, I’ll show her and do something!”
I packed my bags and grabbed a flight
To somewhere better
Where I could be my own man
Saw the tent, I just became a carny!
Left my town, said “I’ll do this instead!”

Grew a moustache and a mullet
And I work hard everyday
Cleaning up after the horses
Now I run “Guess Your Weight”
And in June, got a promotion
Now I run the ring-toss game
I grabbed another deep fried apple pie
Said, “Man, isn’t this great? Ah....”

I will show my ex one day
I will be the best one day

Oh, there’s the bearded lady
Oh, think that she wants to date me
Woah, heard she swallows swords easily!

Ah, yeah!

One day, work the roller coaster
Next, I’m dunked into the water
I say to the customers-
“It’s not rigged! Hit the milk bottles!”
My co-workers all respect me
And my ex just tried to text me
But I’m really rather busy
With the siamese twins, ‘top the ferris wheel

It’s the place where I’m meant to be
With my new side show family
I could stay here now everyday

I’m world renowned, THE carny…

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.8
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 4

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Matthias - February 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Much, much better than my uncharacteristically racist parody of this song. Being a carny at Disney World I can totally relate but we don't really have the freakshow people working here other than just really weird looking Disney cast members. This was awesome!
Agrimorfee - February 14, 2014 - Report this comment
This was just ok to me. I am a stickler for keeping verbatim lines or key words from the OS out of the parody so...! It brought to my mind Stephen King's recent novel "Joyland" where a 70s college student gets deeply involved in the carny lifestyle. Maybe more carny-lore would have made this more interesting. Sorry Abbott.
Glen S - February 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I enjoyed this Abbott. I liked all the carny-jobs you mentioned, and my favorite line was definitely 'grew a moustache and a mullet...'. Nice work, you carny.
bobpiecheese - February 25, 2014 - Report this comment
(Artistry) Pretty good, but not as knockout as you usually are. My usual apathy to anything circus-related probably didn't help, but that's my problem, not yours. Still 555 worthy.
Blaydeman - February 25, 2014 - Report this comment
(Artistry) I liked the idea, creepy carny stuff fascinates me. I agree with Agrimorfee that this parody could've benefitted from being more specific. You hit a large number of those classic carny tropes we all love, but for me solidifying a narrow story would've worked better for me. But that's a personal preference kind of thing, so take that with a grain of salt. I just feel like you could've dug deeper into the carny world and pulled out a real gem of a parody, however this one is still pretty good.
Max Power - February 25, 2014 - Report this comment
The circus always have the weirdest beings.

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