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Song Parodies ->Authors -> Mari Aranoff

Tom Lehrer's theme from the TV show "That Was the Week That Was" was the first song that I parodied. It was written for a Campfire Girls skit in my hometown of Studio City, California in the 60s. The plot: Martians landed on Earth at the same time that the Beatles hit town.

Writing is a favorite hobby, but I'm a serious musician (flutist, singer, keyboardist, and songwriter). I have performed and recorded with groups of all sizes, shapes, and styles. As an English major in high school, I wrote for the literary magazine and became more anal about spelling and grammar. As a music major in college, I acquired no practical job skills.

Years later, I was encouraged to write comedy songs and parodies by then-husband Rick Duncan (I now go by "Mari Aranoff"). We performed as a comedy song duo for several years, and one of our tunes ("Mariwanna") got some airplay on the Dr. Demento show.

Creative influences include Weird Al (I'm a proud owner of his underwear), Ian Anderson, the Banana Man from the Captain Kangaroo show, and my mom. I once owned and managed a recording studio and marched in the Doo Dah Parade (parody of the Rose Parade), but not at the same time. I am the Office Diva for the Department of TV, Radio, Film & Theatre at San Jose State.

Song Parodies -> Lyrics

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Parody TitleOriginal TitlePerformerSubmitted
Don't Make Me FlyDon't Pass Me ByThe Beatles2003-10-13
Police, Release MePlease Release MeEnglebert Humperdinck2003-10-13
It's Still Billy Joel to MeIt's Still Rock & Roll to MeBilly Joel2003-10-13
We Got OboeI Got You, BabeSonny & Cher2003-10-20
Home Behind the CometOctopus's GardenThe Beatles2003-10-20
WhippetWhip ItDevo2003-10-21
Gene Wilder to HerWilder Than HerFred Eaglesmith2003-10-21
It's Their PartyIt's My PartyLeslie Gore2003-10-26
You're a Jerk, No DoubtWe Can Work it OutThe Beatles2003-10-26
I've Been There, I've Done ThatWithin You Without YouThe Beatles2003-10-26
Soon I'll SueSomeday SoonJudy Collins2003-11-04
Route 666Route 66Bobby Troupe2003-11-12
God Rest Our Ears from Christmas SongsGod Rest Ye Merry GentlemenEverybody2003-11-23
Ralph BellamyMa Belle AmieTee Set2003-11-24
My Boyfriend's WhackedMy Boyfriend's BackThe Angels2003-11-27
Rose ParadeEaster ParadeJudy Garland & Fred Astaire2003-12-12
The MeteoritesThe IsraelitesDesmond Dekker & The Aces2003-12-14
I Was So HighI Will SurviveGloria Gaynor2003-12-16
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Part 3Have I Told You Lately That I Love YouVan Morrison2003-12-17
Cherry HerringBarracudaHeart2003-12-18
Sixteen-Note SambaOne-Note SambaAntonio Carlos Jobim2003-12-19
Daniel 2003DanielElton John2003-12-20
Jammin' (The Copier Song)Jammin'Bob Marley2003-12-21
I'm So Sick of '24'25 or 6 to 4Chicago2003-12-23
We Saw the Milky WayAnother DayPaul McCartney2003-12-23
Mister Blue GuyMister Blue SkyElectric Light Orchestra2003-12-30
Blighted by the LiceBlinded by the LightManfred Mann2003-12-31
Did you See the Snake that Ate Jose?Do You Know the Way to San Jose?Dionne Warwick2004-01-02
'Oz' and 'Moon'Us and ThemPink Floyd2004-01-03
Dippy EpistleEpistle to DippyDonovan2004-01-04
Paint Them WhitePaint it BlackThe Rolling Stones2004-01-05
Adoptee and Mom ReunionMother and Child ReunionPaul Simon2004-01-07
Four O'ClockSix O'ClockThe Lovin' Spoonful2004-01-08
Stick ShiftNightshiftThe Commodores2004-01-14
A Baby Boomer's RapLose YourselfEminem2004-01-17
My Beat-up Old BassoonUp Up and AwayThe Fifth Dimension2004-01-20
Bella Came HomeSunny Came HomeShawn Colvin2004-01-25
Good Morning MoonshineGood Morning StarshineCast of 'Hair'2004-01-27
Sponge Cake TonightHeartache TonightThe Eagles2004-02-02
With Farts in SymphoniesI Hear a SymphonyThe Supremes2004-02-03
Say 'Vagina' -- We Won't MindCarolina in My MindJames Taylor2004-02-09
They Might Be GiantsBirdhouse in Your SoulThey Might Be Giants2004-02-10
Ain't No Sunshine (And She's Down)Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)Bill Withers2004-02-20
Bagpipes Have ArrivedBad Moon on the RiseCreedence Clearwater Revival2004-02-23
God Bless This Sports EventGod Bless AmericaTraditional2004-02-25
HamletTammyDebbie Reynolds2004-02-25
Don't Have a Star Named After MeDon't Let the Sun Go Down on MeElton John2004-02-26
Losing AirLoving YouMinnie Ripperton2004-02-27
FiftyMistyJohnny Mathis2004-02-27
Epil-StopAt the HopDanny & The Juniors2004-02-29
At This Moment, Now (Bad Wedding Song)From This Moment OnShania Twain2004-03-08
Dangling ParticiplesDangling ConversationSimon & Garfunkel2004-03-16
Just a PiccoloJust a GigoloDavid Lee Roth2004-03-23
Animal FarmAnimal HouseStephen Bishop2004-03-25
Sheep's BrainPeace TrainCat Stevens2004-04-05
Candy HandymanHandymanJames Taylor2004-04-12
Watching the DefectivesWatching the DetectivesElvis Costello2004-04-14
Just Broke InJust Dropped InKenny Rogers & The First Edition2004-06-02
One-Hit WondersOne Tin SoldierCoven/The Original Caste2004-08-09
Can't SpeakDon't SpeakNo Doubt2004-08-23
The ChangeThe ChainFleetwood Mac2004-09-02
Philip GlassHeart of GlassBlondie2004-09-05
Good Vibrations, Attorney at LawGood VibrationsThe Beach Boys2004-09-08
Lookin' Out My Back Door (extra doo doo version)Lookin' Out My Back DoorCreedence Clearwater Revival2005-01-10
Sand on my SkinDust in the WindKansas2008-12-14
Bush, My ShoesBlue Suede ShoesCarl Perkins2008-12-14
Kissed by a SealSealed with a KissBrian Hyland2009-01-18
Schierholtz is FearlessWerewolves of LondonWarren Zeavon2011-08-08