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Song Parodies -> "Take Five"

Original Song Title:

"Take Five"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Dave Brubeck

Parody Song Title:

"Take Five"

Parody Written by:

Bob Gomez

The Lyrics

Dave Brubeck recorded this classic jazz tune in 1959. This is, strictly speaking, not a parody but a comic version of a song which has no original lyrics, along the lines of Allan Sherman's "Camp Granada." I dedicate it to hardworking teenagers out there who are confronted with summer chores.
Take Five

When you're working hard out in the yard,
Just take five,
And you'll revive
Feel so alive

Got a lot of chores to do at home,
But take five,
And you'll survive
Life and its jive

Cutting the grass,
When it's hot it really sucks ass,
And you've gotta do it before
Mom and Dad get
Home and chew you out and ground you

But take a break
Chow down on the ice cream and cake,
You can tell 'em you're almost done,
And you're in the zone!

When you're working hard out in the yard,
Just take five,
And you'll revive
Feel so alive

Got a lot of chores to do at home,
But take five,
And you'll survive
Life and its jive

"You missed a spot,"
Dad is saying, "and this is not
What I had expected to see
When arriving home and so I'm telling you to

Pick up your room
Here's the dustpan and here's the broom,
By the time I finish my beer,
Wanna see it done!"

Guess there's not enough time in the day
To take five,
So to survive,
Got to connive:

Throw your dirty clothes and all your trash
Right into
Closet space so
Then you can pro-
Ceed to take five

Now you can pro-
Ceed to take five
Yes, you can pro-
Ceed to take five
ęBob Gomez 2003

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Wild Man - June 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Good thinking Bob. I find that my kids are much more productive if we joke around, make up silly songs, or whatever, Man. It helps take the drudgery out of the work. We also use short liner parodys to help them with home work, or study for exams. Liked your beer line.
Bob Gomez - June 28, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks for the chalupas, Man--did your kids like this song? d;:^)
Wild Man - June 29, 2003 - Report this comment
Yeah Man , especially the part about ice crean & cake.
Rick D - November 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Just found this, Bob. Very cool. I had Mari come in and sing it, and it scans that 5/8 beat. I'm sure you know that Sherman's song is called "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda". Also this parody reminds me just a bit of another of his classics: "Here's to the crabgrass, here's to the mortgage, in fact here's to suburbia/ Lay down your briefcase, far from the rat race where nothing can disturb-i-a"
Mari D - November 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Good one! That just what this site needs: more jazz parodies! And this song isn't easy! Also, it sure beats "Whistle While You Work"!

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