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Song Parodies -> "Call Center Blues"

Original Song Title:

"Folsom Prison Blues"

Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"Call Center Blues"

Parody Written by:

Rebekah Dub

The Lyrics

For those of you who work, or have worked, at a call center in a past life.
I hear that beep a-comin'
A call is comin' through
Oh, I ain't seen no sunshine since
my last day off
I'm stuck at this call center
tethered to my headset
and I stare at my computer
screen in between my calls

When I was a new hire,
my trainer told me, "Bek,
always stay on the line
and never lose your cool."
But I transferred a customer
to the Spanish line
The next thing I knew my super-
visor pulled me aside

I bet senior management's
enjoying happy hour
They're prob'ly munchin' on grub
and drinkin' nice cocktails
while the CSRs contemplate
the meaning of life and
while they try to hold down the fort
and dream that they're elsewhere

Unless I'm freed from this cubicle
via a sweet promotion
or the acceptance of my letter
of resignation,
I will be stuck at this
call center 'til I die
I'll let that annoying beep play
in my head all day

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Pacing: 4.2
How Funny: 4.2
Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 15

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Rob Arndt - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Now dialing (555)555-5555!!!
Jonathan - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
^ do you know what happens when you call that 555 number? do you?! I've never heard so much filth over the phone! ...well time to hit re-dial! 5's
Rebekah Dub - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Thanks, guys. Glad you enjoyed it. :)
Patrick - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Yesterday Bridget at Cardholder Services and the bogus extended auto warranty people both called at the same time. I try to induce the callers for the former to cuss me and hang up. Doesn't take long, ordinarily. The fun ones are the Chinese guys who claim they have found a virus in my computer and offer to fix it. That call lasts until they ask me what I see on my screen. When I tell them "A baseball game", they then curse me and call me a homosexual or ask if I am watching pornography. If they stay on the line long enough, I break the news to them that I don't own a computer (All this work is done on a library machine). The screen I refer to is my television. Which doesn't stop them from calling back the next day.
John Lomain - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
funny, good one!
Susanna Viljanen - January 26, 2016 - Report this comment
This one is ITIL compliant. 555-FULLPOINTS!
Rebekah Dub - January 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Thank you, guys! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec - January 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Not rating this. The theme is fun, and the pacing seems pretty good, but I didn't think Johnny sang the original in blank verse! Am I missing something? (Worrisome sec. code for a Canuck - FLQ)
Rebekah Dub - January 28, 2016 - Report this comment
The original song was sung like a ballad, much like my parody, perhaps in a slightly different style from my writing. The themes tie together, which was what I intended to go for. I didn't have a specific rhyme scheme in mind.
X - August 20, 2016 - Report this comment
You butchered Johnny Cash
? - September 19, 2016 - Report this comment
Doing time in prison is not a theme and in no way goes together with the freedom of working n a cushyy desk job.

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