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Song Parodies -> "ObamaCare (bound for the rocks)"

Original Song Title:

"The Thing (found in a box)"

Original Performer:

Phil Harris

Parody Song Title:

"ObamaCare (bound for the rocks)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

Those who heard TOS on Jack Benny's US radio show repeatedly in the '50s never learned what The Thing was that no one wanted. A few years from now, we will know.
While I was workin' on a speech
Enlight'nin' AMA,
I saw an eight-gig "goody box"
A-floatin' on e-Bay.
I clicked on it and opened it up
And much to my surprise,
Oh, I discovered ObamaCare;
The sight made sore my eyes.
Oh my, this government's planned health care,
So bright, immortal, wise!

I copied it and drove to town
With happy smiling face.
I took it to a lawyer friend
Who'd try most any case.
But this is what that scholar decreed
As he talked off-the-top:
"Oh, I've doubts, and fear that ObamaCare
Will soon be called a flop!"
"Oh, about a year, and ObamaCare
Will surely stall or stop!"

I turned around; a shot rang out.
He's gunnin' for my life!
And then I booked into ER
To go beneath the knife.
But this is what they hollered at me
As I lay on the floor:
"Oh, get out of here with ObamaCare
And don't come back no more!"
"Oh, stay out of here till ObamaCare
Can pay us back some more!"

[Instrumental Interlude]

I stumbled all around the town,
Until I chanced to meet
A doctor who was lookin' for
A way to make ends meet.
He said he'd taken ev'ry new plan;
He was in desp'rate straits.
But when I showed him ObamaCare,
He turned and raised his rates!
Oh, when he knows of ObamaCare;
He'll spurn it, leave the States!

My wounds hung on for many years.
Then, victim of my fate,
One fearful day I came upon
Saint Peter at the gate;
And when I tried to make it inside,
He told me where to go:
"Set out in fear, without hope for change,
Forsaken down below!"
"Oh, get out of here with ObamaCare;
They'll take it, down below!"

The moral of this story is
What I'm about to teach.
If Congress sees a great big bill
By demagogues who preach,
Don't vote until they've opened it up.
That's my advice so true,
'Cause we can't put a lid on ObamaCare
Till Democrats are few!
Oh, we'll never get rid of ObamaCare
Until we swat the Blue!
I'll admit my story is a bit far-fetched, but it's a vehicle to visit many places and gather opinions.

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Patrick - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
A masterpiece. I always wondered what was in that box. Now I know, and it's more frightening than anything I could have imagined. This is one of the best songs I have ever read on this site. Captures that feeling of surprise and rejection. And, remember, we still don't know "everything" that may be hidden there.
Mark Scotti - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I tell ya, Barry, it's going to get more like this: and this:
Barry J. Mitchel - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, Patrick & Mark. I wished for more stanzas to cover insurers, businesses, labs, etc.; I could change "him ObamaCare" in the 4th stanza to "my ObamaCard".
Old Man Ribber - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
What a great original song ("I discovered a boom ba boom") and a wonderful parody! Ms. that you've passed the bill, we're beginning to see what's in it...and there's a lot of stuff we never knew or didn't belong. I re-christen this "The Summer Of Skullduggery". ;D
AFW - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember this old chestnut,'ve made good use of it for your cause
Patrick - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
"Skullduggery" makes me think of the Aztecs who treated severe headaches and certain other ailments by boring a hole in the skull to allow the evil spirits to escape. I wonder if that procedure is covered under "Obamacare".
Michael Pacholek - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I give you credit for knowing a great novelty song from 1950 (not to mention Alice Faye's husband), but you're repeating every lie the right-wing has tried to spread about ObamaCare. This is the difference between liberals and conservatives: Conservatives have no sense of shame.
Barry J. Mitchel - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, OMR, AFW & MP. I'm old enough to have heard TOS live, along with tales about Jack Benny's basement vault and Digger B. O'Dell the friendly undertaker.
MP: As I commented above, only 6 stanzas; not enough to tell "every" right-wing lie.
Fiddlegirl - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
What a great OS choice! And a fine tribute to boot. :)

@ MP: "This is the difference between liberals and conservatives: Conservatives have no sense of shame"

And liberals have no sense of reality.
Tommy Turtle - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I speak from personal experience on this. My present health insurance was getting too expensive, so I investigated the O-plan in my state. It cost much less, but the deductibles and co-pays were *HUGE* -- a single person could be out-of-pocket almost six thousand dollars per year before the benefits kicked in - and then you'd *still* have the co-pays. How is someone who can't afford health insurance supposed to afford those deductibles?

Oddly enough, when I inquired of my present carrier, they had a plan with a slightly lower deductible and *no co-pay at all* once the deductible was met - they paid 100% of *everything" after that. The cost was very close to the Gov. plan. What a surprise. (I took theirs).

The bill accomplished NOTHING in terms of "making health care more affordable". The only good was in providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, who can't obtain free-market insurance. Nothing else.

@ FG @ MP: ZING!!!!!!

@ Michael Pacholek: There they are again, my friend, those pesky, annoying things called FACTS, which keep getting in the way of your illusions. And this time, experienced FIRST-HAND. So, what kind of ad hominem, ignore-what-I-said comment do you have to refute *that*?
Christie Marie M - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I haven't read your parodies for a long time, Barry! This one was really hilarious. Loved how you subbed the banging chorus with ObamaCare! One of my fave polit-odies from you for the day! Here's and additional $555 to cover medical costs on ObamaCare!
Barry J. Mitchel - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks to Fg, TT & CMM, from whose comments I get enjoyment & enlightenment.
Fg & TT: Don't be so hard on MP; he might get discouraged, then who would you kick around?
TT: I hope that your private insurer can stay in business after OC takes full effect. I'm on MC and scared.
CMM: What you been readin'? Thanks, $555 covers 12 weeks of MC A&B for self & spouse.
Tommy Turtle - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Barry: We could just have fun and not get One. (Hey, that rhymes!) ... I'/d just as soon not 'have anyone to kick around", as I don't really enjoy kicking people around. Laughter is much better.

Oh, they're staying in business all right, but they had an across-the-board rate hike of 20%, most of which, I'm sure, was to cover either real, anticipated, or feared cost increases that The Bill would impose on private insurers. Which is something the pols never think about: the consequences to third parties of their actions. Thanks for your concern.

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