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Song Parodies -> "It Makes A Fella Proud To Fight For ISIS"

Original Song Title:

"It Makes A Fella Proud To Be A Soldier"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"It Makes A Fella Proud To Fight For ISIS"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

In the 50s, when Tom Lehrer did his military service, the army were after a song of their own (to go with the Navy's "Anchors Away" and the USAF's "Up in the Air Junior Birdman song", so he wrote "It makes a fella pround to be a soldier", a song which inexplicably wasn't used by the US Army. After seeing that ISIS have been using modern technology & internet memes (including "YODO - you only die once. Why not make it a martyrdom?"), I thought it sad that they didn't have their own recruiting song, too. So I wrote this - I'm sure it'll have every bit as much success with IS[I[SL]] as Tom Lehrer's did with the US military.
We know that every young Jihadi John must feel such luck
With the cosmopolitan youth beside him in a pick-up truck
With their many miscellaneous motivations - it's quite weird
And it isn't just the men round here who get to grow a beard

Now Al joined up to do his part in an Islamic State
He wants to fight and kill and die for a new Caliphate
But conditions causing him to fret:
They don't have broadband internet?
It makes a fella proud to fight for ISIS

Now Omar is in Syria, he thinks he's really hard
It's a step up from when he was a Morrisons security guard
They'd never let him have displayed
A Kalashnikov and a hand grenade
It makes a fella proud to fight for ISIS

After Johnny left his new madrassa he
Was jihadi through and through when he was done.
The effects were as we dreaded:
For the next day he beheaded
A journalist, a doctor, and a nun.

@ISILCats as propaganda's really rather sweet
It's filling up the internet with kitty picture tweets
The cutest thing you've ever seen
We're calling it "Mew-jahideen"
It makes a fella proud to fight for ISIS

There's lots of Western youngsters making light of this ordeal:
They think they're coming here to play CoD Black Ops 2 for real
Except that when they're dead and gawn
Jannah's where they will respawn
It makes a fella proud to fight for ISIS

They don't make pizzas like they do at home, here in Iraq
And this savoury cessation has made many head right back
They think of all the marvellous ways
They're cooking pizza back at base
It makes a fella proud to fight for ISIS

A teenage convert here looks forward to
His post-mortem spiritual wealth
He so believes it's true:
That he'll get his seventy-two
Virgins, though he'll still be one himself

Our last recruit has committed the worst cardinal sin:
He wants to go back home (except they won't let him back in)
He thinks he'll be the star, it's true... of Homeland, season 2
It makes a fella proud to fight
In such a silly crowd to fight
What luck to be allowed to fight


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Abou Ben Adhem - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
All rather familiar and dreary, don't you think?
John Jenkins - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
Your satirical examples seem unfortunately accurate (except Homeland is now on Season 4). Very good parody, particularly the 'virgin' line.
Phil Alexander - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
JJ - my satirical examples are mainly (unfortunately) drawn from real-life.. maybe that couplet should be:
He'll star in (if he stays alive)... Homeland, Season 5

Abou - really? There's barely a dozen parodies about ISIS on amiright, it's still very topical & there's a few things in this one which aren't in any of the others I've read (e.g. mewjahideen.. and Omar, the chap in one of the first of their depressingly idiotic beheading videos, did work as as Morrison's security guard, about half a mile from where I'm typing)
Patrick - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I think it's always been true that young men go off to war for the excitement and adventure, much more so than for any political or religious ideal. The "cause" is mainly an excuse. And, they are always disillusioned in the end, if they live long enough. I liked the "mew-jahedeen" line. I'll have to look that one up. ISIS is a current news topic, it's political and ideological, and thus a fitting object of satire.
Phil Alexander - November 25, 2014 - Report this comment
You have a point: there have been comparisons between young men heading off to fight for ISIS and those who went off to fight in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. People often act without considering all the (or even "any") implications of their actions, and it's simplistic to assume that all those returning are radicalised would-be terrorists (as some politicians would have us believe). Denmark has a fairly innovative response in this case:
MasonR - November 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Hey Phil! I'm glad I checked back in after a long absence and found this. Most of the parodies I'm seeing here are...meh. This one, OTOH, makes a fellow proud to be on Amiright!
Phil Alexander - November 27, 2014 - Report this comment
:-) Thanks.. now, that's a parody to write (though it would be easy to rather annoy some of the denizens)

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