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Song Parodies -> "Cashing in on Christmas - Understand?"

Original Song Title:

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland"

Original Performer:

Traditional

Parody Song Title:

"Cashing in on Christmas - Understand?"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

To anyone to young to have used DOS, ^H (Ctrl+H) means "backspace" - i.e. delete...

Anyway, on with another "let's exploit Christmas" kind of song...
All around, prices are rising
Supply, demand - and advertising
They're making a buck
They don't give a f^H^H^H^H^H^H^H
They're trying their luck
Cashing in on Christmas - understand?

Later at the office party
There's the prat - the office farty
Who stops being staid
And tries to get laid
Cashing in on Christmas - understand?

In the High Street you hear Christmas jingles
Their tinny tinkles follow you around
Every trendy band has Christmas singles
Hoping to cash in another pound

As for me? Why deny it...
'Cause you see I'm gonna try it
It isn't a crime
So vote for this, I'm
Cashing in on Christmas, understand
Cashing in on Christmas, understand
Is cashing in on Christmas underhand?

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Guy - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Well, Phil I'd be one that remembers CTRL H. I used it before DOS. Digital Equipment Corps family of DEC 10 mainframes circa 1978 to 1983 used an OS called TOPS 10. This was actually almost the same DOS that Bill Gates used several years later on his early and subsequent releases of MS DOS. I think this is why Bill Gates is called an entrepreneur and not a programmer.

And that CRTL H thing you have in this song wouldn't have anything to do with the rule changes on sexual explict material would it now?

By the way nice parody. I put one of these out on Sleigh Ride myself today then I read that rule change on the message board. I was pleased that mine was posted. I think I know where CG's fine line is on this.
Royce Miller - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
very funny, Phil
ChuckyG - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Control-H refers to an ASCII character, and was never tied to a particular OS, so Control-H would have worked on Unix boxes before Digital Equipment even came along. MS-DOS before version 2.X was based on a clone of Digital Research's CP/M, which was loosly based on Unix.
Guy - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
This is true that it is an ASCII character Chuck and it still works if you are in a command prompt screen. I used to use it and other CRTL CHAR ASCII values that would do a crude type of animation on the DECSystem10 whenever PIP was used to display a monitor. You just had to use the correct sequence of CTRL characters to make whatever you wanted to 'move' happen. Is Digital still operating up there in Maynard? I was up there once a long time ago for some training on one of their new mainframes.
Adagio - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Very good job, Phil!!
Michael "Ronco" Pacholek - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
If you're interested, I'm selling all-fives ratings, complete with a Christmas candy cane. How much would you pay for this? But wait! If you act now, you'll also get...
Johnny D - December 09, 2003 - Report this comment
Great send-up of holiday-hype. 5's
ChuckyG - December 10, 2003 - Report this comment
DEC got bought out by someone who then got bought out by someone else... I know several of the branches have closed or been sold off and then closed, etc. So no, DEC is pretty much gone now. Most companies in the tech industry disappear so quickly, it's hard to even keep track anymore.
Jake A Ralphing (Luke Brattoni) - April 17, 2005 - Report this comment
Help. I'm utterly swamped with all of this nerdish leetspeak jargon. Cleverly themed and written parody.
Charlie Decker - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) I second the "lost in the netspeak." Great parody, anyway.
Agrimorfee - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05) That DOS line ruined your first verse. Pretty good song, though.
Adagio - April 18, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC05) Good one.
Phil Alexander - April 19, 2005 - Report this comment
er... could I just point out that old DOS commands could in no way be counted as "netspeak" - we're talking at least ten years pre-Net ;-) But it only came up 'cause I wanted to "delete" a line. You can sing along to either version :-)
Johnny D - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) See above.
Guy - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC-C) See above.
Melhi - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
C - I LOVE the last verse!
Kristof Robertson - April 21, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) Merry Christmas, Phil!!...What?.....April?? You're kidding....:-) 555
MysteryGoat - April 22, 2005 - Report this comment
Nice use of DOS commands.
Adam Eccleshall - April 23, 2005 - Report this comment
(ABC) Greeat stuff :-)
Jeff Reuben - April 24, 2005 - Report this comment
Windows is overrated. Just a matter of time before DOS makes it's comeback.

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