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We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies
Billy Joel wrote a song; History is going strong.
It was nineteen-eighty nine; and the song was doing fine.
Many copies does it sell; stuff about the past they tell:
Politics and culture, too; movies, war and what have you.

Other people came along; they do really like the song,
Realize it was a hit; want to have a part in it.
History is first to go; from nineteen hundred back to 0.
Other topics soon include; everything from nice to lewd.

We didnít start the riffing
It was always with us
Since the song has hit us
We didnít start the riffing
Oh no we didnít coin it
But we want to join it

Every singer has a version; can you really blame the person?
The songís a really catchy tune; and you, too, will sing it soon.
Can't get it out of your head; you may wish that you were dead,
Sing it Ďtil you cough up phlegm; then go back and start again.

You can make new lyrics too; so long as they fit the tune.
Do a List Song if you like; name the pieces of your bike.
If storyís your imperative; you could write a narrative
Just be clever and enjoy; think of tropes you could employ.

We didnít start the riffing
It was always with us
Since the song has hit us
We didnít start the riffing
Oh no we didnít coin it
But we want to join it

Change the genre if you're clever; grunge or funk or lounge — whatever:
Country Music, Reggae-vibe; Heavy Metal, suicide,
New Wave, Hip Hop; Electronic, Punk Rock,
Soul and Ska and Disco too, but Jimmy Hart will also do

Or just like a bunch of dopes, make a song thatís listing tropes:
Filk Song, List Song; Stock Parodies come along.
Piano Key Wave, Piss-Take Rap; you can really list all crap
God-Is-Love Songs, Ear Worm; Power Ballad, Seiza Squirm

We didnít start the riffing
It was always with us
Since the song has hit us
We didnít start the riffing
Oh no we didnít coin it
But we want to join it

As we said itís often done; many times under the sun.
We will list examples here; austerity you need not fear.
The list is not complete of course; and this is our driving force
So go add more, lickety split, or you will soon be deep in shame


Examples:

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  • German comedian Otto Waalkes did "Wir haben Grund zum Feiern" ("We have reason to celebrate") which lists off a bunch of alcoholic beverages.
  • The Tom Green song "Pet Names for Genitalia" (see I Call Him "Mr. Happy").
  • "We Didn't Start the Blitzball", about the Fictional Sport Blitzball from Final Fantasy X.
  • Fringemunks did "Susan Pratt Started the Fire" (lyrics) about the episode "The Road Not Taken" of Fringe.
  • The Star Wars podcast ForceCast featured "We Didn't Start the ForceCast" on their October 29, 2010 cast at 1:51:40 (lyrics).
  • "We Have a Strong Desire", by Shlock Rock. It covers the history of the Jews from the Bible until present day.
  • Following the rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb from a collapsed mine in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, the radio team Hamish and Andy recorded a song to help them catch up: "We're filling in the miners. / They've been down there weeks, so they have missed heaps. / We're filling in the miners / So they're right across all essential goss." They concluded it by declaring that one thing hadn't changed: "Our songs are still half-assed."
  • Comedian Russell Howard used this song to list things the Daily Mail claims cause cancer. The greatest similarity is in the chorus, however.
  • Courtesy of WTAM 1100 (specifically The Mike Trivisonno Show), there's "We Live in Ohio", a good-natured tribute to all things Cleveland, as well as a gentle criticism of local politicians' tendency to focus on small or non-existent problems and ignore looming disaster:
    We live in Ohio,/And we goin' broke but we can't have smokin' here;
    We live in Ohio,/And our mayor's ramblin'; we can't get gamblin' here.
  • We Set the Dog on Fire by the guys at Spaff.com, enumerating dishes made from dog meat.
  • Hamish and Andy made a song about a Bacon Number of 100 to this tune, going from Salma Hayek to Bacon
  • We Didn't Start Satire, by the Capitol Steps, recaps political and media scandals since 1981.
  • Local Seattle show Almost Live! did a version in January 1990 based on then-recent history in Seattle.
  • "We Love You, Dr. Freeman", based on Half-Life
  • My class did one of these a few years ago. I can't find it, though.
  • "I Live Life On Tumblr."
  • Christian parody group Apologeti X has a parody called, "We Didn't Start Messiah."
  • /v/ presents We Didn't Make the Roster.

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Billy Joel, please do not sue us
It's a catchy song, that's why this list is long
Billy Joel, please do not sue us
Cause I'm not a singer, this is just The Stinger

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