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  • The Dumb Song by Psychostick.
  • On Tom Lehrer's That Was the Year That Was, before the "National Brotherhood Week" song:
    Lehrer: I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another, and I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings and I hate people like that!
    • His inflections do make it clear that he's lampshading the trope, though.
    • For that matter, the whole joke of the song is based around the idea that a country with all the racial problems of America would set aside a week for brotherhood and tolerance — as the song says, "Be grateful that it doesn't last all year!"
      • Or indeed, as he notes in the other part of the opening monologue: "This year, on the first day of the week Malcolm X was killed, which should give you an idea of how effective the whole thing is."
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  • Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Part 1 did the same joke in "Take An Indian To Lunch":
    Let's give in and all do the brotherhood bit
    Just make sure we don't make a habit of it
    Take an Indian to dine this week
    Show him we don't drawn the line this week
    We know ev'ryone can't be
    As American as we
    (After all, we came over on the Mayflower!)
  • Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, "Thou Shalt Always Kill":
    Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
    Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
    Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
    Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
  • Korn's "Y'All Want A Single" is a Take That! against the music industry. The music video is filled with protesting captions ("One Corporation Owns The 5 Major Video Channels In The U.S./ Is That OK?"; "Hit Songs On TOP 40 Are Often REPEATED Over 100 Times A Week", )... two of which resemble the song itself("90% Of All Songs Get To "The Hook" Within 20 Seconds./ 98% Of All # 1 Singles Are Less Than 3 Minutes and 30 Seconds Long."- the song is 3:17, and hits the hook at 0:17...), and the following one makes an... appropriate comment ("Does This Seem Like A Formula To You?"). Whether it's serious or humorous, it's up to you.
  • Roy Zimmerman's To Be A Liberal, possibly referencing Lehrer:
    And at yoga today
    I got bent out of shape
    'Cos the guy doing bow-pulling pulls next to me
    Was intolerant
    Which I hate
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic did this beautifully in "Amish Paradise."
    Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart?
    Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art!
    • Another example from him is "Achy Breaky Song", which uses the same tune as the song it's complaining about.
    • As well, "Don't Download This Song" deserves mention. The song itself doesn't seem that hypocritical, aside from the massive irony coming from the insane amounts of Slippery Slope Fallacy. Where does the hypocritical humor come in? Weird Al made the song available for download on his Myspace page a few weeks before the release of the song.
    • "The Brady Bunch" is told from the perspective of a guy who hates the show, but goes on to sing about it anyway.
  • "Never Be Rude to an Arab" from Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album starts off advising the listener to be racially tolerant, but informs you which races you should be tolerant to using increasingly abusive racial slurs. The song ends with the singer abruptly being blown up.
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  • In the original version of Morning Musume's Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari Takahashi Ai denies the claim that she still has her strong Fukui accent. She does so in Fukui-ben.
  • In one verse of Ben Folds Five's "Uncle Walter", the title character gives "a 50 minute lecture" about the dangers of smoking marijuana with "tobacco juice rolling off his chin".
  • In ALL CAPS BAND's song "Slushie in the Face", Luke sings that "cool kids don't sing."
  • Mclusky's "Fuck This Band":
    Fuck this band
    'Cause they swear too much
    It's an obvious ploy
    And irresponsible
  • Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden's "Peace and Quiet": a hymn to the joys of calm and silence, and decrying the noise of the modern world. Which gets steadily louder, and louder, and LOUDER...
  • Bob Dylan winkingly sings "you're sick of all this repetition" in the middle of the very repetitiously-structured "Queen Jane Approximately"
  • Gogol Bordello's "Illumination" features the line "Of course there is no us and them / but them they do not think the same..."
  • Jesus He Knows Me by Genesis is about an unscrupulous televangelist. The hypocrisy is even more obvious in the video.
    I believe in the family
    With my ever loving wife beside me
    But she don't know about my girlfriend
    Or the man I met last night
    Won't find me practising what I'm preaching,
    Won't find me making no sacrifice
    But I can get you a pocketful of miracles,
    If you promise to be good, try to be nice
    God will take good care of you,
    Just do as I say, don't do as I do
  • A meta example could be those artists who insist that the authorities crack down on piracy so nobody steals their songs about being a wild outlaw who has no time for the police and sticks it to the man.
  • In "The Return of Sathington Willoughby" by Primus, there's a line about how "Paranoia is a disease unto itself." This is immediately followed up with a warning that "The person standing next to you may not be who they appear to be, so take precaution."
  • Tool's "Hooker with a Penis":
    I met a boy wearing Vans, 501s, and a
    Dope Beastie T, nipple rings, new tattoos
    That claimed that he was OGT,
    back from '92, the first EP.
    And in between sips of Coke he told me
    That he thought we were selling out
    Laying down, sucking up to the man.
  • Knorkator's "Kinderlied" (children song) is about the exploitation of the children of celebrities. It's sung by the song writers young son. Played for laughs by making their fathers sound like washed up musicians who have lost all their dignity and not yet realized that nobody cares for them anymore.
  • The Green Bay Packers fan-song "Da Bears Still Suck" makes fun of the Chicago Bears for (among other things), having only won a single Super Bowl, This despite the fact that at the time the song was recorded, the Packers themselves had only a single Vince Lombardi trophy.
  • Simon & Garfunkel's "A Simple Desultory Phillipic" has this gem of a verse.
    He's so unhip when you say Dylan
    He thinks you're talking about Dylan Thomas
    Whoever he was.
    The man ain't got no culture
  • Celldweller's "The Lucky One" has the line "Lucky for me I don't believe in luck."
  • Chris de Burgh's song "Patrica the stripper" has the police arrested the title character, then cheering and crying out for more when she later strips in the courtroom.
  • The couple in "Why Don't You Get a Job?" by The Offspring have the exact same complaint about their significant other being a mooching lazy ass.
  • The band Ookla the Mok, who do pretty much nothing but songs about comic books, did a song called "Stop Talking About Comic Books or I'll Kill You". For bonus points, the last line of the song is the singer asking his comics-obsessed friend to pick up the latest The Invisibles for him.
  • William Shatner and Henry Rollins I Can't Get Behind That:
    I can't get behind singers...can't carry a tune, get paid for talking. How easy is that?
    • William Shatner is known for speaking his 'songs', but this one in particular was intended to be a spoken word rant.
  • Hank Green's I Don't Have a Favorite Pony. The singer begins by saying that he's really just not very interested in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, then goes on to reveal that he knows the show pretty well, that he just spent a full day watching the whole series, and, ultimately, that he only doesn't have a favorite pony because he prefers the juvenile dragon Spike.
  • 3rd Bass' old-school hip hop song "Pop Goes the Weasel" criticizes, among other things, mainstream rap artists that enjoy huge success by lazily sampling popular tunes... with a tune that itself is heavily built around a sample of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer".
  • Tim "Slappy" Babby asked "Weird Al" Yankovic in his song "Don't Re-Write This Song" not to parody his song... By making a parody of Weird Al's famous song "Don't Download This Song"
    Please don't re-write this song
    I re-wrote this song (I'm such a hypocritical singer)
    This irony is way too strong
  • Atmosphere's "One of a Kind" starts with a clip of concert banter, used as Spoken Word in Music:
    Slug: I’m different because I respect my audience and I don’t yell at them, and I’m special because I respect my audience...
    Audience Member: YEAH!
    Slug: (Suddenly SHOUTING!) SHUT THE FUCK UP!
  • Gus Backus once sang "Bohnen in den Ohr'n" note  about the advantages/disadvantages of having beans in ones ears. It ends with the advice that if this song slowly begins to annoy, one should put beans in ones ears.
  • The Corrs Has one song "Would You Be Happier", which is basically a Be Yourself song. The music video, however, shows the band selling out, trying different genres (such as glam rock and metal).
  • The theme song for Team America: World Police, aka the "America, Fuck Yeah!" song, has about half its lyrics as "Fuck yeah!" and the other half being American things that Americans made that makes America great, IN AMERICA! Several of the things mentioned weren't made in America, which is where a good amount of the song's humor comes from. It was written by the same people as South Park, so this is almost to be expected.
  • The Lonely Island: In the song "I Fucked My Aunt", guest singer T-Pain claims that he had sex with his aunt too, but unlike Jorm, Akiva, and Andy, he wasn't actually demented enough to make a song about it... as he's participating in a song about fucking aunts.


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