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guitar playerHow many people out there remember Weird Al Yankovic? He was the musical satirist who made a name for himself in the 80's and 90's by taking pop songs and twisting them into his own hilarious interpretations of the original works. In particular, some of the parodies he created from Michael Jackson songs were amazingly inspired works of comedy art.

Because of Weird Al, I myself have tried my hand at the writing of parodies and I found it to be fairly simple. You must have the ability to follow a tune in your head and you need a sense of musical timing and rhyme. A slightly warped sense of humor can come in handy also which makes me a perfect candidate for the job.

If you are interested in seeing a working example of how you can write a song parody yourself, I invite you to take the jump and witness the creation of my song parody: "Internet writer", as based on the Beatles song "Paperback Writer".


First, here are the lyrics for the original "Paperback Writer", as recorded by The Beatles:

Paperback writer, paperback writer.
Dear Sir or Madam will you read my book,
It took me years to write will you take a look,
Based on a novel by a man named Lear,
And I need a job,
So I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.
It's a dirty story of a dirty man,
And his clinging wife doesn't understand.
His son is working for the Daily Mail,
It's a steady job,
But he wants to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.
It's a thousand pages give or take a few,
I'll be writing more in a week or two,
I can make it longer if you like the style,
I can change it round,
And I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.
If you really like it you can have the rights,
It could make a million for you overnight,
If you must return it you can send it here,
But I need a break,
And I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer

Now, here are my lyrics based on my own experience.

Internet writer, Internet writer.
Dear sir or Madam will you read my blog,
It took me hours to write, working like a dog.
It's based on a post by a limp website,
and I need some cash,
so I want to be an Internet writer,
Internet writer.
It's a dirty blog about a dirty wrench
and my source is dull so forget that wench.
I eat at my desk and edit in the can,
but it's extra dough and I wanna be an Internet writer.
Internet writer.
It's a thousand words, perhaps a thousand two
I can strike a phrase. I can add a few.
I can make it lurid if you need that type.
I can fuel the hype,
Cause I want to be an Internet writer.
Internet writer.
It's claimed as invention by a man named Gore
If we give him room he will claim some more.
Soon they'll be asking where the newsprint went,
But I'm getting paid and it's 'cause I am an Internet writer.
Internet writer.

You too can write a song parody. All you need to do is just take your ideas and jam them into words which will fit a tune that you feel expresses your theme. It makes no matter if you create a simple two line refrain or an entire ballad. What counts is the expression of your ideas and the fun that you have while creating your own special little masterpiece.

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