National Anthem Parodies

“The Star Spangled Banner” is sort of a parody to begin with – it was sung to the tune of a drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Believe it or not, they actually sing it at a FASTER tempo than the original.

Unwieldy as the song is, it’s pretty tough to parody, but parodies have been going around for years, of course. I particularly like the one that showed up on The Simpsons a while back:

Oh say can you see
back in row double-Z
that the team sucks out loud
and you fans are all plowed

I THINK this is an original written for the show, but it wouldn’t be the first time I thought The Simpsons had made up a song that turned out to be much older. They’ve featured LOTS of the songs on this site on one episode or another.

From Joe Bethancourt via Kay Shapero:

Jose (Ho-say), can you see any bedbugs on me?
If you do, pick a few, ’cause I got ’em from you!

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Los Angeles, 50's – 60's

    O say can you see
    Any bedbugs on me
    If you do, take a few
    And I'll fry them for you!

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  2. -MMM-

    Philly, early 70s:

    Oh say can you see
    Any bedbugs on me?
    If you do
    Pick a few
    And we’ll have bed-bug stew-ew!

    Oh say can you see
    Any leeches on me?
    If you do
    Pick a few
    And we’ll serve ’em up too!

    With a cockroach dee-zert
    And spider brain tea
    It’s a meal for a ghoul
    And I’m sure you’ll agree

    Oh say can you see
    Any wo-or-orms on me-ee?
    If you do
    Pick a few!
    And we’ll have spa-ghet-ti!

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