I’m Still Singing: A parody song about parody songs

I’ve been recording parody songs for close to two years now but this may be the most bonkers one yet. It’s certainly the most meta …

It all started out with my parenting parody version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – if you’re going to make an idiot of yourself you might as well go big, I say. From there it has progressed via old school classics such as ABBA’s Money Money Money and Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to more modern hits by Adele, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. En route I’ve murdered Christmas staples by The Pogues and East 17 and recorded Valentine’s Day and Halloween versions of Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Beautiful. I’ve paid my respects to the passing of David Bowie and Prince with (barely recognisable) covers of Life on Mars and When Doves Cry. Even Smells Like Teen Spirit has not been immune from being turned into a wry parenting parody.

I even got to perform one of my parodies at the blogging conference BML last June – a version of the Psychedelic Furs’ Pretty in Pink that was an ode to gender stereotypes and Isaac’s former love of all things pink. I remain the only person in BritMums history brave/stupid enough to sing a blogger’s keynote. Write that on my tombstone!

Anyhow, for my latest effort I’ve just had to go for a track that features in the animated film Sing: Elton John’s I’m Still Standing. It’s a firm favourite of all three of our kids and is frequently sung by us all when driving around town. (With the windows up, it must be said.)

How many of my previous parodies referred to in the revised lyrics have you heard before? And if you’ve missed any of them, now’s your chance to rectify that oversight.

Oh, and finally, take a look at the header image for this post, which is a still from the original song’s video. Do you recognise the dancer in the skimpy black outfit walking next to Elton? No? That’s Strictly‘s very own Bruno Tonioli circa 1983. Fact.

I’m Still Singing (to the tune of I’m Still Standing)

Two years ago I made a parody
I rewrote Bo Rap, did my own Freddie
And now I’m still going strong and having fun
Though with my dodgy voice I’ll never have a number one

I’ve written songs about being sleep deprived
Done Christmas Day, Halloween and Valentine’s
Nirvana and Gaga, even Beyoncé
And if you’re really lucky one day I’ll just go away

Don’t you know I’m still writing silly little parodies
Sounding very out of tune, don’t care, it’s a jolly wheeze
And I’m still singing after all this time
Poking fun and laughing at real life through medium of rhyme

I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah

When I started out I didn’t think
At BML I’d sing Pretty in Pink
For my next song I’m thinking Moana
And if the words dry up I’ll have to fake it, blah blah blah

You know I’m still writing silly little parodies
Sounding very out of tune, don’t care, it’s a jolly wheeze
And I’m still singing after all this time
Poking fun and laughing at real life through medium of rhyme

I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah

Don’t you know I’m still writing silly little parodies
Sounding very out of tune, don’t care, it’s a jolly wheeze
And I’m still singing after all this time
Poking fun and laughing at real life through medium of rhyme

I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m still singing, yeah, yeah, yeah

And here is the Elton John original, Bruno Tonioli and all.

Parenting parodies

Thatcham Rhapsody (to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody)

Toilet Trained (to the tune of Wonderwall)

Fairytale of Thatcham (to the tune of Fairytale of New York)

Kids in Cars (to the tune of Life on Mars)

Won’t You (Buy Something For Me) (to the tune of Don’t You (Forget About Me))

Pretty in Pink (to the tune of Pretty in Pink)

Vote For Me (to the tune of Let It Be)

iPhone (to the tune of Payphone)

When Stars Die (to the tune of When Doves Cry)

Parent Bloggers (to the tune of Single Ladies)

BML (to the tune of Let It Go)

Mummy Mummy Mummy (to the tune of Money Money Money)

Dinner at Maccy D’s (to the tune of Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

Halloween (to the tune of Beautiful)

Smells Like Boys’ Bedrooms (to the tune of Smells Like Teen Spirit)

Stay in Bed till Eight (to the tune of Stay Another Day)

On My Blog (to the tune of It’s a Sin)

Another Brick on the Floor (to the tune of Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2)

Make It Stop (to the tune of Shake It Off)

Support (to the tune of Stitches)

One More Hour of Sleep (to the tune of Rolling in the Deep)

A Bedtime Story (to the tune of The Edge of Glory)

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