I Know it Might be Wrong, But…

For my PhD party over the weekend, a few of my old friends decided to get together and, unbeknownst to me, resurrected an old parody from a surprise birthday party seven years ago.  The song, “Littlejohn Has Got it Goin’ On” was a remarkably well-done spoof of that strange, out-of-the-blue, and somewhat disturbing hit song by Fountains of Wayne, “Stacy’s Mom,” from 2003.  Those of you unfortunate enough to have been listening to pop music in the early 2000s may have mercifully forgotten that song, and will now be cursing me for re-inserting its inexpungible catchiness into your head.  But, although the performance on Saturday may have lacked a good deal in musicianship, I promised to pay tribute to the poetic effort, and to keep myself humble, by posting the lyrics of this parody-of-a-parody here today (though as with most such things, it may only be funny if you know the original, and may not be even then).

 

Littlejohn
Has STILL Got It Going On

            by Bradley Belschner, Nov 2013

Littlejohn has got it going on,

Littlejohn has got it going on,

Littlejohn has got it going on,

Littlejohn has got it going on,

Bradford can I come over, after
work (after work)

We can sit around and watch our
kids go berserk (go berserk)

Did you just get back from your
conference trip? (conference trip)

Peter Esca-lan-te’s got you in his
grip (in his grip)

You know, you’re not the undergrad
that you used to be,

You’re all grown up, and you got
your PhD!

Littlejohn has got it going on,

You’re a Doctor now, and you’ve
waited for so long

Bradford can’t you see, that
you’ve got your PhD

I know it might be wrong, but your
name is Doctor Littlejohn.

Littlejohn has got it goin’ on,

Littlejohn has got it goin’ on,

Bradford you were once, a
neo-Anabaptist, (anabaptist)

But then you learned… two
kingdoms was what you’d missed, (what you’d missed)

At first you had your blog, but
then you wanted more, (so much more)

You published Nevin, and named
your son after Kierkegaard, (the D is silent)

And although you were the weirdest
person that I knew,

Oliver O’Donovan is awkwarder than
you!

Littlejohn has got it going on,

You’re a Doctor now, and you’ve
waited for so long.

You’ve proved that Hooker’s-best
…… now you can finally rest,

I know it might be wrong but, your
name is Dr Littlejohn.

            [guitar solo]

Littlejohn, has got it goin’ on, (He’s
got it goin’ onnnn…)

You’re a Doctor now, and you’ve
waited for so long (Waited and waiteeeed…)

Bradford can’t you see, that
you’ve got your PhD

I know it might-be wrooong (ahhh…)

Sourced in papers (Littlejohn
et alllll!)

Cited elsewhere (Littlejohn et
alllll!)

Referenced often (Bradford
can’t you see, that you’ve got your PhD!)

I know that it sounds wrong but, (ahhh…)

Your name is Dr Littlejohn!

4 thoughts on “I Know it Might be Wrong, But…

  1. Brad Littlejohn

    None fit for public consumption, Melissa. You could no doubt make some inquiries, if you were really that masochistic, and find someone who had an iPhone running during the whole ordeal.

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  2. Brad Belschner

    Bradford isn’t exaggerating about the poor audio quality at the event; "masochism" is the right word for the context. I sang it with 4 backup singers (Fraser, Ryan H, Nathan Snider, and Jesse Sumpter), and we hadn’t practiced together even once before the event. Furthermore, there was no sound equipment or microphone, so instead I recorded an MP3 with my brothers in advance and played it in the background, and then at the event the 5 of us just sort of sang along with the MP3. (I made the MP3 using <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUS1xP7oMtw">instrumentals I got online</a>… and then I overlaid our voices using my laptop’s built in microphone… in one take. You could even hear my phone ringing during part of it…)

    So, yeah, like Bradford said, not the best musical quality in the world, lol.

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