October 07, 2003

An Ode to File-Sharers

WE RECENTLY REALIZED that while the Recording Industry Association of America has filed lawsuits against hundreds upon hundreds of people accused of illegal file-sharing, all the news reports we've seen have been in reference to those folks who have settled with the recording companies. As we figure it's only a matter of time before one of the brave (read: crazy) souls on the receiving end of those lawsuits actually tries to fight it, we offer the following ode*:

SITTING IN THE DOCK, AT BAY
(with apologies to Otis Redding)

Sittin' here under the gun
I'll be sittin' when the day is done
Watchin' the jury roll in
Then I'll watch 'em go away again

I'm sittin' in the dock, at bay
Hoping the tide turns my way
Ooh, I'm just sittin' in the dock, at bay
Wastin' time ...

I left my home in Georgia
Got served by the RIAA
It's 'cause they're a bunch of morons
asking eighteen for some J-Lo -- no way!

So, I'm just sittin' in the dock, at bay
Hoping the tide turns my way
Ooh, I'm just sittin' in the dock, at bay
Wastin' time ...

Look like nothing's gonna change
Every CD still gonna sound the same
I can't do what their people tell me to do
Which is settle up -- and pay

Just sittin' here, wanting to groan
And this press corps just won't leave me alone
Two thousand miles I roamed
'Cause their lawyers forgot to file near home

Now, I'm just gonna sit in the dock, at bay
Hoping the tide turns my way
Ooh, I'm just sittin' in the dock, at bay
Wastin' time ...

(whistling)

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* Note to humorless recording-industry people: This is parody. This means that we can't be sued, even if you really don't like it.

* Note to humorless recording-industry attorneys: No, really. See Hustler v. Falwell, 485 US 46.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at October 7, 2003 09:46 PM | TrackBack
Comments

LOL! This is hysterical! Is it to the tune of any particular song, or is it just lyrics?

Posted by: Laura in DC at October 9, 2003 12:41 AM

The words should fit nearly perfectly to Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at October 9, 2003 08:20 PM

*ROFL* Excellent filk, Ben. ;]

Posted by: Ironbear at October 10, 2003 10:46 AM