Song Lyric Sunday — Time to Eat

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. on Thursday, Jim Adams has given us the food-related words bounty, dessert, eat, feast, food, hungry, and turkey for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. How could I possibly resist going with the classic Weird Al Yankovic parody, “Eat It”?

“Eat It” was written as a parody of Michael Jackson’s song, “Beat It.” Reaching number 12 in the U.S., “Eat It,” was a commercial and critical success. The song is about a fussy eater who needs to work on his table manners.

Yankovic’s record company sent Michael Jackson the first chorus, and Jackson was receptive. Al finished the song and Jackson approved it. Yankovic said, “I was very surprised to get permission from Michael Jackson. This was 1984 when I did ‘Eat It,’ when Michael was the King of Pop. We sent him a request, can we do a parody of your song and call it ‘Eat It?’ We thought we’d never hear back, it took a few weeks but we heard back and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s fine.'”

Yankovic gave Michael Jackson songwriting credit on the parody, since Jackson wrote “Beat It.” After the child abuse allegations  levied against Michael Jackson in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary, Weird Al stopped performing this song in his personal appearances.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

How come you’re always such a fussy young man
Don’t want no Captain Crunch, don’t want no Raisin Bran
Well, don’t you know that other kids are starving in Japan
So eat it, just eat it

Don’t wanna argue, I don’t wanna debate
Don’t wanna hear about what kind of food you hate
You won’t get no dessert ’til you clean off your plate
So eat it

Don’t you tell me you’re full
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn’t matter if it’s boiled or fried

Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it
Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it, ooh

Your table manners are a cryin’ shame
You’re playin’ with your food, this ain’t some kind of game
Now, if you starve to death, you’ll just have yourself to blame
So eat it, just eat it

You better listen, better do what you’re told
You haven’t even touched your tuna casserole
You better chow down or it’s gonna get cold
So eat it

I don’t care if you’re full
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Open up your mouth and feed it
Have some more yogurt, have some more spam
It doesn’t matter if it’s fresh or canned

Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Don’t you make me repeat it
Have a banana, have a whole bunch
It doesn’t matter what you had for lunch

Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it

Eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
If it’s gettin’ cold, reheat it
Have a big dinner, have a light snack
If you don’t like it, you can’t send it back

Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it (oh lord)
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn’t matter if it’s boiled or fried

Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Don’t you make me repeat it (oh no)
Have a banana, have a whole bunch
It doesn’t matter what you had for lunch
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it

Day 20 — Many Meanings

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that has many meanings to you.” Okay, I’m a very literal kind of a guy, so when I am asked about a song that has many meanings, I’m thinking word meanings, as in dictionaries, thesauruses, or songs about grammar, punctuation, and usage.

And there is only one song I can think of that does all that. Thank you, Weird Al.

Weird Al

4AAE093D-B5F6-41E8-A5C5-EFC3A56825ECWeird Al Yankovic is one of my favorite performers. He takes popular songs and creates fantastic parody videos of those songs. One of his most popular is “Eat It,” a takeoff of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

But being the word nerd that I am, my favorite Weird Al parody is “Word Crimes,” his parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

So, for your enjoyment, “Word Crimes.”

Also, as a bonus, here’s “Eat It.”

What’s your favorite Weird Al Yankovic parody song? Maybe you can post it in the comments.


Written for my one-word challenge, “parody.”