THE TWEETER – Lie Lie Lie (Parody of The Boxer)

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THE TWEETER – Lie Lie Lie (Parody of The Boxer)

 Performed by Don Caron and Linda Gower, loosely imitating Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon

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(Written by Greg Gower)

In the clearing stands a Tweeter,
who is staring at his phone
and he’s trying to write a zinger
that’ll make him look intelligent
but it’s so hard.

His thumbs are strong
’cause he uses and abuses them
but tweets aren’t all that long
and when he finally tweets one there’s no doubt it will be proven wrong


Lie lie lie
when he tweets you know it’s probably a lie
Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie


In the winter he will probably just sit beside the fire
and tweet about Obama
and blame him for a problem he caused yesterday.

Or Hillary and the jail cell he has planned for her
where he will make her stay
for an awful crime he can’t remember anyway.


Lie lie lie
when he tweets you know it’s probably a lie
Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie


When wanders out in public
he forgets he’s not alone
and will start to grope somebody
or make a crazy statement like he’s on the phone.

I do declare there are times he’d rather go back home
and make his tweets from there
but his wife is not so keen on that, it’s more than she can bear. 

Lie lie lie
lie lie lie lie lie lie lie
lie lie lie
lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie (repeat)

Copyright 2017 Parody Project

Check out another one of our Simon & Garfunkel parodies, Confounds the Science, which is a parody of Sound of Silence.

The History of the original song, The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel

The Boxer Album Cover Simon & GarfunkelPaul Simon revealed in an interview in 1984 that the hit song “The Boxer” was autobiographical. At the time music critics were treating him harshly. In the interview, Paul Simon said, “I think the song was about me: everybody’s beating me up, and I’m telling you now I’m going to go away if you don’t stop. By that time we had encountered our first criticism. For the first few years, it was just pure praise. It took two or three years for people to realize that we weren’t strange creatures that emerged from England but just two guys from Queens who used to sing rock’n’roll. And maybe we weren’t real folkies at all! Maybe we weren’t even hippies!”

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel spent an excess of one hundred hours in the studio recording this song. The big sound of the chorus was achieved by recording them in Saint Paul’s Chapel on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. The church provided a big reverb and excellent acoustics.

When The Boxer was recorded, the most sophisticated recording gear in the studio was the 8-track reel to reel recorder. As was often the case in the 60s, this was insufficient for the producer’s (Roy Halee) vision for the recording. He brought in Clive Davis, a legendary record executive of the times, and convinced him to loan them a 16-track recorder.

Interesting Trivia about The Boxer

paul simon parody projectPaul Simon sometimes read the bible in his hotel room, possibly because it was the only reading material available. Lines from the Gideon Bible found their way into his lyrics for “The Boxer,” including “workman’s wages” and “seeking out the poorer quarters.”
The lyrics in the chorus (lie la lie) were put there as a placeholder because Simon was having difficulty writing a lyric that suited him. Oddly it’s a placeholder that became the signature sound for the work. Paul Simon commented in an interview: “I thought that ‘lie la lie was a failure of songwriting. Every time I sing that part, I’m a little embarrassed.”

Every guitarist who has tried to learn the guitar part for The Boxer has wrestled with the opening guitar pattern that is instantly recognizable as the intro to The Boxer. This was not Paul Simon’s creation. It was played in the studio by session player Fred Carter Jr.

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57 Responses

  1. Daniel Stark

    Not only is this some of the most creatively insightful political commentary since DoT (Dawn of Trump); it’s also a gift–‘tidings of comfort and joy’, as it were–to sentient beings throughout the U.S. and around the world. Thank you for sharing your gift, a much-needed coping mechanism to deal with the dawning of the New Dark Ages.

  2. Steven Ross

    Brilliant lyrics, great production. My sister, retired from EPA, is circulating it there.

  3. Penny Whitaker

    Both of these revisions are so great! And so in tune with the originals!

  4. Annie

    could you do one about child abuse particularly how the catholic church moved perpetrators around..i just think you guys are amazingly talented and to the point

  5. Sandy Brohm

    Can we PLEASE get some info on these amazingly, talented people? Who are they? Where are they from? Where can we see them?

  6. Bob Lutz

    Just listened to Trump’s tax cut speech in Missouri. Lots of bluster but no substance. He will always be remembered as the last of the “Snake Oil Salesman”.

  7. Lindy

    Trump spoke the truth… once… there ARE many presidents who have not shown a tax return:

    George Washington
    John Adams
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison
    James Monroe
    John Quincy Adams
    Andrew Jackson
    Martin Van Buren
    William Henry Harrison
    John Tyler
    James K. Polk
    Zachary Taylor
    Millard Fillmore
    Franklin Pierce and
    James Buchanan

    Thank you for making me laugh in a very depressing time in our country’s history.

    • Lucinda

      I believe this list consists of Presidents who served BEFORE the IRS was established. Was that you subtle point Lindy? Trump/supporters throw stuff out there knowing no one will look it up.

  8. Mary Barnes

    This is fabulous! Thank you for bringing truth and humor to sustain us during these dark times for our country!

  9. T. Dyer

    Great to hear the truth! Thanks for the funny yet true lyrics about you know who! ?

  10. Marian

    I loved the songs when I was in college and I love what you’ve done with them. They are fabulous.
    I remember using “Sound of Silence” for a parady way back then, as well. Great music.

  11. Jim sullivan

    An incredible parody of my Favorite S&G song about my least favorite president.

  12. Lisa Blanck

    if we can’t get him out by the power of Congress, he must be removed by the power of the people.

  13. Noreen Lotko

    These are great!!!! It’s obvious a lot of intelligence and talent went into them. Thank you, I enjoyed and played them a few times and shared.

  14. Noreen Litko

    These are great!!!! It’s obvious a lot of intelligence and talent went into them. Thank you, I enjoyed and played them a few times and shared.

  15. Keven

    What can I say except, “Awesome”, just fuking awesome. Worthy of every eligible award it can possibly get. I just Love it and sad to say it fits so, so, well…

  16. The Grumpy Goat

    Coincidentally, from May 16th…

    In an office without corners
    Sits a toupee’d tangerine
    Where he ought to rule the nation,
    But he tweets his indignation
    When he’s criticized.

    His tiny hands
    That he used for grabbing pussies
    Though, of course, not Kellyanne’s.

    Lie-la-Lie: “Yes, the Mexicans will pay.”
    Lie-la-Lie: “I’ll throw Hillary in jail.”

    “When I want to be elected,
    With the Russians I’ll collude.
    I’ll get Vladimir to phone me;
    If discovered, I’ll fire Comey
    And erase my tracks.

    Drain the swamp!
    And avoid those Nasty Women!
    I’m as bright as Forrest Gump
    And tell whoppers ‘cos my name is Donald Trump.”

    Lie-la-Lie: “I will never take vacations.”
    Lie-la-Lie: “And I don’t do tax evasion.”

  17. Donna Ciolli

    Too cool! Love the parody. So apropo! The info about Simon & Garfungel & all how it came to be was an added bonus!

  18. Kathy

    THANK YOU … THANK YOU… THANK YOU… Bravo… just as I was running out of steam….

  19. Mike Sehl

    These talented people need to get credit for this witty, on target and delightfully entertaining parody of great music and the Chump from New York.

  20. Richard Sroczynski

    Awesome! S and G were never as on point (cept maybe in Sounds of Silence)

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