Saturday, January 05, 2008

Lyrics Remix - Cake Rock'n Roll Lifestyle

These lyrics are to be sung to the music for Rock'N Roll Lifestyle by Cake from their Motorcade of Generosity album.

It's my ode to the problems of collecting versus just buying comics to read them. It's done in fun, and not with anyone in mind, so no one should take this personally. With all the talk lately about stores not carrying back issue comics anymore and the reports of decreasing prices for variant covers I thought it was time to have some fun with the topic.

Well, your comic book collection is quite the investment.
How much did you pay for that rare Avengers variant?
How much did you spend on your Journey Into Mystery?
Do you have a great job or are you living rent-free?

Now tickets to conventions and shopping on-line
Sometimes for comics that are only graded “fine.”
And how much did you pay for that comic book showcase
That protects and displays them,
even though it takes up more space?

Now, How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?
How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?
How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?
Ah, tell me.

How much did you pay for the Captain 25,
The one where he’s ruthlessly killed at the end of the issue?
And how much will you pay for Batman 427,
Where Joker ruthlessly kills Robin at the end of the issue?
And how much will you pay for rare variant covers?
As much as it takes - you just hand the cash over.
And how much will you pay for rare variant covers?
As much as it takes - you just hand the cash over.
Ah yeah.

Aging long boxes and comics with creases,
Should you just toss them out or still CGC ‘em?
Your wallet pays dearly for those issues that you missed,
But if you don’t have a full run it makes you really pissed.

How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?
How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?
How do you afford your comic book lifestyle?

Reading ain’t collecting.
You’re buying what They’re selling.
The issue values aren’t increasing.
You can’t find variants you’re missing.
They’re so happy to reprint it.
You’ll never even read it.
Yeah, reading ain’t collecting.
You’re buying what They’re selling.
Reading ain’t collecting.
You’re buying
You’re buying
You’re buying what they’re selling.

Here's the music video, in case you need some reference:

4 comments:

ManoDogs said...

Ha! That's pretty good there, Weird Lisa Yanchovic (sp?).

The whole variant cover thing, along with the host of similar marketing ploys they began back in the early 1990s, is exactly what led to my losing interest in the hobby way Back When. They had holograms and trading cards and ten different colored versions of the same book and yaddayaddayadda and you never knew which one you were supposed to buy and once you did, you were afraid to read it! Just a bunch of hooey.

I thought those days were over, but I have been noticing with increasing frequency their return. I honestly don't even know what the heck a "50/50" cover is and I'm not sure I could care any less.

James Meeley said...

Heh, I know I might be over stepping my bounds, but I got a very cool feeling of pride in seeing this. Like I played a small role in why it happened. It feels good to be someone's inspiration. ;)

Lisa said...

Tee he he - thanks guys!

James - you definitely played a part. I've been trying to come up with just the right lyrics for this song since you shared your lyrics mix with me. Finally inspiration struck!

Devil Doll said...

Hee! Awesome!

I like the original song, and this version is even better.