Monday, October 30, 2000

Gonna E-Mail Myself to You

I never really liked this very much -- it doesn't really do much besides change the original song to the Internet milieu -- but what the heck.

This is a parody of the original song by Woody Guthrie. It is the song that (as of December 2003) the Postal Service is using for its ads. (Without checking I'm not sure, but it sounds like it's John McCutcheon's version from his album also called "Mail Myself to You." Hooray for the Apple Music Store for letting me listen to 30 seconds of this for free.) This parody (especially the spoken part) is based on Pete Seeger's version on his "We Shall Overcome" concert album.


Gonna E-Mail Myself to You

I'm gonna wrap myself in IP
I'm gonna use TCP too
Four octets on the top of my head
Gonna e-mail myself to you.

I'm gonna tie me up with SMTP
I'm gonna use sendmail too
Climb up inside my hard drive
Gonna e-mail myself to you.

(spoken)

And then my modem comes and takes me out of the hard drive and breaks me up into little packets and takes me down to my ISP. And they put me on a big T1 in a big ATM network. And then it gets to your ISP and they take the packets and throw them off the T1 and they take me down to their port selector and your modem comes and takes me down the POTS line to your house.

When you find me in your e-mail
Double-click and let me out
Get those header lines offa my fingers
Wash that spam taste outta my mouth.

Take me out of my IP wrapper
Wash the octets offa my head
Fill me up with steaming lattes
Stay up geeking out of bed.

I'm gonna wrap myself in IP
I'm gonna use TCP too
Four octets on the top of my head
Gonna e-mail myself to you.

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