At the recent Global Peering Forum I performed a spoof song based on the recent YouTube hijacking. (I’m told that video will eventually be available, at which point I’m sure I’ll have to go into hiding at an undisclosed location.)
American Pie was previously parodied at a RIPE meeting and now is practically a tradition, much to Mike Hughes’s chagrin, as he thinks it’s overdone already. The great thing about the original song is that it’s choc full of references in the music industry. I tried to pepper several more into my version (and I have a few additional verses in progress that I just didn’t finish).
What links would you provide to these references? What additional references do you think are important and missing (given the history of the Internet theme)?
The Day the YouTube Died
A long long time ago
I can still remember how the videos used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance,
I’d watch the prison thriller dance
and maybe I’d be happy for a while.
But February made me shiver with every packet I’d deliver
bad routes in the tables, the paths they were not stable.
I can’t remember if I cried when I saw my request was denied
but boredom welled up deep inside
the day the YouTube died.
I was singing…
Bye bye ye old YouTube of mine
Sent my packet to the prefix but then I was denied
Them old mullahs were hiding filth from our eyes
Singing this’ll be the day YouTube dies!
This’ll be the day YouTube dies.
I started singing…
Now for 20 years we’ve been in these tubes
Clogged with lolcats and mostly boobs
But that’s not how it used to be.
When Verizon was still ALTERnet
And their peering was something you could get
On the network that we called FDDI.
Oh and while Genuity’s stock was down
The Three stole their dubious crown.
AS1 was shuttered
The tables all got cluttered.
And while CDNs copied Akamai
The court cases they flew on by
And prices rose up to the sky
The day the YouTubes died.
We were singing…