A Tribute To David Bowie – The Starbucks Parody Song

Hello everyone, like virtually every one else I know, I was both shocked and saddened by the news of David Bowie’s passing yesterday. He was an iconic singer/songwriter and also a huge roll model for people over the decades who didn’t quite fit societies norms.

Something I love reading in blog posts are song parodies, rewritng the lyrics of popular songs with lyrics about totally different subjects.   One blogger that does a fantastic job of this is Tim who writes Slouching Towards Thatcham. His parenting parodies include A Thatcham Rhapsody ( to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody) and Fairytale Of Thatcham (to the tune of Fairytale Of New York).

I have always wanted to have a go at doing this, but very much doubted my ability to re-write the lyrics of a song without making a huge balls up of it. Today I decided today to give it a go in honour of this awesome man (David Bowie, not Tim)  I’m not sure everyone will think rewriting the lyrics to such an iconic song is a proper tribute to the man, but it is done with the greatest respect to him.

However hours after finishing the rough draft of the sing, and getting ready to write it up on the laptop, I saw that Tim had also chosen to do a parody of a Bowie song. Thankfully he didn’t chose the same one as me, so I will continue to write up my effort.  I will include a link to it here because as always Tim has done a brilliant job. Kids In Cars (to the tune of Life On Mars

What I achieved is a coffee shop parody called  Starbucks.  I hope you like it…………

Starbucks ( to the tune of Starman)

Didn’t have a good night, so my patience is low

The day is going past far to slow

I need some caffeine and I,  need it quick

Lotta sugar too

Then the tiredness just seems to fade

came back  like a human on a wave of phase

That was no latte, that was a brewed coffee grande


There’s a Starbucks waiting down the street

They never pay their taxes but their cakes are hard to beat

There’s a Starbucks barista at the till

He’ll ask you how your names spelt

but he’ll get it all wrong still

They tell us

Let the coffee wake you

Let the cheesecake fill you

In all the Starbucks cafe’s

I had to drink something so I picked on you

But tax dodging’s not what you should do

Pay up your taxes

It’s the right thing now for you to do

If not I’m switching to Neros tonight

They pay their taxes to the man alright

They do fab muffins and their pastries are a delight

Go To Chorus



So there is my first attempt at a song parody. It wasn’t too bad was it ( please don’t tell me it was terrible). If you would like to hear some more parodies (I have a taste for it now) please let me know in the comments. If you hated it, you had better tell me that too…….

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  1. Lisa Pomerantz

    March 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Nicely Done, Tracy, there are more of these in your future! #mixitup xoxo

  2. Sigrid Chu

    March 4, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Hello Tracey,

    I remember when I lived in London about 15 years ago there was a Starbucks almost in every corner. And Starbucks was always part of my morning commute. Everything that you said in your parody song is true!

    This is a lovely tribute to David Bowie.


    1. hooks_and_dragons

      March 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you xx

  3. endardoo

    January 15, 2019 at 11:51 am

    When is it being released??? #MixItUp

  4. Patrick Weseman

    January 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    That is so cool. Great job and thanks for sharing it. #MixItUp

  5. RaisieBay

    January 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    So this was your first attempt! It’s brilliant, I just laughed out loud and then had to sing the chorus to my husband. x

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      January 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      Yeah, I’ve done a few more since then but this remains one of my fav

  6. Lauren Sparks

    January 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Great tribute! laurensparks.net

  7. Laurie

    January 14, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Haha! Great parody. Now I will have “Starman” in my head for the rest of the day, but with new lyrics! 🙂

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  10. A Cornish Mum

    January 20, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Good song! I don’t actually know many Bowie songs or anything in all honesty, but I can see what an impact he had on so many.
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Yes, I think it is people my age and older who were really into his music and affected by his death x

  11. Trista, Domesticated Momster

    January 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    It was truly a sad loss to a great legend. You did a great job with your first parody. I have tried them before with a fail which is amazing that I used to write tons of lyrics to songs when I was in a band. Think I may have gotten burnt out on it and just haven’t picked it back up again. Thanks for linking with #momsterslink 💌Trista

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      I think it’s possibly harder to rewrite someone elses song than to write your own, because there are stricter rules about what you can do, in keeping it in line with the origional song ( I would guess) xx

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  13. Jenny

    January 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Oh I am loving all the David Bowie parodies this week on share with me. Great tribute you did well. I couldn’t do one of these love it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

      They are really fun, I think I am a bit hooked as ive already dine another one x

  14. Silly Mummy

    January 19, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Love it, well done! It is so hard writing parodies that work – I’m impressed! #anythinggoes

  15. mama, mt kid doesnt poop rainbows

    January 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Haha- that’s brilliant. Yea, more please!

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      I did another one at the weekend, should be published soon X

  16. Jennifer Abel

    January 18, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I love what you have done, and like all of us that grew up with David Bowie it was a sad day. I love coffee too but we do not have Starbucks. Thanks so much for sharing on #overthemoon

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 18, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Im glad you liked it, it was a fun thing to write x

  17. Elena

    January 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Excellent, love this! Tried to read it singing it and it really made me laugh…

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      It was a lot of fun to write, I am definately going to try and do some more X

  18. Crummy Mummy

    January 15, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Love the chorus – especially the cake bit! #picknmix

  19. absolutely prabulous

    January 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I tried singing it in my head lol. You funny woman. Hope he’s drinking a huge mocha latte or more likely a double espresso (given what a cool guy he was) up in Heaven. I’m still shell shocked. Can’t believe he’s gone.

    PS Following your lovely comment on my blog last week re coolness, I have to say you’re so bloody on my wavelength. I KNEW you’d write about Bowie too this week. Love ya x

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

      You are making me blush. Although after the news of Rickman yesterday i’ve gone from sadness to a bit numb. No more, please……..

  20. Mary-the boondocks blog

    January 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    That was well done Tracey! I grew up with the man and cannot fanthom life without him. Such an innovative soul. He will be greatly missed. And did you notice that he did not age….

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

      He really was ageless wasnt he. The thought that there will never be another quite like him is heartbreaking. The world is a duller place today

  21. This Mum's Life

    January 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Ooooh, good job Tracey! I’m afraid I don’t know the song (Mr W wouldn’t forgive me if he knew that, doesn’t sound like you’ll be too impressed either…!!) but it takes a lot of skill to comically rewrite song lyrics! Go you!!

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

      It was really fun. I like this sort of word play, so be prepared for more in the next few months X

  22. Talya

    January 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Brilliant love this!!! You are a natural…more please! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  23. Sara at Handy Herbs

    January 13, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Loved it Tracey! I always enjoy Tim’s and will be back for more from you 🙂 #Sharewithme

  24. Tim

    January 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Tracey.

    “They never pay their taxes but their cakes are hard to beat” – heh, so, so true, even though we’re a Costa household at heart … 🙂

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      I am a Coffee#1 drinker myself. I think Starbucks chocolate cheesecake is to die for, but im too principled ( and poor) to buy it. Im glad you liked it, you are still the parody king Xx

  25. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    January 13, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Ahhh I don’t know the tune of the song…so will need to look it up. I was so sad Bowie passed but have to admit didn’t know a lot of his work. However, just reading the lyrics really did make me smile and you definitely have the knack! The Starbucks and tax thing won’t get old!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      I bet once you play it you will know it. I thought I din’t know that many Bowie hits, but when I watched the program on him the other night, I was singing along to all of them Xx

  26. Rachel Hawkins

    January 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    This was fab! Well done, I like song parodies too and think yours was just great x #bestandworst

  27. Tracy

    January 13, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I’ve just read Tim’s parody and loved it, despite my favourite Bowie song being changed forever in my mind lol. I think this is a nice way to remember such a great artist. It shouldn’t be all seriousness and tears – he gave us The Laughing Gnome after all. 😉
    Nicely done. 🙂 X

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      I bow to the superior skills of Tim, his parodies are awesome Xx

  28. Sue Guest

    January 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

    That’s brilliant Tracey, we’ll done 😊 xxx

    1. taabrahams73@gmail.com

      January 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it my dear Xxx

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