Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge
To break international copyright law
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites
Like Morpheus or Grokster or Limewire or KaZaA

But deep in your heart you know the guilt would drive you mad
And the shame would leave a permanent scar
'Cause you start out stealing songs and then you're robbing liquor stores
And sellin' crack and runnin' over school kids with your car

So don't download this song
The record store's where you belong
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should
Oh, don't download this song

Oh, you don't wanna mess with the R-I-double-A
They'll sue you if you burn that CD-R
It doesn't matter if you're a grandma or a seven year old girl
They'll treat you like the evil hard-bitten criminal scum you are

So don't download this song
Don't go pirating music all day long
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should
Oh, don't download this song

Don't take away money from artists just like me
How else can I afford another solid gold Hum-Vee?
And diamond-studded swimming pools
These things don't grow on trees
So all I ask is, "Everybody, please..."

Don't donwload this song (Don't do it, no, no)
Even Lars Ulrich knows it's wrong (You can just ask him)
Go and buy the CD like you know that you should (You really should)
Oh, don't download this song

Don't donwload this song (Oh please, don't you do it)
Or you might wind up in jail like Tommy Chong (Remember Tommy)
Go and buy the CD (Right now) like you know that you should (Go out and buy it)
Oh, don't download this song

Don't download this song (No, no, no, no, no, no)
You'll burn in hell before too long (and you deserve it)
Go and buy the CD (Just buy it) like you know that you should (You cheap bastard)
Oh, don't download this song


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  • +2
    General Comment"How else can I afford another solid gold Hum-Vee?"

    This just explains it all. Artists who have "made it" and are popular are rich people. Going after every single dollar that could be made from purchasing a song, that's greed.

    This song is the perfect commentary on the whole downloading controversy.
    thedarkmanon August 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAl has this song up for free download on his myspace, I found this fact funnier than the actual song itself...
    King of Some Islandon August 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my new favorite Al song. I couldn't stop laughing the first time I heard it, and it still makes me chuckle.

    'Cause you start out stealing songs and then you're robbing liquor stores
    And sellin' crack and runnin' over school kids with your car

    It doesn't matter if you're a grandma or a seven year old girl
    They'll treat you like the evil hard-bitten criminal scum you are

    To me, that's the PERFECT summary of what the RIAA is. BS arguements to justify their actions, and completely BS actions against people who didn't do anything wrong.
    JackRon August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt first i thought the song was seriously anti-piracy, but as it went on I saw that it's obviously a satire. Most artists, from what I hear, don't make money per album sold, rather, the record company does. Artists get their money from the record companies practicly bidding for them.
    Kaizeon August 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit sounds like the music is spoofing songs like We Are The World and Do The Know It's Christams, great Tommy Chong referance btw
    kfe2on September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of Weird Al Yankovixs ORIGINALS, so no parody here :)
    Grimmyon September 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah this song is awesome! But what's really funnty is how some people are taking this song seriously and think that Al is just in it for the money. It's just like Come on people you fucking dumbasses. lol
    mystizo9on October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLars Ulrich - drummer for Metallica who went apeshit when they're stuff was leaked to the net around six or so years ago.

    Tommy Chong - Cheech's English half. Actually did time for drug possession.
    OpinionHeadon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is obviously making fun of how downloading songs is considered wrong
    Richard Enahoboon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry to double-comment, but i have to add this: dontdownloadthissong.com/ An animated music video of this song. There's a big button in the corner of the window that says "Click here to download this song." Linked to right off of Al's official Myspace page. ^__^
    Kaizeon August 31, 2006   Link

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