The Day the YouTube Died

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.

Did you write the streaming code

And do you think videos should load

If the prefix takes you there?

Now do you believe in full control

When you end up at a rickroll

Man that guy sure had great hair

Well I know you loved that silly site

Cause you posted crap day and night.

Just leave Britney alone

Until she’s fully grown.

I was a lonely late-night emo star

Singing offkey, strumming guitar

But my demise came from afar

The day the YouTubes died.

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…


Napster drove serious traffic

Tunes for the younger demographic

But then one day it went away.

I went down to the Comcast store

Where I’d streamed the downloads years before

But the kids there, said BitTorrent wouldn’t play

And on the net the Google rules

We’re just eyeballs for AdSense tools

They know when we’ve clicked it

My Adblock Plus just nixed it.

I tried to squeeze bucks from NANOG

But y’all are broke so I must blog

and now I’m stuck with Babbledog

Ever since the YouTube died…


Wonderful songs! Thanks for sharing.

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