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February 16, 2008

I can’t believe that someone did a deconstructionist critism of “The Diarrhea Song” … yet I can’t stop finding it highly amusing.

“As with all folksongs, there are often wide variants to the verses known to individuals but some of the most common verses for “The Diarrhea Song” are sometimes sports, automobile or travel related and can include a uh uh or a cha cha cha after the Diarrhea, Diarrhea part, or sometimes two hand claps at the end of each two-line stanza. All of these are onomatopoetic “Plop, Plop” (Diarrhea, plop, plop, diarrhea.) More recently, especially in written record, it is preferred to use only ‘Diarrhea, Diarrhea’, allowing the reader to add their own localization based on preference.

Although many different lyrical variations exist, all share the same structure. First, a common activity or scenario is described. Then, the appearance of something soft, runny, smelly, messy, sloppy, squirty, and/or gooey is noted. The terminal lyric confirms that that aforementioned substance is, indeed, diarrhea.

As an example of the lyrics, the variation made famous by the movie Parenthood is as follows:

“When you’re sliding into home and your pants are full of foam, diarrhea.”

It should be noted that the character is cut off before the second “diarrhea,” but the line otherwise illustrates the basic structure of the song, which can be (and traditionally is) altered in countless ways at the reciter’s whim.”


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