Hilarious “Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents” set to “Carmina Burana”

You don’t need to know a note of music to love this.


We dare you not to giggle when you hear “Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorizing Toddlers,” performed with somber gravitas by more than 200 members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and set to the music of “O Fortuna,” the intense opening movement of “Carmina Burana.”

You’ll instantly recognize the choral piece even if you’re not a fan of classical music – the composition by Carl Orff is a fixture in movie trailers, soundtracks and late night comedy sketches. It’s even been featured on “Dancing With the Stars.”

The new version comes courtesy of Matthew Hodge, the winner of the Sydney Symphony’s “Say it with Carmina” contest, which invited the public to submit new lyrics that would fit the music. The entries ranged from odes to the new pope to tributes to cats.

But it was Hodge’s libretto — full of lines such as “Why won’t you sleep?/Is it your teeth?” and “Put my phone down/Where are your pants?” – that received the most Facebook likes, e-mails, messages, phone calls and texts, the symphony announced.

Hodge, a father of three in Sydney, Australia, said there are elements of all of his kids in the lyrics, but he was especially inspired by his youngest, a 1-year-old boy who has started walking, climbing and exploring everything in sight. Hodge’s wife Rachel recently spent a “night of limited sleep and a day of rampant destruction” with the toddler, he wrote when introducing his winning entry.

Enjoy.  Click the video below.


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