South African parody watchers would recall the humorous Braaiday satirical imitation by South African band Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues. The group has unveiled their latest creation based on the lives of South Africa’s ubiquitous car guards. The video garnered over 30,000 hits in the first couple of days it was put on Youtube and naturally ended up trending on twitter in South Africa.
The song to the video is based on the Rihanna and Eminem song –Love the Way You Lie. The lyrics have been adapted to reflect the trials and tribulations of the South African car guard and rhymes as follows:
“It is my duty to keep danger at arm’s length. Come rain or shine, I will protect using my own strength. When I put on this vest, I’m like a superhero fighting crime.
“Your car is safe when it’s with me. So when you’re inside, shopping for your groceries, just know that I’m hard at work helping to keep your mind at ease.”
“You think I just stand here and watch your ride but that’s not all, there’s much more than meets the eye. So now you return with a big sigh, handing me a two (Rand, 20p) when I at least deserve a five.”
The underlying theme to the video revolves around the “un-appreciated”fluorescent jacket clad South African Car guard. He risks his life against South Africa’s car jacking thieves only to be scantily rewarded or in many cases ignored by car owners. A protest of sorts but one that would make you smile and who knows may ultimately help in encouraging car owners to toss more than a couple of rands (30 cents) the way of a car guard!