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Move Over Gangnam Style - Teenager's Spoof NORFOLK Style Is 2013's First YouTube Sensation

20/11/2017 09:59 GMT


A student's parody of Gangnam Style - called Norfolk Style - has become an internet sensation with more than 300,000 views on YouTube.

Wyll James, 16, from Norwich, changed the words of the mega hit to sing the praises of life in his home county with lyrics about driving tractors, milking cows and eating hot stew.

The student filmed himself singing the spoof with his friend Mateo Jarvis, 16, who is half Filipino, performing Gangnam Style dance moves.

Wyll wrote, recorded and edited the video during his Christmas holidays and it has now clocked up more than 300,000 views after a link to it was circulated by Norwich City footballers, who loved it.

Wyll said: "Gangnam Style was the biggest song of last year - but there weren't any Norfolk parodies on YouTube, so I thought I'd give it a go.

"It took me a couple of evenings to write the words. I just wanted to celebrate Norfolk and how it is a great place to live.

"My father's family come from the countryside and you can't beat it. I filmed it at my nan's because I wanted to give the video a rural feel.

"The response to it has been absolutely amazing. I only did it as a bit of a joke - but now I have got over quarter of a million hits. It is just incredible.

"I've tried to get as many funny Norfolk stereotypes in there as possible, and I've had really good responses so far.

"The reaction we've had to it is just crazy. I was a bit worried about using the 'inbred lad' line, but people just see that as a joke.

"The positive comments have just confirmed that it is a bit of fun. Nobody has taken real offence and most people seem to see the humorous side.

"A small number of people have criticised it, but they are generally from outside Norfolk.

"It's such a strange feeling, thinking that people from Australia and South Africa have been watching a video we made."

The original Gangnam Style video shows Korean rapper Psy dancing with glamorous women and has become the most watched video on YouTube with 1.1 billion views.

But Wyll made his version, sung in a Norfolk accent, in half an hour with the help of his metal worker father Andrew, 54, in the garden of his grandmother's rural home in Bunwell, Norfolk.

While the real song repeats the words 'Hey pretty lady', Wyll - who admits the song is a tongue in cheek look at the many stereotypes given to his home county - sings 'Hey inbred lady' as a cheeky reference to a joke that East Anglia people are inbred.


FANCY TRYING IT YOURSELF?

Sittin' on a hay bale in the middle of a field
Waitin' for my dinner tatas (potatoes) already been peeled
Sittin' in my garden with a mug of nice hot brew
There is nothing better than a nice hot stew
I like welly boots
I like milking cows and sometimes even goats
I can't read or spell or even write a note
Don't go out nowhere without my old ripped coat
Without my coat

Cuttin' trees down
And driving tractors
That's what I like, that's what I like
Cuttin' trees down
And driving tractors
That's what I like, that's what I like
And that's just the way I like to live my life
We got Norfolk Style
Hey Inbred lady

Walking through the farmyard with my country boys behind me
We just cleaned our land rovers and now they are so shiny
We like homemade cider but don't like the taste of wine
We get p***** and do it all the time
My favourite thing is string
Got a problem, it can fix pretty much everything
I like digging holes which i can plant things in
I fix my barn roof with corrugated tin
Corrugated tin

Cuttin' trees down
And driving tractors
That's what I like, that's what I like
Cuttin' trees down
And driving tractors
That's what I like, that's what I like
And that's just the way I like to live my life
We got Norfolk Style
Hey Inbred lady

I love a great big roast and love my brussel sprouts
Gravy, gravy lathered on without a doubt
I'm on a hunting trip, shooting with the lads
We like killing things, you must think we are mad
You know what I'm saying
We got Norfolk Style
Hey Inbred lady

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