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Callin' In Sick

Callin' In Sick is a song by parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a style parody of "Come As You Are" and "Lithium" by Nirvana. It appeared on his ninth studio album, Bad Hair Day. The song is about a lazy man feigning illness in order to skip work.

Musical orchestration

"Callin' in Sick" begins with a bass line very reminiscent of that which begins "Come as You Are". (The refrain is also similar to "Come as You Are"). The chorus closely resembles that of the chorus of "Lithium" because Yankovic is screaming the words. The song ends with guitar feed-back, similar to many circa-1991 Nirvana songs, like "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Drain You", "Come as You Are", and "Breed".


  • "Callin' In Sick" was the first song recorded for "Bad Hair Day", being recorded in 1994. Yankovic had originally wanted to release Bad Hair Day the following year, but due to circumstances beyond his control, it was postponed until 1996.
  • "Callin' in Sick" includes one of the first intentional insertions of the number 27 by Yankovic in his song lyrics. (The first being in "Cable TV", while his first intentional showing of the number 27 was in the music video for "Headline News"). The number "27" is an inside joke that Yankovic often hides in his songs, album covers, and/or music videos.


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