Spreadsheet Budgeting Karaoke

Spreadsheet Budgeting Karaoke

I recently had the pleasure of attending Karaoke night at Bub City, a bar in Chicago, after the Planful Future of Finance event there.  I hadn’t been there before, but the place was packed after the Chicago Cubs had won the NLDS.

What was cool about this Karaoke night was that there was a band that played along with the Karaoke sound track and the singer.  They had a drummer, bass and guitar players on the stage along with the open mic.   At one point in the evening, Jim Belushi even made a guest appearance – singing “Sweet Home Chicago” and playing harmonica with the band.  Crazy night.

Anyway – prior to this visit, I had heard that the most popular Karaoke song in America is the duet “Picture”, sung by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow.  Sure enough, among all of the other country songs that were sung, two different duos took the stage to sing “Picture”.

Given this is budgeting season, it got me thinking – what if Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow were financial analysts working on their budgets and struggling with Excel spreadsheets.  What would the song sound like?  Well, here’s what I came up with.

Spreadsheets – Sung by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

[Kid Rock]

Livin’ my life in a slow hellBub City Chicago

Stuck doing my budgets in Excel

I ain’t seen the sunshine in 3 damn days

Been fuelin’ up on donuts and coffee

Wish I had a boss who would help me

Lord I wonder if I’ll ever change my ways

I put my spreadsheet away

Sat down and cried today

I can’t look at my screen, ‘cause my eyes are turnin’ red

I put my spreadsheet away, sat down and cried today

I can’t look at my screen ‘cause my eyes are turnin’ red

[Sheryl Crow]

I saw you last night with your PC

Trying to consolidate spreadsheets

But the time you put in tells me

Somethin’ just ain’t right

You’ve been stuck in your cube like a jail

Collecting data via Excel and Email

You haven’t slept a wink – in 3 damn nights

You put your spreadsheet away

I say for crying out loud

Why don’t you drop Excel and do your budgets – in the cloud

You put your spreadsheet away

I say for crying out loud

Why don’t you drop Excel and do your budgets – in the cloud

[Sheryl Crow]

I saw you yesterday with an old friend

[Kid Rock]

It was the same ole spreadsheet that I dread

[Both]

With that spreadsheet approach – your hair is turning grey

[Kid Rock]

I’m thinking ‘bout brighter days

[Sheryl Crow]

The cloud is a much better way

But you better change fast

[Kid Rock]

Or I’m gonna drink my life away!

[Both]

I’ve been using Excel for a long timePicture

Can’t seem to get it off my mind

I can’t understand why we’re living life this way

I put my spreadsheet away

I swear I’ll change my ways

It’s time to call Planful – and get to the cloud

I put my spreadsheet away

I swear I’ll change my ways

It’s time to call Planful – and get to the cloud

It’s time to call Planful – and get to the cloud.  [End]

I hope you enjoyed the song.  If you’re stuck in spreadsheet hell during budget season and feel like it’s time for a change, download this free white paper, “Top 5 Reasons to Stop Using Excel for Planning and Performance Management”.

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