What Does the Box Say?

My coworker, Rick Weiss, who does all the design work on Fishbowl’s website and pretty much everything else we produce, came to me a few weeks ago and said he had a dream in which everyone at Fishbowl was singing a song called “What Does the Box Say?” – a parody of the already comedic “What Does the Fox Say?”

I took that as a challenge. Within an hour I had written the words to the song he dreamt about and I was excited to get the ball rolling on making it into a music video to rival Ylvis’ version.

Unfortunately, reality set in after a while and I realized I wouldn’t be able to make Rick’s dream come true fully because of expenses and other logistical challenges. But I can still share with you the hilarious lyrics I wrote.

I took the concept of inventory tracking and turned it into a playful song. So enjoy the one and only inventory-focused parody of “What Does the Fox Say.”

Here’s the original song so you can get the tune in your head as you read my lyrics:

What Does the Box Say?

Stuff runs out,
Shelf goes bare.
There’s no doubt
Life’s not fair.

We need more
Stuff inside
Of our own little store.

Do you know
What to do?
How to stop from running low?

There’s a package
At the door.
What does the box say?

Bar-bar-bar-bar-barcode.
Bar-bar-bar-bar-barcode.
Bar-bar-bar-bar-barcode.
What the box say?

Scan-scan-scan-scan-scan-scanner.
Scan-scan-scan-scan-scan-scanner.
Scan-scan-scan-scan-scan-scanner.
What the box say?

Track-track-track-track-track-tracking.
Track-track-track-track-track-tracking.
Track-track-track-track-track-tracking.
What the box say?

Man-man-man-man-man-manage.
Man-man-man-man-man-manage.
Man-man-man-man-man-manage.
What the box say?

Order’s sent
For more goods.
Hope it went
Where it should.

Use barcodes
To track things,
Wherever they might go.

It’s so nice,
Order’s here.
Hope it won’t have a surprise.

But this one came
Without a label.
I’ll need to open it up, of
Co-o-o-o-ourse.
Co-o-o-o-ourse.
Co-o-o-o-ourse.

Or how will I know the
So-o-o-o-ource?
So-o-o-o-ource?
So-o-o-o-ource?
What does the box say?

Pack-pack-pack-pack-packing slip.
Pack-pack-pack-pack-packing slip.
Pack-pack-pack-pack-packing slip.
What the box say?

In-in-in-in-in-invoice.
In-in-in-in-in-invoice.
In-in-in-in-in-invoice.
What the box say?

Lot-lot-lot-lot-lot number.
Lot-lot-lot-lot-lot number.
Lot-lot-lot-lot-lot number.
What the box say?

Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pack, ship.
Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pack, ship.
Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pack, ship.
What the box say?

The secret of the box
Is quite a mystery.
It might contain some socks
Or maybe bags of tea.
What does it have in it?
Will we ever know?
Where’s its packing slip?
Where did it go?

I opened the case;
It’s got what we need.
Why didn’t I do that in the first place?

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About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.
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6 Responses to What Does the Box Say?

  1. KP Paulson says:

    Funny! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  2. Christina Malone says:

    Oh gosh, SO FUNNY! Love it! Sharing!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Very clever way to introduce inventory Rob!

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