Pretty Fly for a Rabbi

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"Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"
Pretty Fly for a Rabbi (Weird Al Yankovic single - cover art).jpg
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Running with Scissors
B-side"Amish Paradise"
ReleasedNovember 22, 1999
FormatDigital download, CD
RecordedApril 20, 1999
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland, "Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s)"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Polka Power!"
"Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"
"You're Pitiful"
Running with Scissors track listing
  1. "The Saga Begins"
  2. "My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder"
  3. "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"
  4. "The Weird Al Show Theme"
  5. "Jerry Springer"
  6. "Germs"
  7. "Polka Power!"
  8. "Your Horoscope for Today"
  9. "It's All about the Pentiums"
  10. "Truck Drivin' Song"
  11. "Grapefruit Diet"
  12. "Albuquerque"

"Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" (alternatively called "Pretty Fly (For a Rabbi)" in Australia) is a song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by The Offspring, and it was released from the 1999 album Running with Scissors. The song was released as a single exclusively in Australia.[1] Tress MacNeille performs the line "How ya doin' Bernie?", and appears in the music video. Voice Actress Mary Kay Bergman also contributes with the, "For a rabbi!" line near the middle of the song.

As opposed to the phrase "Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen" in the original song, Weird Al starts this song with the Yiddish sentence "Weren soll von dir a Blintze" meaning "You should turn into a blintz." At one point, Yankovic references the line "Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney hiney ho" and "Mecca-lecca hi mecca lecca chahney ho!", catchphrases of Jambi, the wish-granting disembodied head from Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

Track listing[edit]

Australian single[citation needed]
  1. "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" – 3:02
  2. "Amish Paradise" – 3:20

Music video[edit]

A "music video" for the song was assembled for the singles release in Australia. Yankovic stated that his Australian record company decided to release "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" as a single and they insisted on releasing a video to go along with it. He decided against the idea, but told them that they could make one themselves by cutting together bits from "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!, which they did.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 67


  1. ^ Pretty Fly for a Rabbi Single
  2. ^ Al, Weird. "'Ask Al' Q&As for January, 2000". Archived from the original on December 16, 2012.