Weird Al Yankovic references ‘Ernest Goes to Camp’ in song from Bad Hair Day album

Weird Al Yankovic referenced the 1987 summer camp movie Ernest Goes to Camp in the song “Callin’ In Sick” from his 1999 album Bad Hair Day.

The song, which sends up the Seattle grunge sound of the late ’90s, is about the things he could do if he called in sick from work. Things like:

I could shine my pennies or clean my lava lamp
I could spend all day in my underwear
watching “Ernest Goes To Camp”
I could sit and count my hair
I could burp my Tupperware
I’m not busy now anyway

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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