Pat Helland - Sings Bye Bye to Mr CIO Guy

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What do you get when Pat Helland is on vocals, Don Box is on guitar and David Chappell is on piano? 

You get a hilarious song direct from TechEd Europe. 

Pat sings his version of Don McClean's American Pie

The lyrics were written by Pat in response to Nicholas Carr’s Harvard Business Review paper “IT Doesn’t Matter” in which Mr. Carr proposes that businesses reconsider their IT investments.  Pat says this is not the vision he sees for the future, but rather what is implied by reducing the investment in IT as proposed by Mr. Carr.  This is a “speculative retrospective” in which we examine what happened “The Day That IT Died”.  

For some of Pat’s technical work, please see



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    The Discussion

    • phunky_avoc​ado
      I don't know if I should laugh or if I should cry.
    • smartguy
      Ok. I just had to leave a comment on this with my new ibook.
      lOl . Just listen to the words.
    • Stitch 2.0
      *getting back up from the floor, still laughing*

      OK, this was cool!!! Well done, Pat!!

      Any chance we could get a transcript of the lyrics??
    • MrMilney

      That is by far the coolest / geekiest / weirdest / bravest / most entertaining thing I have seen in a long, long time! Thanks to all involved and to Jeff for posting it.

    • jlewis
      Wow, that was very entertaining. I can't get it out of my head now. I can picture it now...a compilation CD from Microsoft of employees singing geeky parody songs. Woot.
    • Dr. Shim
      (Dr. Shim breaks up crying.)

      Viva la internet!!
    • rjdohnert

      " I don't know if I should laugh or if I should cry."

      I did both.  Next time they may want to let Don sing.  This wasnt american Idol and I did think it was funny as hell.

    • JSiNG

      great songs. another nice entertainment source for us (.net developers) in the middle of producing complex logic code for CLR 24-hours X 365 days.

      well done!

    • ZippyV

      Longest song I have ever heard and very good.

    • henningms
      I love it! Microsoft should release a CD, it would top the Top 10 Smiley

      Very long song, very good and funny Big Smile
    • tLat
    • iStation
      Encore for IT bubble again. ;P
    • olle
      hmmm for some mysterious reason I don't get sound on this one, which defeats the purpose of the movie. All the other movies work fine.
    • ethan
      Does this song become the Channel9 anthem? lol
      To be serious, it's very well!! These guys have so much skills!!! impressive!
    • DevHawk
      I posted the Mr. CIO Guy Lyrics on my MSDN Blog. Enjoy!
    • CRPietschma​nn
      Now that's just hilarious!
    • csells

      I've seen a bunch of IT-related parodies (both songs and poems), but 6 verses that make sense is amazing (as evidenced by the audience clapping along). Looks like Pat has a nice little back-up career as the new economy Weird Al whenever he wants. : )

    • gswitz
      Bravo! Bravo! (single space)
    • Steve411
        I love this song, hahaha! As said above this should be the channel9 anthom! It is awesome! haha
        I started singing with it then I cried because it was so funny hahahahha! Need some more songs like this! haha
      Bye, Bye Mr. CIO-Guy,
      Gonna outsource every resource ‘til the business runs dry.

    • Jeremy W
      Gah! You bastards! You really could have used drums Wink Well done everyone!
    • pkanabos
      Excellent! Is there any way I can download the video so I can show it to others?
    • Cider
      Excellent stuff.

      I have just got back from Tech Ed Europe (I'll post some more thoughts on that later) but unfortunately I went to a different session when he did that.

      He's a hell of a character is Pat Helland.  By the Friday, I ended up in a session featuring Pat dressed as a Wizard/Fortune Teller.  Funny stuff too.

      Oh, and you didn't want to hear more drums.  You heard enough drums at Tech Ed as they were giving them out at the Keynote!
    • lenn
      pkanabos wrote:
      Excellent! Is there any way I can download the video so I can show it to others?

      No unfortunately the rights that we have negotiated with the record company who owns the original song only covers online streaming, no downloads.  Sorry.
    • nojetlag
      love it Big Smile

      great stuff, next step should be T-Shirts with the above already quoted statement Big Smile yeha....
    • Stitch 2.0
      DevHawk wrote:
      I posted the Mr. CIO Guy Lyrics on my MSDN Blog. Enjoy!

      Cool!!! Thanks a lot!! I definitly support the request for this song to become tho "official" Channel 9 anthem as stated by ethan!!!
    • outofcoffee
      I second that Smiley
      Sticks in your head, doesn't it!

    • antrod
      This is just brilliant. Its great to see someone at MS that doesn't take themselves too seriously to do something like this. And the lyrics and performance was just... teriffic. Well done Pat. I think your HR dept. should take you out to lunch. This video will attract the right types of folks to come look at MS IMO. Antonio
    • r_keith_hill
      Bravo! Bravo!  That takes big cahones.  Those kind of ideas either really go off big or bomb big time.  Well done.
    • Rhelic

      Cool?  Funny?

      Ugh, listening to that was murder.  But maybe because my wife is a vocal coach and Pat's vibrato was killing me.

      As far as content, I guess it could be funny but his execution wasn't right.  Weak at best.

    • nasteq
      I saw this song live at Tech-Ed. You should see all those people with their jaws on the floor Smiley Pat, this was amazing Big Smile Nerd, suit and FT also kicked *.
    • JonasE
      Laugh or cry, geekiest or weirdest ...

      You haven't seen nothing, if you missed The Nerd, the Suit and The Fortune Teller at TechEd in Amsterdam. That session was unbelievable ...
    • lenn
      Tell me more about The Nerd, the Suit, and The Fortune Teller ...

      It may have been filmed and I can get a copy perhaps for C9.

      What was it about and why was it so funny?
    • nasteq
      lenn wrote:
      Tell me more about The Nerd, the Suit, and The Fortune Teller ...


      What was it about and why was it so funny?

      It was about nerd, suit and fortune teller Smiley Seriously, Pat Helland, Rafal Lukawiecki and Clemens Vasters did great performance about business, IT and how SOA applies to it. Pat was dressed like a wizard from Tolkien's stories and other guys also did their parts well. They talked about the future of business in respect to SOA and how nerd and the suit will benefit from it.
      I think that it was filmed and Pat promised to put the video on his site - unfortunatellu it's actually down.
    • ChrisGarty

      They put some serious effort into those lyrics.

      Carl from DotNetRocks has some competition Wink

    • Wil
      And remember the previous instance in which we feared that IT was history?  Shall we join in a chorus of "Millenium Pie"?  Read the lyrics at

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