Remember singing a song with lyrics that made people laugh? Sometimes when we don’t know the words to a song our subconscious kicks in and makes them up for us. They seem to fit, and you sing it that way so often you are mistaken that they are the actual words of the song. That is, until someone hears you and falls about the floor laughing.
I remember some lyrics I thought said so very customary, turned out to be so ferry across the Mersey, much to my embarrassment.
When you are asked the name of the swaggie in Waltzing Matilda, you are being misled by people saying it’s in the song: Andy sang Andy watched and waited ’til his billy boiled, you’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me.
One of our daughters, when very young, thought Bob Dylan was knocking on Kevin’s door, rather than Heaven’s door.
Once you become a karaoke addict, lyrics displayed on the screen make you realise how little you really knew a song. But even so, some of those lyrics are wrong themselves, especially ones done in a foreign country, particularly where English is not their first language.
Meanwhile, after broaching this subject at a dinner party last night, another contribution was made, instead of Let the Midnight Special, a seven-year-old used to sing Let me in, I’m special.
Funnily enough, on the way home in the car we were singing along to the radio, when we both sang a different word as part of the song. I sang You’ve offended my, love don’t live here any more, while Dutchy was convinced it was You’ve abandoned me… I hate it when he’s right!! We had a good laugh about it in any case.
How about adding some of your own laughable lyrics to the list? Or, next time you come to the Ming on a Saturday night, be sure to tell me some of your favourites.
And lastly, remember, karaoke is about the fun factor, not the X factor. Happy singing!