Did you ever have a K-Tel record while growing up?
The other night, a former upperclassman from my college days, posted a question on her FB page, asking how seriously her friends had botched the words/lyrics to songs. She was curious if others sang the wrong words to songs.
Martha’s example was definitely my favorite. She posted her version of “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer:
I want some Pasta, baby, this evening.
I need some Pasta, baby, tonight.
Looking for some Pasta, baby, this evening
Gotta have your Pasta, gotta have your love tonight…
Does that not just crack you up?? I will now sing that every time I have a craving for Olive Garden, or the likes.
(I personally think she should send it in to Kraft or some other food company for them to use as the jingle for a commercial…assuming Donna Summer would allow it. If that happens, I want a cut out of the deal.)
Do you remember the old Glen Campbell song, “Country Boy (You’ve got your feet in L.A.)?” Growing up, we would listen to country music and I recall that song was a favorite of mine. Although, I apparently also felt Glen Campbell should have sung the song a different way:
Boy, you’ve got your feet in a lake, but your mind’s on Tennessee…
I never questioned why the boy was standing in a lake and dreaming of Tennessee… Sadly, it sounded logical to me.
Check out some of Martha’s friends’ responses to her question. See if you can figure out the original song:
- “Dirty Deeds and the Thunder Cheeks…”
(from AC/DC–“Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap…”)
- “Secret Asian man, Secret Asian man…”
(from Johnny Rivers– “Secret Agent Man”–my sister offered that one)
- “I see a window and I want to peanut black…”
(Rolling Stones–“I see a red door and I want it painted black…” from “Paint it Black”)
Then, another friend of Martha’s wrote a whole list of lyric mishaps:
Gloria Estefan’s “Coming out of the Dark” became “I got mugged in a park…”
Ronnie Milsap’s “What a Difference You’ve Made in my Life” became “What a difference you made in my wife…”
Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like and Eagle” became “Bark Like a Beagle…”
And, the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” became “Bubba Ran…”
It’s so funny to me that we never stop to consider how ridiculous the words sound; we just keep singing them at the top of our lungs. Well, I do, anyway.
What are some song lyrics you’ve botched? And, how did you find out you were singing the wrong words?
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