Shaken Not Stirred

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Making Up Lyrics

Everyone does it, when they don't know the lyrics to a song. There are those lyrics that are said so fast and with the music blaring in the background, you can't understand.

One of my favorite commercials to date is the Verizon ad where the two guys are trying to decipher "Rock The Casbah". They make up all kinds of words in place of the real ones.

For some reason this commercial brought back a memory of late night studying. In my first year of medical school, I would always study at my friend Susan's apartment. A chick's apartment is so much better than studying in your own--right? I mean she's got left-overs from cooking (not cold pizza, not Chinese take-out, or even Hamburger Helper). The apartment is spic-span clean and they have real furniture!!! Why are chick's apartments always much better than the guy's apartments? So anyway, I always chose to study there.

On study breaks, we would either play on the computer or sit around and much on the left-overs (this explains the added pounds I put on). She was talking about one of her best friends Sarah and how this girl would just sing aloud while driving. It didn't matter who was in the car with her, she would sing. If she didn't know the words, she would make some up and sing as if correct.

I know, I know that part of the memory is not my personal memory, but the Verizon commercial made me think of that moment in time.

Just thought I would share that with you.


  • Yeah man, chicks are way better than dudes. I hear ya.

    By Blogger The Duck, at 10:41 AM  

  • I cannot understand half of what Michael McDonald sings...why is that?

    In grade school, when we heard Rock the Casbah, we'd sing, "Put your weenie on the side, yeah...rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah."

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 12:54 PM  

  • Ladies apartments are always better because they will actually clean before having people over. And the whole possibility of a pity lay is there.

    By Anonymous whatigotsofar, at 1:00 PM  

  • i'm with take pity on the chicks cause they are so boring and clean, so you have to liven them up a bit

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 PM  

  • I have chronic lyricosis. It is much more fun to just make up the words.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 11:12 PM  

  • I love that commercial too I laugh everytime I see it. here in Indy we have a commercial for an Oldies station and they are Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, and the guy sings "sugar fried honeybuns"

    If you don't know the words you're suppose to sing watermelon!

    By Blogger Phats, at 2:11 AM  

  • MY wife has spent her entiree life making up words to songs...

    She's really not that bright. :)


    By Blogger Steven Novak, at 11:46 AM  

  • "Blinded by the light...Wrapped up like a Douche...Another runner in the night..."???

    Point well taken...And it's "Deuce"

    But as a young dirty minded man back in the day, the former was much funnier to us at the time...

    By Blogger twolf1920, at 5:34 PM  

  • Yes, plus theres always the possibility of them becoming horny and wanting you right then and there. But yea, it was always cleaner...

    By Anonymous slopmaster, at 1:22 AM  

  • Girls apartments are nicer because they are (most often) the nurturers, so they nurture a nice environment. And guys, being the tougher side of the species, have a habit of making do with what's there.

    Twolf has hit on a set of lyrics that have always mystified me. But I still don't think his version makes sense.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 3:59 PM  

  • A great song. Unfortunately we don't get the advert over here...

    By Blogger Vegas, at 9:53 PM  

  • i do it all the time and i'm freaking awesome at it :)


    By Blogger mollymcmo, at 10:10 PM  

  • Misheard lyrics are one of my most recurring topics on my site--I am nealry obsessed with them ... mostly because I've gotten so many wrong before.

    I think "lock the cashbox" is kind of funny.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 12:26 AM  

  • Well if ESPN would start a series about decorating I think men would start kicking butt in this aspect of our lives.

    By Blogger Mr Shife, at 6:56 PM  

  • Knowing I'm mishearing the lyrics drives me nuts, so I've occasionally had to look up the lyrics online and then play the song and sing along with the words right in front of me.

    And then i'm wondering how my brain has misinterpreted it all in the first place...the mind is a funny thing.

    And my mind tends to write better lyrics. :)

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 10:52 PM  

  • I love making up fake lyrics! Totally perks up a day for me :-).

    Yes, I'm easily pleased!


    By Blogger Claire, at 7:41 AM  

  • I'm like Sarah :) - If i like a song i'm singing out loud !

    If i don't know the lyrics its so easy to check them online now :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:04 AM  

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