Like many of you, I sometimes get overwhelmed by continuing news reports about Covid-19 and the rules we must continue to abide by to stay healthy and take the burden off the NHS.
So, it’s a pleasure to find amusing news stories like this one…
Out of 2000 people surveyed about song lyrics, nine out of 10 had been singing incorrect and often hilarious lyrics ever since they originally mis-heard them.
The line in the classic 60s pop song “Groovin’” by the Young Rascals (now The Quite Elderly Rascals) ‘….you and me endlessly, groovin’, was being sung by some as ‘…you and me and Lesley, groovin’!
Abba’s lyrics were often misheard. The line in “Dancing Queen” ‘Feel the beat from the tambourine’ was mis-heard and mis-sung as ‘Feel the beat from the tangerine’ which makes no sense.
Then, there’s the line from “Knowing Me, Knowing You” that some heard as ‘When I called you last night from Tesco!’ when the call was made in Glasgow.
Presumably, some people’s hearing isn’t too good – perhaps due to singing incorrect lyrics at the tops of their voices at karaoke sessions. Otherwise, why would so many think Adele sang “Chasing Penguins” when she was actually “Chasing Pavements”?
I had an elderly relative who thought the cowboy film star Roy Rogers song “A Four-Legged Friend”, dedicated to his horse Trigger, contained the line ‘He’s on a stand….faithful!’ when the actual line is ‘He’s honest and faithful’.
Of course, since Trigger died and Roy had him stuffed and mounted in a cowboy museum, he really is on a stand…and couldn’t be more faithful!
While you’re still smiling at that, let me tell you about a new joke book called “Gags For The NHS”, which I put together with my friend Dilwyn Phillips.
It’s published by Y Lolfa at £3.99 and can be purchased from their website as well as all top class book shops…and one or two that could do with a lick of paint.
Profits from sales of the book in the UK go to the NHS.
As a top surgeon remarked: “The humour’s as sharp as my scalpel, it’s a cut above other joke books and it’ll have you in stitches!”