Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Livin' on Toast and Tang, Hungry Like the Wall and other song lyrics I don't know...


One of the women that works in the office next to me is outrageously funny. Seriously folks, when she's on a roll, she makes me spit water or worse yet coffee all over my computer monitor. She's one of those people that doesn't seem to have any self-esteem issues. She's herself first and foremost and last but certainly not least. She's a riot, truly.


She's worked for her department for decades and is amazing at her job and Xerox machines tremble when they hear her voice. Have I mentioned that she's funny? Oh yea, I guess I did. A few weeks ago, while walking to the ladies restroom, which happens to be located in our office, she ran into a wall. One of my co-workers put a sign up on it, declaring that it was V's wall. We all laughed hysterically when a few hours later, she came in again and ran into the same wall!


For a few minutes I thought she'd done it just to make us laugh, but I realized that she had, in fact, run into the wall again! As you can imagine, we have teased her mercilessly and she took it like a champ, as always.


Today, as we were having a cup of coffee, we started talking about song lyrics that we have mangled in our lifetimes. I started with a story about how my son had burned a special CD for me and everytime (nearly) that we went somewhere he would put it in and we would sing it, loud and proud!

Sometimes his friends would be with us, but that wouldn't stop me...I'd sing along, despite their snickering, which I always attributed to my inability to carry a tune.

Eventually, however, I discovered the reason for their laughter...it wasn't my singing, it was my distortion of the lyrics to my favorite song...apparently Duran Duran didn't write a song entitled "Hungry Like the Wall".


After hearing my story, V told one of her own, involving lots of people and her complaint that it was the dumbest song she'd ever heard...


It only took her a few decades to determine that the song was actually "Living on Tulsa Time".


Who'da thunkitt?

10 comments:

Lynne said...

I always liked
"There's a Rest Room on the Right"

Sounds like a fun place to work!

Squirl said...

Mixed up lyrics are always hilarious. Rock singers have not been known for their proper enunciation so we have lots of fodder.

Your coworker sounds like a lot of fun!

Hugs!

ThomasLB said...

You left out the Bob Dylan classic, "The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind."

ThomasLB said...

And a favorite Hendrix song was ruined for me when a friend sang it, "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy."

Debra said...

I think you'd enjoy Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs. Although they will drive you crazy for days.

Ur-spo said...

I don't think of it as mangling but improving songs.
I do so all the time

Actually, so does Babs, so if she can so can we!

Mary said...

I think I would laugh until I cried in your office. YOU are funny enough...

I have screwed up lyrics for years on end... "Gimme the Beach Boys" instead of "Gimme the Beat Boys to free my soul".

My husband is much worse.

Ponita said...

I have actually resorted to looking up lyrics on the Net when I can't figure out what they are singing!

An enquiring mind needs to know...

That is just too funny, Laurie!

undercover caterer said...

I think the revised lyrics probably improve on the songs in most instances.

I used to thing "Taking Care of Business" in the 70's was "Taking Care of Biscuits". Guess you know what was important to me when I was 10.

moos said...

And it's all because your mama don't dance & your daddy don't flush the bowl.

Sorry!