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What 'serious' song do you giggle through?

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Subject: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: marion
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:11 PM

For me it's Long Black Veil... I can't sing the line "I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife" with a straight face.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Night Owl
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:30 PM

"West Virginia"...the chorus has a line "I can almost smell the honey suckle vine". Years ago, while rehearsing the song, our lead singer messed up and sang " "honey fuckle sign"...we couldn't resist playing around with it. Made it difficult to perform the song again without giggling in anticipation of the line coming up.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:38 PM

When I sing "Green, Green Grass of Home," I have problems with "Down the road I look and there runs Mary..." because our former bass player (herself named Mary and possessed of a voice reminiscent of Odetta's) drowned out my "Hair of gold and lips like cherries" with "Rotten breath and armpits hairy." Of course, a lot of people can't take that song seriously, anyway. --seed


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 08:14 PM

Oh, I know what you mean seed - I can't seem to forget those substitute words. As a teen I would organise music for Mass every Sunday. Due to a perpetual feeling of embarrassment (caused by puberty I suppose) which intensified during solemn moments I could not help giggling when during the poignant "Lamb of God" - remember...

Lamb, lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us

... our guitarist Kieran would sing instead ...

Lamb, lamb of God
Tastes better with mint sauce...

of course, only I could hear him - how difficult is it to sing and laugh at the same time INTO A MICROPHONE IN FRONT OF THE CONGREGATION. Kieran would also play death metal guitar riffs during our version of Glory Be.

~FYM~


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 10:40 PM

"All the Little Chickens in the Garden" isn't an extremely serious song, but it got a whole lot less serious when a friend embellished the chorus by singing "chickens" as "chickENS," much like the chicken noise "buckAAAAWW." We had to stop singing for a while to regain composure - I actually laughed so hard I got a cramp in my face. He hasn't done it since, (I think his life was threatened) but I keep expecting him to.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 11:08 PM

Very little is sacred 'round my part of the barn.

Amazing grapes

how sweet and round

that soon will raisens be

A texture fine, on which to dine

a wrinkled ecstasy.

Don


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 11:31 PM

Good one Don.

I always smirk during the national anthem "Advance Australia Fair". For most of my infancy I believed the opening line of the song to be "Australia's sunburnt sausages, for we are young and free" ...


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: campfire
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 12:14 AM

I liked "Amazing Grapes"...will have to add that verse ;)

I have a hard time with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" ever since someone suggested that
...the moon just "went" behind a cloud...
- rather like the dog just "went" behind the tree. Can't help but picture it now, every time.

campfire


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 12:27 AM

A great thread: I won't take a chance of killing it by posting again.

--seed (oops)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Matthew B.
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 01:18 AM

Fair Youngmaid, I have to agree with you. In fact, I find many of the national anthems a bit hard to hear with a straight face. Have you ever heard the French National Anthem? Its melody is the greatest, but some of its lyrics are, shall we say, a bit bloody.

But before I get all the French people hating me (not necessary since my ex-wife and her relatives are all French and they hate me already just fine), I also do love many of the national anthems of some other countries, including Israel's ("The Hope") and my own "Star Spangled Banner" (although I think "America the Beautiful" would have made an even better anthem).


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: DWDitty
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 05:24 AM

I Am..I Said - the whole song. Just can't get by Neil chatting with inanimate objects.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Graham Pirt
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 06:55 AM

In the song "Derwentwater's Farewell" I transposed a couple of stanzas about horses and wives and ended up singing, "Farewell, farewell my ain dear wife, Ill ill thou counselled'st me, I wish I'd been sleeping in my bed, Last time I mounted thee"!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 10:37 AM

The song "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore". It came out by Striesand and Diamond at the time when I had very young children. I have to be a little gross to explain. There is a line "Used to be so natural, to talk about forever. But used-to-be's don't count anymore, they just lay on the floor till we sweep them away". There was a joke among the diaper changing Dad's about the wee ones pants being full of "used to be's...........used to be carrots, used to be pea's...." Every time I hear the lyric I giggle. You ever seen a man my size giggle??? The sight would make you laugh.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: annamill
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 10:51 AM

"There's a ship lying waiting in the harbour; and tomorrow for Old England she sails..."

I don't remember the name of this song, but everytime I hear it, I think to myself "What a dumb woman" and I have to laugh. If some guy tried to give me that line I'd die laughing. Just go away!!

annap


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 11:06 AM

Every time I hear the great ballad "The Flying Cloud", I hear it the way a fine balladsinger sang it when he got flustered 'cause a nutsy patron of a folk club chose that moment, in a totally quiet room, to get up, gather her things noisily, and stomp out of the club---Somebody Else's Troubles in Chicago.

I won't say who it was, but the line: "We'll hoist the pirate flag aloft" came out "We'll hoist the pilot frog aloft". I always smile to myself when I hear that song---just like I always smile when the good people of Minnesota say, "You Betcha"

Art


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Peter T.
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 01:38 PM

This isn't a song, but I was part of a friend's wedding, and they spent weeks trying to decide whether they were going to go with the old Anglican service, which has "I plight thee my troth" or the new, which goes "I give you my pledge". Comes the climactic moment, and my friend blurts out: "I give thee my plight." Crackup of whole church.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 02:23 PM

well, when I sing 'Towser Jenkins'...about someone's dog being poisoned, the audience always giggles! I don't think it is my delivery! (it doesn't seem to be in the DB...I'll have to post it..)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jenny
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 02:29 PM

My six-year old niece starts the Lord's Prayer: Our Father who art in heaven Hello, and be thy name ...


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 06:08 PM

Mick, not a pretty picture, but it could be worse: please, please don't titter. --seed


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 06:17 PM

In the fine song "Lizzy Lindsay" I'LL NEVER get used to LORD RONALD McDONALD showing up there. The audience ALWAYS laughs. Cindy Mangsen sang it "the Lord of McDonald"---and that seemed to solve the problem.

Art


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: SeanM
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 06:37 PM

Another 'not a song', but I can never hear the Lord's prayer without snickering... before any devout types kill me, the reason... I work at a renaissance festival, and Elizabethans being devout, churchgoing folks, one of the things that we are made to memorize is the Lord's Prayer in full Elizabethan dialect... it ends up coming out like
    The Lard is Moy Shipyard
    I shale nat waant
    Huy Maaket moy Dain tay loy
And it just disintegrates from there.

M


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 08:15 PM

The song I find ridiculous is that one -- think Dean Martin sang it -- about "when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore". It sounds more like the beginning of a Lewis Carroll poem - "Oh the moon was like a pizza pie" etc. A decidely male sentiment indeed -- "You know honeybee, just looking at the moon has made me hungry. Why don't we nix this boring walk on the beach and swing by Franco's?"

Is an all-dressed pizza moon or a plain cheese and tomato moon best for pursuing affairs of the heart?

Personally I think the moon looks more like a big potato chip (crisp to those of you in the UK) but I suppose Big Pringle's Potato Chip didn't scan.

I think "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" must rank up there with serious but idiotic songs.

Then there are country-and-western songs, and some of those songs recorded by all-girl bands in the early sixties. "Johnny Get Angry".


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 10:42 PM

Actually Art, I think the Ronald or Ranald MacDonald in question was a historical personage of some note. Pity the burger chain has done him up like a clown.

I don't think a chief or chieftain of a clan is properly a Lord, unless he got the extra title by some other means. He probably would have been simply The MacDonald.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rita64
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 12:06 AM

Speaking of national anthems, has anyone seen the New Zealand rugby union and rugby league teams do the Haka (unsure of spelling) before an international match? The facial expressions of the opposing team are highly amusing, especially when the Kiwis wiggle their tongues and pop their eyeballs at them.

Fair Youngmaid (who would like to see Big Mick titter)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 12:53 AM

I tried scanning a Pringles chip once: It didn't survive my the lid of my scanner on it. --seed


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Eric o' the North
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 10:47 PM

There are many but this one comes to mind. Years ago I performed in a duo. One time I was singing John Denver's Country Roads. After the line..."West Virginia, mountain mama" my partner inserted "Mama willing..." Could barely finish the chorus & bridge. I still smirk a bit when that line goes by. Sorry, it's a little sick, guess ya had to be there. Fun thread! Thanx.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 09:49 AM

The worst thing about that Pizza Pie song is that it just makes me think of Pavement Pizzas. One of those hitting your eye would really take the romance out of the amore. Yeurgghh


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 07:27 PM

I think it was Oscar Wilde who said "is there any man whose heart is so hardened that he can read of the death of Little Nell without laughing?" I have some Pagan friends who sing (to the last line of the Star Spangled Banner) Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again. Now I can't hear THAT phrase without laughing. And for some reason Meeting in the Air cracks me up. Don't know why.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rich Kelly
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 08:43 AM

Hi,

During "The Fields of Athenry", the narrator sings "...now you must raise our child with dignity". A friend of mine misheard the lyric in a pub one night and thought the line was "...now you must raise our child with Rice Krispies."

Also, during "The Town I Loved so Well", the narrator refers to the music in the sweet DERRY AIR. One singer sang the line too fast one evening, if you know what I mean!

Still brings a chuckle out of me.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Cuilionn
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 12:39 PM

Bless ye a' for a richt guid rollickin' stairt tae ma mairnin'! I've been paintin' ma parents' hoose this summer, wairkin' oot in th' sun, comin' in tae feshed tae e'en ficht aff th' teenagers for th' computer sae I can peruse Mudcat, an' this mairnin' I woke up airly, slippit doon th' stairs, an' signit on.

I, tae, cannae get thro' "Lizzie Lindsay" wi'oot snickerin'...I haird a friend sing it "Jamie MacDonald" insteid, but I dinnae ken how I feel aboot muckin' aboot wi' potentially historical (albeit hysterical) names. Aiblins I'll ponder on it while I'm climbin' th' scaffoldin' th' day. (Dinnae fesh yersels, that's painter's scaffoldin', nae th' ither kind!!!)

--Cuilionn, hummin' an' snickerin' wi' paintbrush in hand


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Allan C.
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 01:47 PM

I have a hard time singing, "Come tripping down the stairs, pretty Peggy-O". And ever since a friend of mine sang "Banks of the Ohio" with his imitation of a Buck Owens accent, I can't keep a straight face. He pronounced it, "Buyinks" with a rather explosive "B".

Another friend used to sing, "Lilly of the West", ("Flora"). And just after he sang the line, "I stepped up to my rival, my dagger in my hand." he would let out with the evilest of laughs. I still hear it every time.

BSeed mentioned, "The Green, Green Grass of Home". After I heard someone recite the lines in an imitation of Bob Dylan, the song was never the same.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Jul 99 - 01:42 PM

THere are two traditional ones that get to me. In Red River Valley, there's the classic..."Can I leave her behind, unprotected..."

and in Jam on Gerry's Rocks,

"...they granted her her final wish, to be laid by Young Munroe." ...my pet example of necrophilia in folksong.

Oh yes, there's also the square dance call: Go 'round that couple and takle a peek...

A friend once inadvertantly changed that to "...take a leak"

Never been able to call that one since.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 12:23 AM

When I was a kid, my sister and I heard "Still in Love with You," which has the line, "Today I passed you on the street, "And my heart fell at your feet,..."

My sister said, "Spluttt!" and there went THAT song.

kc


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Night Owl
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 12:36 AM

KC...Yup...you're right....just ended that song here too!!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 08:46 AM

In our session it has become "traditional" to sing South Australia, with the verse:

"There ain't but one thing grieves my mind, It's to leave Miss Nancy Blair's behind."

Once, Carolan's "Planxty George Brabazon" (click here for a midi) went on a bit too long, and the singers started in (in serious 3-part harmony) with: "This is the song that never ends, it never ends, it never, never ends..."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: MMario
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 08:46 AM

Sean - that's not the Lord's Prayer, it's one of the Psalms..... but I know the feeling...because I've recieved elbows in the ribs during the service and been told "you're in faire speak!"

MMario


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rich Kelly
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 09:32 AM

Hi,

Tis a pity the song Cerrickfergus, is ruint for me, because it really is a grand and beautiful song. I introduced a college buddy to Irish music by playing this song for him. The next few times we got together he snickered at how ribald folk music was. I didn't quite understand what he meant in particular.

Anyway, this went on for awhile until he said he had thought the lyric was "I wish I was in Kerry Fergus..."

He was disappointed when I showed him the written title.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 09:51 AM

Dick, years ago I had to learn "Foreman Young Munro" for a show (don't ask!). I've never heard anyone sing it, before or since, for some reason ... anyhow, I practiced and practiced and practiced on my own without any trouble, until the dress rehearsal - then as I reached the start of the line, I and everyone else suddenly spotted the double entendre, with disastrous results.

In the end I sang "with " instead of "by", but it was touch and go!

Steve


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 08:48 PM

Will ye come to McDonald's, Lizzy Lindsay?
Will ye come to McDdonald's with me?
Will ye come to McDonald's, Lizzy Lindsay?
I've a Big Mac and fries just for thee.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: ddw in windsor
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 11:51 PM

Allan C... Glad to see somebody else has trouble with Lily of the West, but mine is a little different. A musical partner years ago -- in a performance -- mis-sang a line

I courted lovely Flora, some pleasure there to find,

But she turned INto another man, which sore did stress my mind.

He always swore it wasn't intentional, but I've always doubted it.

And I've always had a hard time getting through that line without muffing it myself.

cheers,

ddw


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 09 Jul 99 - 12:06 AM

Back in a religious vein -- my sister and I used to sit in church and just count the minutes to the Lord's Prayer and then crack up at the "nasty" part -- you know, that part that goes, "Lead us snot into temptation..."

Hey, when you're 8 years old ... And, of course, my mother wanted us to sit at the front of the church, presumably so the preacher's words would "take" better, so we'd be up there giggling so hard we were crying, with her poking us and giving us The Fierce Maternal Glare, which made us laugh twice as hard and try twice as hard NOT to...

I don't think the Lord probably minded, but my mother certainly did.

KC


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Nogs
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 04:25 PM

how about the hymn that goes:

Behold the seat of God descending (the clouds part, cue giant buttocks)

Also in 'Rose of Allendale': One maiden form (Maidenform) withstood the storm (singer does a cross-your-heart manuever, rest of the verse is lost in laughter)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Tony Burns
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 04:42 PM

Wow, no one has mentioned the Mary Ellen Carter yet.

Let's see, how does the story go? Think of Mary Ellen Carter as a very large hooker. Some sailors take her up on her solicitations one stormy night and after much drinking they all go out into the alley. Poor Mary has trouble keeping her balance in her advanced state of inebriation and falls down a lot. The equally drunken sailors spend their time trying to get her up and having their way with her.

With a little imagination and keeping an eye open for double entendres you may find you have trouble singing this song with a straight face.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 05:36 PM

...Anbd then there's always the magnifcent part of Handel's Creation where we're informed, vociferously, that...

"We like sheep..."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: CarlZen
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 08:12 PM

A good friend of mine has a nasty nack for finding just the right word to replace to totally change the song. For example;

Blue Ridge Mounatin Blues

When I was young and in my prime I used to do it all the time. Now that I am old and gray I onkly do it once a day

But his all-timer came about three in the morning jamming at a festival. A friend was with us, determined to stay up all night because they were to be on stage early next morning. He mentioned he'd be singing "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight". Charlie (with the nasty nack) says, "let's sing it" and when the title line comes up he sings "I'll wear your underwear tonight."

Rocky gets on stage the next morning and all those who helped him "rehearse" his song in the wee hours were in the front row to cheer him on.

Sure enough, he gets to the chorus and sings

"And though your love is even colder, I'll wear your underwear tonight."

If the audience caught it, they were very polite (unlike those in the front row, who were probably like the 8 year olds during the "snot" in the Lord's prayer, without the mother's stern look.)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 09:39 PM

Sounds like a Rocky I know. (The guy who did the chicken noise as I described way up at the top of the thread.)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Pelrad
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 12:36 AM

Entire audiences used to titter throughout "Andrew Rose" when Stan Hugill sang it. It's a song full of the terrible ways a British sailor was tormented to death before punishment laws were changed in the British Navy. But the way Stan mugged it up, it was hard to keep a grim outlook. Now I can't hear the serious versions without that voice in the back of my head singing, "The captain trained his dogs to bite him...(Ingalsations they were, or something like that)...While for mercy Rose did cry. On the deck,his flesh in mouthfuls torn out by the dogs did lie," coupled with a bunch of people making fierce dog sounds in the background...You can't help but feel like some sick individual to be snickering at the lyrics to this song!

I was never sure if part of the reason people laughed was because the words were so awful. I just know Stan encouraged the laughter, and I've never seen a serious version of this song go over well with an audience.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 12:48 AM

Anybody remember Utah's "Goin' Away"? Great song. I used to do a TV show here in Toronto and one time was singing it, and got to the line "..fast freight flies" and sang "french fries fly"! I have no idea why, but to this day I can't sing the line straight..I just break up and mumble. Then I saw the lyrics in a book and Utah sings it "..fast mail flies". Doesn't do any good. I still screw it up every time. Haven't sung it for a bit, so maybe I'll try it again some time.
rick


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: CarlZen
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 01:00 AM

Jeri - The Rocky I spoke of is a member of the old-timey band Piney Creek Weasels, and they do a whole chicken routine, complete with rubber chickens. Knowing Rocky it could've been him.

When I sing the verse in "Don't That Road Look Rough and Rocky" (no relation) when it goes "Can't you hear those nigth birds callin'?", Charlie, Rocky, or some other like one of them can usually be counted on to chime in with a soprano "CAW, CAW". (Haw, Haw)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dan'l (inactive)
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 01:31 AM

Well...I guess it would be Molly Malone. She rolled her wheelbarrow,

Thru streets wide and narrow,

Singing...Cocks are just muscles,

So leave mine alone.

It never made any sense at all, but always got a laugh


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 06:37 AM

... when I do one of my room-emptiers, a sub-Elvis version of "One Night", and get to the line :"I ain't never did no wrong" I always get a vision of my old English teacher, "Wally " Hammond and that great English Grammarian, Professor Randolph Quirk, spinning faster and faster in their graves.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Henry King
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 09:16 AM

Then there's the hymn "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear"


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 09:35 AM

Carl, the Rocky I know is a different guy, but there must be something about the name...
He tells awful puns. Once, a bunch of us went to a Chinese restaurant and he and a friend kept up Rodney Dangerfield jokes for about an hour. I was surprised they didn't kick us out, but maybe we were acting as entertainment. (Sorry about the thread creep)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Eh Canadian
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 10:32 AM

The song Old Brown's Daughter has always made me laugh. There's a line that is repeated as part of the refrain: "And blow me if I wouldn't marry Old Brown's Girl" The version I'm talking about is on Great Big Sea's new album Turn.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Mudjack
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 01:36 PM

The National Anthem..... Years ago a bunch of guys from work went to see an Angel game at Anaheim in California. One of our co-workers had never been to a game and so when the national anthem began, we all stood and to our amazement, some little tiny gal just belted out one of the best and most memorble renditions of Oh say can you see. When it was al over, everyone clapped(as usuall for the game to start), Our pal Chris looked at at us all and seriously said, " Wow, she was really good, she got a standing ovation".
Now anytime I hear our nations anthem, I think back to that time and can hardly keep a straight face. Bless his heart wherever he might be.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: CarlZen
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 02:03 PM

One of the pre-seminary students at the college I attended always said his favorite songs was the Battle Hymn of the Republic, after studying 'Freudian symbolism' (Actually just a college students basic understanding of phallic symbols). I'll leave the rest to you all.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Vaughn
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 11:24 PM

"American Pie," one of my favorite songs in high school, became the funniest song I ever heard when I heard an overly earnest young guitarist perform it at a coffeehouse in college, and my friend and I began to speak the words in serious, declamatory tones. It went on all evening, long after the coffeehouse was over, and I laughed till tears ran down my face. For months afterward, we could reduce one another to helpless giggles by asing each other accusingly, "Did YOU write the book of love?" or really just over-acting any line from all five now-hilarious verses. Try it! It's fun! Ruins the song, though.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 12:02 AM

Daniel, Poor Molly Malone will never be the same for me! That's the kind of song we women will never be able to do.

Vaughn, et al, Have you ever seen a couple of CDs by a group of "artists" called Golden Voices? It's a compilation tape of the most gawd-awful renderings of perfectly respectable songs by performers who were out of their league and over their heads. I'm thinking particularly of a rendition of "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man," spoken/sung in an exceedingly melodramatic way by William Shatner, and there's an equally terrible one of "Lucy In The Sky" which may also be William Shatner, His Royal Pretentiousness.

It's the sort of thing that people listen to at a party and just howl with laughter at how embarrassingly awful these performers are.

KC


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 12:02 AM

Daniel, Poor Molly Malone will never be the same for me! That's the kind of song we women will never be able to do.

Vaughn, et al, Have you ever seen a couple of CDs by a group of "artists" called Golden Voices? It's a compilation tape of the most gawd-awful renderings of perfectly respectable songs by performers who were out of their league and over their heads. I'm thinking particularly of a rendition of "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man," spoken/sung in an exceedingly melodramatic way by William Shatner, and there's an equally terrible one of "Lucy In The Sky" which may also be William Shatner, His Royal Pretentiousness.

It's the sort of thing that people listen to at a party and just howl with laughter at how embarrassingly awful these performers are.

KC


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dan'l (inactive)
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 02:37 AM

Boy I hope I didn't offend anyone...didn't mean too

Dan


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 07:55 AM

Dan - I don't know if she was offended so much as she was saying women aren't able to pull it off, so to speak, due to having different equipment, or feeling a need to be polite. I'm personally planning on sharing it!

Normally, the offensometer is set to about -10 around here for anything not resembling meanness.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 11:18 PM

Dan'l-- I wasn't offended. I thought it was funny. I was saying what Jeri said, that certain verses are out for women, just as men couldn't really get away with singing songs about female anatomy.

Thanks for at least *trying* to be a gentleman. I don't think it's all that easy on Mudcat. Being mean is the true offense, and that will get the 'catters riled, for sure. But a little raunchy? WEll, if people aren't amused, they just scroll elsewhere.

WW


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Sheye
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 09:52 AM

...I think women could pull it off just fine....

Sheye


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 06:43 PM

Fer shame, Sheye. Fer shaime.

WW


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 11:47 PM

Years ago I used to play at the Folkway in Peterbourgh NH and I'de play some things with Johnathan Hall who was a co Owner of the place... Johnathan was the best staight man I have ever met... He would start into that beautifull ballad about Amellia Erhart ,,,,You can just amagine what one could do with "HAppy Landings TO you" or "in shark infested waters". To this day I can't beleave how even-faced that man kept...He was an inspiration....I would like to apologise for anything I did back then that was in bad taste...and it is a beautifull song... GUY<<<>>>><<<<>>>><<<<>>><<<<>>


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: as_a_mauve@hotmail.com
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 01:02 PM

Ever since a friend of mine told me the "Amazing Grace" could be sung to the tune of the Gillian's Island theme...

Both of these give me a chuckle.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: PageOfCups
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 05:33 PM

Okay, I know it's a REALLY old thread, but I can't help it. (I'm a newbie. Deal.)

Not only can "Amazing Grace" be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island," but so can "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem." My roommate "innocently" informed the rest of her church choir of this fact during rehearsal for their service of carols.   To their credit, they only blew their cue by about a half a second during the actual performance...

As for me: I confess to having broken up a pub singer by holding my crossed wrists over my head during the chorus of "Black Velvet Band." How did I know he hadn't seen it before? [evil grin]


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 07:07 PM

"There Are Angels Hovering 'Round" --- It just drives me nuts singing that chorus. Makes me want to swing my arms around batting at the swarms of 'em protecting my face and eyes from harm.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: brid widder
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 07:22 PM

Another churchy one...'Bind us together' sounds to me like a anthem for anyone into bondage...'bind us together Lord bind us together with cords that cannot be broken'... oooh vicar!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 08:57 PM

Well, "Green, Green Grass of Home" gets a solid chuckle from me, and so does "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Any More". Then there's "I Am Woman" and "You and Me Against the World". LOL! Very funny indeed. "Longfellow Serenade" is kind of amusing too... Oh, and "Kung Fu Fighting"!

- LH


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 09:26 PM

No, wait, "Kung Fu Fighting" could hardly be considered a serious song, could it? The others definitely rate, though.

- LH


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: CapriUni
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 09:49 PM

Okay, I know it's a REALLY old thread, but I can't help it. (I'm a newbie. Deal.)

Welcome, PageOfCups! I'm glad you refreshed this thread... I'm not as much of a newbie as you are, but I did come in after this topic's first lifespan.

As to the topic at hand... I don't actually giggle or chuckle out loud, but I do smirk a little at Lord Randall ever since a friend pointed out that he's dying of poison and his mother is pre-occupied by asking him about his will...


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 12:04 AM

"Hard Times Come Again No More" makes me smile when the line comes "A wail that is heard upon the shore" or something like that.

I always think of "a WHALE that is HURT upon the shore".

That's just me, folks. It's a curse to think in puns sometimes.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Kaleea
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 01:26 AM

I am well known for singing wrong words to songs. Pop songs, ballads, hymns, hermns, Christmas Carols--nothing is sacred enough to be safe from me! I often had to bite my tongue when directing church choirs over the years as I was being tempted by that evil which lurks in the heart of singers . . .
a few of the high (or low) lights:
       Remember that beauteous Stephen Foster song? The one that goes: "Come where my love lies screaming,
       screaming the happy hours away . . ."


How about the time when I was in Jr. hi & we were singing
       "ain't no woman like the one eyed gott   "

       Then there was the time that (this is really the truth. REALLY!! I have over 100 witnesses who were there in the dress rehearsal with me.) while singing with the University Singers which was being accompanied by the local symphony. We were rehearsing a Handel oratorio. We got to the spot where we sang "Let there be light . . ."
      
         and the power went out in the building. Yes, really. I've never been able to sit through that oratorio without chuckling since that day.   

And then there's Chrismastide:

       Wreck the halls with bugs of holly . . .
       Up on the mousetop (my kitty's fav!) kitty paws . . .
       We wish you a hare krishna, etc. . . & a crappy new year!
             (I told you nothing was sacred)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Marion
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 01:30 AM

Nice to see this refreshed, and nice to meet you, Page of Cups. Are you a Tarot reader or something?

When I started this thread I wasn't looking for parodies or comical mistakes so much as the times when the real words are unintentionally funny - like the Lord Randall, Bind Us Together, and Black Velvet Band examples that have been given recently.

Another one is Wild Mountain Thyme. Both because the "Lassie" in the chorus always makes me think of a collie ("Go, Lassie! Get the flowers from Timmy and take them to the house!") and because "the blooming heather" sounds like a polite substitution for "the bloody heather."

Marion


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 09:31 AM

I cannot sing the song Little Moses (a Carter Family song) because I always crack up at the same lines....

Little moses the servant of God,
The water subsided and the sea was divided
as upward he lifted his rod.

   The image shall never leave me..so the song is off my list.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jim Krause
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 10:36 AM

The ones I can't sing with a straight face are old gospel songs re-worked by the likes of Joe Hill. For example
"Hallelujah, Thine's The Glory" became "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" and
"In The Sweet Bye and Bye" became "There'll Be Pie in the Sky."
On the Sunday before Labor Day, I was asked to provide instrumental music for church. I couldn't resist playing "Pie in the Sky." I don't know how many folks got the joke.

Jim


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 10:44 AM

I always find "The Constant Lovers" funny. It's so OTT that I can't believe it was ever meant to be taken seriously.

Also there's a line in the penultimate verse of "MY HUSBAND'S GOT NO COURAGE IN HIM" that sounds like necrophilia every time I hear it.

HARTLEY MORRIS have a habit of changing "Shepherd Swain" to "Shepherd Neame" (a Kentish Brewery) whenever they sing "The Holmfirth Anthem" - I now find this part of the song funny, even when it is sung properly.

Finally, "Pleasant and Delightful" has so many alternate versions and lines, that it's hard to stick to the original. I always end up singing "The sharks they played melodeons", "and the finger came too" etc. - and can't resist producing the "POP" for "a ring from off her finger she instantly drew".


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Fingerbuster
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 10:54 AM

Cant help bursting into laughter when we're playing
"South Australia" because my partner always sings
this; There ain't but one thing grieves my mind,
It's to leave TONY Blair behind.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:10 AM

Oh - I thought the proper words were "leaving Nancy's Bare Behind" !


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: denise:^)
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:39 AM

We had one back in junior high school choir--
"Holiday Time is With us Again"--
which contained the line, "Snow falling, friends calling, fun time again..." BUT, the way the music was arranged, you ended up singing: "Snow, falling friends, calling fun time again..."
Cracked us up every time!

And, speaking of 'Amazing Grace,' didja ever hear Garrison Keillor sing it to the Mickey Mouse Club Theme?

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me--

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G -- G-R-A-C-E!!

I had to pull over to the side of the road to keep from going into a ditch...

Denise:^)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Puffenkinty
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:43 AM


   "The Lord's Prayer", ever since I heard some one sing
"Lead us not into Penn station..."

Also, I cannot sing "Galway Bay" straight. I always think of the
Clancy Brothers version, "Maybe someday I'll go back again to Ireland/
And me dear old wife would only pass away...."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:53 AM

Amazing Grapes!!!! :-D

Streets of Laredo, because I always think of the Smothers Brothers and "If you get an outfit you can be a cowboy too."

Mister and I were requested to learn "Tenting Tonight." There's a verse about "the loved ones at home, who gave us the hand, and the tear that said goodbye." I don't know why, but I always think, "the loved ones at home, who gave us the finger..."

My brother used to sing O Holy Night: "Fall on your face..."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dunkle
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 12:35 PM

I meant to tell this to Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen when I saw them the other night...Darcy Farrow has been a favorite of ours for a long time, one that we can sing a harmony on together and not sound too bad. At one point my wife couldn't remember "Young Vandy in his pain put a bullet through his brain...", and sang "Young Vandy in his bed put a bullet through his head..." Hey, Maybe Steve and Cindy would prefer her version!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: denise:^)
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 04:22 PM

My sister and I were singing, "What Child is This?" one year for a program, and, while rehearsing, she sang, "Hail, hail, the gang's all here..." ("Hail, hail, the word made flesh...")

Silly, I know, but it was hard to stay serious after that!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 09 Oct 02 - 11:51 PM

Real lyrics, to serious songs, which make me want to chuckle or smirk:

"Havin' My Baby" -- Paul Anka -- the whole song

Any song where the guy sings something about "...where my love lies waiting... ."   (E.g., Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound," Dan Fogelberg's "High Mountain Snows.)  I always picture some poor woman bedridden for years, waiting for her love to return -- or maybe a real couch-potato mama lying in bed eating bon bons and watching soap operas until her man returns.

Neil Diamond again:  "...Songs she sang to me, songs she brang to me... ."  (Play Me)

Frankie Valli -- "Rag Doll "...such a pretty face should be dressed in lace"  -- I always picture one of those old fashioned hat lace veils that hid most of the face -- or maybe a woman with bits of lace pasted all over her cheeks.

Marion, I agree that "...around the bloomin' heather..."  always sounds like mild cursing to me and, "Will ye go, Lassie, go?" always makes me think of the parody where the owner is trying to get the collie to "go" so he can take her home.

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Songs/lines that crack me up because I have screwed up the lyrics in the past, because I've heard others screw them up, or because they so strongly suggest a parody include:

Autumn Leaves:  "I see your lips, the summer kisses... ."  When I sing "I see your lips, " I always have the urge to add, "...and I'll raise you... ."

Snowbird.   It's so hard not to sing, "Spread your f***ing wings and fly away... ."

Trees, They Grow High -- I so badly want to sing "...his young butt is daily growing... ."
 

Massa's In De Cold, Cold Ground  -- Not that I would sing this, anyway, but when I hear even the title, I always think of that well-known blooper someone once made in introducing the song as "M' ass Is In De Cold, Cold Ground."

Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees-- At least half the time, I start to sing, "When I fall on my face, with my..." before I remember that it is "...fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun."
 

Winter Wonderland --  ever since my mondegreen-prone cousin sang "Later on, we'll perspire as we sit by the fire... ."
 

Tiptoe Thru The Tulips  -- How can you not think of Tiny Tim?
 

Hey, Good Lookin' -- ever since I slipped and sang "How's about keeping somethin' up for me?"

And, finally, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- ever since I heard the Elvis (live at Las Vegas) recording where he sang, "Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare.  Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?"  (a spontaneous reaction to seeing two bald men sitting in the audience).


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Jim Krause
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 12:07 AM

Are You Lonesome Tonight always reminds me of Homer & Jethro's parody:

Are you lonesome tonight

If you are, serves you right.

After that I don't remember the words because I'm so busy laughing.

Jim


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 12:24 AM

Well, Jim, it's hard not to want to giggle at ANY song after you've heard Homer and Jethro's version of it (or Spike Jones's or Bob Rivers's).


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Gurney
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 05:40 AM

Genie mentioned Tiny Tim... Try to listen to a Vin Garbutt introduction. He sings the songs straight, but his intro's will poison the songs for you forever. My favourite is the boring (to me) 'Flora on the banks of the Dee.' Wassail.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 07:32 AM

Travis's "Why does it always rain on me" has just been spoilt for all time for me.... since Hammerite refered to it as that song about "I stole my granny's teeth when I was seventeen".
(mind, I never liked it that much anyway)

Kris


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 07:39 AM

Well, I can't say I giggle through it -- it's still a lovely song --, but it's hard now to hear "Tecumseh Valley" quite the same way as I did before Amos told me that çine calls it "the dead whore under the stairway" song.

Genie


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 08:16 AM

Whenever I sing 'Dimmimg Of The Day' at a local session, there's a certain hussy who ends up rolling on the floor laughing at the line 'Now all my will is gone'!

BJ


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,BAILLIE
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 11:41 AM

Country Roads! it's that line, "Almost heaven, wet vagina!"


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Glade
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 02:08 PM

Shaker song, "'Tis A Gift to Be Simple."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Ivan
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 02:51 PM

Any song containing the name "Willie" (i.e. most old English ones) usually get a stifled giggle from some one in the audience.
I like to sing "Ghost of Willie-o" (aka Bay of Biscay-o) but I have to close my eyes and ears because I know that the lines 'she saw her Willie standing" and "bring me back my Willie-o" will crack me up if I see anyone's expression while I'm singing.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rainshadow
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 03:09 PM

When we were kids, my many brothers and I nearly suffocated ourselves trying to stifle our laughter one Sunday when the hymn chosen - lyricly very nice - was set to the tune of Deuchland Uber Alles.

And no I have no concept of how to spell in English let alone German.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 10:50 PM

Rainshadow, that may have been "Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God... ." (I knew the hymn first, before I knew of "Deutschland †ber Alles," so I didn't have a similar problem, but I can see how it would be funny to you."

Ever since I figured out that the tunes/lyrics of "Puff, The Magic Dragon" and "Onward, Christian Soldiers" can be switched, I kinda stifle a giggle when I hear either one, since I am 'hearing' the other lyrics in my head.

Genie


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 01:18 PM

This wasn't written as a song, but I can't see or hear the words to E. Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me... " without 'hearing' them sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose Of Texas."

Arge


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 04:47 PM

About three years ago I took my wife to see Micheal O Domhnaill and Paddy Glackin at the Irish centre in Hammersmith. Micheal sang 'The Death Of Queen Jane' and my wife (Jane!) who always had a hard time taking solemn Irish ballads and their aficionados seriously and who was also six months pregnant with our daughter got an uncontrollable fit of the giggles when he got to the bit about the queen telling the doctor or whoever to cut open her side to get 'my bay-beee'. Cracked me up as well.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Burke
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 05:14 PM

From Mendelssohn's Elijah one of the choruses is often used as an anthem by itself.

He, watching over Israel, slumbers not, nor sleeps.

I want to kill the person who pointed out what "slumbers not" sounds like when a chorus puts the terminal s over at the beginning of the next word.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 05:02 AM

Burke, I imagine it's comparable to that other choir anthem that sounds like "The Lord Drools Over The Earth." Right?

SWO


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Oct 02 - 02:17 PM

Burke, it's worse - furr, furr, wuss - in Norman and Nancy Blake's "The Grave of Bonaparte:"

He eats not, he hears not, he's free from all pain...

Peter.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Jennie
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 11:45 PM

I don't know if you all are familiar with Gaelic Storm, but they do a song called New York Girls. One of the last lines are "You're safer 'round Cape Horn." Ever since one of the people on their website pointed out that the line sounds like "You're safer 'round gay porn" I haven't been able to keep a straight face while listening to it.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: ooh-aah
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 11:54 PM

'I'm for ever blowing Bubbles'. Oh, the lucky girl...


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JennyO
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 06:15 AM

Recently I was singing "Grey Funnel Line". At the end of it, someone made a joke about the line 'like a floating spar on the open sea', conjuring up the image of a bath spa bobbing about.

Last night I was singing it to a different group of people, and when I got to that line, that unfortunate image popped unbidden into my mind's eye. No doubt they must have wondered why I started to giggle in the middle of this serious song. Fortunately I managed to recover fairly quickly.

On another occasion, my singing partner at the time and I were singing "Past Caring", a poem by Henry Lawson set to music, the lyrics of which can only be described as 'wrist slashing'. We were singing it to a group of folks outdoors at a BBQ sitting around a fire. One of these folks is known to doze off, and just as we got to a really crucial part of the song, she tipped over and slid gracefully to the ground, which caused her husband, who is also known for dropping off, to wake up slightly and start to tip over too. As we watched this happening, seemingly in slow motion, right in front of our noses, we couldn't help cracking up laughing. Well, you had to be there! Sandra in Sydney knows!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 01:58 PM

I remeber being in Scarborough (a town on the north east coast of Englend) and hearing a group perform Three Score and Ten - a song about a tragedy which occurred to the fishing fleet of Grimsby (a town a little further south, but not really far away). The musical style and accompamiment was so jolly that it sounded as if they were 'thinking' "those Grimsby lads had it coming" - cracked me up!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 03:43 PM

Blame my youngest brother for these:

"...At the risin' of the moon YEE-HA! at the risin' of the moon,
For the pikes must be together at the risin' of the moon YEE-HA!"
(Rising of the Moon)

"...Just a lad of eighteen summers, yet no true man can deny
As he walked to death that morning...(sob, sob, I...I can't go on! It's too sad!)"
(Kevin Barry)

"Nothin' could be finer than to be in your vagina in the morning..."

"Mrs. Brown I think your daughter's pregnant
Girls like her get pregnant all the time...."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 06:56 PM

I have always been bothered by "Town I Loved So Well" describing,
"There was music there in the Derry air" which always sounds flatulent.
"Brennan on the Moor" has several lines that bother me including, "When she saw her Willie she began to weep and cry."
And of more recent (OK, the sixties are new musically) in "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" the plaintive query, "Can I believe the magic of your size?" OK, maybe she meant sighs.
A friend and I keep an ongoing "list" (his is spontaneous and mental, mine, OC as I am, winds up on the laptop) of HSL, or Highly Suspect Lyrics, and they are of course everywhere if you are so minded. We are.
Even in the virtually sacred to Irish singers "Four Green Fields" not only is "they fought to save my jewels" pretty iffy but "one of them's in bondage" gets me.
And this is well before all the altered words and the stray possessive "s" additions. "I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone's" (have you seen the statue? yikes.) Or "Sweet Molly's Malone." "All my memories gather round hers." "We danced through the night, and we held each others' tight." This can go on all night!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 07:55 PM

Not to mention the chorus of "Fields of Athenry" in which "where once we watched the small free birds fly" is followed by a pause that just begs the listener to chant "go, baby, let the free birds fly!"


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: clueless don
Date: 07 Apr 03 - 10:53 AM

Someone mentioned the Emily Dickinson poem sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas". That reminds me of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", sung to the tune of "Hernando's Hideaway".

Also, when singing "Jack Haggerty", I can't seem to avoid singing one of the lines as "come all you bold raftsmen, with houts start and true." That's a giggle inducer for me!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 10:14 PM

well...THIS thread hasn't been refreshed for awhile, so...here it is!

Just read for awhile, you'll laugh, and your song may have already been noted...*grin*...but new stories always welcome.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JennyO
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 11:43 PM

Dunno who started this, but at a singing session at the National Folk Festival, every time they sing "Three Score and Ten" and they get to the line in the chorus "..the fishing smacks as well", on the word SMACKS, a lot of people either clap their hands or whack their hand down on their leg. Makes it somewhat harder to take the song seriously when you know that's coming.

Then of course there are the rude hand movements to "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" which were recently discussed in another thread here. We nearly always get a few doing those. Even if they don't, I can't help thinking of them.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 01:36 AM

Whenever I sing "Riders In The Sky" and get to the line "He saw the riders comin' hard, and he heard their mournful cry:" I have to stifle the urge to scream out , "Oooohhh, Baby!!!"

I'm another who cracks up at Neil Diamond bewailing the fact that no one spoke to him, "not even the chair."    Ditto to the country song line, "my heart fell at your feet."

Of course, ever since someone sang it this way, I've never been able to sing, "I was sinking deep in sin," without wanting to sing: "Whoopee!!"


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 01:42 AM

My then teen-aged brother kind of ruined the song "South Coast" for me with his propensity for lyric twisting. So now if I hear or sing the song, in my mind the line "I saddled my pony like Lightning" becomes either, "I saddled my pony, Like Lightning," or (valley girl version), "I saddled my pony, like, Lightning."

And, of course, I can't sing "The Christmas Song" without thinking "Christians roasting on an open fire" -- or the Mudcat Song Challenge! version "Chester's sitting on the copier, Jackson's ripping off his clothes."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 02:49 AM

I managed to wreck a very atmospheric rendition of my setting of "The Lady of Shalott" once by mentioning in my intro that I'd noticed the first reference to fast food towards the end of the ballad. It's over eight minutes long, and the audience were with me every step of the way, until I reached the crucial line
"Out upon the wharves they came
Knight and burgher, lord and dame"

I've learnt now not to say anything about it until the song is over ...

Anne


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 03:21 AM

Good idea, Tabster. LOL

Another song I remember being kind of ruined for me as a serious love song because of my kid brother's 'interpretation' of the lyrics is the Johnny Mathis song "Wonderful, Wonderful."   Once my li'l bro conjured up the image in my mind of the literal meaning of the line, "I turn to you and you melt in my arms," I could no longer hear that line without picturing something out of a sci-fi horror show!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Scrump
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 04:06 AM

Listening to (I don't sing them!) any of those terrible 'death' songs from the late 1950s/early 1960s makes me chortle - Ebony Eyes, Dead Man's Curve, Leader of the Pack, Tell Laura I Love Her, etc. Or those ghastly tribute songs to dead rock stars (Remember Buddy Holly, Three Stars, I Remember Elvis Presley, etc.). Or pop songs with 'serious' bits in like the spoken bit in Elvis's Are You Lonesome Tonight ("I wonder if... (pause)... you're lonesome tonight..."). I just can't take them seriously after all the spoof versions ;-)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 04:49 AM

Elvis did his own version which cracks me up every single time... 'Do you gaze at your bald spot, and wish you had hair...'

The killer is the backing singer whom would have otherwise have gone unnoticed if the song had continued properly.

Then for years I thought that those brave fishing lads in 'Three Score and Ten' were battling with the sMell....

Recently heard during a rendition of 'A drop of Nelson's blood'... which has now done for the song forever for me... 'A nice wash below wouldn't do us any harm'....

Then there's the delightfully rotund Nick Dow's famous mondegreen when he transposed two lines and got 'Seven long years I've been waiting for just one glimpse of my Willie-o'.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 05:12 AM

But then again.... those of you who know me, know I'll giggle at anything!

LTS


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 05:21 AM

I've always womdered why people sing Three Score and Ten. OK its got a good rousing chorus, but that hardlt fits the subject.

Sid Kipper and Les Barker have a lot to answer for (not that I much like Let the Circle be unbroken anyway). Will Ye Go... to the wild mounting time?


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JulieF
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 05:58 AM

I have a problem with Burn's Daunton Me which has the chorus

Ta Daunton me
An' me sae young
Wi his faulse heart
an his flattering tongue

other than the fact that I'm getting too old to sing this - one day I will actually forget myself and sing the last line as

an his wandering tongue

and I will never, ever be able to sing that one again.

J


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JennyO
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 07:00 AM

I've heard a recording of Elvis doing a live performance of "Are you lonesome tonight" where he got very silly. The bit I remember is where he says "Now the stage is bare, and I'm standing there - without any hair..."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 07:28 AM

I've always thought that the song...when the moon hits your eye.. was silly, and I prefer..stick your hand in that crack and you won't get it back, that's MORAY.

Then, of course, our own Midchuck has ruined a number of songs such as, ,,I'd rather have a heart ache to remember..with, I'd rather have a hard on to remember than a fecal love that doesn't mean a thing.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 10:16 AM

Jenny, that memorable (infamous?) Elvis performance was, I think, the same one mentioned earlier in this thread, where he was singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and looked out at just the right (wrong?) moment and noticed "two bald-headed guys" sitting in the second row, which prompted the spontaneous:
"... Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?"

Whereupon he got so tickled with his impromptu pun and the audience's response that he literally broke up laughing for the remaining 2 minutes of the song.

I still can't sing that song without feeling the urge to substitute that line for "Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 10:26 AM

More to the original point of this thread, since I do music for retirement communities and nursing homes, I often get requests for songs like "Stand By Your Man" and "My Way."

Now, "My Way" is a fine song for a person "of a certain age" (even though it was written by then-25-year-old Paul Anka), but it really is a bit melodramatic and grandiose - not to mention overdone.   So it's hard for me to sing it with a totally straight face instead of hamming it up and turning it into a comic impression of "ol' Blue Eyes."

And "Stand By Your Man" has all the vomit-inducing qualities of "My Way" PLUS espousing a view of "sex roles" that I do not share.   I'm afraid when I do admit that I know the song and actually honor the request to sing it, I do kind of treat it as a parody of itself (complete with fake Tammy Wynette accent).   If I were in the audience, I'd be giggling.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 11:16 AM

...actually, it's "I'd rather have a hardon to remember, than a feeble f*** that doesn't mean a thing."

But the other might work also.

Peter


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Scrump
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 11:19 AM

Sid Kipper and Les Barker have a lot to answer for

Agreed! There are many songs I can no longer hear or sing without being reminded of their parodies (or pastiches in some cases).

(Wild Mounting Time, Hollow Ground, Bored of the Dance, Holland's Meat Pies, Everything Glows, etc., etc.!)

Likewise I can never hear the Bee Gees without thinking of the Hee Bee Gee Bees (anyone remember "Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices"?) :-)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 11:21 AM

I don't know if I mentioned this here before or not, but, years ago, we had Stan Rogers' The Jeannie C. playing on the stereo, and when he sang the line "John Price is drowned and slipped away..." my son interjected at the end "...so we can split his sandwich."

That was it for that song, as far as I was concerned.

Peter


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JennyO
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 11:59 AM

Likewise I can never hear the Bee Gees without thinking of the Hee Bee Gee Bees (anyone remember "Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices"?)

Oh dear, Scrump, I DO remember that, on the Kenny Everett Video Show. I also remember he did a pretty good job on Barry Manilow too, with the huge nose that kept getting bigger and knocking bits of the set down.

Genie, I thought that might have been the same performance by Elvis, but I wasn't 100% sure. It was very funny.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 12:45 PM

Jenny, I'm not sure it was the same performance.   In fact, now that I think about it, it probably wasn't, because I think I heard a tape of the whole performance with the "wish you had hair" ad lib followed by 2 minutes of Elvis laughing against the band's backup, and I don't think there was another gag in it.

It was the same song, though, and maybe once Elvis had originally 'deflowered' that song, he felt inclined to pull off similar shenanigans when singing it on other occasions.

Elvis was pretty far gone with the prescription meds by that time and his Las Vegas act was suffering for that. He died (allegedly) ;) a couple months later, I think.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 01:35 PM

A colleague once changed 2 words to get the great new lyrics:
"Oh, I just can't help believin'
When she slips her hand in my pants
And it feels so small and helpless
As her fingers fold around it like a glove..."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Joybell
Date: 18 Sep 06 - 07:33 PM

I can't help mentioning the "round young virgin" in Silent Night. I love that image.
And while I'm on a Christmas thing there's the "slaying song" we sing "tonight" as a bunch of Morris Dancers go on a rampage. It's the mind pictures!
Joy to the world except when I'm Joybell.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 04:39 AM

I'm always pleased when the grand theatrical organ gets a mention:

'Wurlitzer, one for the money.............................'


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 05:09 AM

All of my life, I've been kissing, your left tit cos your right one's missing, Oh boy.....

Never been the same since.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Scrump
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 05:49 AM

Likewise I can never hear the Bee Gees without thinking of the Hee Bee Gee Bees (anyone remember "Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices"?)

Oh dear, Scrump, I DO remember that, on the Kenny Everett Video Show. I also remember he did a pretty good job on Barry Manilow too, with the huge nose that kept getting bigger and knocking bits of the set down.

I remember that Kenny Everett Bee Gees sketch - very funny. They filmed him as the 3 brothers with large false teeth, and the song mentioned a "Mass o' Chew Sets" somewhere :-)

I also remember him dressed as Rod Stewart in his Britt Ekland phase, miming to "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"*, wearing a frilly shirt and leopard skin tights (IIRC) which kept getting inflated bigger and bigger until he floated off. Classic stuff!

* No!

The Hee Bee Gee Bees were different, though - they were a group in the late 70s (IIRC - or was it early 80s?) who recorded an album "Never Mind The Originals - Here's The Hee Bee Gee Bees", wwhich contained spoofs of the Bee Gees and other artists popular at that time. They did a brilliant Status Quo one called "Boring Song", but I forget the rest for the mo'. (I remember the group included Angus Deayton before he became a TV celebrity or whatever he is these days.)

Incidentally, the mention of Kenny Everett reminds me of that great album The World's Worst Records, based on his radio show where he got listeners to nominate the worst records they could think of. Some of the 'death' songs I mentioned earlier were on there, as well as vomit inducing stuff like "The Deal" by Pat Campbell (anyone remember that?)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 09:23 AM

The Heebee Geebees were in the radio programme "Radio Active". I think it was Phil Pope wrote the song parodies. In the show they were all called Mike (Mike Channel etc), except for the woman, who was Anna Daptor.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Scotus (minus cookie)
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 09:30 AM

The one that always gets me is 'Dumbarton's Drums'. It's the line 'when Johnny kneels and kisses me' that does it! Oh, the image!!

Jack


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 10:39 AM

Everytime I hear Ray Price sing:

"Take the ribbon from your hair,
Shake it loose and let it fall."

I get a vision of a cowboy singing to his horse while gazing longingly into its eyes. I can't help but chuckle to myself. There is no way I can get through the whole song without laughing out loud.

Mike


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Midchuck
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 10:56 AM

LtS: All of my life, I've been kissing, your left tit cos your right one's missing, Oh boy...

All my life, I've been a-waitin'
Tonight I'll give up masturbatin', Oh boy...

Peter


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 11:27 AM

I sing a lot of Carter Family songs; but I can no longer do Little Moses for the following reason....
Away by the sea that was red so red,
was little moses the servant of God;
he water subsided and the sea was divided
as upward he lifted his rod.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 11:42 AM

Hard to giggle when you're singing it.

"Bay of Biscay" and I don't dare look at Jeri even if she's singing harmony -- "And there she spied her Willie standing..."

Uh huh. Jeri and I were standing in my living room one day singing it and we each broke up at the same time. She's written a parody ("My willie lies below my belly") but I don't know if it's ever been finished. We sang part of it at Barry Finn's party back in November of 2000.

And lately (meaning the past year) I have to sing on automatic (i.e. not think about) the line in Tom Lewis' "Sailor's Prayer" -- "And Judy Lee upon my knee / And in my ear a-lyin" ("And in my ear a lion" -- what an image!)

Linn


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 12:46 PM

Bat Goddess - we usually do a grrrrrrrowl when it comes to "And in my ear a lion"

And you have to be careful not to cut your mouth on those "beakers sharp as razors"


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 03:24 PM

Midchuck - I was trying to be polite and not put that verse in....

LTS


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 05:34 PM

LtS and Midchuck - I believe the next verse is:
"I've got crabs,
You've got scabies,
Kid's got the measles,
And the dog's got rabies,
Oh boy...."


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Gran
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 06:41 PM

A friend and I sometimes perform together in local pubs, he likes to do some of the early Cat Stevens songs, and in practice while trying out "Moonshadow" we parodied it with "Humping and Bumping on a Moon Shadow"...and consequently never forgot it, and could never perform it without exchanging silly grins. My friend is gay, so when he started to sing at a gig, unrehearsed, "I'm Looking For A Hard Headed Woman" I simply said, "No You're Not"....the performance collapsed in a fit of giggles and he has never performed it since.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 02:12 AM

Now that you guys brought it up, I tend to snicker at Cat Stevens's -- er, Yusef Mohammad's? -- "Moon Shadow" line that goes, "If I every lose my mouth,
All my teeth north and south."

Come to think of it, while that's not a bad RHYME per se, it's got to be one of the most gawdawful lyric LINES ever written,

Unless Cat was deliberately trying to be silly, of course.

Oh, and another "serious" song I giggle through is Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey." Especially the part where she wrecks the car and, aw gee whiz, and
"I pretended I was mad, but, what the heck!
Guess you could say she saw through me and hugged my neck."

Just makes you wanna spit your beer all over the bar trying to keep from laughing, dunnit?


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 04:31 AM

Bram Taylor (Middle aged bloke) started his set at our club once with no introduction and straight into 'My name is Penny Evans and my age is twenty-one'. The place erupted into laughter - Lovely serious song. Never been the same since.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Mike Miller
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 04:43 PM

Back in the early 60's a wonderful folk club, The Main Point, was opened in the siburbs of Philadelphia and, for their first weekend they presented the great Canadian singer Ed McCurdy, who was best known for his albums of ribald songs and his composition, "Last Night, I Had The Strangest Dream", which was the best known anti-war song of the time. My jugband, The Uncalled Four, was the opening act and, just before Ed went on, I asked him to sing that song he wrote about puberty. In later years, he told me that he hadn't been able to sing it after that without stifling a laugh.

                   Mike


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Sonnet
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 04:51 PM


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Sonnet
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 04:57 PM

OOPS - got a bit trigger-happy with the submit button there, I'm sorry.

In South Yorkshire one of the tunes we sing to While Shepherds Watched is On Ilkey Moor Baht 'At. You have to be careful you don't sing the twiddly bits from Ilkley Moor or you get

The angel of the Lord came down,
The angel of the Lord came down - baht his trousers on!

Jay


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Nikkiwi
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 02:01 AM

There's a good NZ folksong that has the unfortunate first line of:

"Come all of you whale-men who are cruising for sperm"

Try singing that with a straight face....;)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Scrump
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 04:20 AM

"If I every lose my mouth,
All my teeth north and south."


I think he probably meant to sing:

"If I ever lose me mahf,
An' all me teef in me norf an' sahf"

That makes more sense to me.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Scoville
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 11:39 AM

Y'all have ruined so many songs for me . . .

My dad always sings it "A-grazing mace . . ." If I had a nickel for every song parody he ever made up, we could all retire now.

Wayne Hancock's "Route Twenty-Three" (or whatever that's called--I'm bad with titles) includes the line "Now you're nothing but a cross out on Route 23", which my father promptly changed to, "Now you're nothing but a grease-spot on Route 23", effectively killing whatever pathos the original lyrics may have had.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 01:21 PM

The USA's national anthem...


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 06:26 PM

I do remember working at a Catholic school in London where they followed a particular Religious Education syllabus. The hymns written to go with this syllabus must have been written by a very innocent pair of nuns and were almost impossible to deal with for any reasonably experienced adult. The one I remember most clearly for almost totally disabling the pianist and myself (on guitar) with giggles was "What a lot of energy we use every day" with the immortal lines "Coming, going, sucking, blowing".
The priest seemed to have no idea why the pair of us were crying with laughter and, of course, we couldn't tell him. When the hymn resurfaced in later gatherings we had to look anywhere but at each other.
Anne


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 07:34 PM

Somebody beat me to it with "There was music there in the derriere".


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,MJR
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 07:53 PM

I'm not certain if the theme from "Flashdance" is 'serious', but
I always thought, and sang along "Take your pants down" until someone
finally told me it was "Take your passion". I still sing it my way
and still laugh..


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Rowan
Date: 21 Sep 06 - 11:33 PM

Four of us were singing The Nightingale at the Yarralumla Woolshed, years ago, and our eyes met when we got to the line
"This couple agreed to get married with speed"

It is indeed very difficult to sing a straight song once you've bent it.

Earlier, Warren Fahey had organised a folk music based version of Carols & Lessons in a church and, as our repertoire contained lots of relevant items, Pageant were invited to be part of the core singers. In return, we were asked to sing the 'Little Drummer Boy', which meant we had to learn it. We aranged it so that the two women and the two tenors stood in the centre and sang the main parts of the song, while Phil and I (bass-baritones) stood at opposite ends of the stage and, separately, did the "bom, bom, bom, Bomb" an octave lower.

None of us could keep a straight face and we were reduced to poorly stifled sobs of laughter. The audience up to then had behaved very churchlike and solemnly but they couldn't resist cacking themselves either and burst into unchurchy applause when we finally struggled to the end. Warren, as MC, capped it by commenting "There are many traditions in music .... and that isn't one of them!" Much cheering and the rest of the evening was wonderfully convivial. Te Little Drummer Boy has been bent for me ever since.

Regarding parodies, some of the ones mentioned are now quite famous but there has been no mention of
'Amazing grass, how sweet the smell
that made a wreck of me
I once was straight but now I'm stoned
so blind I cannot see'

which is now quite commonly sung around the place. Even in church, occasionally.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Carol
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 03:29 AM

I've just read it on a thread above this one and sadly it's all to do with beefburgers but Ronald McDonald brings a smile and a picture of the clown man. Lovely song but I just couldn't sing it!


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 04:08 AM

The Constant Lovers: 'I heard a strange voice make a terrible sound' in the first verse does me in straight away.

Valmai
Lewes Arms Folk Club


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 08:29 AM

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure,
She opened the door and let him in,
They both shook hands and embraced each other
Until the mornin' they lay as one.

They both did WHAT???


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Bruce Baillie
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 10:47 AM

...Willie O' Winsbury, the bit "The King he called for his merry men all, his merry men thirty and three..." strange names for a couple of blokes 'Thirty' and 'Three'?


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Carol
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 02:20 PM

Snuffy they both shook hands 'cos presumeably that's how you started to do it in bye gone days!! Can't say I can ever remember starting off that way myself, still that's another story.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Carol
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 02:27 PM

A few years ago I was learning Follow me Home from a tape and worked out the words, as I thought.However the verse about the horse I took to say - his mare she neighs the whole night long, she paws the whole day through and she won't take a pee for the waiting of his step' which is just what a beast would do. Of course it didn't take long for someone to correct me!
However when I sing she won't take her feed for the waiting etc. I still want to sing 'my words', well they did make sense and I've got to admit that I do find that verse a difficult one to sing without laughing to myself at least.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 04:54 PM

As you mentioned Willie O' Winsbury, I can't take the idea of a Princess Janet very seriously either


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: JennieG
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 01:29 AM

Snuffy - if the line is changed to read "they both took hands" instead of "shook hands" it makes more sense - but isn't as giggle-worthy!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: Genie
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 01:55 AM

Little Hawk nominated "The US National Anthem."

I nominate CANADA's national anthem the way it was when I lived north of the border (early 1970s):

O Canada, our home and native land,
True patriot love in all our hearts command.
With glowing hearts we see the rise, the true North strong and free,
And WE STAND ON GUARD, O Canada,
WE STAND ON GUARD for thee.
O Canada, glorious and free,
WE STAND ON GUARD,
WE STAND ON GUARD for thee.
O Canada, WE STAND ON GUARD for thee.

Guess which parts I had to struggle to sing without snickering. ;)


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Zulu
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 02:30 AM

Will you still love me tomorrow by Carole King.The line,,,Can i believe the magic of your sighs.


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,Rowan
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 03:46 AM

The mention of National Anthems reminds me that I've never been bothered to learn "Advance Australia Fair" as the line "for we are young and free" seems not to apply to those born before the change from "God save the Queen." Worse, for someone used to playing for dances, its opening bars are the same as those for the eponymous tune for Waves of Tory.

It used to be traditional in Australia for an evening's entertainment to be concluded with the National Anthem. With both Higgins and Flying Pieman I got into the habit of starting to play what appeared to be Advance Australia Fair but rollick it up to dance speed with the Waves of Tory. Now that I have to attend my daughters' school assemblies I'm much better behaved; I still don't sing it (while they do both verses) but can't repress a silly grin at the possible effect of such a tune change on the formalities.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What 'serious' song do you giggle through?
From: GUEST,catlin
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 06:21 AM

"The Holly She Bears a Berry" does me in every time because of the "Boy Scout Version." I always giggle during the "Holly, Holly" part because I always want to raise an imaginary mug of ale. I had to promise our church organist that I would do no such thing during the Christmas Eve service-even if it was funny and even if by that time he really needed a cold one.


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