QUOTE OF THE DAY (OR MORE): "No, no. You don't understand. This is an '89 Calico. I'm pretty sure that exceeds the Kelly Blue Book value. The cat's totaled." --A comedian whose name I forget talking about a vet who presents a $3,000 bill for a 12-year-old cat

Sunday, January 17, 2010

80s flashback... a man named Russel

How do you make packing up a house in which you've been for 11 years more fun? With music, of course.

As I was downloading some new songs I had been wanting to get onto my iPod, Down Under by Men At Work was playing- a preview just before it downloaded.

The husband, reading the paper nearby, belted out, all in tune: "buying bread from a man named Russell!!"

I turned around.

What did you say? I questioned

"what?" he nervously answered.

Did you say a man named Russell?

"Yeah; that's what he says."

I burst out laughing.

"It's buying bread from a man in Brussells," I explained.

"No way!" He didn't believe me.

I googled the lyrics. voila.

There are SO many songs whose lyrics I flub, too. Some of them I'll just never know (unless I google the lyrics).


  1. Too funny!

    My brother always changes the words from Paul Simon's '50 ways to leave your lover' to 50 ways to love your liver. Makes me laugh every time.

  2. LOL! I don't even remember what I used to sing before I discovered what a vegemite sandwich was!

    Lyrical gaffs I have made:
    "Amadeus" by Falco? I sang "hot potatoes hot potatoes, oh, oh, hot potatoes..."

    "Careless Memory" by Duran Duran? I sang "where the girls never read..."

    But usually I'm pretty good.

  3. Those muffed lyrics are called Mondegreens [look it up]... and I learned that from my nephew when he was eleven.

  4. my all-time favorite 80s song in which the lyrics are ALWAYS goofed up is Blinded By the Light by Manfred Man; "Revved up..." ...like a WHAT?

  5. I think I might like your husband's lyrics better. I mean, it leaves you to wonder just who Russel is and how he came by this bread.

  6. 6' 4 and full of muscles

  7. That's funny. Lyrics? What is this thing lyrics?

    Yeah. If I can't understand what they're saying, I make up my own.

  8. OMG....I almost spit coke out my nose. That is hilarious!!! Thanks for sharing...

  9. That makes me think of the Friends episode where Phoebe sang "hold me close young Tony Danza".

    Too funny!

  10. LOL! Too funny! Was he six foot four and full of muscles?

  11. Well..at least we know how tall he is and that he likes clams.

    "He was, 6 foot 4, and full of mussels."

    Not sure why we needed to know what he just ate, but whatever.

  12. I love that show on CMT--the sining bee where people have to sing the song right to win. It's fun to watch.


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