Re: Associations that are forever burned in my brain:

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To the last I sang

"Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you.
I'm getting shorter by the day; I have to wear a smaller shoe."

I felt an inexplicable compulsion to share that, but it's awfully silly and I'm vanishing into presidential anonymity. I mean not inexplicable. Who even sang that? It's weird we'd both have alternative lyrics.


Posted by: Herbert Hoover | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:06 AM
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Paul Young


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:15 AM
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But it's a cover of a Hall & Oates song.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:16 AM
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There is a TSF song to which Rory and I now sing, "It's just a wafer with nougat and honey.".


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:17 AM
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And, speaking of Hall & Oates, Rory remains confused about why "she's a maneater."


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:19 AM
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a TSF song

The Singing Freedonians? Two Skinny Freaks? Tot Silly Feppers?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:35 AM
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The Sometime Favorites.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:40 AM
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Ah. My pop-culture cluelessness, let me show you it.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:47 AM
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've never heard of any of these songs.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:49 AM
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5: Does she know why he "can't go for that [no can do]"?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:53 AM
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Ah. My pop-culture cluelessness, let me show you it.

You have no excuse; that's Stanley's band.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:59 AM
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I wonder if that wasn't supposed to be public knowledge.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 11:00 AM
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Nosflow strikes again!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 11:40 AM
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Going presidential in the face of mere silliness is banned, deprecated and pissed upon.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 12:03 PM
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Hot water! Taste it and see:
With a teabag it would taste like tea!

Alternately:

Hot butter! Taste it and see:
Without the solids it would taste like ghee!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 12:34 PM
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There is no Tesla version, they just recorded a note for note copy of the Five Man Electrical Band's recording.


Posted by: Get Offa My Lawn | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 1:31 PM
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We used to sing "I'll send an SOS to the mohel; I'll send an SOS to mohel."


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:20 PM
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Didn't we have a long thread about misheard pop lyrics once? The Swabian roomate of my ex-GF used to mangle the lyrics to Killing me Softly as "Down in my pants with his fingers..."


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:30 PM
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Hey hey, you you, get offa my spam ...

My brother and I convinced ourselves one afternoon that we could actually hear that.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:32 PM
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18: Of course, there's a difference between mangling and mishearing. An eighth-grade friend of mine used to refer to the same song as "Filling me softly with his dong", but I doubt he really heard it that way.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:35 PM
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Cat FOOD! Ca-at food, Cat FOOD!


Posted by: Incomprehensible-in-any-case Michael Stipe | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:39 PM
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Hot butter! Taste it and see:
Without the solids it would taste like ghee!

That's not really true.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:40 PM
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but I doubt he really heard it that way.

In the case of my GF's roomie, she was sincerely mistaken.

Fleur HATES HATES HATES when I repeat some off-color version of a song she likes. She claims that it permanently ruins her ability to enjoy the original. She can't, for example, listen to I Second That Emotion without mentally hearing "If you feel like giving me, a handjob with some lotion..."


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:42 PM
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I ruined Donovan's "Catch the Wind" for my mother when I was seven by singing it as "Ah, but you may as well try and break the wind!" I thought this was very very funny. Being seven is hard.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:51 PM
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On the way from Toronto to NYC, my 5 year old: "New York, New York, it's a hell of a drive!"


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 2:53 PM
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Thanks to stanley, I now hear "Sharif don't like it/Lock the taskbar, lock the taskbar"


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 3:48 PM
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A friend's mother thought that "I wanna rock and roll all night, and part of every day!" sounded awfully responsible.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 3:51 PM
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I can't think of the Ashford and Simpson song without hearing "Solid. Solid as my cock." Yes, I'm twelve.


Posted by: F | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 5:23 PM
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When our baby was an infant we played brahmas lullaby to him regularly. One night he was especially cantankerous so I tried calming him by singing along with the lyrics I had learned in summer camp.

Go to sleep
Little creep
Or i'll bash your front teeth in

No need to explain the moment my wife walked in.


Posted by: Unimaginative | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 5:42 PM
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FESS UP, UNFOGGED!

I was walking to my car in a suburban NY parking lot, when a red sports car slowed next to me and and the fellow within yelled, "YAY! TITTIES!"

Whom do I need to slap?

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Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 5:51 PM
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We used to sing "Jesus Christ! Superstar! Who in the hell do you think you are?" That was pretty scandalous for the fourth grade.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 5:55 PM
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31: All regulars know the canonical form is "Titties! Hooray!", so it must have been an infrequent lurker.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 5:56 PM
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32: You had more than one person (kid) in the fourth grade who even knew what Jesus Christ Superstar was? Man, I wish.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:00 PM
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Whoa-ho-ho, it's MY dick!
You know...never believe it's not soooooo


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:01 PM
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34 was me, parsimon. For some reason my sign-in has disappeared, as have the little boxes down there for me to fill them back in again. Oh noes. Perhaps something is wrong.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:04 PM
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Back. Probably should do some system maintenance or something.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:06 PM
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34 - I knew a lot more people who could sing various alternative versions than people who actually knew any real songs. I knew what it was because we used to go past the Cambridge Theatre most weeks on the bus (where it played for most of my childhood), but it wasn't until much later I heard anything other than "walks like a woman and he wears a bra" or "came down from heaven on a Yamaha. Did a skid, killed a kid, something something on a dustbin lid".

28 - oh, we're all twelve when that song comes on, surely?


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:11 PM
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Also, 31 reminds me that yesterday I witnessed a really blatant catcall. I was walking around town near a college campus, a young woman of college age jogged by, and then a passing car slowed way down so the occupants could whistle and ogle her before driving off again. The woman kept jogging and didn't act visibly disturbed, I was gaping in horror, and then as they drove off I thought "huh. so this is what those old discussions on Unfogged were talking about."


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:12 PM
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32:
Jesus Christ Superstar!
Driving down the highway in a motor car
The cops are here, we don't care
We've got bulletproof underwear...

It was all the rage in grade school.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:12 PM
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Excuse me. Test.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:38 PM
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Excuse me two. Test two.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:38 PM
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Okay thanks sorry.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:39 PM
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#32. Yeah. JCS was pretty popular in my fourth grade class. Our teacher played the record for us in class and we learned to sing some of the songs. (I remember singing "What's the Buzz," particularly.) She was a frustrated musician, I think. I still have a 45 of her performance of "Lara's Theme" on the piano. Controversial as JCS is supposed to have been, I don't remember any parental complaints.

Togolosh's lyrics ring a bell, too.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:46 PM
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I was surprised the first time I went to the Broadway singalong bar that only a handful of singers in that crowd joined me in "I Don't Know How to Love Him." I thought it would be a natural singalong favorite. I was going to request one of the greatest Broadway songs in 5/4, "Everything's All Right," next, but that crowd was not having it.

I used to sing JCS as a one-woman show for my family when I was 10, but maybe it wasn't as popular in other homes.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 6:59 PM
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In high school we used to smoke a lot of pot and then put on the original cast recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and bellow and dance along. That was fun, actually. I would like to do that right now.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:01 PM
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I'll mention this in passing: there's some talk of the Republicans trying to impeach Obama if they take the House (maybe Senate as well) in the upcoming midterms. While I've had trouble taking this seriously, okay, okay.

Here's a decent short article on the legal approaches to impeachment.

Nothing further to say about it, really.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:04 PM
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I don't mean 48 to stomp on the JCS remembrances! Hell, I could probably sing you that entire show right now.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:09 PM
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39: asked a friend once if she'd ever been sexually harassed. She said the one time (aside from a really spectacular misunderstanding involving a whifflebat and a keg-cup of beer I'd previously witnessed) she could recall was someone had slapped her ass while bicycling by her on the sidewalk.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:17 PM
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Oh my, the soup that I made tonight is tasty.

Good news is that I made a lot, so I'll be eating leftovers throughout the week. Bad news is that I have no idea why it ended up so good, and I don't know that I could do it again.

I'm not a big soup maker, in general, but this is encouraging.

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Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:17 PM
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"Everything's All Right,"

That's the other one we sang. I still remember the lyrics, but I'd forgotten the title. Yeah, that was fun to sing. I should get a copy of JCS for my oldest niece. I wonder if she'd like it?

there's some talk of the Republicans trying to impeach Obama if they take the House

Of course there is. Even if they never try, you can bet they'll keep raising the possibility. And given the wackos running, if they win big, I won't be surprised to see more of them flirt with birtherism, either. Well, I suppose it would some people on the left happy.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:32 PM
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52: Well, I suppose it would some people on the left happy.

And then Biden would replace Obama, DADT would be instantly repealed, the economy would self-repair and the Republicans would lose every election from now til doomsday! Yeah!

48: While I've had trouble taking this seriously, okay, okay.

It so turns out that 'high crimes and misdemeanors' is whatever the House determines it to be, and the house makes that determination by simple majority. Given that the Republican house members will say, do and/or believe anything, impeachment is a gimme.

Nothing will come of it, since the R's don't control 2/3rds of the Senate.

max
['Our system keeps trying to mutate into a parliamentary one, but can't manage it.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 7:46 PM
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22: Stop harshing my mellow, nosflow.

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I just want to point out that there is a people's museum in the shape of a bobcat. That's pretty sweet.
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Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 8:41 PM
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Dude, if Obama was impeached I can think of at least a hundred liberal friends who would instantly come over to the anarchist side. That would be the dictionary definition of the word "awesome".


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 8:43 PM
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Impeachment would be the spark that brings on the Revolution, huh?

Nah. Removal from office, maybe, barely, it could happen... nah.

max
['What we have here is colloquially known as a clown show, right down to the big floppy shoes and the rubber noses.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 8:52 PM
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I hate clowns. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself ... and scary clowns.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 8:59 PM
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And sharks, if we go into the water.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 9:00 PM
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GO PHILLIES!

max
['We have a series.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 9:04 PM
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And those little fish that swim up your penis and hold on by their fins. I've never seen to the Amazon and I'm afraid of those.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 9:05 PM
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They cause typos, the fear is so great.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 9:06 PM
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The meter doesn't make much sense.

And I am so sick of people talking shit about the metric system just because it is French or too base 10 or being forced on society as part of a Free Mason plot. Once you get past the hype, you'll see just how easy it is to use.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 9:42 PM
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You can have my furlongs and firkins when you pry them from my cold dead hands.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:01 PM
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I am not touching your firkin.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:05 PM
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I'm touching your firkin with my mind.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:08 PM
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55.1- I can't think of anyone I know for whom this would be true. I suspect your friends are pretty anarchist-leaning to start with.

The link in 54 is best experienced just by going straight to the bottom of the page, without looking if possible, and scrolling up from there. It has this great development from "oh look, a really crazy person on the internet" to "It's really built and there and everything, Oh Ehm Gee Ex capital-Dee".


Posted by: persistently visible | Link to this comment | 10-17-10 10:48 PM
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NNM2 Barbara Billingsley.

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Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-18-10 2:45 AM
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Streetlights, people
Livin just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere
With a KNIIIIIIFE!


Posted by: cleek | Link to this comment | 10-18-10 8:30 AM
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Did you ever know you ate a bagel
and dropped some salami in a ditch
I can fly higher than an eagle
cuz you are the stuff beneath my fridge

Somehow this amused us in tenth grade chorus. Also: "Let's Go For A SLAY Ride".

Oh oh uh-o-oh
Oh oh uh oh
Oh oh uh-o-oh
the white pus.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 10-18-10 4:07 PM
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And I am so sick of people talking shit about the metric system just because it is French or too base 10 or being forced on society as part of a Free Mason plot

I rather enjoyed this book on the subject


Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 10-18-10 5:55 PM
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