I have just been crying with laughter as I googled ‘misheard lyrics’, this is when you get the words to songs muddled up. Or switch the words to a famous carol or hymn. One of my mum’s favourite mix ups is the hymn that has the words “Gladly the Cross I’d bear”. The poor Bear, perhaps it needs glasses! Another one that makes me laugh is the song with the line ‘God will make you fishers of men’ which was misheard as ‘God will make you vicious old men’! Unfortunately, I get the words to songs and sayings muddled up all the time. When I was teaching in Hertfordshire the staff suggested that they should write a book of ‘jenny-isms’ as it was so frequent! I mishear stuff and then speak too soon. One poor couple were trying to tell me about their church, they said ‘New Wine Style’ I heard ‘Hawaiian Style’ I exclaimed loudly ‘Hawaiian Style’! That sounds fun!’ to two completely confused people. In my primary school we learned the words to songs off by heart. I was delighted to find out that the disciples also loved to jump up and down on their sofas… “Dance, dance wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the Dance settee” I sang it like that for years without realising!!!
It seems that my kids have picked up my problem. Archie asked for Chuckin Niggets at McDonalds and Millie explained that like Peppa Pig she also enjoyed jumping in ‘Puddy muddles’, whereas Ben loves to ‘Lawn the Moon’ instead of Mow the Lawn! At the moment my kids are in the rather ‘rude’ stage of song changing. In an attempt to educate our kids to appreciate good music we have been playing different CD’s in the car. On a song by Mumford and Sons there are the words “hold me fast” Unfortunately our car journeys are now punctuated with cries of “HOLD MY FARTS” yelled in an Irish accent. Nice!
They seem determined to pick out the worst possible parts of a song to repeat! A couple of weeks ago I had to apologise to Millie’s teacher. The night before we had watched ‘The Lorax’, which is a great family film, with loads of good musical numbers. Unfortunately the bit the kids picked up on was the short funny song, sung by the baddie. It went: “Let it die! Let it die! Let it shrivel up and die”! Which sung repeatedly by a four year old, out of context, is rather concerning!
As teenagers we used to make up all sorts of funny words to songs, when you sing them so frequently you get mischievous.
So as the shepherds wash their socks by night and you sleep in heavenly peas this Christmas, have a think about what you are singing! The real words to some of those songs are seriously awesome and jam-packed with great theology!
Please, please if you have any mis-heard song words post them below I would love to giggle at them 🙂