just let me staple the vicar
From femidoms to pork pies, stapling the vicar to swimming in amen, it’s amazing what you hear being sung about on the radio.
All of us mishear lyrics, even those who sing for their living like my friend Rachel Mathews. (Rachel and I used to sing together in a gospel group called Many Rivers, doing regular Sunday brunch sessions at the Oxo Tower on the South Bank and the 606 Jazz Club on Lot’s Road.) A talented singer / songwriter, with her own band, Rachel is also a founding member and soloist for Urban Voices, who came to prominence performing at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. It may be that Rachel’s gospel background was behind her mishearing ‘Change is coming round real soon, make us women and men’, as ‘Change is coming round real soon, make us swim in Amen‘, in John Mellencamp’s ‘Little ditty about Jack and Diane‘. But how could a talented songwriter who knows a good lyric when she hears one have gone for years believing that Madonna was singing level crossing, rather than Let the choir sing, in Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”?
It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream
Really Rachel? You thought it was a song about road safety?
Even if you’ve always sung the right words to a song, hearing someone else’s misheard lyrics somehow elbows the real words out of your head, and once that’s done they drown out the real words. Peter Kay does a brilliant sketch about misheard lyrics: seven minutes of comedy genius, included below for your viewing pleasure, though I’m not sure that Sister Sledge would appreciate singing about giving love in a femidom, and stapling the vicar…
Incidentally, I don’t understand what he’s referring to at 2.44: any ideas? Is it just a comment about the inappropriate sniggering from earlier, or a more subtle nod to Michael Jackson, RIP?
- Eurythmics top misheard lyrics poll (bbc.co.uk)