[Ads-l] A "kiss-this-guy" kind of mishearing

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 11 12:11:46 UTC 2015


Some mondegreens are real improvements!

JL

On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Subject:      A "kiss-this-guy" kind of mishearing
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> Those old enough and hip enough may recall an R&B tune from 1957 titled
> "Searchin'," by The Coasters. It was in the ordinary call-and-response
> style of black singing, the call being
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> "I'm searchin' "
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> and the response being
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> "Gonna find her."
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> A friend claims, for years, she heard the response as,
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> "Call a panda,"
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> causing her to expend mind-hours trying to make the connection between
> searching for one's lost love and calling a panda to help one do it.
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> --
> -Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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