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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 15 15:12:09 UTC 2015


There is a website devoted to mishearings:

http://www.amiright.com/misheard/song/

DanG

On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 11:02 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

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> I wish you hadn't posted this, Wilson.  The opening bars of "Searchin'"
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> ind me of the Oak Ridge Boys hit "Elvira", and I can't get that song out
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>  my head.  Classic Earworm.
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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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