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Not everyone can carry the weight of the world …

Hedwig & the Angry Inch, "Wicked Little Town"
da, "If You Want To"
Elvis Costello, "Everyday I Write the Book"
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians, "Balloon Man"
Aimee Mann, "Wise Up"
Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On"
Violent Femmes, "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?"
Sam Phillips, "How To Dream"

Ani DiFranco, "Little Plastic Castles"
REM, "Talk About the Passion"

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  • Scott

    Scooter Libby indicted, all I want now for Fitzmas is some new LB. :-)

  • Strange Forces

    A few years ago, I awoke to realize a terrifying fact:
    You can sing the lyrics of “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” by Culture Club to the tune of “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath, and vice versa.

  • kevin

    “Wise up” was central to one of the finest secens in any movie I have ever seen. That song and that scene pretty much turned me into an Aimee Mann fan.

  • Scott

    You can also interchange “Amazing Grace” and the theme to “Gilligan’s Island”.

  • Tim Lehnerer

    Seasonally appropriate: “Shake it Up” and “The Monster Mash” by the Cars and Bobby “Boris” Pickett are interchangeable.
    Additionally, “Johnny, Are You Queer?” by Josie Cotton pinched the melody from “Telstar”. Also the harp glissandos.

  • pansauce

    And every year I sing Poe’s “The Raven” to the tune of “Deck the Halls”.

  • Merlin Missy

    Scott, there’s a school of thought that says you can sing “Amazing Grace” to any tune. I have a cd by a group called The Corsairs in which they do something like twenty different tunes for the same song. (“The Addams Family Theme” is my favorite.)

  • Edward Liu

    pansauce: “And every year I sing Poe’s “The Raven” to the tune of “Deck the Halls”.”
    I’ve tried this, and even pulled up “The Raven” to make sure I wasn’t getting the words wrong, but I don’t see how this works. At least not like the way you can sing Emily Dickinson poems to “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (which still draws a chuckle from me when I sing, “Because I could not stop for Death, Death kindly stopped…for MEEE!!” but I’m easily amused).

  • cjmr’s husband

    (waiting for someone to comment about Pink Floyd)

  • Merlin Missy

    Ed, I think you’re forgetting the Falala’s.
    “ONCE upon a midnight dreary!
    WHILE I pondered, weak and weary,
    Falala etc.”
    And the “Yellow Rose of Texas” thing is going to stick with me a long time …

  • Friday Random Ten(talkin in a language I dont speak)

    The benefits to posting my Friday Random Ten just under the wire include not have to rummage for other peoples FRT posts after the fact. So before I hit play on the randomizer, here are a few names on which to click: Ben, Bob, Fred, Luna, Mac, …

  • Roger

    The ‘Amazing Grace’ thing — we used to do this in synagogue with a prayer called ‘Adon Olam’ — it’s in perfect 4/4, so you can sing it to any of the above-mentioned tunes. Amazing Grace feels odd — Judaising a Christian hymn? – but Yellow Rose is lots of fun. My personal favourite, though, has to be Yankee Doodle. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen a rabbi fall off the pulpit because he was laughing so hard. Try it!

  • Darren

    “Wicked Little Town” is a beautiful, beautiful song.

  • –susan

    Anyone else wondering WHICH Wicked Little Town, Hedwig or Tommy’s?
    Wow, am I a dork.

  • Jessica

    Great peice you wrote hear. Took me a minute to digest it all but laughed and almost cried when I understood it.