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#551463 - 08/27/19 04:38 AM [Off-Topic] Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear?
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We heard the track coming over the sound system when we were on holiday and I pointed out to friends that the backing singers repeat 'hot banana' and now i'm unpopular because that's what they hear every time the hear the track...........

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#551479 - 08/27/19 06:11 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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I'm sure it's a mondegreen, they are probably singing nonsense syllables, as was common in the do-[*****] days.

But the next time I hear it (if I ever do) I'll definitely hear "Hot Banana".

CCR sings "There's a bathroom on the right"

Hendrix sings "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy"

But I think we've had a mondegreen thread before. If not, post your favorites.

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#551483 - 08/27/19 06:52 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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Bob, not meaning to hijack your thread, but you are right, the lyrics to some songs will never sound the same again.

Peter Kay clarifies some lyrics for us:

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#551494 - 08/27/19 07:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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Bee Gees - "More Than a Woman" --> "Bald Headed Woman".

The wife gave me that one and ruined the song forever for me. laugh
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#551562 - 08/27/19 02:29 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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Hairy, Hairy...Oh never mind

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#551591 - 08/27/19 05:39 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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A friend of mine insisted that Ray Parker Jr was singing "Who ya gonna call .... George Mustard"
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#551627 - 08/28/19 05:53 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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CCR: There's a bathroom on the right (There's a bad moon on the rise)

Eagles: Flies in the Vaseline (Life in the fast lane)

Hendrix: 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy ('Scuse me while I kiss the sky)

And my favorite mondegreen:

Wife calls husband while he is golfing "Hi honey, where are you?"

Husband replies: "I'm on the green" (I mondegreen)
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#551629 - 08/28/19 06:14 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Notes Norton]
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Originally Posted By: Notes Norton
Eagles: Flies in the Vaseline (Life in the fast lane)


Amusing.... Stone Temple Pilots actually used the "Flies in the Vasoline" lyric in their "Vasoline" song. I wonder if they were playing on that Eagles mondegreen?

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#551648 - 08/28/19 08:07 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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And then there's the song....



and not one single person on the planet know what the heck the words are in that song.
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#551651 - 08/28/19 08:27 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Then there's the Dr John classic "Walk on Gilded Splinters". My wife asked me one day why are they singing "Kill Alberta"?
I finally found out what they were really saying was "Till I burn up".

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#551652 - 08/28/19 08:31 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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In their song "Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel", the Barenaked Ladies reference "Slow motion Walter, fire engine guy" (Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky).
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#551891 - 08/30/19 07:18 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Frank Alves]
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Then there's the Dr John classic "Walk on Gilded Splinters". My wife asked me one day why are they singing "Kill Alberta"?
I finally found out what they were really saying was "Till I burn up".


Humble Pie covers this on their Live at the Fillmore album..... still hard to figure out the words, but the guitar playing is STELLAR. A young Peter Frampton smoking it....and with killer crunchy tone. 23 minutes of sonic bliss. Put on some headphones and enjoy this.

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#552004 - 08/30/19 05:03 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Do the Jordanaires really sing 'hot banana' in elvis's teddy bear? [Re: Bob Calver]
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I think misheard lyrics have to be some of my favourite lyrics. When I was quite a bit younger and it was more common to read magazines still, I have a monthly subscription and part of it was a section dedicated to people's submissions of misheard song lyrics. It was always worth a chuckle.
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