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Cannot unhear EVER.
rob_t_firefly wrote in metaquotes
conuly on interchangeable lyrics:

It's like the day you realize that the ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, and Baa Baa Black Sheep have the same song, so you start singing "ABCD have you any wool? How I wonder LMNOP! Up above TUV one for the little boy Y&Z! Baa, baa, black sheep little star, next time won't you three bags full" every time.

Context could not stop for death.

ETA: Source was a now-expired RSS syndication post. It was a discussion thread on this xkcd comic, in which one commenter brought up the old chestnut about Emily Dickinson's poetry being singable to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme and other popular songs.

Damn it. I really want to make an animated icon of those lyrics, but I don't have the right software to do it with.

LOL. A+.

(Your link is a little faulty, fyi.)

I never realized that UNTIL NOW. Thank you so much! That will be stuck in my head for about three days now.

LOL, I was once in a toddler/preschool class with my nieces. At the end of the session, we all did some group singing. First the teacher did Twinkle, Twinkle, as we did every week. Then she did Baa, Baa Black Sheep on request. Then she did the ABCs on request (we did often sing all three songs, but not back to back like that), and on the third song she finally realized what you just did. The look on her face was absolutely priceless.


My worst one was realizing that the "Gay Song" from South Park merges seamlessly into the "Doe, A Deer" song from The Sound of Music.

Edited: 'Cause I am drunk enough I was worried I forgot to close my italics tag and didn't wanna fuck up everyone else's shit.

Edited at 2010-09-03 04:41 am (UTC)

The other famous one is "Amazing Grace" and "House of the Rising Sun". Weird Al apparently did it (sorta?) with the Beverly Hillbillies theme song and "Money For Nothing". "Fhir An Bhata" will scan to "This Land Is Your Land" and vice-versa.

My favorite is "Amazing Grace" to the tune of the Mikey Mouse Club Theme song. I'd so be going to hell if I were still Christian and believed that way.

There's a whole set with "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in it.

But I like Tenneyson's "Crossing the Bar" = Roger Miller's "Grape wine in a mason jar".

Yellow Rose of Texas-Gilligan's Island theme.


Add to that that it's a Christmas song in German, was apparently written by a famous composer (I can't quite remember which one) and has been used as the theme in a few other classical pieces as well and the mindscrew is complete.

(For those interested in the German lyrics, it's Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann - Santa Claus is coming tomorrow...)


I guess you mean Mozart, who wrote variations on this melody? He did not actually compose it, though, but rather took it from an older French song titled "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman" (second half of the eighteenth-century). "Morgen kommmt der Weihnachtsmann" is younger than that. In any case, one could make up a trilingual version...

Amazing Grace sung to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme song (Or the other way around) is simply wonderous.

Great, now I'm going to be trying to sing the Hogwarts Sorting Hat song to the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas" all night.

I don't do drive-by-icon-love very often. On the other hand? LIKE

Baa Baa black sheep is not scanning as Twinkle twinkle little star or ABC for me. And I have now spent far to long trying to sing all three songs.

I'm having a similar glitch (I'm a musical so look at meter as a technical thing like a blind man studying optics). In my case it may be being Australian, I recall noticing as a kid that some US renditions of nursery songs don't match UK/Australian versions.

Aha, fun, and also the link is this, for the curious.

Updated, thanks! The previous link was from before the threads collapsed.

There was another metaquote maybe a year or two ago in which a little kid realized this, and apparently his or her innocence was RUINED FOREVAR. Maybe I'll be able to find it at some point.

I used to do that ALL THE TIME!

Five little ducks that I once knew
Let him climb the rigging like his daddy used to do