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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nine Unintentionally Funny Lyrics in Well-Known Songs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Eve 6, leading this list with thoughts about wicker cabinets.
  • Eve 6, leading this list with thoughts about wicker cabinets.

For all the effort that is put into the art of making people laugh, often the funniest things in life happen by accident. A well-crafted joke by Louis C.K. or the Sklar Brothers is great, but most people would probably laugh harder at an old man's pants falling down on a wedding dance floor. If not for the brilliance of unintentional comedy, how else would America's Funniest Home Videos have lasted since its first winning clip of George Washington getting pegged in the crotch by his son while teaching him to play wiffle ball? Likewise, comedy musical acts like Flight of the Conchords or Lonely Island are good for a laugh too, but the real nuggets are found by sifting through the silt.

Eve 6, "Inside Out": "I burn, burn like a wicker cabinet." The simile is one of the most commonly used figures of speech in music. Alanis Morrisette thought irony was "like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife" (hate when that happens), Madonna had feelings "like a virgin" (obviously, a major reach) and Metric's collective heart kept beating "like a hammer." But nobody paints a verbal picture like Eve 6. Linkin Park may have burned "like a thousand suns" and Led Zeppelin may have burned "like a candle," but when you "burn, burn" only one item can properly capture the intensity of that heat -- a wicker cabinet. Certainly not one of those inflammable mahogany or cherrywood cabinets.

Hall and Oates, "Method of Modern Love": "M-E-T-H-O-D O-F L-O-V-E". Daryl Hall and John Oates possess many unique and special attributes: hair that grows as high as it grows long, an iconic mustache, songs practically invented for karaoke and spelling ability that would turn the annual Scripps Spelling Bee champion green with envy. While most fans are familiar with the first three traits, it has always been irksome to the '80s duo that few are aware of the one that matters the most to them. What other explanation could there possibly be for spelling most of the title of the song as the chorus? Little known fact: John Oates placed second in the 1997 Bee to this girl:

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