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Band Name Origins:

  • Brian is right. Road workers in Australia seem to be extremley lazy. Not uncommon to see this sight. Submitted by: alpal
  • Lead singer Colin Hay was driving past a construction site and saw a sign that said "Men At Work". One man was digging a ditch while nine others were just standing around. Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Stupid Band Names:

  • I guess they had to tell us that singing was their job. Yeah, maybe we did need some clarification on that. Submitted by: Billy Florio

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Men At RetirementShouldn't they be old enough to retire by now?Lance Crackers
Women At PlayBoth opposites of each other.Olive Pitt

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Down In There""Down Under"Some One
"Helpless Auto-Dealer""Helpless Automaton"Flakey Crossants

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Botany Bay," John Williamson"Down Under," Men At Work
"Who Can It Be Now?," Men At Work"Dr. Heckyll And Mr. Jive," Men At Work
"Rock And Roll Band," Boston"Overkill," Men At Work
"Working In The Coal Mine," Lee Dorsey"Down Under," Men At Work
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Own Under" originally "Down Under"
Samantha Wayland
"Don Under" originally "Down Under"
Samantha Wayland
"Who Can I Be Now?" originally "Who Can It Be Now?"
I think I'll just be myself! Makes things easier.
Serafina

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jiver" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Dr. Heckyll & Mrs. Jive" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Who Can Kit Be Now?" originally "Who Can It Be Now?"
You mean she hasn't remained Kit?
Dinah Bartilson
"Drown Under" originally "Down Under"
Peter
"People Just Love To Play With Worlds" originally "People Just Love To Play With Words"
Naomi Swanson

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Dr. Heckyll & Dr. Jive" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Dr. Heckyll & Ms. Jive" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Five" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Dive" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty
"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Hive" originally "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Recordings:

May 8
a parody of "Who Can It Be Now" by Men At Work
My "Number One" song, this song is about someone who's got to pee.
http://www.ogterps.com: (WAV)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Down Under""Onu-Wahi"Jaykob Walson
"Who Can It Be Now?""Aliens Love Cows"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Down Under""Way Down Under"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Down Under""Down Under - Men At Kraftwerk Edition"MC Blargenfedibblenohip
"Who Can It Be Now""Who's Calling Me Now"Nan Patrick
"Down Under""Welcome to Finland, Andrei"Susanna Viljanen
"It's a Mistake""It's a Recall"Tokusou Sentai Blessranger
"Down Under""Batman's Brother"Abbott Skelding
"Land Down Under""EM Vampire"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Land Down Under""Land Down Under"John A. Barry

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Down UnderAustralia Tourism BoardVic George

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Land Down UnderAustralian Travel BoardLarcen Tyler
Who Can It Be Now?Local Paranoia ClinicStinger

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Take Me Down
   Alabama
Down Under
   Men At Work
Take Me Down Under
Chandra
Get Down On It
   Kool And The Gang
Down Under
   Men At Work
Get Down Under It
Serafina
I'm Going Down
   Mary J. Blige
Down Under
   Men At Work
I'm Going Down Under
O.J. Chamberlain
Wouldn't It Be Good?
   Nik Kershaw
Be Good Johnny
   Men At Work
Wouldn't It Be Good, Johnny?
Angela
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Spokesmen At Work
The Spokesmen combined with Men At Work
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Highwaymen At Work
The Highwaymen combined with Men At Work
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Fishermen At Work
Eddie Fisher combined with Men At Work
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Eric Carmen At Work
Eric Carmen combined with Men At Work
Submitted By: Candy Welty

There are additional Men At Work Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Who Can It Be Now?"
Misheard Lyrics:
Don't look at me now
Original Lyrics:
Who can it be now?
"Be Good Johnny"
Misheard Lyrics:
Don't you slip up. I'll play the fool.
Original Lyrics:
Don't you slip up or play the fool.
"Down Under"
Misheard Lyrics:
Where women blow and make thunder
Original Lyrics:
Where women glow and men plunder?
"Be Good Johnny"
Misheard Lyrics:
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle (Journey)
Original Lyrics:
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good (Johnny)
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Be Good Johnny"
Misheard Lyrics:
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle
Pickle, pickle, pickle (Journey)
Original Lyrics:
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good (Johnny)

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

First moment I think about this song, I think about the show Supernanny!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Down Under"
The Funny Lyrics:
Lying in a den in Bombay,
With a slack jaw and not much to say.
Why They're Funny:
I believe it's funny because all the men from the band are in that den, and it makes me think the wrong thing sometimes. Y'know.....lying in a den without much to say? The whole video's funny, too. Including saxophone guy; he's got a koala tied to his foot (I think it's his foot).
Submitted by: Carrie
 

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Be Good Johnny"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good
Be good, be good, be good, Johnny
Why They're Repetitive:
Does this song beat the record for the number of repetitions? In the chorus they sing the words 'be good' 23 times in a row with the word 'Johnny' put in there twice. Either Johnny is a really naughty boy, or they desparately want him to be good!
Submitted by: Jasmine
"Who Can It Be Now"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Who can it be now
Why They're Repetitive:
This song is annoying; answer the door then you'll see who it can be now!
Submitted by: Dawn
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Down Under"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Why They're Nonsensical:
Sounds like all the women in Australia have that pregnancy glow.
Submitted by: John
"Underground"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Find your mask, and asbestos you can,
Get ready to run!
Why They're Nonsensical:
What does this have to do with the song exactly?? Why would you wanna find your mask and run? Is Colin Hay just trying to say he's Micheal Myers running to his old girlfriends house to get her, or something????
Submitted by: Men At Work Fan
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Down Under"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
I said "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
Why They're Misrhymed:
Nice try. Funny as hell. Misrhymed, nonetheless they still get my respect for fitting Vegemite into a pop song!
Submitted by: Twiztid_12gage
"Down Under"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
I come from a land down under,
Where women glow and men plunder.
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.
Why They're Misrhymed:
Started out well; 'under...plunder...thunder' all rhyme just fine, but 'cover' doesn't.
Submitted by: mysticrose
There are additional misrhymed lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Down Under"
The Lyrics:
Travellin' in a fried-out Kombi
Product Brand Name:
Kombi (Volkswagen bus)
Submitted by: crazydon
"Down Under"
The Lyrics:
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
Product Brand Name:
Vegemite
Submitted by: crazydon

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Overkill"
The Song Lyrics:
Day after day, it reappears
Song They Mention:
"Day After Day" by Badfinger (1971)
Submitted by: Megan
 

Song Title Space Change:

"It Sam Is Take" originally "It's A Mistake"
Submitted by: Peter

Band Name Anagrams:

Mark T. Owen Submitted by: Alexis
Could be some guy's name
Art Knew Mo Submitted by: Alexis
Mo Knew Art Submitted by: Alexis
Own Market Submitted by: Alexis
Rank Me Two Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Renown Dud" originally "Down Under"
Submitted by: Keira Farnell
"Worded Nun" originally "Down Under"
Submitted by: Keira Farnell
"Wound Nerd" originally "Down Under"
Submitted by: Keira Farnell
"Now With One Cab" originally "Who Can It Be Now?"
Submitted by: Alexis
"What...No Web Icon?" originally "Who Can It Be Now?"
For sure not at the time this song was made.
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Down Under"
The Lyrics:
Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscle
I said: "Do you speaking my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich... Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw and not much to say
Why:
The lines containing 'man in Brussels' and 'full of muscle' make me think of Jean Claude van Damme, the 'muscles from Brussels', and with Bombay there are two place names in the song.
Submitted by: James Joyce
"Down Under"
The Lyrics:
Buying bread from a man in Brussels He was six foot four and full of muscles I said, do you speak-a my language? He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich And he said,
I come from a land down under Where beer does flow and men chunder Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover
Lying in a den in Bombay With a slack jaw, and not much to say I said to the man, are you trying to tempt me Because I come from the land of plenty? And he said,
Why:
Up above is the transcribed second and third verse and chorus of the Australian New Wave band Men At Work's second #1 hit in the U.S., "Down Under". "Down Under" went to #1 for four weeks in January 1983 (knocking Toto's "Africa" from the top). The song is about Australia, or what is known by many as "Down Under". Also in the second verse is a shoutout to Brussels, Belgium and in the third verse, Bombay, India -- both real places.
Submitted by: Peter

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hive" originally "Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jive"
Would the book become "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jyde"?
Submitted by: Spraychel Spray

Song Lawsuits:

"Land Down Under"
Almost thirty years after the song was released, it was found that in a musical interlude that it used certain chords from the children's song 'Kookaburra'. How they didn't notice it before I'll never know, but I'll never look at the song the same way again.
Submitted by: WhyBother

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Wen At Mirk originally "Men At Work"
Submitted by: H. Tim Smith
Men Wet Irk originally "Men At Work"
Submitted by: H. Tim Smith
Win At Mork originally "Men At Work"
Does that pertain to Mork From Ork?
Submitted by: Peter

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Labor unions
Should be obvious.
Submitted by: Peter

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