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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Tom Leher

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"I Wanna Go Back To Trixie""I Wanna Go Back To Dixie"D. Melody Dole, MD

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Hurting Each Other," The Carpenters"The Masochism Tango," Tom Lehrer
"Hitchin' A Ride," Vanity Fare"I Wanna Go Back To Dixie," Tom Lehrer
"Subdivisions," Rush"New Math," Tom Lehrer
"2+2=5," Radiohead"New Math," Tom Lehrer
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"New Mat" originally "New Math"
Beverly Stiles

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"The Vatican Rang" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Rosie Finch
"New Match" originally "New Math"
Deirdre Collins
"The Vatican Rage" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Is something "all the rage" there?
Alison Runyon
"The Vatican Drag" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Alison Runyon

Change a Letter:

"Pew Math" originally "New Math"
For those doing their math homework in church.
Deirdre Collins
"New Mash" originally "New Math"
Deirdre Collins
"The Vatican Wag" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Ava Murphy
"The Vatican Tag" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Ava Murphy
"The Vatican Sag" originally "The Vatican Rag"
Ava Murphy

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.


Aug 13
a parody of "Pollution" by Tom Lehrer
The problems of giving humanitarian aid in the real world (mp3)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Vatican Rag""Abbott An’ Hag"VU & DJ
"Vatican Rag""Cat’s in the Bag"John A. Barry
"The Vatican Rag""The Vatican Gag (Orders)"SNAP Crapfull Pope
"Poisoning Pigeons in the Park""Coyotes Howling In The Dark"2Eagle
"Wernher von Braun""Khan Noonien Singh"Michael Pacholek
"Who's Next (1965)""Who's Next (2017)"Barry J. Mitchel
"The Vatican Rag""The NFL Rag"Barry J. Mitchel
"The Vatican Rag""Alternative Facts"Phil Alexander
"The Old Dope Peddler""The Old Gold Settler"Blaydeman
"When You Are Old And Grey""An Ode to the Old"Abbott Skelding

There are additional song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
"The Vatican Rag"The Vatican (who else?)Iludium Phosdex
Poisoning Pigeons in the ParkRacing Pigeon ClubsThe Skuz
The Vatican RagCatholic church/ConventIngeborg S. Nordn
The Element SongThe Science Department Of A College Or UniversityMorphine Moroii

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

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
We Will All Go Together When We Go
   Tom Lehrer
Hell Ain't A Bad Place And We Will All Go There Together
The next big vacation thing?

Misheard Lyrics:

Misheard Lyrics:
S'mores are tortures used by debauchers
Original Lyrics:
Stories of tortures used by debauchers
Misheard Lyrics:
As the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my entortance
Original Lyrics:
As the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my Aunt Hortense
"Masochism Tango"
Misheard Lyrics:
I long for the touch of your lips dear.
Original Lyrics:
I ache for the touch of your lips dear.
Misheard Lyrics:
Got her hung up on a splinter
Got her hung up on a splinter
Clue them out!
Original Lyrics:
Got you hung up on a splinter
Got you hung up on a splinter
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
As the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my entortance
Original Lyrics:
As the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my Aunt Hortense

Story about this misheard lyric by: David Neman

"Entortance" really sounds like a legal term -- just one I didn't know.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"My Home Town"
Better Lyrics:
[I originally created the lyric in a singing class in college at the request of the instructor] That fellow was no fool, who taught the golden rule,
And neither was our kindly Parson Brown;
They shocked the congregation when they tied the knot in My Home Town!
Original Lyrics:
That fellow was no fool... ...Parson Brown;
[Lehrer left this line blank 'for several reasons']
In My Home Town!
Submitted by: Doug Montgomery

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Bright College Days"
The Funny Lyrics:
Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor-blade of life
Why They're Funny:
What imagery! The man's a genius! lol!
Submitted by: Gus
"New Math"
The Funny Lyrics:
And so you have thirteen tens
and you take away seven and that leaves five!
...well... six, actually...
but the idea is the important thing!
Why They're Funny:
It's a good illustration of his earlier comment that in New Math the important thing is to understand what you're doing, rather than to get the right answer.
Submitted by: Dutch_Justine
There are additional Funny lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"She's My Girl"
The Insincere Lyrics:
The girl I gave up Lent for...
Is the girl that Heaven meant for me...
So though for breakfast she makes coffee that tastes like shampoo,
I come home for dinner and get peanut-butter stew!
Or if I'm in luck, it's Broiled Hockey Puck!
But oh well, what the hell,
She's My Girl...and I love her!
Why They're Insincere:
We can see that, Mr. Lehrer. You give up your religion for a girl who cooks unpalatable food for you--and you love her! And just how do you know what shampoo tastes like? Have you been drinking shampoo?
Submitted by: Doug Montgomery

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Stories of tortures
Used by debauchers
Why They're Misrhymed:
This is literally the only set of lines in any of Mr. Lehrer's songs which is supposed to rhyme but doesn't. Really, it is.
Submitted by: Estelendur
"Oedipus Rex"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
And you may end up like Oedipus
I'd rather marry a duck-billed pledipus
Why They're Misrhymed:
Okay, this isn't really misrhymed. Tom Lehrer does a wonderful job coming up with very creative ways to rhyme. I merely wanted to say that I, and, I'm sure, other people, would be much happier if people who cannot say anything better than 'It doesn't rhyme' and variations on such would say nothing at all. As Tom Lehrer said, 'I feel that if a person can't communicate, the least he can do is to shut up'.
Submitted by: Estelendur
There are additional misrhymed lyrics available.

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"Werner von Braun"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Gather 'round while I sing you of Werner von Braun
A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience
(Later in the song...)
Don't say that he's hypocritical
Say rather that he's... apolitical.
Why They're Insulting:
This satirical song was meant to bring light to the ironic fact that the primary rocket science advisor to the U.S. during the space race had also orchestrated the bombings of London by Nazi Germany during WWII. Here, Mr. Lehrer is basically accusing von Braun of being a fickle opportunist... only he makes it sound flattering.
Submitted by: Raphael

Dated Song Lyrics:

"So Long Mom"
The Dated Lyrics:
Remember Mommy, I'm off to get a Commie
Why They're Dated:
A clear cold war reference - "Commie" being short for "Communist", which is what it would have been the obvious issue around World War III.
Submitted by: EF
"Who's Next?"
The Dated Lyrics:
Egypt's gonna get one, too,
Just to use on you know who.
So Israel's getting tense,
Wants one in self defense.
Why They're Dated:
Since 1979, Israel and Egypt have had a peace treaty, so Egypt having a nuclear bomb would no longer be as big a deal.
Submitted by: EF
There are additional dated lyrics available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Mr. Heel Rot Submitted by: John
Rot Her Elm Submitted by: John

Song Title Anagrams:

"Tums" originally "Smut"
Reverse the spelling to get a medicinal product!
Submitted by: Carmen Nunki
"See Tenth Elm" originally "The Elements"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Lee Sent Them" originally "The Elements"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"He Let Men Set" originally "The Elements"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"The Steelmen" originally "The Elements"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Lyrics Pronunciation:

"The Elements"
The Lyrics:
These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others, but they haven't been discovered.
The words Harvard and Discovered are both mispronounced in order to make this rhyme.
Submitted by: EF

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Low Mom Song" originally "So Long Mom"
Submitted by: Elon Muskrat
"It Fakes A Mellow Proud To Be A Soldier" originally "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier"
Submitted by: Ron N. O'Connor

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Rom Taylor originally "Tom Lehrer"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos

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