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Subject: misheard lyrics

Written By: wade hassler on 2/24/2001 at 3:28 p.m.

this misheard lyric is/was a gem.. except i don't have a song title. It was the 70's, and a high-school English teacher asked the class to write down and discuss a pop-song lyric. One student chose a cover by Three Dog Night of a Taj Mahal song (maybe also a cover?) containing the straightforward line:

If the cook in the kitchen / Had dress as tight as yours / We wouldn't need a fire

... which he had heard as:

Cookin' in the kitchen / With a touch of Charlie's shorts / And the wind made a fire

The discussion was short, consisting partly of my brother laughing until milk exited his nose. Twenty-five years later, one need only say "cookin' in the kitchen" to a small, select group to cause helpless giggles.