Gibberish Lyrics

By | November 4, 2018

WBUR

EISENBERG: So this game is called Gibberish Lyrics. Jonathan and I will perform a dramatic reading of nonsensical song lyrics. Ring in and identify the artist who made the song famous. And if you can’t get it from our reading, we’ll play you a clip of the original song. Lauren, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Avi, you need to get more points, or you have to go to a craft beer bar and order an IPA but pronounce it Ippa (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. (Reading) Ba duba bop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du (ph), yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Lauren.

MACDONOUGH: “Blue.” Oh.

EISENBERG: I’m sorry. That is incorrect. Avi, do you want – we can play the clip for you – or if you can just answer.

ZACHERMAN: I forgot the name of the artist.

EISENBERG: All right. Let’s play the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MMMBOP”)

HANSON: (Singing) Mmmbop, ba duba dop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du bop…

ZACHERMAN: Hanson.

EISENBERG: That is correct. That is…

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: …Hanson’s “MMMbop.” So sometimes, these things represent real concepts or words to the artist. And supposedly, Zac Hanson said that Mmmbop and all those words represented the futility of life.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Those kids were deep, man.

EISENBERG: I think he was, like, 14 or something (laughter).

COULTON: Yeah. He’s, like, what’s the point?

EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly.

COULTON: Why even write lyrics to this dumb song?

EISENBERG: I’m doing well, and I don’t care.



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