Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Everybody Have Fun Tonight

"Everybody WUNG CHANG tonight," Eli 5.1 sang.

"Wang Chung," I said. "Everybody Wang Chung tonight."

"Got it," he said. "Everybody WANG CHONG tonight," he sang. Every single note was off-key by a wide margin.

"Wang Chung," I said. "Plus the first line is sung in a higher key. So the first line is high and the second line is low."

"Got it," he said.

We were walking down the light bulb aisle at Home Depot.

That your son would be singing "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" in the middle of Home Depot might strike you as odd--unless you have a five-yeard old. If you do, though, it's just business as usual.

In this case, there was a good reason. After dinner we went to the Hallmark store to look at Halloween decorations because he saw a display of about fifty ghosts inside the store. While he was there, he started looking at greeting cards, and there was one line of Halloween cards with sound chips inside. Quite good sound chips, actually, compared to the usual fare.

One of these cards, for no apparent reason, contained a long excerpt from Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." [please note: one member of our family frequently danced to this song while in college. Hint: it was not me.] Eli thought that "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" was the funniest song he's ever heard.

Obviously, he's never heard the lyric "I like big butts and I cannot lie."

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