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The Weirdest Song Lyrics

Blinkbox Music polled 2,000 adults to find the weirdest song lyrics ever. That’s a small sample, and we don’t know their demographics or how long they thought before coming up with their answers, so the results are not exactly definitive. However, they are weird. The number one weirdest lyric was “Are we human, or are we dancer?” from the song “Human” by The Killers. Singer Brandon Flowers said the lyric came from a Hunter S. Thompson quote, “We're raising a generation of dancers.” That sentence at least makes grammatical sense, but the Killer’s version is just …weird.  

Here’s the top ten:

1. The Killers, Human “Are we human, or are we dancer?”

2. The Beatles, I Am The Walrus “I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.”

3. Michael Jackson, Earth Song “What about elephants? Have we lost their trust?”

4. Lionel Richie, All Night Long “Tom bo li de se de moi ya, yeah jambo jambo.”

5. Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe “Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad.”

6. Black Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow “Beats so big I’m stepping on leprechauns.”

7. Duran Duran, The Reflex “The reflex is an only child, he’s waiting in the park.”

8. Wham! Club Tropicana “Club Tropicana, drinks are free, fun and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone, all that’s missing is the sea.”

9. Taylor Swift, Love Story -”Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter, and my daddy said stay away from Juliet.”

10. Oasis, Champagne Supernova “Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball.”

Given time, you could probably come up with much weirder song lyrics. If we were to take out Michael Jackson’s line about elephants, which really shouldn’t have made the list, what would you put in its place?  -via The A.V. Club


Professional dancers identify quite strongly with that line. They ask their bodies to do inhuman feats while trying to make it look effortless. They do not think it strange at all.
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All 10 slots could be filled by Tool lyrics:

"Rob the grave to snow the cradle"

"a flaming stealth banana split the sky"

"Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. Hang on or be humbled again. Ignorant to the damage done."

"Let the oceans take and transmutate this cold and fated anchor. Give away the stone."

"The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
And the circling is worth it."

"As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
drawn beyond the lines of reason."

"What's coming through is alive. What's holding up is a mirror. But what's singing songs is a snake"

"Eleven and she was gone. Eleven is standing still, Waiting for me to free him"

"Out across your field, you could see two tiny people walking by your woods. You began to walk towards them. Now red was your color and, of course, those little people out there were yours too."
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Toad The Wet Sprocket, anyone?

//There's an old Virginian vibraphone
With a calculated gait
And a man who thinks he's Al Capone
With a cummerbund and cape

Don't criticize what a vicar would prize in you
And talk to the man if you feel he needs talking to
And the hobbit on the rocks is crying
And the fish upon the docks are dying
With the grunion in the sand entwining...//

It's quite a beautiful song, mind you.
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Similar to those front-half/back-half horse suits, two people dressed up as one of Santa's reindeer for Halloween. One of them took the role too seriously, so the other had to ask him, "Are we human or are we Dancer?"
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"What would you do when the people you knew. Are the plastic that melted and the chromium too?"

--- Frank Zappa, Who are the Brain Police
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