If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that we love exploring every song element in our playlists. The lyrics of a song are just as important as vocals, melody, rhythm, or pitch. Each one has probably had a key moment in the creative process for the composer, songwriter, or producer. This is why when we come across weird song lyrics, we can’t help but wonder, “How high were they?”.
Now, seriously, here are five of the weirdest song lyrics of all time. Although we’re sure you may have a few of your own to suggest (and, please, send them over!), here’s our pick based on lyrics that reflect a stream of consciousness, a prank played on listeners, or just simply pure randomness. Enjoy!
Top 5 Weird Songs
Just to clarify, the term “weird” isn’t intended as a diss! We could have gone for “insane” or anything that would place these lyrics in their own song category. In fact, we guarantee that you’ll be listening to most for the rest of the summer. Well, we know we are.
“O Pato” by João Gilberto
“O Pato” is a well-known Brazilian song (as soon as you listen to it you’ll know why) that was popularized by João Gilberto, one of the pioneers of bossa nova music. However, it was Jaime Silva and Neuza Teixeira who wrote the song, and then first recorded it by Gilberto in 1960. What’s amazing is that it has since become a classic in Brazilian music. The song goes a little something like this:
O pato vinha cantando alegremente, qüem, qüem (A duck came singing happily, who, who)
Quando um marreco sorridente pediu (When a smiling drake asked)
Pra entrar também no samba, no samba, no samba (To also join the samba, samba, samba)
O ganso gostou da dupla e fez também qüem, qüem, qüem (The goose liked the duo and also did who, who, who)
We’ve included the translation we believe most approximates the Brazilian Portuguese language. Even though, as you’re listening to it a second time while reading the lyrics in English, it may not help at all. Well, as always, the idea is to lend yourself to the musical moment and enjoy that bossa nova flavor.
“I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles
“I Am The Walrus” is a song by The Beatles, released in 1967 as part of their Magical Mystery Tour album. Although the main writer is John Lennon, Paul McCartney made some contributions to the songwriting process. The beauty of this song is the many interpretations and hours of analysis by listeners:
Sitting on a corn flake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you’ve been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long
Wait. It gets better:
I am the egg man,
they are the egg men,
I am the Walrus,
goo goo g’joob
If you’re thinking nonsensical imagery, mind-boggling wordplay, and literary references to Lewis Carroll’s poetry, you may be right. But only maybe. Decades after the song was released, more people have come to believe that it was Lennon’s deliberate attempt to confuse and mock those who overanalyzed The Beatles’ lyrics. His job is done.
“Chacarrón” by El Chombo
If you were hitting the club in 2006, then you most definitely danced (or whatever that was) to this song. It actually gained international attention and became popular due to its catchy tune. And, of course, its nonsensical lyrics:
Seummm soumm… yeouhh… macarron
Yeahhh… macarron… no…
If you’re now just starting to dance along to the track as you try to decipher the lyrics, you’re not alone:
Ihni binni dimi diniwiny anitaime
Ihni binni dimi dini uan mor taime
Or ihni binni diniwiny ani taime
O Ihni binni dini one mor taime
The song is known for its unique blend of reggaeton, dancehall, and electronic elements. Oh, and the dozens of memes and viral videos. You could say that “Chacarrón” became a cultural phenomenon of that time. And without TikTok!
“Wizard” by Dora Jar
Dora Jar, born Dora Jarkowski, has claimed that she comes up with the best songs while walking. This would probably explain the themes of most of her songs and the way she chooses to express what running (or walking) through her mind:
I’m not a shy little girl, I’m a wizard
With a pearl in my hand
With a heavy dose of adrenaline
Stream of consciousness you say? A little bit. Imagine if we could place a loudspeaker linked directly to our thoughts. Now that would be scary and not the upcoming song. Dora’s lyrics could be categorized as weird or extraordinary if that means anything out of the ordinary:
Call me a chemical man
I’m not a shy girl, I’m a wizard
Do I have to say it again?
I’m like a mystic stuck on a gumball
A self-proclaimed alt-pop fairy that simply wishes to transmit the best life lesson: appreciate the little things, even if this means a scab on your knee. Which, by the way, led to Sir Elton John to play the Scab Song on his radio show. We truly cannot wait for more weird songs from this beautiful song fairy.
“A Wolf At The Door” by Radiohead
“A Wolf at the Door” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released on their sixth studio album, Hail to the Thief (2003). If a haunting atmosphere starts creeping up in your room just hit pause:
Drag him out your window
Dragging out the dead
Singing I miss you
Snakes and ladders flip the lid
Nothing short of a horror film. It’s hard to get a sense of the lyrics; on the one hand, you’ll need to think outside the box and see it as a critical perspective on contemporary political and social issues:
I keep the wolf from the door
But he calls me up
Calls me on the phone
Tells me all the ways that he’s gonna mess me up
Steal all my children if I don’t pay the ransom
And I’ll never see them again if I squeal to the cops
What’s going to drill this track into your brain is Radiohead’s signature repetitive acoustic guitar riff and Thom Yorke’s dark vocals. If you’re planning on traveling alone at night during a storm. This will definitely get you in the fearful and paranoid mood you need!