Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

More Ambiguous Song Lyrics

Posted by Neal on June 1, 2004

I remember a one-liner from one of Rodney Dangerfield’s old routines. It went like this:

Even in high school, I got no respect. A girl called me up and said, “Why don’t you come on over? There’s nobody home.” I went over. There was nobody home!

I was reminded of it when I went with my cousin and Glen to see Shrek 2 while I was in Austin last week. The dance number at the end of the movie was “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and one line went:

She’ll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain.

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