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May 15, 2005


Infant Tyrone

You know, I saw that. The song is a Harry Nielsson tune, and the actual line is "You put the lime in the coconut". So some necro-sound guy went and dug up poor Harry and fudged the lyrics to make them fit the campaign, which is probably why it doesn't sound right-- it's being piped through long-dead vocal chords.


The song used in the commercial is the same as the studio version on Nilsson's Nilsson: Schmillson album (RCA; 1971). It doesn't sound like it's re-recorded at all; our host is correct in his conclusion that the subtitles are present simply to make us think the lyrics are saying one thing, when they, in fact, aren't.


That's what a mondegreen IS: misheard lyrics. If they re-recorded the song and actually SAID "Coke, you nut," it wouldn't be a (reverse) mondegreen -- or funny. Um, in my opinion.


Imagine how complicated it's all going to be when Coconut Coke is introduced.

eric morse

Matt: too funny. Though I have no authority, I proclaim yours post of the week.
I was blown away the first time I saw this ad. I had no idea what they were getting at until I saw the subtitle (which isn't until near the end... very nice). Awesome work. Before the ad aired, the song had been rolling about in my head and I tried to post about it, but had nothing. These guys nailed it.
I've always been annoyed when adwriters mess with an existing song ("Dr. Pepper, gimme the news, I got a bad case..."). You hear the song begin, think it's the real deal, begin to sing... duped again! So cheap.


Okay, you people are really making me feel OLD! I remember hearing this song on the radio! I even bought the 45! (Oh, that's right - you don't even know what a 45 is!) Harry Nillson wrote some really great pop songs like "Everybody's Talkin'" from the movie "Midnight Cowboy". He was also known for being John Lennon's drinking buddy during his proverbial "lost weekend" that lasted a year or two. Pop culture just changes so rapidly these days. I thought you might like to hear a bit from an old hand (I'm 41, by the way).


Okay I am 40 and I want to know if anyone else remembers either 7up or maybe sprite commercial back in the 70's or 80's where they sang this tune?


Well, Fred Neil wrote "Everybody's Talkin'" though Harry N did a great job singing it!


I personally felt that the subtitles were describing what the research scientist was "hearing" - showing the viewer that it was HIM that suffered the Mondegreen. I'm not convinced that Coca-Cola are trying to dup us at all!

tristan forward

and isn't it a great song, too ?


Ahh ... so sad, Harry, Fred and John have ALL passed on ....... only the good die young?

Richard Gens

Here is the link to download the Sprite Commercial Soundtrack - I’m falling away


Great article!


The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride f*cking with you. F*ck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.

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