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Quiz: Can you finish these nonsensical song lyrics?

A wop bop a loo bop…

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY this weekend mourned the passing of rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard, who died aged 87.

The pioneer’s song Tutti Frutti is a standard bearer for a common and well-worn trope of modern popular music – it has some lines that don’t really mean a whole lot.

To be clear, we’re not disparaging the songs themselves, just acknowledging there’s some lyrics that could have us scratching our heads trying to figure out what they’re all about. 

Don’t know what we mean? Let’s refresh your memories with this quiz.

Best of luck.

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In the aforementioned Tutti Frutti by Little Richard, finish this line: "a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop / ?"
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a-lop-say-who
a-lop-bam-boom

a-lotta-zaytoon
a-trip-to-khartoum
How about this one from Lady Gaga? "Rah rah ah-ah-ah! / Ro mah ro-mah-mah / Gaga oh-la-la! / ?"
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Want your bad romance
Can't beat my poker face

And just dance
Let's stay apart until social distancing guidelines deem it acceptable
How about this one from U2? "A star lit up like a cigar / Strung out like a guitar / Maybe you could ?"
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Elevate me
Educate my mind

Find what I'm looking for
Buy my album so I can renovate the gaff
Finish this Beatles one, now sure. "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, life goes on, bra / ?"
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La la la la, life goes on
La la lo lo, life goes on

La la, how the life goes on
La la la la, eat my shorts
How about this classic from Talking Heads? "Psycho killer / Qu'est-ce que c'est / ?"
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Fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better

Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
All credit to you if you can finish this lyric from Shakira's Wherever Whenever. "Lucky that my lips not only mumble / They spill kisses like a fountain / Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / ?"
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So I can run for cover when I need it
The lucky fact of my existence

So we can jump when no-one's watching
So you don't confuse them with mountains
How about this one from the Crystals? "I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still / ?"
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Da do ron-ron-ron, da do ron-ron
Do da ron-ron-ron, do da ron-ron

Ron-ron-ron-ron, da do ron-ron
And I immediately sought medical attention
Finish this Goldfrapp lyric. "I need la la la la la la / ?"
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I need la la la la
I need ooh la la la la

Give me ooh la la la la
I need a thesaurus
This one is on Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer. "Where the ragged people go / Looking for the places / Only they would know / ?"
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Lie la lie, lie la lie la lie la lie
La lie la, lie la la lie la la

Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
You've a good voice Art, but you can't write songs like me
Last (and perhaps least), what about this seminal 90s song from Eiffel 65? "I'm blue / ?"
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I can scream on the fly
da ba dee da ba daa

if I was green I would die
but also really really shy
Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
Top Dog
Full marks!
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You scored out of !
Clever cat
Almost purrfect
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You scored out of !
Fintastic
Good effort
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You scored out of !
What are ewe doing?
Baaaaaaad
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You scored out of !
Turtely awful
A shell of a bad effort
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