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And the winner is

Country Musings by Robert Loy, May 1997

There is a sequel out to the book "'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy." It's called "He's Got the Whole World in His Pants." I recommend it highly to all fans of mondegreens (AKA misheard lyrics).

Which reminds me, it's time to announce the winner of CST's mondegreen contest - drum roll, please - it's Theodore Sverre Fiskevold . Take it away, Ted.

"My wife, Marysia, and her sister, Waleria (Vuh-layr-ia), are both from Poland. They've been here in the U.S. for 30 years. They are both big Elvis fans. Waleria came to visit us a couple of years after we were married. We were listening to Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" on our jukebox, and Marysia and Waleria were singing along and dancing. When the song was over, I asked them to repeat what they were singing: "...You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see. I sure would be delighted with your pumpin' me..." they sang in unison, with their Polish accents. I was cracking up, thinking they were just kidding. I had to put the record on the stereo and play it at 33 1/3 before they would believe that Elvis was actually singing "com-pan-y" and not "pump-in' me."

Considering the nature of that song, it was an easy mistake for them to make.

Congratulations, Ted. Your free CD will be on its way to you soon. (Won't it, Jeff?)

There was no prize in the "We-Need-a-New-Name-For-CDs" contest, but we still have a winner. It's Orin Friesen of KFDI radio in Wichita, Kansas, who suggests we call CDs albums.

"When referring to music, an album is a collection of recorded songs. It doesn't matter whether they're on compact disc, tape cassette, 8-track cartridge, 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record, reel-to-reel tape or a set of 78 rpm records. Now we've got mini-discs, DATs and who knows what all is being tried in the labs. But even if we download the latest collection of songs from a particular artist directly into our computers, it will still be an album. Note that all awards shows still have an 'album of the year' category."

Couldn't have said it better myself.