One of my favorite all-time songs is an obscure Hall & Oates tune called “Georgie.”

The song is insanely unknown. Like, even Hall & Oates fans haven’t always heard of it. “Georgie” is off of the duo’s first album, “Whole Oates,” and is about a young boy who dies in a lake. These are the lyrics, in case you’re interested.

Anyhow, I started singing “Georgie” to my daughter when she was just a babe. One day, after hearing me go through the words, the wife said, “Maybe you should change the dying part. It’s sort of deep.” So I did—in the two portions of the song where death is evoked, I say that he sneezes instead of dying. It actually fits in quite well. Not a beat out of place.

A couple of weeks ago, I sang “Georgie” to my 4-year-old son. Casey, my daughter, looked at me and said, “That makes no sense.”


“What makes no sense, Casey?”

“The sneezing,” she said. “Why does he sneeze.”

“Well,” I said. “I changed the words when you were little.”

“Really?” she said. “What really happens.”

So I explained to Casey that instead of sneezing, Georgie actually breaks his arm.

She bought it.

5 thoughts on “Georgie”

  1. Why does it take so looooooooooooooong for the comment pages to open?

    She’ll to learn lying is OK (to protect you) when she learns the truth. The teen years.
    Try to sing something a little more tame like:
    Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
    When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
    When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
    And down will come yada yada yada and all.

  2. Sanford,
    Interesting. I do have an old XP laptop, but I don’t have issues on any other sites.
    I’m considering a new computer but then Intel had to recall the new Sandy Bridge CPU’s

  3. Stop changin’ the lyrics to my song, man. If you don’t like my lyrics then don’t sing my song. Who do you think you are Pearlman, Weird Al Yankovic?

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