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These are lyrics by The Kingston Trio that we think are kind of nonsensical.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics, The Kingston Trio

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The Kingston Trio's, "CooCoo-U"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
It is quite well known you've become a clone
Why They're Nonsensical:
A person can't change into a clone of himself or herself.
Submitted by: Candy Welty
The Kingston Trio's, "Follow Now, O Shepherds"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Can this be a king? His room is but a manger.
Humbly born is He, yet safe from earthly danger.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Lovely song generally, but the part about "safe from earthly danger" never fails to baffle me. If he WERE safe from earthly danger, why would his mom and dad soon have to flee with him to Egypt, to save him from Herod's deadly wrath?
Submitted by: Ingrid McCannless
The Kingston Trio's, "Little Maggie"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Pretty flowers were made for bloomin'.
Pretty stars were made to shine.
Pretty girls were made for boys to love.
Surely Maggie was made for mine.
Oh, well, yonder stands little Maggie with a dram glass in her hand.
She's drinkin' away her troubles, oh, Lord,
And foolin' another man.
Why They're Nonsensical:
It doesn't make sense for the singer to declare, on the one hand, that "Surely Maggie was made for mine," while on the other hand asserting that she is "fooling' another man." Sounds more like Maggie is a bane to multiple men than like she and the singer could be remotely dreamed to be "made for each other".
Submitted by: Karen Smith
The Kingston Trio's, "M.T.A."
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Charlie handed in his dime at the Kendall Square station
And he changed for Jamaica Plain
When he got there the conductor told him "One more nickel"
Charlie couldn't get off of that train
But did he ever return? No, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned
Charlie's wife goes down to the Sculley Square station
Every day at quarter past two
And through the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich
As the train comes rumbling through
Why They're Nonsensical:
Why didn't Charlie ask a fellow passenger for another nickel so he could pay his fare and get off the train? Surely someone would have given him one. And why didn't Charlie's wife include some money with a sandwich she handed him, which would have enabled Charlie to pay his fare? The whole concept of a man not being allowed to get off a train for many days is simply absurd.
Submitted by: Candy Welty
The Kingston Trio's, "Molly Dee"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
My true love's in Memphis town --
Pretty little thing named "Sally Brown".
Travels around on a riverboat,
Shares her room with a billy goat.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Would riverboat travelers ever share their rooms with goats? Well, I'VE never heard of any such thing! I could well surmise that in the last line quoted above they were just saying anything for a rhyme.
Submitted by: Karen Smith
The Kingston Trio's, "Tijuana Jail"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Five hundred dollars don't seen like much,
But try to find someone to touch!
Why They're Nonsensical:
By the time this song came out, the Trio had at least one gold record out...even within the lyrics they ask that their mail go to the jail. Heck, their agent could have wired them the 0 from their bank! And another thing: In my own life, back in the late 80's my cousin rode to Tijuana with some friends, and another make a long story short, the others were arrested in Tijuana for trying to sell a stolen car, and my cousin was jailed with them. The American consul office got him released without a dime changing hands.
Submitted by: Doug Montgomery

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