Song Interpolations - Mony Mony

Mony Mony

"Mony Mony" - the Billy Idol version, not the Tommy James and the Shondells original - came up on my MP3 playlist today and it reminded me of how people chant the "hey motherf***er" lines in between the lines of the verse.
There she comes round singin' Mony Mony ("hey motherf***er...")
Here in Singapore, the 'added' lines always sounded like "hey motherf***er hey hey motherf***, but when I was in the US people would chant "hey motherf***er get laid get f***ed", but the general swearing theme remains intact. So I was thinking that this is a very strange thing to spread globally - does anyone know the origins of this "tradition"?

Looking it up on Google, I found an entertaining thread about the whole "added lyrics" thing: I did know that people do sing "so good, so good, so good" in between the chorus of "Sweet Caroline", and that "Family Tradition," by Hank Williams Jr., gets punctuated accordingly:

"Hank, why do you drink? (TO GET DRUNK!)
Hank, why do you roll smoke? (TO GET STONED!)
Why must you live out the songs that you wrote? (TO GET LAID!)"

But I certainly didn't know the other examples - was particularly amused by the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" one:
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose [LIKE A LIGHTBULB!]
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows [LIKE A FLASHLIGHT!]
All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names [LIKE (examples vary)]
They never let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games [LIKE MONOPOLY!]
Then one foggy Christmas day Santa came to say [HO HO HO]
Rudolph with your nose so bright won't you guide my sleigh tonight
Then all the reindeer loved him and they shouted out with glee [YIPPEE!]
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, you'll go down in history [LIKE GEORGE WASHINGTON!]

Yay - reindeer Monopoly! But back to my original point - does anyone know how the "Mony Mony" thing originated? One link:
I have heard a handful of theories as to why one should shout "Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!" (the north Toronto alternate with less cussing was "Oy, bubby, zaidy, get bagels, get lox!") after every line in the verses. My favourite one is that the original -- performed by Tommy James and the Shondells -- was on the radio when Billy lost his virginity.


Anonymous said…
We do yell "get laid get f**ked" locally too. It amuses me to no end but I never join in. Ha!
Anonymous said…
I'm in nl canada and we said "get laid get f**ked" too
Daryl said…
What a strange international subcultural phenomenon!
Anonymous said…
In my town on the Kansas-Oklahoma line, we would yell "hey-hey-what-what-get-laid-get-f*cked" at school dances. Interestingly, I would go to this club just across the state line and it would change just a little to "hey-say-what-get-laid-get-f*cked" (note using only 7 beats). Also, at the club, between the chorus and verse there would be a fast chant that said, "we like whiskey, we like wine, we get f*cked up all the time"
Just came across this post after googling "hey! Get laid! Get f*cked!"

The reason for googling the text was that my husband, who was raised in the South US where I met him, chanted the line in the car one day. I was surprised he knew the line, because it was something we did in the Pacific Northwest. Now I'm finding out that this chant is (more or less) a global thing... long before the Internet started shrinking our world like crazy.
Anonymous said…
in canada too, and they play mony mony at the local bars a lot, and we got kids 19-25 shouting along:

"hey, hey motherf*cker, get laid, get f*cked!"


"get laid motherf*cker, get laid, get f*cked!"
Anonymous said…
i live in halifax nova scotia and i also did this alot in high school but just recently i heard this song in a dite pepsi commercial...
Anonymous said…
I've heard it as:

Hey motherf*cker! Get laid get f*cked!
Anonymous said…
I was introduced to this tradition at a high school dance a few years back, and I've followed it ever since. However, I always assumed that it was part of the song and just got cut out during radio broadcasts.
Anonymous said…
I grew up with this chant and it still sticks whenever I hear the song. Interestingly enough my father-in-law started chanting the line recently at a wedding we were at for his niece. when I asked him about it he said they have been saying that for years.
Anonymous said…
I'm from Cape Breton Nova Scotia and we yell "Hey motherfucker get laid get fucked" too, I was curious to where this came from
Xavi said…
Apparently it came from a DJ at a club here in Canada, and he would get the patrons to yell "Hey motherfucker get laid get fucked" between verses. At least that's what Billy said in one of the interviews I've heard.
Anonymous said…
Then one foggy christmas *eve* ( not day) santa came to say (HO HO HO)
Rudolph with that nose so bright wont you guide my sleigh tonight (Tonight)
Then all the reindeers loved him (Loved Him)
And they shouted out with glee (With Glee)
Youll go Doooowwwwnnnn Innnnn Hissssstorrrrrryyyyyyyy (LIKE ELVIS)

LoL thats the kid version (the begining i didnt add in as it was the same.
Anonymous said…
Ive always used "Hey motherfucker get laid, get paid" lol
Anonymous said…
we yell "hey motherfucker get laid get drunk" locally
Anonymous said…
When I went to camp as a kid we said "Hey litle girl, go to church, go to school!" Cause we weren't allowed to cuss like that.
Karen said…
I prefer the clean version:
Hey everybody, get drunk, have fun!
Anonymous said…
We yell "Drink motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!" here at the bars (London, Ontario)
Anonymous said…
For Rudolph we always did:
Then one foggy Christmas day Santa came to say [*IN HIS UNDERWEAR*]

And since I'm from Canada we don't do George Washington. Some say Cherrio or Just like Ole St. Nick.

We also sang "Rudy the rootin-tootin cowboy" which is the same beat as Rudolph but with bright guns, etc.
Anonymous said…
True story - at the student pub in Waterloo Ontario, the DJ used to jump into the song at the appropriate times with "Hey Motherfucker, get laid, get fucked." In the mid 80s at a dance the DJ changed the words to "Hey Motherfucker, get AIDS get fucked." He got fired.
Anonymous said…
I've also heard in the clubs, "Hey say what, face down, ass up."
Dark Angel said…
Windsor Ontario, Calgary Alberta

IN both Provinces we use

Hey Mother F**ker Get laid Get F**ked
then changed it to
Hey Mother F**ker Get Laid Get Aids, which is still used today...
Anonymous said…
I've traveled all over the US and in some places it's 'hey say what get laid get fucked' and other places were 'hey motherfucker get laid get fucked'.
People look at you funny when you sing the wrong version for the local!
Anonymous said…
In Vancouver, BC, I've always heard it sung as "Hey Motherf- get laid get fu-". Didn't realize it went beyond my locale.
Anonymous said…
I'm in Vancouver, I heard this for the first time last Friday and the version I heard was "Hey Motherf#@ker, get laid, get f%$ked". What I'd like to know is where this came from?
Anonymous said…
Bridgewater Nova Scotia!! :D

I've heard both "Hey motherf***er, get laid! Get f***ed!" & a more rebelliousish "Hey motherf***er, be a bitch & say no!" lol
Anonymous said…
Any woman who was in CFB Borden, on, Can in the early 90's would shout " Hey MotherFu- , be a bitch say No!".
Deca22 said…
Fuc I wish people would stick to the question asked :( i'd like to no the answer. i don't care how they did it in there town or that you never heard about it...jesus christ!

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