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Mistransportation

Jun 6, 2013
Originally published on June 7, 2013 10:06 am

Transportation alternatives are so hot right now, but house musician Jonathan Coulton has got a few innovations of his own. In this game, he's singing popular songs about travel--although he's replaced the method of transportation in the song with a different, more whimsical, type of vehicle. Can you name the original?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's let the games continue and welcome our next two contestants: Molly Hersh and Joe Miscavige.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hi, Molly.

MOLLY HERSH: Hi.

EISENBERG: What is your preferred mode of transportation, if I said you had to decide between a skateboard and a motorcycle?

HERSH: Motorcycle.

EISENBERG: All right, interesting. Joe, what would you pick?

JOE MISCAVIGE: Can I go rogue and pick a rocket pack?

EISENBERG: Yeah, you sure can. It's time for a musical game. Jonathan?

JONATHAN COULTON: Yes, indeed. This game is called "Mistransportation." And it's about songs that feature modes of transportation in their lyrics, though we have cleverly replaced the vehicle in the song with another vehicle. All you have to do is ring in and tell us the original lyric. Are you ready?

HERSH: Yeah.

MISCAVIGE: Yes.

COULTON: Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me. Hold me like you'll never let me go, 'cause I'm leaving on a segway. I don't know when I'll be back again.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Joe?

MISCAVIGE: Jet plane.

COULTON: Jet plane is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: If you leave on a segway, nobody even waves goodbye. They're just like...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It does sort of ruin the poignancy if you were...

EISENBERG: Good riddance.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: And the people said sit down. Sit down; you're rocking the van. The people all said sit down. Sit down; you're rocking the van. And the devil will drag you under by the sharp lapel of your checkered coat. Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down; you're rocking the van.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Joe?

MISCAVIGE: Boat.

COULTON: Boat. You are right.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: All my friends know the space shuttle. The space shuttle rides a little higher.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Joe?

MISCAVIGE: Low rider.

COULTON: Low rider is right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Somehow less cool, space shuttle.

EISENBERG: Yeah, it doesn't...

COULTON: Space shuttle is less cool in this context, which you wouldn't think would be possible.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: Prius Sally, I think you better slow that Prius down. Prius Sally, now...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Joe?

MISCAVIGE: Mustang.

COULTON: Mustang, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Again, not as cool.

COULTON: Well, also it's not hard to slow a Prius down.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Eco-friendly. Friendly, not eco sexy.

COULTON: And in fact, by slowing it down, you recover energy from the braking system.

EISENBERG: So it's better. It's better.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: Chicks, and ducks and geese better scurry, when I take you out in my spaceship, when I take you out in my spaceship with the fringe on top.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Molly?

HERSH: Rowboat.

COULTON: Rowboat with fringe on top. That sounds very nice.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: Joe, do you have an idea?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

MISCAVIGE: Got it. Hang glider.

COULTON: Hang glider with fringe on top, yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: No, that is incorrect. Will, what is the answer?

WILL HINES: The answer is surrey. The answer is surrey.

COULTON: Nobody even knows what a surrey is.

EISENBERG: Nope.

HINES: The musical "Oklahoma." They didn't know then either.

COULTON: Okay, this is your last clue.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

COULTON: I want to ride my monorail. I want to ride my rail. I want to ride my monorail. I want to ride it where I like.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Molly?

HERSH: That would be the bicycle.

COULTON: Bicycle is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Incidentally, you cannot ride a monorail anywhere you like, you must...

HERSH: One way.

COULTON: You must go where the monorail goes.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean.

COULTON: Those are a couple of options. So Will, that's the end of the game. How'd they do?

HINES: Well, they both did great, but our winner for that round is Joe.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Well done, Joe. We will see you again at our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Another hand for Molly everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And how about a hand for Jonathan Coulton with that game?

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