Words I Realized: Bubwick

bubwick [buhb-wik], n, v – the distinct pattern of gibberish that one always sings in place of a familiar song’s lyrics when one does not know the actual words to a specific line of that song; to sing this pattern of gibberish

I’ve made the same exact nonsensical noise during this one line at the beginning of “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony every time I’ve listened to it. “Ziggidot-noam-pahdo-mah-zigzig Uncle Charlie…” It’s basically just filler noise so as not to throw off my rhythm for the remainder of the song. Because I’m pretty good with all the other words; it’s just those few mystery words that get me every time. I’ve been listening to this song for years and still have no idea what the guy is saying there. So a while ago, I just made something up, and it stuck. It sounds vaguely like what the singer is saying; granted, the singer is mumbling at an alarming speed. I’m sure the intended lyrics are really beautiful, but for me, there’s no going back at this point.

On karaoke night, it became apparent that Marcel did not actually know the second line to The Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week” when he bubwicked hardcore — “It’s been one week since you looked at me… satoo-rudda-doo-mow and then I’m angry.”  That can’t be right.

Wait, bubwick?? I don’t get it… Can you explain?

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One Response to “Words I Realized: Bubwick”

  1. Ben says:

    Ironically, the video you linked to has the lyrics in the description.

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