A Cringeworthy Story

A Royal Mess.

We had a bit of an exciting event today.

One class was putting on a show, and their performance included a guitars and piano, a cover of a song in between.

Good guys, they chose to look behind rather than ahead of them.

(My good luck, they weren’t playing any, say, Ed Sheeran stuff or anything, in the name of a guitar song!)

They were covering Bohemian Rhapsody. (Not all of it, of course.)

Now believe me when I say I feel lucky. A lot of people know Queen, and know this song pretty well, a nice change from my situation a couple of year ago.

So they begin singing along with the singer.

Behind me, in the audience, a bunch of hipster 11th graders sat.

Midway through the second verse, a girl behind me realises that, oh, if people are singing along, this must be a popular song. She nudges her friend.

“Which song?” she asks.

“This is… Uh… Umm….”
I’m already shouting out in my head, Bohemian Rhapsody, and somewhere looks like a good place to begin!
(The cringe begins here, too.)

“Uh, this song is…
<recollection> ah, yes, Bohemian Rhapsody,” says her friend.

But she’s not done yet.
“by…”, she continues.

“Umm…. Ah, Panic At The Disco.”

This is it, this is the whole point of this post, this  is a real Cringe, with a capital C.

But hey, I’m not that condescending, besides, I’m in verbal paralysis, I don’t think of telling them that they’re missing the better picture: it’s Queen’s song, not Panic at the Disco’s, that’s a cover! And the song goes on.



A verse later, the discussion furthers.

“This is the song from Suicide Squad, isn’t it?” the inquirer inquires.

“Yeah dude, and he’s playing it spot on.” Interlocutor replies.

I’m actually kind of excited, because if they haven’t heard the Queen version yet, they have something to look forward to in life.

Me, I can look forward to hearing the song again. And hoping they realise how wrong that was!


It’s incredible how people can screw up with such confidence.
(I should know, I’ve done the same, but in bio practicals.)

I’ll leave you with something to wonder in amazement at:

Who needs speed breakers when your roads can do the job?

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