It’s not a misleading title for the thread. This really is about that song. If any mods feel it should be in Cafe Society, please move it, but I’m looking for some factual info, and that’s why my first try is GQ.
On tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!, the Final Jeopardy category had something to do with “Musicals”. You know, either movies or plays that have lots of songs in them. I don’t remember the exact name of the category, and that may be what’s confusing me, so if anyone knows what the exact name of the category was, please let me know.
Anyway, the Final Jeopardy clue was: “The six-word title of the song that has the words: ‘the house fell on her head and the coroner pronounced her dead’”
I was stumped. The context sure sounds like the answer would be a song from The Wizard Of Oz, but I couldn’t think of any song which contained those lyrics. I was quite shocked when all three contestants were credited with the correct response, for “What is Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead”.
I can’t deny that that title does have six words in it. After searching on Google, I must also concede that a song by that title does exist with those lyrics. Google found copies of lyrics to that song as sung by Barbra Streisand and Maureen McGovern, and probably others. But that’s not the song that appeared in the movie!!! Lyrics to the song that appeared in the movie can be found here, and it does NOT include the specfied lyrics!
Was there a musical other than the 1939 Judy Garland classic which did contain those lyrics? I thought of the play Wicked, but its Wikipedia page lists its songs, and does not list any named “Ding Dong The Witch IS Dead”.
So what’s going on? Am I misunderstanding something? Or did Alex Trebek and the rest of his staff mess up?