Turn around, bright eyes: a literal “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

When my sister and I were kids, there were a few songs in particular we liked to play over and over again, when we weren’t playing Abba records: Michael Jackson‘s "Thriller," Corey Hart‘s "(I Wear) Sunglasses at Night," Juice Newton‘s "Queen of Hearts" and Bonnie Tyler‘s "Total Eclipse of the Heart." (Yes, we had eclectic taste — and I’m not even getting into all the Dolly Parton and Crystal Gayle albums we owned and loved.)

So you can imagine my thrill when I was forwarded this hilarious new spoof of the classic 1983 music video for "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which spoofer dascottjr describes this way:

"Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video? Well now they do, in my sixth take on Dusto McNeato’s ‘literal video’ concept!"

So, where you would normally hear the lyrics, "I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark, we’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks," you hear this:

Singer Persephone Maewyn does a great job mimicking Tyler’s distinctive voice, and lyrics are clever — I’m impressed at how they managed to work in references to TV shows, movies, classic literature, and feathered hair.

But enough explaining — it must be seen to be believed. So watch it! Right now!

Some of my favorite lyrics:

"Staring at the swim team gets you killed by a gang of dancing ninja men who know how to twirl"
"I pull my feathered hair whenever I see floating cloth."
"And I’ve joined the Glee Club of the Damned"
"It started out as Hogwarts now it’s Lord of the Flies"

What are you favorite lyrics? And which music video do you think should be Literal Video’d next?

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