It’s a pity, but plagiarism takes place. It’s a fact of life. And nicking either words or music and redoing the other is a quick way to deal with embarrassing accusations. Just admit wholesale theft of one, and provide brand new versions of the other.
In much the same way as I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and the wrong words to the tune game, it’s quite possible to match off lyrics to the wrong tune but have them fit. For instance, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has six phrases of seven syllables each. So does that old favourite Christmas carol As With Gladness.
So I issue now a quick challenge.
What’s the least appropriate song-tune mix out there? Not necessarily offensive – it could be a funeral hymn to a children’s theme tune, or whatever you like. The only real requirement is that the syllable counts match up. Just comment with your suggestions on the bottom of this post.