Misheard Lyrics is an irreverent and often hilarious novel about misheard lyrics, religion, messiahs, friendship, and the nature of the universe.
Charles is a writer attempting to write his first novel. Raised Catholic, he rejected the church by age 12. Chip is a Methodist minister with a profane and rebellious streak that almost prevented him from graduating from divinity school. Both are looking for answers.
The novel combines magic, dream and reality, and dualities include humanity and divinity, good and evil, and love and power.
As Charles searches for answers, he leads us through various religions and possible Apocalypses. Each chapter title involves a misheard song lyric and many are discussed in context throughout the novel. As Charles completes each chapter, he gets together with Chip, with whom, after much obscene byplay, he discusses some of the theological issues.
The book includes biographical flashbacks from Charles’ life that feature other characters such as Edie, his girlfriend back in 1975. PSTD from her tour in Viet Nam as a photographer for Look magazine complicated their relationship. Karen was Charles’ wife until her lesbian romance with Munch caused their divorce and Charles’ subsequent hatred of gays. Poet Allen Ginsberg also appears as Charles’ mentor.
Along the way, Charles starts suspecting that he may exist only for the entertainment of the Viewerverse, a pan-dimensional audience watching a cosmic reality show which finds his misfortunes hilarious.
It’s kind of like Even Cowgirls Get the Blues meets My Dinner with Andre, but with swearing.