I could not find a proper definition for mash from the song "Monster mash". I assume it does not refer to mashed potatos. Maybe it's some kind of a dance. The lyrics is

For my monster from his slab began to rise

And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash

He did the monster mash

  • Perhaps because it was a graveyard smash! From the song: He did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash. This must be a "smash hit" around the graveyard, I guess. :) Dec 27, 2013 at 17:10
  • mosh - "to dance (with a certain amount of violence) to metal music in a tightly packed arena," 1987, perhaps a variant of mash. Related: Mosh pit. Dec 27, 2013 at 17:41

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The Monster Mash is, indeed, a form of dance which is being referred to. Presumably is it similar to the Mashed Potato, which I believe was a popular (or at least better-known) dance at the time the song was written. Compare the lyrics from "Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Cance)"; e. g. "I can do the Twist".


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