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Glebe

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #180 on: April 14, 2019, 09:18:52 PM »
I thought Ariana Grande was singing 'Break a leg' in that 'Thank U, Next' song.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #181 on: April 14, 2019, 10:01:47 PM »
When I was about 10 I thought the bit in Smells Like Teen Spirit when Kurt Cobain sings "her denial" was "ruddy Nile".  I kind of wish it was.

"roger taylor! roger taylor!" somewhat inexplicably at the end of the version performed on 'the word', aeons ago. I was there that night. jo whiley had booked them on a whim. good whim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcpcEo_veK4

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #182 on: April 15, 2019, 09:37:02 AM »
Any song that features 'the rain' can be substituted with 'Lorraine'

The Cult

Here comes Lorraine
I love Lorraine

The Beatles

If Lorraine comes
They run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If Lorraine comes
If Lorraine comes

Adele

“I set fire to Lorraine, watched her burn”,

I can’t stand Lorraine, at my window.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #183 on: April 15, 2019, 12:39:23 PM »
I can’t stand Lorraine, at my window.
Here comes Lorraine again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #184 on: April 15, 2019, 12:43:06 PM »
Also Paul Simon's 'You can call me Al' - I always thought the song was about a fellah called Eddie. 'Eddie when you can call me, you can call me aL'. I THOUGHT IT WAS A SONG ABOUT HIM MEETING HIS BODYGUARD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TALKING ABOUT HIS LIFE.
It’s not Eddie? What the fuck?

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #185 on: April 15, 2019, 03:18:17 PM »
Here comes Lorraine again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion

Take me in, dry Lorraine, Lorraine Lorraine,
Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorraine now.

grassbath

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #186 on: April 27, 2019, 03:49:43 PM »
Dylan, 'You're a Big Girl Now'

For years I thought the first verse went

'Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me
Offa my feet
And I'm back in the ring
AAAAAAAAOOOOOOO'

But the lyric video for the hushed, achingly beautiful early take has made me realise that it is, in fact

'Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me
Offa my feet
And I'm back in the rain
AAAAAAAAOOOOOOO'

This version also subsitutes the 'AAAAAAAOOOOOO's for 'ooh-oohs' and 'mm-mms', which I can certainly live with.

But even though 'back in the rain' is an image congruous with the verse's next line - 'and you are on dry land' - I like 'back in the ring' coming after Dylan being swept off his feet. Twisting the pain into an invitation to combat. And then with the 'AAAAAOOOOO' on the album version it's like he's bodyslammed her or something.

On a related note, this version of 'Tangled Up in Blue' knocks the BotR take for six. There are two magic chords that are much more prominent here which give a real sense of danger, sadness and drama to the thing. And the way he sings 'working for a while in an airplane plant, loadin' cargo onto a truuuuuck' - like he knows that's a bit of a duff line, forecasting to the room that he's going to change that one, which of course eventually he did. But then - 'but all the while, he was alone, the past was close behind' - and those are even better, burn even brighter and hit even harder for the tentativeness of the line before.

Fucking Dylan. Magic stuff.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #187 on: April 28, 2019, 11:43:37 AM »

On a related note, this version of 'Tangled Up in Blue' knocks the BotR take for six. There are two magic chords that are much more prominent here which give a real sense of danger, sadness and drama to the thing. And the way he sings 'working for a while in an airplane plant, loadin' cargo onto a truuuuuck' - like he knows that's a bit of a duff line, forecasting to the room that he's going to change that one, which of course eventually he did. But then - 'but all the while, he was alone, the past was close behind' - and those are even better, burn even brighter and hit even harder for the tentativeness of the line before.

Fucking Dylan. Magic stuff.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #188 on: April 29, 2019, 04:04:57 PM »
I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #189 on: April 29, 2019, 04:19:44 PM »
Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job, but I get no offers
Just to come home from the war zone, Seventh Avenue

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #190 on: April 29, 2019, 05:59:42 PM »


AND LORRAINE CAME DOWN

DOWN DOWN DOWN

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #191 on: May 03, 2019, 04:55:47 PM »
I've just got the reissue of Stereolab's Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements and been disappointed to find that Laetitia is not singing "Oh, do pigs eat ham?" on Analogue Rock. It's "All good things to come", apparently.

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #192 on: May 06, 2019, 03:21:34 AM »
I thought the Lenin/Lennon homophone was deliberate, given the previous line "Now the workers have struck for fame"...?

Wouldn't this be around the time Lennon released Power To The People? I think it is an awesome line either way because it's about how all actions are being turned into pop culture, even strikes.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #193 on: May 07, 2019, 08:28:25 PM »
Are my lemons tied? Is my hair in place?
Have I got a cute expression on my face?

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #194 on: May 07, 2019, 08:31:38 PM »
Someday somebody's gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye
'til then, Teddy Bear, are you going to let them hold you down and make you cry?


I always liked that genre of music where women are saying the overly tender things towards their partner instead of men (I JUST WANT TO BE HELD), so I liked this way a lot. The original is good too, though.

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #195 on: May 07, 2019, 10:53:09 PM »
Are my lemons tied? Is my hair in place?
Have I got a cute expression on my face?

Those are the lyrics aren't they?

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #196 on: May 07, 2019, 10:59:33 PM »
Pet Shop Boys 'I Get Along' until recently I believed he sang "stuck here with The Shamen taking my share of the blame" which I definitely prefer to "the shame and"

Twed

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #197 on: May 07, 2019, 11:01:04 PM »
Those are the lyrics aren't they?
Maybe. Others claim "ribbons"

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #198 on: May 07, 2019, 11:04:15 PM »
Sopranos theme.  Always heard it as 'got a muumuu in your eyes,' which would be distracting when you're trying to concentrate on important mafioso business.  Real lyric's supposedly 'blue moon in your eyes' and it makes much less sense than the muumuu thing.

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #199 on: May 07, 2019, 11:18:03 PM »
Maybe. Others claim "ribbons"

They are chumps

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #200 on: May 29, 2019, 03:33:17 PM »
Not amazing or anything, but I've only just realised about five minutes ago (while watching this video) that Abba aren't actually singing :

"Waterloo, . . How does it feel that you won the war?"
in 'Waterloo', like what I always thought, but . . .
"Waterloo, . . I was defeated, you won the war"

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smudge1971

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #201 on: May 30, 2019, 11:11:18 AM »
She was shagged six times by a man, up the bum

TheMonk

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #202 on: July 17, 2019, 10:10:18 AM »
“What’s love, Dr Doo... Dr Doolittle?”

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #203 on: July 18, 2019, 01:53:29 AM »
That Keane song (I only know the one) I thought went:

Oh sympathy, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on


Turns out it's "simple thing" rather than "sympathy."

The notion that a "simple thing" would be reliable in that context seems tenuous. "Sympathy" sounds more generically useful in such circumstances.

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #204 on: July 20, 2019, 08:09:00 PM »
Not technically mine but my daughter has always belted out the line in Let it Go as 'The pasta's in my pants' .

Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #205 on: July 24, 2019, 05:39:13 AM »
Listening to Discovery by Daft Punk for the first time in ages. Last verse of Something About Us:

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I need you more than anything in my life
I want you more than anything in my life
I'll miss you more than anyone in my life
I love you more than anyone in my life

In my memory the last two lines were swapped, so "I'll miss you" was the last line. This, to my mind, would far sadder. It tells a story: a simple and honest declaration of love, followed by the revelation that they're separating.

What a shame, it could have been a hit album.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #206 on: July 25, 2019, 10:53:49 PM »
From We Didn't Start The Fire
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Starkweather, homicide, children of thalidomide

Until looking up the lyrics now I though it was "Stop with the homicide". Until further back I thought "Stop with the homicide" was a desperate plea to the children of thalidomide, as if they were so insecure and angry about their gammy hands that it drove them to kill. And until even further back I thought it was "Stop with the homicide, children of the little mind" cause it sounded like a genuinely good anti-war protest lyric.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #207 on: July 25, 2019, 11:13:52 PM »
The bit in that top 10 hit single when Billy Joel thunders "CHILDREN OF THALIDOMIDE!" is something I find genuinely hilarious. Also after he's listed all these seismic historical and cultural bookmarks he goes "ROCK 'N' ROLLER COLA WARS, I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!!!". What a lame thing to finally tip you over the edge.

I initially misheard TROUBLE IN THE SUEZ!!! as TROUBLE IN THE SEWERS!!! and assumed it was a reference to the then popular Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles. Billy Joel used to be mint in the 70s, honest.

Twed

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #208 on: July 25, 2019, 11:47:41 PM »
The bit in that top 10 hit single when Billy Joel thunders "CHILDREN OF THALIDOMIDE!" is something I find genuinely hilarious.
I misheard this as "Children of the Little Mind" and thought it was some kind of cult.

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Re: Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better
« Reply #209 on: July 26, 2019, 12:55:51 AM »
I misheard this as "Children of the Little Mind" and thought it was some kind of cult.

Is there a shitting echo in here?