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Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Wonderful World Of Misheard Lyrics

A while back, I posted about how my brain is full of song lyrics. The thing is, a lot of times I'm not even sure if the words I remember are even the right ones; not because I'm forgetful, but because I didn't know the right words in the first place.

It turns out that there's a word for misheard lyrics: Mondegreens. Snopes has a page on Christmas Mondegreens that's somewhat amusing, but I don't have as much of a problem with those types of songs. It's the rock-and-pop era songs that seem to give me the most trouble.

Case in point (and the reason I bring up this topic): I really like the new song by Nickelback called "Photograph". I think it's because I'm of "a certain age" and the theme of examining your life appeals to me. Anyway, there were some lines that I was pretty sure I didn't have right. Here's what I was hearing:

"Look at this photograph
Everytime I do it makes me laugh
How did our eyes get so red
And what the hell did Aunt Joey said
And this is where I grew up
I think a prison woulda fixed it up
I never knew we'd ever went without
The second floor is hard for sneaking out"

Those words don't even make sense. Here are the actual lyrics:

"Look at this photograph
Everytime I do it makes me laugh
How did our eyes get so red
And what the hell is on Joey's head
And this is where I grew up
I think the present owner fixed it up
I never knew we'd ever went without
The second floor is hard for sneaking out"

This isn't the first time I've had this problem. For years, I thought the Eagles were singing "Well I've got at least four easy feelings" rather than "Peaceful Easy Feeling". I knew it didn't make sense, but I'd sing it anyway. There are a few websites devoted to these misheard lyrics: this one looks like it hasn't been updated too recently, and this one's up-to-date, but harder to navigate.

And for one of the most famous ones -- I used to sing "Wrapped up like a douche, you know the rumors in the night" rather than "Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night". (Some sites say the first word is actually "Racked".) In this case, I think my version of Blinded By The Light makes as much sense as the actual line... (Interestingly, the lyrics as originally written by Bruce Springsteen are less liable to be misunderstood.)

Going deep...

3 Comments:

Blogger half said...

rice a Rona!

12/17/2005 1:16 PM

 
Blogger bothenook said...

...while i kiss this guy.

took me years to figure out hendrix wasn't hitting for the other team

12/18/2005 12:35 AM

 
Anonymous Reverend Flash said...

I was reading a review of a Nickelback LP - where they quoted some of the lyrics - only to learn that I had been hearing the wrong lyrics, and that mine made no sense.
Instead of hearing "And what the hell is on Joey's head?", I was hearing "And what the hell did Aunt Joey said?"
Well, I googled that phrase, and the only other person (at least online) who heard it that way was on this here page.
Just wanted to let you know you weren't alone.

5/17/2007 11:35 PM

 

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