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#2660876 - 02/01/15 01:15 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: 16251]
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"No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on"

?? Isn't that the correct lyric?
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#2660879 - 02/01/15 01:47 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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How I initially heard a line from "Stairway To Heaven":

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be a lawman; it's just a sprinkling from the bakery"
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#2660880 - 02/01/15 02:36 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: allan_evett]
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#2660886 - 02/01/15 03:56 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: spanner]
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#2660890 - 02/01/15 04:15 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: marczellm]
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battle hymn of the republic " he has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift tooth " somehow that's how I heard that line in a choir in back in grade school , so that's how I sang it , never dawned on me , what in the world was I singing about ?

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#2660892 - 02/01/15 04:30 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: marczellm]
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#2660902 - 02/01/15 06:18 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: 16251]
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One of the biggest lyric mistakes was from "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by England Dan & John Ford Coley. I can't count how many people thought the line was "I'm not talking 'bout your linen," when it was actually "I'm not talking 'bout moving in."

So much so, that they even used it in the movie "The Long Kiss Goodnight," with Samuel L. Jackson singing the wrong lyrics.

..Joe
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#2660905 - 02/01/15 07:02 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: marczellm]
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Ha! OK, maybe I'm a bit of a pop recluse, but JUST YESTERDAY I finally heard "I'm All About That Bass" in it's entirety. It's NOT about bass [frequencies]!
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#2660921 - 02/01/15 08:02 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: marczellm]
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I recall some of that early teen adolescent unease when I realized Elton John was gay and all of those songs that I loved to play weren't romantic in the way I had thought they were.

Not that there's anything wrong with that...
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#2660932 - 02/01/15 08:35 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: misterdregs]
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When I was about 6 years old, "Paperback Writer" was "Take The Last Right Turn".

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#2660939 - 02/01/15 09:03 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: AWkeys]
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I'm not sure if the original thread intent was misheard lyrics or just songs whose meaning was not apparent when you were young.

Regarding the latter, the biggest one for me would have to be Billie Jean. I was a kid when Thriller was released and sang along, completely oblivious to what the song was about.
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#2660974 - 02/01/15 10:26 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Dr88s]
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We're talking misunderstood meanings, not misheard lyrics I think.

So... probably the most infamous: Tutti Frutti.

And I'm thinking there must have been a lot of facepalm in certain places when it was covered by Pat Boone.
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#2661009 - 02/01/15 12:32 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: drawback]
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In the misheard lyrics category: the 8 year-old French-speaking kid that I was thought Stevie Wonder sang "À Jessica, to say I love you" (means "to Jessica"...) I figured he was trying to reach her on the phone and was leaving a message on her answering machine.
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#2661152 - 02/01/15 07:20 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: marczellm]
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25+ years ago I was singing Christmas carols with the family of a girl I was dating. "Later on, we'll perspire, while we sit by the fire..."

My now-in-laws politely corrected me. She married me anyway.

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#2661210 - 02/01/15 10:00 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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Originally Posted By: ill bevans
Originally Posted By: 16251
"No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on"

?? Isn't that the correct lyric?


Yes, I believe so.
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#2661213 - 02/01/15 10:32 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Michael W]
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I think he meant that he didn't understand the meaning of it, not that he misunderstood the lyric as something else.

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#2661214 - 02/01/15 10:52 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Ed A.]
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I thought the meaning was quite clear.

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#2661222 - 02/01/15 11:58 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: mate stubb]
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It's only recently I worked out what Sledgehammer was really about. I just thought it was a bunch of frivolous lyrics about fruit and transport.

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#2661247 - 02/02/15 06:18 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: misterdregs]
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Originally Posted By: misterdregs
I recall some of that early teen adolescent unease when I realized Elton John was gay and all of those songs that I loved to play weren't romantic in the way I had thought they were.

Not that there's anything wrong with that...


If only the guy that wrote the lyrics were gay, I might have thought so too...

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#2661337 - 02/02/15 10:43 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: J Graul]
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I thought the lyrics to "Precious and Few" went "Precious and few are the moments sweet toucans share..." when I was a kid. If I ever do some kind of beach oriented band, I'm gonna call it Sweet Toucans for that very reason.
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#2661383 - 02/02/15 11:54 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Michael W]
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Originally Posted By: keybdwizrd
Originally Posted By: ill bevans
Originally Posted By: 16251
"No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on"
?? Isn't that the correct lyric?
Yes, I believe so.

You know, I still don't get what it means. I understand the literal meaning, but if it implies something else, that eludes me. As for the literal meaning, it paints an amusing image, but Steely Dan lyrics usually go a bit deeper than that. Maybe not in this case.
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#2661385 - 02/02/15 11:57 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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I was little and had no idea what story of Last Train to Clarksville was. I just thought it was another happy go lucky Monkees tune with fast perky beat. It kind of reminded me of Paperback Writer.



Edited by CEB (02/02/15 11:58 AM)
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#2661411 - 02/02/15 12:38 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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Originally Posted By: floyd tatum
You know, I still don't get what it means. I understand the literal meaning, but if it implies something else, that eludes me. As for the literal meaning, it paints an amusing image, but Steely Dan lyrics usually go a bit deeper than that. Maybe not in this case.
I was always under the impression it was about condoms....
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#2661419 - 02/02/15 12:54 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: kanker.]
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Originally Posted By: kanker.
Originally Posted By: floyd tatum
You know, I still don't get what it means. I understand the literal meaning, but if it implies something else, that eludes me. As for the literal meaning, it paints an amusing image, but Steely Dan lyrics usually go a bit deeper than that. Maybe not in this case.
I was always under the impression it was about condoms....

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"I wanna be your holy man" is a reference to missionary.

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#2661423 - 02/02/15 01:01 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: kanker.]
Floyd Tatum Offline
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Originally Posted By: kanker.
Originally Posted By: floyd tatum
You know, I still don't get what it means. I understand the literal meaning, but if it implies something else, that eludes me. As for the literal meaning, it paints an amusing image, but Steely Dan lyrics usually go a bit deeper than that. Maybe not in this case.
I was always under the impression it was about condoms....
Ok, that works. I've thought that before, but always thought, no, that couldn't be it, for some reason. But I guess it is
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#2661429 - 02/02/15 01:20 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Marzzz]
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Originally Posted By: Marzzz
Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" I always thought she was singing one-winged dove instead of white-winged dove.


Wow... To this day I thought it was "one-winged dove". smile
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#2661431 - 02/02/15 01:23 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Sundown]
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"Keep me searchin' for an artichoke..."

Neil Young's "Heart of Gold"...
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#2661433 - 02/02/15 01:28 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Sundown]
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It took me forever to figure out what Phil Collins was saying in "Against All Odds"...

"You're the only one, who really knew me at all..."

The way he says "really" is hard to heard on a bad sound system.
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#2661437 - 02/02/15 01:33 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Sundown]
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"D'yer Mak'er" song by LED ZEPPELIN.
It was the "Oh, Oh, Oh" song to me cause I didn't know WTH "D'yer Mak'er" was or how to say it.
I guess British slang for Jamaica.

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#2661468 - 02/02/15 02:44 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: bgregg]
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In The Spinners song "Games People Play", the singer says "12:45" as in the time but I've heard people sing it as Colt 45. laugh cool
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