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#2661513 - 02/02/15 04:28 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: ProfD]
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One that I didn't understand as kid was Arlo Guthrie's "Coming into Los Angeles"... "bringing in a couple of keys". Always thought he was talking about car/house keys.

In the other category, there was "Walking in a Lake" by the Missing Persons. "Nobody walks in a lake"... still makes sense to me... smile

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#2661713 - 02/03/15 08:12 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: slg1013]
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#2661740 - 02/03/15 09:17 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: ProfD]
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Originally Posted By: ProfD
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

That's the Suge Knight remake.
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#2661844 - 02/03/15 01:53 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: ProfD]
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Actually, Bernie Taupin wrote most of EJ's lyrics so they indeed are about women. EJ didn't mind. And why would he? It's hard not to enjoy singing about love, after all. He just assumed people knew.


Edited by Mark Schmieder (02/03/15 01:55 PM)
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#2661846 - 02/03/15 01:56 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I never knew "D'yer Mak'er" by LZ was meant to be a phonetic version of a particular pronunciation of Jamaica! I always thought it was about mutual sexual pleasure: "do" your "maker".


Edited by Mark Schmieder (02/03/15 01:56 PM)
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#2661947 - 02/03/15 07:07 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
I never knew "D'yer Mak'er" by LZ was meant to be a phonetic version of a particular pronunciation of Jamaica! I always thought it was about mutual sexual pleasure: "do" your "maker".

It was that, too. The "Oh, Oh, Oh, Oooh.." smile

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#2662242 - 02/04/15 01:27 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: moj]
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"the algebra has a devil in a sidecar for me...."

"big old Jed in a lighthouse, don't carry me too far away..."

As far as tumbling to song meanings later in life, although I knew what "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" was about, I gave some thought to the title sometime later and got the meaning of "I can see paradise by the dashboard light."
Kind of like when Jake Blues said "Honey when you bend back I can see Christmas; when you bend over I'm looking straight into the New Year!" or something to that effect.
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#2662257 - 02/04/15 01:50 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MuzikTeechur]
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I got majorly confused on the Doobie Brothers "Black Water" as a kid. "I like to hear some funky dixieland pretty mamma come and take me by the hand." I thought he was singing "I like to hear some funky dixie lampren mamma come and take me by the hand". I asked my parents, "what's a lampren?" Always wondered why they gave me that strange look.

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#2663123 - 02/06/15 10:31 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: scales]
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Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard... "went down to see the coroner".

Yep, I thought it was about a southern lynching and a white boy going down to give witness to what he saw go down...
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#2956997 - 11/08/18 05:55 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Zombie thread alert. Sorry, had to resurrect.

Most of these examples are BI -- Before Internet. These days, you can find perfectly captured lyrics (although not chords!) and check out Urban Dictionary for those obscure cultural references you might have missed along the way.

For whatever reason, I was always clued into the drug/sex/gender references in songs when growing up in the 60s and 70s.

Must have been that I grew up a bit south of San Francisco, and I was surrounded by plenty of counterculturalists willing to enthusiastically share their interpretation of lyrics. And hand me a joint in the process at a tender age.

Including playing certain records backwards looking for deep hidden meanings, that was a thing. Turn Me On Dead Men.

Shamefully, it was only a few years ago that someone clued me in to what Steely Dan referred to. I just thought it was super-cool band name. Oh well.

I fear that in AI (After Internet) the fun of subtle innuendo in music might be lost.
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#2957003 - 11/08/18 06:07 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: StanC]
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Originally Posted By: StanC
"there's a bathroom on the right. . . ." (Bad Moon Rising)


I just recently read that this is so misunderstood, Fogarty sometimes sings it live for fun.

For the longest time I thought Louis Armstrong, in ‘What a Wonderful World’, was singing ‘...and the dogs say goodnight’ instead of “...and the dark, sacred night”. It STILL sounds like it to me.
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#2957004 - 11/08/18 06:31 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Synthaholic]
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I thought it was "one toe" when I was a kid.

"Awaitin' for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line…"
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#2957007 - 11/08/18 06:51 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Michael Wright]
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Tarkus.
But I kept listening anyways.
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#2957011 - 11/08/18 08:20 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: cphollis]
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Originally Posted By: cphollis
Most of these examples are BI -- Before Internet. These days, you can find perfectly captured lyrics

Not necessarily ... i've seen some laughably butchered lyrics on some of the lyrics sites.

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#2957028 - 11/09/18 04:36 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: scales]
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Originally Posted By: scales
I got majorly confused on the Doobie Brothers "Black Water" as a kid. "I like to hear some funky dixieland pretty mamma come and take me by the hand." I thought he was singing "I like to hear some funky dixie lampren mamma come and take me by the hand".


The first time I heard the Doobies sing "Listen to the Music," I thought he was saying "Talked of feeling girly, day by day."
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#2957039 - 11/09/18 05:20 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Synthoid]
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The milk is sitting; the milk is sitting on the bathroom floor. (We built this city on rock and roll).

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#2957040 - 11/09/18 05:50 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: SteinwayB]
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#2957052 - 11/09/18 06:32 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: CountFosco]
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Aw shucks - leave it downtown, Mrs. Geary. (Voices Carry)
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#2957059 - 11/09/18 07:07 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: JimboKeys]
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Why why why did you have to resurrect this thread....

It's taken me 3 years to get the Melanie skate key earworm out of my head.....

and now it's back...

hitt

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#2957060 - 11/09/18 07:26 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: 16251]
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Originally Posted By: 16251


Yes!

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#2957061 - 11/09/18 07:26 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: cedar]
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#2957062 - 11/09/18 07:43 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: cphollis]
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Raised on Robbery -- Joni Mitchell

He was sitting in the lounge of the Empire Hotel
He was drinking for diversion
He was thinking for himself
A little money riding on the Maple Leafs
Along comes a lady in lacy sleeves
She says let me sit down
You know, drinkin' alone's a shame (It's a shame it's a crying shame)
Look at those jokers
Losin' that damn hockey game

For several decades I thought that this was just another Western Canadian taking a gratuitous cheap shot at Toronto facepalm

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#2957063 - 11/09/18 07:48 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Phil Aiken]
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Originally Posted By: Synthaholic
For the longest time I thought Louis Armstrong, in ‘What a Wonderful World’, was singing ‘...and the dogs say goodnight’ instead of “...and the dark, sacred night”. It STILL sounds like it to me.

Wow, I had no idea... there's my learned something new today moment. I thought it was "dogs say good night" too.

Mine is No Doubts' song Spiderwebs.

And it's all your fault
I screen my phone calls
No matter who calls
I gotta screen my phone calls


I thought Gwen Stefani was saying "I scream my balls off"... wow, that's odd since she's a girl, but then maybe that's the point... I dunno?!!? My friends had a good laugh about it.
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#2957065 - 11/09/18 07:53 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bucktunes]
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"I'm a creep. I'm a willow."

or Michael Jackson singing about working on a ranch. ...

"Come on, dig a post hole. Don't stop 'til you dig enough.
Come on, dig a post hole. Don't stop 'til you dig enough."
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#2957100 - 11/09/18 10:04 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: RABid]
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"the algebra has a devil in a sidecar...me... for me.. for MEEEEEEEEEEE"

"Big ol' Jed in a lighthouse, don't carry me too far away..."
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#2957125 - 11/09/18 12:34 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MuzikTeechur]
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When i was a kid, I thought Jackson Browne's "Rosie" was about a girl.
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#2957142 - 11/09/18 03:09 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MotiDave]
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Edited by Devil71 (11/09/18 03:10 PM)

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#2957144 - 11/09/18 03:39 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MotiDave]
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Originally Posted By: MotiDave
When i was a kid, I thought Jackson Browne's "Rosie" was about a girl.


In fact, it's about how you really want to be the drummer ;-)

I always heard the line near the start of Life During Wartime as "Heard about some great sex out by the highway..." and pictured a roadhouse brothel in the post-apocalyptic world the song was obviously set in.

The Fez makes perfect sense as a duet for Akbar and Jeff.

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#2957150 - 11/09/18 05:08 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Zalman Stern]
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"Senses Working Overtime" by XTC.

Hearing it on the radio, before I knew what the title was, I was singing along:

"I've got one, two, three, four five.
Six is working overtime"

I always felt sorry for Six. Why the hell did the first five numbers not have to work too?

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#2957156 - 11/09/18 06:43 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Sven Golly]
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