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#2660633 - 01/31/15 09:06 AM OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth
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Have you ever thought back to what you thought songs were about when you were a kid, only to chuckle as an adult? Now that we have the internet, it's a lot easier to find the meanings of songs. I just googled one that gave me a chuckle.

When 99 by Toto came out in '79, I was 8 years only and regularly watched "Get Smart" on TV. So I naturally assumed it was a love song to Agent 99 on Get Smart. Well, I just happened to think back on that and realize how silly that would have been. So I googled the song meaning. CLONK


Anybody have any other examples they'd care to admit?
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#2660666 - 01/31/15 09:51 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: J. Dan]
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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I always thought it was about LSD wink

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#2660668 - 01/31/15 09:59 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bill H.]
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I always thought that Boy George was singing about becoming a comedian.

"Be-come-a come-a come-a come-a come-a-com-edian...."

I am totally serious.
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#2660687 - 01/31/15 10:31 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Michael W]
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#2660698 - 01/31/15 10:48 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: J. Dan]
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I didn't get "Lola" in my innocent youth.
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#2660709 - 01/31/15 11:04 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: mate stubb]
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Okay, I'll take the low-hanging fruit, only because it's true: Puff the Magic Dragon.

Another one was "Brand New Key" by Melanie. I was nine years old....
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#2660722 - 01/31/15 11:25 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Moonglow]
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The priceless part is how I learned I was wrong. My brother told me about an interview he saw with Neil Finn about how he had the same misunderstanding. I then had to swallow my pride and ask him "Uh, yeah, well what does he really say?" So much for being the music expert in the family.
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#2660725 - 01/31/15 11:27 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bill H.]
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Originally Posted By: Bill H.
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I always thought it was about LSD wink


roll we have a nr. 1 in category sense of humor ..
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#2660729 - 01/31/15 11:41 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: J. Dan]
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Regarding the topic, I understood "No woman, no cry" by Bob Marley when I was young in the "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" way .. better stay away cool
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#2660740 - 01/31/15 12:17 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: dreamer65]
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Favorite one ever:(chorus of kids) Nyah-nahnahnah-Nyah. Couldn't understand a word of it on our old family console.
James Brown: Say it Loud! (Chorus)I'm black and I'm proud!
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#2660786 - 01/31/15 03:30 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: zukskywalker]
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Lush Life - jazz standard from Billy Strayhorn. I played it as an instrumental and thought it was about "living the good life". Then, I heard a vocal recording and realized it's about an alcoholics lament. Never knew the word "lush" was about drunkards.

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#2660787 - 01/31/15 03:35 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: moj]
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Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" I always thought she was singing one-winged dove instead of white-winged dove.

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#2660793 - 01/31/15 03:53 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Marzzz]
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"Jeremiah was a bullfrog" . . .

Hmmm - nope - still don't get it.
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#2660794 - 01/31/15 03:56 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: rickp]
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I always thought they were singing "I believe I'm loco" vs. "I believe in miracles... since I met you" in Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing".


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#2660796 - 01/31/15 03:59 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Marzzz]
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For a long time, I thought Eric Clapton's "Forever Man" was "Four-Level Man".

When I was very young, my grade school chorus sang a very puzzling song; I thought it quite ghastly, and called it the 'body' song':
'My body lies over the ocean; my body lies over the sea.
My body lies over the ocean, oh bring back my body to me.
Bring back, bring back, etc..'

My sister finally explained to me that it was 'Bonnie', not 'body' blush .
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#2660798 - 01/31/15 04:10 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bill H.]
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Originally Posted By: Bill H.
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I always thought it was about LSD wink


I thought everybody thought that it was about LSD. idk
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#2660799 - 01/31/15 04:11 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: allan_evett]
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Although I knew, at the time, I recall people singing along with Peter Gabriel. She's so popular. hitt
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#2660800 - 01/31/15 04:14 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Moonglow]
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Originally Posted By: Moonglow
Okay, I'll take the low-hanging fruit, only because it's true: Puff the Magic Dragon.

Another one was "Brand New Key" by Melanie. I was nine years old....

I'm with you on both of these, Moonglow.
I actually had to read Wikipedia on "Brand New Key". According to that source, Melanie dosen't confirm any innuendo about sex in her lyrics.
However she doesn't deny it either. laugh
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#2660806 - 01/31/15 04:52 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: davedoerfler]
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My parents told me of a friend they had who—during his childhood—thought the hymn "Gladly the Cross I'd Bear" was "Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear."

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#2660807 - 01/31/15 04:53 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: davedoerfler]
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Just figured this one out...it's pretty embarrassing:

Heard about a song from Joni Mitchell that I wasn't aware of, called Centerpiece. Big JM fan...so off to YouTube to check it out.

Hey, I know that song well....but I always heard it as "centipede". Pretty lame, given I have The Hissing of Summer Lawns on vinyl AND 8 track (seriously...just nothing to play the tape on)
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#2660813 - 01/31/15 05:13 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Daddyg3042]
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OK, now that we're getting into churchy stuff, when I was a kid, I thought it was "with the jellied toast proclaim" :-). Nobody had told me yet about the Heavenly Host.

Luckily, my grandmother had a great sense of humor, as did other family members, so they always asked me to sing it each Christmas. I thought their laughing just meant they thought I was cute. It wasn't until years later that I learned the REAL lyrics.
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#2660836 - 01/31/15 07:37 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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I was REALLY young, and had not yet studied furniture making, so thought The Beatles' Glass Onion had a drug reference: "trying to make a dove tale joint, yeah".
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#2660842 - 01/31/15 08:27 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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"No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on"
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#2660845 - 01/31/15 08:39 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: 16251]
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Some funny stuff in this thread! roll

As recently as a few years ago I talked to a woman who'd always heard the Kentucky Headhunters' "Dumas Walker" as "Let's all go down to do Miss Walker..." crazy
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#2660846 - 01/31/15 08:43 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bucktunes]
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Also, FYI there are tons of hilarious misheard lyrics on this site. cool
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#2660847 - 01/31/15 08:43 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bucktunes]
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#2660850 - 01/31/15 08:53 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: SeaGtGruff]
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OK, I'll confess. I always thought in Hot Chocolate's "I Believe in Miracles" he was singing "I Believe in Urkel".




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#2660852 - 01/31/15 09:06 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: mate stubb]
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Originally Posted By: mate stubb
I didn't get "Lola" in my innocent youth.


I have to admit I never actually understood what this song was about until fairly recently, like a couple years ago. I was well familiar with the tune, but for whatever reason I never really paid much attention to the lyrics until it randomly came up in a conversation with my father.

Also "Secret Asian Man." Why would somebody write a song about an elusive Asian man who leads a life of danger? I don't know, I was a kid. I wasn't trying to make sense of it. That guitar lick sounded pretty Asian to my young, uninformed ears too, which only seemed to confirm it in my mind.

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#2660857 - 01/31/15 09:36 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Bridog6996]
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#2660874 - 02/01/15 12:59 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: kanker.]
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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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Johnny Rivers Secret Agent Man, I thought for many years was Secret Asian Man...Doh!

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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.

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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
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"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.



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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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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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#2661423 - 02/02/15 01:01 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....
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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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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#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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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.


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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".


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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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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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"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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#2957011 - 11/08/18 08:20 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: cphollis]
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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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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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#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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#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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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
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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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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"

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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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#2957144 - 11/09/18 03:39 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MotiDave]
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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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#2957160 - 11/09/18 08:59 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Sven Golly]
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I always felt sorry for Six. Why the hell did the first five numbers not have to work too?


hey, at least you got to hear it on the radio. XTC didn't get much airplay in the USA IIRC.
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#2957181 - 11/10/18 04:54 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: Sven Golly
I always felt sorry for Six. Why the hell did the first five numbers not have to work too?


hey, at least you got to hear it on the radio. XTC didn't get much airplay in the USA IIRC.
I think they got something where I was, it might have been MTV. I know I heard a few tunes from them back then.
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#2957194 - 11/10/18 06:50 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: MuzikTeechur]
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"Big ol' Jed in a lighthouse, don't carry me too far away..."


First time I heard that song I thought it was "Big old jail near the lighthouse."
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#2957248 - 11/10/18 11:59 AM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Synthoid]
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I had a hard time with parts of American Pie -- like...

"Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jestice stole his corny crown
The courtroom a germ
No, heard it was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The court that practiced in the park
And we sang 'judge is in the dark'
The day the music died

And it’s Fall on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
..."

I couldn't figure out what he was singing about (granted, my radio back then wasn't too great). Funny thing, though, after I learned all the correct lyrics, I still didn't know what he was singing about -- until much later when someone wrote a piece that explained it all.
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#2957249 - 11/10/18 12:06 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Math&Music]
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Of course, there were other songs where I had a heck of a time trying to figure out the lyrics, and eventually learned that they were even more impossible than I thought. For example,
https://genius.com/The-doors-roadhouse-blues-lyrics currently has for Roadhouse Blues:
"You got to beep a gunk a chucha
Honk konk konk
You got to each you puna
Each you bop a luba
Each you all bump a kechonk
Ease sum konk"
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#2957251 - 11/10/18 12:18 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: Math&Music]
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When I have time, I'll try to remember and write down what I used to sing in REM's "End of the World as we Know It". I know the words now, so it may be hard to remember what I used to sing. But in those days there was no internet so I had to just pick them up off the recording. I resorted to phonetically writing down the syllables as I heard them and learning it that way - it made no sense whatsoever, but nobody ever noticed or called me out on it. Once I had access to the real words, some of them made me laugh and others I realized I was basically singing without knowing it.

Then there were others that I thought I was most likely singing wrong that ended up being correct! Like They Might Be Giants' "Don't Let's Start":

Singing Deputy dog dogga ding dang depa depa deputy dog dogga ding dang depa depa D world destruction over and overture N do I need apostrophe T means it's torture.

I thought most of that was jibberish until I saw the lyrics, and punctuation makes a big difference. DON'T:

D = World Destruction
(O = )Over and Overture
N = Do I Need?
'T means it's Torture


Edited by J. Dan (11/10/18 12:25 PM)
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#2957252 - 11/10/18 12:21 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: J. Dan]
jpkeys Offline
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As a kid when the Rascals' Groovin' was a hit, thought the line was "life would be esctasy, you and me and Leslie".

(you and me endlessly)
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#2957288 - 11/10/18 04:28 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: jpkeys]
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When I first became aware of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a kid, I wondered why Mom was bursting in the air.
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#2957315 - 11/10/18 09:51 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: David Emm]
Quai34 Offline
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And you are English native, imagine if you are French...!!!! But even in French, I really don't hear that much about lyrics, I Have the score scrolling in front of my eyes so, I know the notes, I Hear the notes but a lot of time, I can barely understand the lyrics....My daughter tells ne that I'm stupid because the lyrics are the most important in a song....
Ok, I know a lot of Beatles songs and Pink Floyd songs as well...They were in the cover and I was learning English at that age and was relying on English songs to improve...
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#2957318 - 11/10/18 10:29 PM Re: OT: songs you misunderstood in your youth [Re: roygBiv]
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Party ovaries, out of time..."

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