Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lyrical Dyslexia

We all have those songs that we sing along to confidently. Then one day, usually in a very public and embarrassing way, we find out we've been singing it WRONG. Here are a few examples, both from our own experience and from our friends'.

Urgent, Urgent or Virgin, Virgin?

Our Lips Are Sealed or Honest, Lucille?

Your Body is a Wonderland or Bounteous Wonderland?

Chuck E's in Love or Truck Gears in Low? (skip to 1:27 - really, who can understand anything she's singing?)

Every Breath You Take- until very recently I always thought it was "I'm a cool, hard/pool hall ace" instead of "My poor heart aches" - please tell me I'm not the only one.

And of course no list would be complete without Manfred Mann's Blinded by the Light (self-explanatory)

And then there was the time I went to a Crosby, Stills, Nash concert and thought this song

was going to be this song

I really got those lyrics wrong - and wow, was it ever public and embarrassing.

How about you? Have you had any Lyrical Dyslexia?


Kristina P. said...

I consistently do this with Kenny G songs.

b. said...

Oh, Kristina.... ;)

I still have no idea which feminine hygiene product they are pushing in Blinded by the light.

Mrs. Organic said...

b - where they are singing "revved up like deuce, another runner in the night?" and it sounds like
"wrapped up like a dou***, another lover in the night"

It could totally go either way, ergo it must be intentional.

Mrs. Organic said...

Wait there's lyric in Kenny G songs?

Anonymous said...

There are no lyrics in Kenny G. songs. So it takes particular talent to misunderstand them.

I remember once seeing a book that collected these kinds of misunderstood lyrics. I bet there's a website now that does that. (In fact I may have seen such a thing, but my internet memory is short.)

As a kid I parsed the chorus to Down in the Valley as "Angels in heaven? No, I love you," but I always thought it was a dumb lyric. I was kind of relieved when as an adult I finally figured out it was "know I love you."

Anonymous said...

Ah. My internet memory is short, but my Google skills are high:


(I think the book I once saw was *also* called Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy.)

Mrs. Organic said...

I just had fun spending too much time on that site.

Millie said...

The "douche"-sounding word is actually "deuce." Yeah, that was REALLY obvious, MMEB. I think they wanted to see if they could get away with the word "douche" on the radio.

My sister used to have this happen on a constant basis. My favorite is from Beauty and the Beast.
"I need success (six eggs)!"
"That's too expensive."

andrea said...

Too funny!

I'm a cool pool hall hard ace?! Really? ;)

Alisha said...

i shouldn't even say this, but i'm a nazi about looking up the lyrics to make sure i'm singing 'em right. but the funny part is that dh doesn't even bother listening to the lyrics so he usually just hums along.

the best goof-up was when he thought he'd heard a really great love song (the sound is lovely) but the lyrics were the opposite. so here he is, playing the song for me and even asked me to dance with him (in the front room) and lo and behold it's the opposite of a love song. :) do i even tell him?

check it out on playlist: Bare Naked Ladies, "Break Your Heart". Too Funny.

Mrs. Organic said...

alisha - I love it!

Emma J said...

Is anyone else old enough to remember "dirty deeds done dirt cheap?" Except I thought it was "dirty jeans and dungarees"

I was so bugged by this song - Why are they singing about laundry?!?

Mrs. Organic said...

Emma- I do remember that song, but not dungaress. ;)

carrie said...

In the Madness version of our house. I thought they were singing Mom sees them off with a slow kiss (ewww) instead of small kiss.