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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:11 pm

Anyone got any favourite mondegreens? Preferably your own misconceptions.

I only ask now because:

a) I'm bored
b) The Stone Roses are on the radio with their hit "I Wanna Be A Door"
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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:30 pm

One that I always sing wrong is from The Beatles' 'Across the Universe'. I sing "Jackaroo Dave" when it should be "Jai Guru Deva".

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:34 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:One that I always sing wrong is from The Beatles' 'Across the Universe'. I sing "Jackaroo Dave" when it should be "Jai Guru Deva".
That lyric is one I always fudge with a vague succession of vowel sounds when I sing it. A long (and unconsidered) mystery solved!
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Post by Jon Corby » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:50 pm

We did this thread on f365 once, and someone said their girlfriend thought U2 sang about "Shamu, The Mysterious Whale", although Googling that now returns a shitload of hits, fan pages, entire parody songs, etc. which it seems unlikely spawned from that thread. So they were probably lying.

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Re: Mondegreens

Post by David Williams » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:10 pm

Once had a book called "The ants are my friends". Unlike so many, it actually makes sense.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:29 pm

Blur, Song Two. I used to think he'd had his hair cut by Ed Jamojie, rather than a jumbo jet. True.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:40 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:Blur, Song Two. I used to think he'd had his hair cut by Ed Jamojie, rather than a jumbo jet. True.
Mental, I had no idea that's what it was. I thought it was "H M Bowchay", and had always assumed that was some famous hairdresser (like Vidal Sassoon).

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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:53 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Blur, Song Two. I used to think he'd had his hair cut by Ed Jamojie, rather than a jumbo jet. True.
Mental, I had no idea that's what it was. I thought it was "H M Bowchay", and had always assumed that was some famous hairdresser (like Vidal Sassoon).
Isn't it "head checked by a jumbo jet"? (I remember spending hours listening to that when it first came out, trying to figure out the lyrics. Was quite surprised when I just Googled it and I was actually right, although I was wrong about the most of the rest of the song.)

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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:03 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Blur, Song Two. I used to think he'd had his hair cut by Ed Jamojie, rather than a jumbo jet. True.
Mental, I had no idea that's what it was. I thought it was "H M Bowchay", and had always assumed that was some famous hairdresser (like Vidal Sassoon).
Yeah I never knew the proper lyrics to this until about a year ago and I sang something about "aitch and bone checked" I didn't ever really think about it being a hairdresser since the first line is "I got my head checked". So "I got my head checked/My aitch and bone checked" made reasonable sense for a bit.

One that I still aren't convinced by is Q Lazzarus' 'Goodbye Horses' (probably most famous as being that song that's played in Silence of the Lambs). I never know if it's "flying" "lying", "dying", or "crying" over you. So I just sing whichever one I feel like at the time.

And another one that I thought I must be mishearing was "hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque" from Prefab Sprout's 'King of Rock and Roll'. When I looked it up and realised it was indeed saying that my mind was blown.

Edit: Yeah Charlie pointed it out to you numskulls that it's "head checked". It doesn't even sound like haircut.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:22 pm

I wasn't doing it off listening, obviously, it was just from vague memory. I thought about checking it before I posted because this forum is full of fiddly ginger bastards, but I didn't. Never again.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:26 pm

O rite. I thought it was 'head shaved', not 'hair cut', what sort of retard think it sounded like 'hair cut'?

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:46 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:O rite. I thought it was 'head shaved', not 'hair cut', what sort of retard think it sounded like 'hair cut'?
I'm with you here, although 'head checked' was my other option. I think half the problem is that it makes bollocks-all sense.
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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:50 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:I wasn't doing it off listening, obviously, it was just from vague memory. I thought about checking it before I posted because this forum is full of fiddly ginger bastards, but I didn't. Never again.
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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:13 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:One that I still aren't convinced by is Q Lazzarus' 'Goodbye Horses' (probably most famous as being that song that's played in Silence of the Lambs). I never know if it's "flying" "lying", "dying", or "crying" over you. So I just sing whichever one I feel like at the time.
Oh good work, I never bothered to find out what that song was. So creepy.

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:30 pm

In Radiohead's fake plastic trees I thought she used to do surgery for the girls in the A Team.

Billy Connolly used to tell the story about the woman he knew who thought there was a teddy bear called Gladly in heaven with an eye problem cause they would sing in church "Gladly, the Cross I'd Bear".

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:32 pm

In Everything in its Right Place (the best song ever) I thought he was singing 'Yesterday I woke up sucking on my mum' instead of a lemon. Changed the song a bit for me when I found that out.

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:12 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRk9ugM_ ... re=related

There seems to be tons of these reinterpreted lyrics videos on youtube. This is my favourite so far.

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Post by Soph K » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:58 pm

what are mondegreens?
One Direction are my life. <3
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Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:08 pm

Soph K wrote:what are mondegreens?
Do what I did and fricking Google it. You've been told before.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:17 pm

Ryan Taylor wrote:
Soph K wrote:what are mondegreens?
Do what I did and fricking Google it. You've been told before.
Sometimes I think it's reasonable to say it like "What the fuck are mondegreens?" to make a point.

What the fuck are mondegreens?

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:40 pm

Soph K wrote:what are mondegreens?
The last time someone suggested you look things up for yourself you said "I can't be bothered", which only makes you lazy and annoying. The thing that makes you lazy and annoying and also really, really stupid is that it's surely more effort to type "what are mondegreens?" into c4c than it is just to type "mondegreens" into Google. Especially as, having asked the question, you almost certainly won't bother to read any of the replies.

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:01 pm

She doesn't even have to use google. I didn't know what a mondegreen was when I first saw the thread title but as soon as I read the first post I could figure out what it was.

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Post by Brian Moore » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:10 pm

I can only assume SK is now posting ironically, and we've all fallen for it. Time to ignore, methinks, and get on with considering finer philosophical points.

Oh, BTW, from Handel's Messiah "Oh we like sheep". From the Okehampton version, I think. The real words are "All we like sheep have gone astray."

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Post by Ralph Gillions » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:29 pm

Surely if we found everything we need from Google, it would reduce the amount of interraction we have with each other.
No need to converse or chat to discover things - just ask Google, sounds rather dull and eliminates the delight of talking to others. :)

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:21 pm

Ralph Gillions wrote:Surely if we found everything we need from Google, it would reduce the amount of interraction we have with each other.
No need to converse or chat to discover things - just ask Google, sounds rather dull and eliminates the delight of talking to others. :)
I see where you're coming from Ralph but imagine having a conversation with someone and every few minutes that person has to ask what a particular word you have just used means. You would probably get annoyed and tell them to go away and learn some things before they try to engage you in conversation in the future.

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:48 pm

Mark James wrote:
Ralph Gillions wrote:Surely if we found everything we need from Google, it would reduce the amount of interraction we have with each other.
No need to converse or chat to discover things - just ask Google, sounds rather dull and eliminates the delight of talking to others. :)
I see where you're coming from Ralph but imagine having a conversation with someone and every few minutes that person has to ask what a particular word you have just used means. You would probably get annoyed and tell them to go away and learn some things before they try to engage you in conversation in the future.
In fact, let's take it a step further. Imagine having a conversation with someone who knows what you're on about, but a third party keeps interrupting you're conversation to ask what you're on about and then doesn't even listen to the explanation or take advice on how they could figure out what you were on about for themselves.

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Post by Lesley Hines » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:13 pm

Mark James wrote:
Mark James wrote:I see where you're coming from Ralph but imagine having a conversation with someone and every few minutes that person has to ask what a particular word you have just used means. You would probably get annoyed and tell them to go away and learn some things before they try to engage you in conversation in the future.
In fact, let's take it a step further. Imagine having a conversation with someone who knows what you're on about, but a third party keeps interrupting your conversation to ask what you're on about and then doesn't even listen to the explanation or take advice on how they could figure out what you were on about for themselves.
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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:13 pm

Ralph Gillions wrote:Surely if we found everything we need from Google, it would reduce the amount of interraction we have with each other.
No need to converse or chat to discover things - just ask Google, sounds rather dull and eliminates the delight of talking to others. :)
I don't know about you but my conversations tend to be more than just an exchange of factual points that the Internet could answer in five seconds.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:16 pm

Ralph Gillions wrote:Surely if we found everything we need from Google, it would reduce the amount of interraction we have with each other.
No need to converse or chat to discover things - just ask Google, sounds rather dull and eliminates the delight of talking to others. :)
Finding out stuff from Google hasn't made anything more dull for me, and I don't talk to people any less.

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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:05 pm

Lesley Hines wrote: Like
(& FIFY)
Thanks Lesley. By the way, I had no idea what FIFY stood for. Guess what I did? I'll give you a clue. It's starts with a G and ends in oogle.

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Mark James wrote:By the way, I had no idea what FIFY stood for. Guess what I did? I'll give you a clue. It's starts with a G and ends in oogle.
What is a Gandisoogle?

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Post by Lesley Hines » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:04 am

Brian Moore wrote:
Mark James wrote:By the way, I had no idea what FIFY stood for. Guess what I did? I'll give you a clue. It's starts with a G and ends in oogle.
What is a Gandisoogle?
One of the other search engines available (there's more to life than Internet Explorer, you know). This list is not comprehensive, but also includes Safari, Opera, Chrome, Maxthon, AOL, Excite, and Yahoo!

Any other technical advice you need just ask :lol:
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Post by Martin Smith » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:04 pm

I always thought Green Day's song 'Armitage Shanks' had the lyric "I'm a loner in a crowded shopping line", which i still prefer to the real lyric, "I'm a loner in a catastrophic mind"

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Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:16 pm

'New blood joins this world, and quickly he's a dude'

'The soda straw has been pulled for you'

Metallica have more than their fare share of these.

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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:37 am

Ben Wilson wrote:'New blood joins this world, and quickly he's a dude'

'The soda straw has been pulled for you'

Metallica have more than their fare share of these.
Which song's the first one from? Unforgiven?
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Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:09 am

Ian Volante wrote:
Ben Wilson wrote:'New blood joins this world, and quickly he's a dude'

'The soda straw has been pulled for you'

Metallica have more than their fare share of these.
Which song's the first one from? Unforgiven?
Yep.

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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:03 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:
Ben Wilson wrote:'New blood joins this world, and quickly he's a dude'

'The soda straw has been pulled for you'

Metallica have more than their fare share of these.
Which song's the first one from? Unforgiven?
Yep.
Going to have to dig that one out later!

In other news, I wondered for years wtf they were singing about in 'Blinded By The Light': "Wrapped up like a dooshon of a runner in the night", or something. I suppose foreign slang is always going to cause trouble.
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Post by Lesley Hines » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:24 pm

^Kewl - the Black album & G'n'R Appetite for Destruction were my first two rock albums. Much more admissible than my first 45 :lol:

For years I thought the 'warm smell of Carlitos rising up through the air' was a reference to personal hygiene.
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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:21 pm

Lesley Hines wrote:^Kewl - the Black album & G'n'R Appetite for Destruction were my first two rock albums. Much more admissible than my first 45 :lol:

For years I thought the 'warm smell of Carlitos rising up through the air' was a reference to personal hygiene.
Oh, so it's not Doritos!
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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:30 am

Today's mystery:

In the lyrical bridge after the second verse, the lines sound very much like "don't you crank the sky, don't you wee on the pitch". In the vaguely cricket-related content of this song, this sounds sensible, but I'm sure it can't be that!

EDIT: Of course, I'm referring to Dreadlock Holiday (10cc) if that wasn't obvious from your psychic powers.
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Post by Thomas Carey » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:33 am

I always thought in the Amarillo song that it was "Jimmy dreams of Amarillo" and I always got confused about who the hell Jimmy was. When I realisedit was "Dreaming dreams" then it made a lot more sense.
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Where can you weigh a pie?

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:56 am

Queen's Headlong: "Now you've got soup in the laundry bag".
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Post by Mark James » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:08 pm

I thought the line "you know I like to keep my cheeks dry today" in Blind Melon's no rain was "you know I like to keep my cheating strategy". Also in the Clash's Rock the Casbah I used to think Sharlene didn't like it.

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Post by Liam Tiernan » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:56 pm

Looked up this song because I'd believed for years that the line "Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow" couldn't possibly be right and this was a good example of a mondegreen. Turns out I'd actually got it right for once. One that I did get wrong was the line "now my poor heart breaks" from "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, which I always heard as " I'm a pool-hall ace" (yes, I know it makes no sense). A famous mondegreen of theirs was " So Lonely", which a lot of people thought was actually Sue Lawley.

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Post by Lesley Hines » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:23 pm

Mark James wrote:Also in the Clash's Rock the Casbah I used to think Sharlene didn't like it.
:o Then what should it be? :oops:
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Post by Kai Laddiman » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:28 pm

Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams: "When the city sleeps, and I'm the only one and I wore cologne"
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Post by Ryan Taylor » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:35 pm

Kai Laddiman wrote:Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams: "When the city sleeps, and I'm the only one and I wore cologne"
Haha that's a good one, made me giggle. You didn't actually think that was right though? :(

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Post by Bob De Caux » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:52 pm

Nice one Kai. I always found this one doubly confusing, because I used to think that What's My Age Again by Blink 182 went "I walk alone, to get the feeling right", when that actually is "I wore cologne"!

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:09 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:I used to think that What's My Age Again by Blink 182 went "I walk alone, to get the feeling right", when that actually is "I wore cologne"!
Seriously, is it? I've always thought it was "walk alone"! I'm going to have to think of some others, I constantly mishear lyrics. I think my brain just fills in the blanks with any old shit. I used to think that the robot voice bit in 'Intergalactic' by the Beastie Boys was saying "Intergalactic, kill the children, kill the children, intergalactic" but I listened to it again the other day and couldn't understand why I thought so in the first place, it sounds nothing like that :?

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Post by Bob De Caux » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:19 pm

I think so, Jim! Makes more sense in the context of the song.

For some reason, I always thought Freddie Mercury sang "I don't have no time for no-one, kick his ass" in Living on my Own.

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Post by Lesley Hines » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:58 pm

Kai Laddiman wrote:Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams: "When the city sleeps, and I'm the only one and I wore cologne"
Posh boys - it's aftershave in our house :lol: Still, relevant:My favourite mash-up :)

I googled the Rock the Casbah lyrics and no-one seems to be able to agree on it - I think "Sharif"'s the best interpretation, rather than "Sharia", but it sure ain't Sharlene :oops: :lol:
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Post by JimBentley » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:53 pm

Cos you're my Number 1
I'm like a dog to get you
I want it up the bum
I'm like a dog to get you

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Post by John Gillies » Sun May 01, 2011 6:26 am

Mark James wrote:Also in the Clash's Rock the Casbah I used to think Sharlene didn't like it.
Me too. Seems we're not alone. Which reminds me of the first time I heard The Clash doing "White Riot" on the John Peel show when I was about 16. I remember thinking, "Wow, great song. Some of this new punk stuff's awesome." Alas, before too long they became even more boring than the bands punk was supposed to replace, culminating in the truly dire 'Sandinista', which is far worse than the much loathed (by punks at the time) 'Tales of Topographic Oceans' etc IMO.

Anyway, Bohemian Rhapsody came up on my iPod today, and there's a line which has always sounded to me like, "Spare him his life from his pork sausages".
Just googled it and apparently it's, "Spare him his life from this monstrosity" :!: :oops:

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sun May 08, 2011 11:08 pm

I find "raking the lawn" for Judas Priest's "breaking the law" to be impossible to unhear.

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Post by Ian Volante » Mon May 09, 2011 8:57 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:I find "raking the lawn" for Judas Priest's "breaking the law" to be impossible to unhear.
Ha! Now you've broken it for me too.
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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Mark James » Thu May 12, 2011 4:23 pm

On Eiffel 65's Blue it sounds like he's saying "I'm blue, I'm in need of a diet, I'm in need of a guy, I'm in need of a diet".

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Post by Mark James » Fri May 13, 2011 3:16 pm

It wasn't quite a misheard lyric more of a reinterpretation but there was an ad on Irish radio for a band's up coming gig sung to the tune of Motorhead's "The Ace of Spades" telling us the gig would be on on the "8th of May". Made me laugh anyway.

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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Jon Corby » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:29 pm

I thought Alex Winston was singing "but you don't breed, so you can leave" in the song "Velvet Elvis". I figured she was singing about being paranoid that her fella didn't want to commit. Unfortunately, on checking the lyrics and trying to find out what the term "Velvet Elvis" meant and where it originated, it seems it's simply a painting of Elvis on Velvet, and she's actually singing "you don't breathe, so you can't leave", and all the lyrics just seem quite literal now. Disappointing, as I thought my lyrics and meaning were better. Have you ever found out the real lyrics to songs and thought your misinterpretations were better? I wonder how people who actually write songs decide when to draw the line and say "that's it, I'm not tinkering with that anymore" - surely they must constantly think of improvements?

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Re: Mondegreens

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:43 pm

Just had SOAD's Darts pop up on shuffle and it reminded me how I thought for quite a while it said "Life threatening lifestyles: a hitman, a nun, florist."


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