It is my blog time again. Not moving too far from what I have blogged in the past regarding my grandchildren, I am keeping it in the family. Today, I am going to share a tidbit about myself.
I LOVE listening to music. I find comfort in the sounds, the melodies, and instruments used, but really enjoy the lyrics and the stories told.
I have an abundance of song lyrics memorized to a wide variety of tunes. There are a lot of lyrics that have special meanings that conjures up memories of a time or place or event. This is not unique to me; we all experience those moments when a song starts.
Over and over, I sing along, word for word…. or though I thought! Let me give you a couple examples.
I was late in arriving to listening to AC/DC. I found them of value when I wanted some upbeat music to listen to while working out. “Thunderstruck” is quite motivating. I began listening to AC/DC a little more. I had listened to their song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” several times. It was not until I came across the written lyrics, that I realized I had missed a couple words.
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC
The refrain is “Dirty deeds done dirt cheap”, but I heard “Dirty deeds and the Dunder Chief.” That is what I head. I knew what the song was about, and I even knew the title of the song. BUT I heard “Dirty deeds and the Dunder Chief.”
If I had been that wrong with an AC/DC song, what other songs could I have been mis-lyricing? Probably plenty. Was I the only one that thought Dunder Chief was the lyric? It turns out, I am not. In polling several others, they shared a similar Dunder Chief experience with this popular song. How could others have had such a similar version of a song, when the lyrics are in the title, but be so misguided by what they heard?
When you listen to a lot of music, this type of thing must happen all the time. My wife shared with me that she and some friends came to Indianapolis for an Eagles concert in high school. The question was asked, “What is your favorite Eagles song?” “Hotel California”, “Desperado”, “Flies in the Vaseline”? Yep, someone thought “Life in the Fast Lane” was “Flies in the Vaseline”. Makes Dunder Chief sound mild.
I have since found other songs that I had the lyrics a bit off the mark, but this old dog is not in the mood to be lyrically correct after all these years. Besides, that is the way I heard the song, and why take that away from the experience.
Here are a handful of other lyrical mistakes people have shared and how subtle they are, me included:
'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen
What people thought: “Saving his life from this warm sausage tea”
What the lyrics are: “Spare him his life from this monstrosity”
'Paradise City' by Guns N’ Roses
What people thought: “Take me down to a very nice city”
What the lyrics are: “Take me down to the Paradise City”
'Livin’ on a Prayer' by Bon Jovi
What people thought: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
What the lyrics are: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”
'Purple Haze' by Jimi Hendrix
What people thought:"'Scuse me while I kiss this guy,"
What the lyrics are: "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky,"
“Don't Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra
What people thought: "Don't bring me down, Bruce."
What the lyrics are: "Don't bring me down, groose."
“Helen Wheels” by Paul McCartney and Wings
What people thought: “Hell on, hell on wheels”
What the lyrics are: “Helen, Helen Wheels”
“Africa” by Toto
What people thought: "I miss the rains down in Africa."
What the lyrics are: "I bless the rains down in Africa."
'Blinded by the Light' by Bruce Springsteen
What people thought: “Wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night.”
What the lyrics are: “Revved up like a Deuce, another runner in the night.”
“Money for Nothin’” by Dire Straits
What people thought: “Money for nothin’ and your chips for free.”
What the lyrics are: “Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free.”
“Down Under” by Men at Work
What people thought: “He just smiled and gave me a bite of my sandwich.”
What the lyrics are: “He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich.”
It is easy to chuckle at some of the things people sing, but that is just the way they heard it. I bet some folks were laughing at me!
So, think back on some lyrics you might have thought you knew, but they seem odd now that you sing them. Just keep singing!
Dirty deeds and the Dunder Chief…
Jeff, this brought back memories of, before the internet, resetting the needle on the record over and over again--did they really say that? In a song? Great memories, thanks!