Tuesday, January 5, 2010

You Must Have Misheard Me...and My Dad.

So when I read that Vic thinks Eric Clapton needs 'a deep fried mexiccccannn' it reminded me of a few mistaken song lyrics I've had the pleasure to hear in my lifetime.

When I was a little girl I was convinced that Hendrix sang " 'scuse me while I kiss this guy!". I was always perplexed by this because he seemed so insistent on it. Like he was really really excited. To each their own, I guess.

Another mistaken lyric from my childhood, "Always know sometimes think it's me, but you know I know and it's a dream. I think I know of thee, ah yes, but it's all wrong.
That is I think I have to pee". The funny thing about misunderstanding the last section of that verse from Strawberry Field is that I always got the first section right...some of the most misunderstood lyrics ever.

As an adult my misheard adventures were mainly from Steely Dan songs. I 'rediscovered' Steely Dan a couple years ago (which means my Daddy burned me a box set of Steely Dan) and had a few run-ins with the lyric train as a result:

"Babylon Sisters"
Misheard Lyrics:
Drink gazpacho from a shell.
Original Lyrics:
Drink Kirschwasser from a shell.

Misheard Lyrics:
Your sparkling vagina
Original Lyrics:
The sparkle of your china

"Deacon Blues"
Misheard Lyrics:
Drink scotch whiskey all night long,
And drive behind the wheel.
Original Lyrics:
Drink scotch whiskey all night long
And die behind the wheel.
(which isn't all that far removed)

"Deacon Blue"
Misheard Lyrics:
Make love to these women
Languid and dead asleep.
Original Lyrics:
Make love to these women
Languid and bittersweet.
(I have no idea how I got 'languid' but couldn't get 'bittersweet')

From Tori Amos's "Blood Roses"
Misheard Lyrics:
Now you've cut out the fruit
From the Fruit of the Loom.
Original Lyrics:
Now you've cut out the flute
From the throat of the loon.
(You can hardly ever tell what she's really saying, so I made this up on my own)

The funniest story ever in the history of the world brings this post full circle with a very good Eric Clapton song, 'Bell Bottom Blues'. My Dad and I are discussing our favorite song lyrics and I, being a complete and total sap of a girl was busy quoting my favorite 'romantic' lyrics. My Dad was patiently listening until I quoted the aforementioned 'Bell Bottom Blues'.

"Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?"

As soon as the words left my mouth my Dad gave me an incredulous look and started,

"Erin, that's not what he says!" But I can tell he's kind of unsure now.

"Well, Dad...what did you think he says?" Uh-oh...now my Dad is turning a little bit red...I know that he has it wrong and has had it wrong now for years!

"No...maybe you're right..."

"DAD! You have to tell me what you think it is now. What could you have possibly thought he said?"

"Ok...Ok... Do you want to see me plant a cross before you?"

"WHAT!? That's what you thought he said?!" I laughed and snorted for five minutes straight after that and then we discussed how he could have got that lyric from the song AND continued to think it was the correct lyric for so many years. We also joke about it to this day.

This post was also inspired by Jules's Out of Tune Idol Competition at her blog. Go and vote on your favorite 'Out of Tune' Blogger AND read the judges comments. I was howling this morning!


Steam Me Up, Kid said...

"Wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night."

There's that one from Blinded by the Light.

And you TOTALLY love me. Stop denying it. Open your heart to me, baby. I've got the lox and you've got turkey.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

We could all use a little sparkling vagina in our lives. ;o)

Anonymous said...

And to think you didn't enter my contest when you had lyrics like that....

You should go BACK and vote for ME now!!

P.S. I didn't learn until TWO years ago that those lyrics that Steam Me wrote weren't the right ones....

Tony said...

Hold on, so the lyrics to Blinded by the Light aren't "wrapped up like a douche...????"

I must look these lyrics up, because I was convinced that those were the right lyrics.

Also, I always had a hard time with Bob Dylan songs. I never knew what the hell he was talking about...

Missy said...

That is funny! I love to hear my kids butcher a song!

PorkStar said...

lmfao that was one hilarious post...

I can't remember much of my misheard lyrics, also because they were in Spanish.

John Pender said...

I thought that's what Hendrix was saying for years.

Kim said...

I heard a kid singing "Tuna fish, tuna fish and grits" to MC Hammer's "Too Legit."

Bethany said...

This is so fun.
Thank you for the laugh.
Your dad sounds so cute.

Magpie said...

Ten devils in a freezer... (i.e. Tenth Avenue Freezeout)

Amanda said...

Awesome. My hubby and I played this game during Christmas. His favorite one was "Happy golden days up yours" on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Vic said...

So I'm not the only hearing impaired blogger !! My people!! :)

Headin over to Jules now to check out the vlogs again and vote. So hard to choose!

Sam said...

I love these, especially sparkling vagina. :)

My favorite was from my friend Sue, who heard the Who's "Eminence Front, it's a put-on!" and heard "Livin' in Detroit, it's a poor town!"

And I love one I heard about Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You."

I'm mad about you
You're mad about cheesecake

which should be

I'm mad about you
You're mad about me, babe

Every time I hear the song now I just crack up.

kara said...

brendan and i got into fisticuffs over whether or not the In the Air Tonight song's chorus ended with "hold on" vs. "oh lord". i was wrong. but he got a bruise.

Unknown Mami said...

No one has ever told me that my vagina sparkles. I think I'm going to buy it some glitter.

mo.stoneskin said...

Loved the misheard lines. It is very sensible and safe to drive behind the wheel though, so there is some wise advice hidden here.

Anonymous said...

Drink scotch whiskey all night long, and die behind the wheel. That happened to people I knew.


otherworldlyone said...

My mistaken lyrics are so bad...I'd rather not say.

But sparkling vagina is awesome. In a non lesbian way.

miss. chief said...

The song 'Panama'? Yeah I thought it was "ANIMAL, ANIMA-AL".

michelle said...

i love your sparkling vagina

Miss Yvonne said...

I got one of the lines in Jessie's Girl wrong for years until recently. I was going to tell you which one, but now I want to blog about it, so I'm keeping it for myself.

Huh. Kinda makes this comment super boring.

Ally said...

I discovered many misheard lyrics once I started playing Rock Band.

"Wrapped up like a douche" is my favorite...

"Hold me closer, Tony Danza" is one we all pretend we heard.

j-face said...

sorry to interrupt... but where are you? seriously, haven't heard from you in like 3 fortnights.

come talk to me.

MiMi said...

OMG. Seriously, I used to think that song that was something about a deuce...how does it really go...?
Rev up like a deuce; I think.
Anyway, I thought it said, Wake up like a duche.
I also thought Secret Agent Man was Secret Asian Man.

lisleman said...

the Hendrix one was so common that a web site was started years ago to track these misheard lyrics. Maybe you know of it.

funny story

The Rambler said...

I'm so famous for singing the wrong words. In which my kid sister constantly rolls her eyes. :)

Unknown Mami says you say Sparkling vagina and I bit.

Funny post.