I'm, pretty sure everybody, to some
extent, loves music. I've known a couple of people over the years
who would drive around in a silent car, never giving the radio a
second thought, but most of us sing happily along and play drums on
the steering wheel whenever a song we like plays.
But how do we fare when it comes to
getting those lyrics right when those songs play? We all get them
wrong, then are extremely grateful we were the only ones in the car.
And never mind how our singing ability seems to go away whenever
somebody else is around.
Spotify, one of those Internet radio
websites, recently put out a top 10 of the most wrongly sung songs of
all time. With one exception they're all old songs, none released
after 1998. Which makes sense, as a song has to be around for a while
before it becomes ingrained in our brains.
Most of these make me wonder just how
stupid somebody has to be to think the lyrics actually said they what
they were thinking. Not that the singing was crystal clear, but who
thought somebody would write something so incredibly inane?
Number one, with 52 percent of those
polled saying they got the lyric wrong, is "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The wrong lyric is "Blinded by the
light ... wrapped up like a (insult young men use on each other) when
you're rollin' in the night." The correct lyric is "Blinded by
the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night."
I can honestly remember arguing this
one in school. I thought the line was "wrapped up like a Dutch
mark." I had some poor misguided teenager thinking the song was
about Dutch currency.
Number two is the one everybody knows. "Purple Haze" where Jimi Hendrix sings, "Excuse me while I kiss
the sky." A lot of people thought (and I'm not entirely convinced
they're wrong) that he was singing "Excuse me, while I kiss this
Maybe it's just because you're
thinking of it, but listen to the song and see if it doesn't sound
exactly like he's singing that line.
At number four (I'm going to skip a
couple) is "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. The line is "Hold me
closer, Tiny Dancer." For some reason, people think the line is "Hold me closer, Tony Danza," even though the song was released
about eight years before anybody ever heard of Tony Danza.
At number five, "Bad Moon on the
Rise" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The line is, "There's
a bad moon a rising." Some people claim to hear, "There's a
bathroom on the right." Those people are stupid.
The next one really gets me, but that's
probably because in the late 1980s I desperately wanted to go to
Paradise City and live. In case you couldn't get if from that
indecipherable clue, in "Paradise City" by Guns 'n Roses,
people heard "Take me down to Paradise City" as "Take me down
to a very nice city." The title is the lyric. How can you get that
Speaking of titles, Van Halen's "Panama" is number seven, with some people yelling out "Animal" instead of the song's title. Who did that?
Another title misheard was "Waterfalls" by TLC. Instead of singing "Don't go chasing waterfalls," some
people who need to go back to school were belting out "Don't go
Jason Falls." I can't even comment on that.
And then there was the Macy Gray song "I Try." A moderate hit for the wild haired singer, the correct
lyric was, "My world crumbles when you are not near." There were
those who heard it as, "I blow bubbles when you are not here."
Who thought Macy Gray, who was nothing
if not a serious singer, would write such a ridiculous line?
I'm sure you have plenty of examples
you could think of from your tastes in music. Just remember, the key
is to have fun singing the songs whether you know the words or not.
Unless somebody else is around. Then you're better off just humming
lightly under your breath.
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