Misheard Lyrics

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Misheard Lyrics

Postby (elreydlp) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:50 pm

The subject of the "dirty lyrics" to "Louie, Louie" came up as a thread on "2 Car Garage". I have a book of misheard lyrics called, "S'cuse Me While I Kiss This Guy", and there's also a website:

http://www.kissthisguy.com/

I'll start with a couple from "back in the day". These are the lyrics we actually sang:

The Buckinghams's "Kind of a Drag": Kind of a drag,
When your baby's overdue.

Gerry & the Pacemaker's "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying": It may be hard, but it's covered.
And you've been left,
For your Mother.

Any others?
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (Halbert) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:57 pm

My favorite misheard lyric is from "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds":

Somebody calls you
You answer quite slowly
The girl with colitis goes by.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (paologregorio) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:51 pm

"Prince Chow Mein" instead of "Prince Charming", by Adam and the Ants. :oops: :lol:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (cjj) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:54 pm

My wife always thought the line was, "Another one bites the doctor" instead of "the dust"...
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (peewee) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:13 pm

Just in case there was any confusion --

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (jimk) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:49 pm

My favorite is from Bad Moon Rising
"Don't go 'round tonight
It's bound to take your life.
There's the bathroom on the right."

And another one we used to mangle was the Carpenters' Close To You
"...so they sprinkled walnuts in your hair
And golden startlight in your eyes of blue..."
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (elreydlp) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:17 pm

I played at a restaurant/bar in Huntington Beach (Snappers) in the late 80's. There really was a bathroom on the right, behind the stage, so we changed the lyrics; unaware that that others had too. We knew the correct lyrics; we were just "personalizing" it for the venue. I didn't find out until I got the book.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (wmthor) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:22 pm

I keep hearing Secret Asian Man

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (antipodean) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:28 pm

My lovely wife assured me for years that the lyrics to the Stray Cat's "Runaway Boys" included the immortal line:

"Your underpants are teeny and you can't get a job"
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (robbo63) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:17 pm

Back in the 60's, my sister thought the Beach Boys' song was "Got on my nose" (God Only Knows).

I knew someone who thought Paul Young's song "Every Time You Go Away" had lyrics of "every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you."

And I had a friend who thought the Pogues' "Dirty Old Town" was "Dirty Old Sow" :roll:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (FretlessOnly) » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:06 pm

Until about 1988, on Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale, I always thought the line "When we called out for another drink, the waiter brought a tray" was "when we called out for love and dreams, the way to broader trails."

Can't say I'm proud of that. :roll:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (elreydlp) » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:01 am

wmthor wrote:I keep hearing Secret Asian Man



Yet another example where I know the real lyrics, but do this as an inside joke between the bass player & me.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (paologregorio) » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:53 am

There was the Paul Shanklin spoof of that song that actually used "Secret Asian Man", written during the buddhist temple fundraising scandal in the `96 election. Not trying to be political, just remembering that one...
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (just_bassics) » Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:39 am

My sister and I still laugh when we remember her husband singing Paul Simon's "Mama don't take my coat and throw it away" :lol:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby (sowhat) » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:41 pm

jimk wrote:My favorite is from Bad Moon Rising
"Don't go 'round tonight
It's bound to take your life.
There's the bathroom on the right."

Well, if a guy sings something that sounds like, "there's a baboon on the rye", he should be ready that people will try to interpret that line, and not necessarily in a way it was meant to be interpreted.
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