Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MisHeard Lyrics

I have written a post about this topic before , but I had a revelation today that leads me to write another one...So deal with it.

 Yesterday, I was listening to a song that I have listened to hundreds(thousands?) of times since it was released back in 1992. I don't know why, but i decided to check out the lyrics for it(actually, I think it was because I was contemplating using it(or one of the band's other tunes) for Name That Lyric some time soon), and I realized that  I had one of the lyrics very,very wrong. And the thing is, I always thought that what I perceived the lyrics to be made NO SENSE, but I always just figured I was missing something...And I guess I was, The actual lyrics to the song!

  I'll get back to that in a moment...One of my favorite misheard lyrics off all time was actually in the news this December. I ALWAYS say to my wife that it sounds like Peggy Lee says "later we'll have some fuckin' pie and we'll do some caroling",instead of pumpkin pie. and NOW I know I was right!! That damn, foul mouthed Peggy Lee!!  Corrupting my ears for YEARS!!

  Okay, now we'll get to my current embarrassment...It's from the song "Hey Jealousy"...Here are the lyrics that I heard, and have been singing for the last 18 or so years:

  "Tomorrow we can drive around this town
   And let the cops chase us around
   Past a store where something might be found
   To take it's place"

  Which makes NO SENSE, really.And I thought about it...Well, it seems like maybe there was a party(he says he's in no shape for driving) so, maybe he broke something at the party, and he's offering to replace it? Stupid, right? And that's the BEST explanation I could come up with.

  So, here are the ACTUAL lyrics:

  "Tomorrow we can drive around this town
   And let the cops chase us around
   The past is gone, but something might be found
   To take its place"

   That makes much more sense.

 So there you have it.

3 comments:

World of Julie said...

Now, that's not so bad. I mean, yeah, your version makes no sense, but really I think half the time rockers just string a random bunch of words together and sing them incoherently. (Ok, this may mean that I am mishearing 90% of all lyrics.)

Paticus said...

Julie- I guess...I think it's at least partially the fact that it never made sense, but I never bothered to try and find out if it was right.

World of Julie said...

Well, look at it this way: maybe you just have much better things to do with your time than hunt down the one line in "Hey Jealousy" that doesn't make much sense to you.