Have you ever completely misheard the lyrics of a song? These are a few of the songs that my children and I got wrong.
Gladys Knight and the Pips’ song “Midnight train to Georgia.”
I always thought it was the “Big Black train to Georgia.”
Carly Simons’ line, “wife of a close friend” in the song “You’re so vain.”
#2 thought it was “wife of a postman.” I thought it was “why form a close friend.”
The Rolling Stones song “Honkey Tonk Woman” that begins “I met a gin soaked barroom queen in Memphis.”
#4 thought they said “I met a Jitso Faro Queen in Memphis.”
The line in the Rolling Stones song “Jumpin Jack Flash” that says “I was raised by a toothless bearded hag.”
I thought they said “I was raised by a two fist bearded hag.”
Creedence Clearwater Revivals’ song “Who’ll stop the rain?”
#4 thought they were saying “whose got the ring?”
Stevie Wonders’ song “Superstition” and the line “superstition ain’t the way.”
I thought he said “Gigolo filter IS the way.”
Simon and Garfunkels’ song “The Boxer” has a line that says “the whores on seventh avenue.”
#1 thought they were saying “War zone seventh avenue.”
Aretha Franklins’ song “You make me feel like a natural woman.”
#1 thought she was saying “You make me feel like a Manchural woman.”
The song Gloria by Laura Branigan says “I think they’ve got the alias that you’ve been living under.”
I thought she said “I think they’ve got the area that you’ve been living under.”
The song “Good Thing” by the Young Cannibals.
I thought they were singing “Guilty.” (funny that I would, in my mind, translate the words good thing for guilty. Must have subconsciously suspected something.)
I think we’ve all heard the Jimmy Hendrix line “excuse me while I kiss the sky.” It was often misunderstood as “excuse me while I kiss this guy.”
And “take the back right tire” was in fact “Paperback writer” by the Beatles.
On to more funny stuff.
I was flipping through the channels on television the other night, trying to avoid commercials and the ever-present political crap. I happened to stop on the game show “Family Feud.” I never watch that show but I watched a few episodes when Richard Dawson was the host, many years ago.
Steve Harvey read a question for the 2 vying contestants to try to come up with the best answer and the fastest.
One of the contestants and I both heard this question. “What kind of soup would not be appropriate for the office?”
I immediately thought “tomato.” The male contestant hit the buzzer first and said “chicken noodle.”
After everybody picked themselves up off the floor because they were laughing their eyes out, Steve read the question again. This was the actual question. “What kind of SUIT would not be appropriate for the office?”
That prompted me to remember some more hilarious answers from the past.
Richard Dawson: “What is something you feel before you buy it?
Answer from contestant: “Excited.”
Richard Dawson: “What month does a pregnant woman start to show?”
Answer from contestant: “November.”
Richard Dawson: “Name a part of the body that begins with an N.”
Answer from contestant: “Knee.”