Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm Not So Good With Lyrics

This morning in Spin Class, a certain song came on. I started to laugh a little to myself because this is one of those songs whose lyrics have confused me for a long time now. It wasn't until I was singing it on Guitar Hero a few weeks ago that I realized what the real words were, and that they were nothing like what I have been singing for years. If this were an isolated incident, I wouldn't think too much of it, but lyrics are not my thing. I am not blessed with the ability to hear a song once or twice and be able to sing along. I have to go to elyrics, one of my favorite sites, and read along as I hear the song, then I do a little better from there on out. There have been a few times, however, that after reading the lyrics, I have had to stop listening to the song all together. For instance, there is a great song by Maroon 5 called "Makes Me Wonder" that I absolutely love(d). After listening to it so often I actually could sing along I thought I would go check it out and see if I was missing something. Well, I was. Turns out the F-bomb is dropped a few times and I didn't even notice, I just sang right along, not even realizing what I was singing. Oops. Delete.
I thought I would humor you with a few of my favorite lyrical blunders. Ben loves them and more often than I like, looks over at me with a huge smile on his face and says "WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!?!"
Here goes.
This morning's song:

Emily Lyrics:
Hey little thing let me light your candle cause I'm sure the handyman, gets around.

Actual Lyrics:
Hey little thing let me light your candle cause I'm sure hard to handle, now, yes I am. (Black Crowes-Hard to Handle, the name should have been a clue for me, but those are also tricky for me.)

Emily Lyrics:
(Inaudible humming with an occasional syllable or two), then something about a carpet knife.

Actual Lyrics:
You're one of those guys who likes to shine his machine
You make me take off my shoes before you let me get in
I can't believe you kiss your car goodnight.
(Shania Twain- That Don't Impress Me Much)

And last but not least, my favorite. This song, THIS VERSE actually, has two blunders so silly, we still sing them like this, just because!

Emily Lyrics:
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga, and your horse naturally won. (Not bad so far)
Then you flew your pigeon up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. (Really? A Pigeon?!)
(More inaudible humming/singing along) and when you're not you're with some (humming) or the wife of the postman, wife of the postman....

Actual Lyrics:
Well, I hear you went up to Saratoga, and your horse naturally won.
Then you flew your LEARJET (learjet...pigeon...close, right?) up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun.
Well, you're where you should be all the time,
and when you're not, you're with some underworld spy
or the wife of a close friend, wife of a close friend.....
(Carly Simon, You're So Vain)

There are so many more, I hope I haven't ruined any of your favorites for you! Do you have any of your own?

p.s. Do you know who is singing back-up for Carly? I do know that!


Tony and Traci said...

That's awesome! hahaha! I do it all the time. One example that comes to mind is Manfred Mann's Earth Band's Blinded by the light. Just go to youtube and look up misheard lyrics-manfred mann-blinded by the light and it pretty much sums up perfectly how I perceived the lyrics.

Emily K said...

HAHAHA!! I know exactly what you are talking about! Ben gets after me on that one too, its just too much fun to sing wrong!

hatch said...

I am the same way. It is always crazy to me when I learn the real lyrics.

Alyssa said...
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Alyssa said...

emily! you are so silly! although ive had a few blunders with rock lyrics, i happen to have an amazing knack for understanding hip hop and rap! i have been known to help the dance team with lyric issues, or their lack of understanding the actual lyrics:

When the pigs try to get at yea
Park it like it's hot

poor little high schoolers really thought there were barnyard pigs, and hot engines!

Alyssa said...

sorry that was my deleted post - misspelled word!

SKH said...

Those are pretty good a couple of mine are come sail away by the stix, in 5 or 6th grade I sat down and wrote out the words by listening and pushing pause on my boom box tape recorder (with high speed dubbing I might add) and instead of set an open course for the virgin sea, I sang set an open course for the urgency. There is another song I would sing over and over that sings livin a life without any meaning, but my version is livin on ice without any stinging....Anyway, looks like I need to hack into your account and change up your background again eh?

kthom said...

I'll have to check that website out...I didn't even know it existed, woulda come in handy. Yea, so great song Maroon 5 NOT COOL dropping the F bomb! I did figure that one out and have since banned it from my delicate ears. Remember driving for hours on one of our Kennewick to Rexburg rendezvous and doing silly word song..title..figure it out kinda games. Such fun! And happy Mom's day to you. You are amazing for birthing all 6 lovely Kern children. Now riddle me this, is that really Slim Fast you're indulging in for breakfast? The can...the chocolate goodness/liquid?

Emily K said...

Kari-Nope, nothing other than Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed with a little 2%. Yum. I loved those drives. Remember how the stereo would never work? Those were good times!