Misheard lyrics are often hilarious. I wrote a post, years ago, about misheard lyrics.
I’m not going to read it, I’m just going to write this and go back and read the first one. I’m curious if they’ll be the same.
It will have to be somewhat the same because of the Flamingos.
Randy sent me a text, years ago, “my love must be a kind of blind love” which I thought was sweet and sort of random.
Then, I played the phrase through my head and realized I’ve been mishearing The Flamingos cover of I Only Have Eyes For You my entire life.
I thought the song intro was “My love must be a kite of my love.”
Which makes no sense at all.
What the fuck does that even mean? How can love be a kite of anything? “My love must be a kind of blind love” makes all the sense.
Yet, those misheard lyrics make more sense than other ones I’ve heard.
In 1973, when I was 10 years old, Ringo Starr released the song Photograph. I did not understand the lyrics and took my misunderstand into my late 20s, maybe early 30s.
His lyrics say “All I’ve got is a photograph and I realize you’re not coming back anymore.”
I thought he was saying “All I’ve got is a bowl of crap and I realize you’re not coming back anymore.”
When I was a kid, I thought this was really dumb because it would be better to have nothing than a bowl of crap.
Having nothing would be a definite step up from having a bowl of crap.
Ringo Starr was the musical guest on SNL and he sang that song.
Oooooohhhhh….yeah. Well. That makes more sense.
I remember getting into an argument with a girl in the 8th grade over Aerosmith’s Walk This Way. She swore they were saying “born to suede.”
One time, I called Randy on my way to work to talk about the song that was playing.
Me: This is the only Metallica song I love. The whack for my stereo song.
Randy: They don’t have a whack for my stereo song.
Me: Pretty sure they do.
Randy: No. No, they really don’t.
Me: Yeah, it’s a pirate song and something about Molly and he says whack for my stereo and whisky in the jarro.
Randy: That isn’t how that song goes.
At least, they didn’t have a bowl of crap.
Anyway, I love reading misheard lyrics.
Both because they are funny and because they make me feel better about my misheard lyrics.
Oh, and I could do a whole post about Springsteen lyrics. I love Bruce. He is one of my forever music loves, but he does not articulate well.
I know he doesn’t say “Hunting down a cross eyed Horton in the rain” in Downbound Train, but I will always hear the line that way.
What’s your favorite misheard lyric?
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