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Old June 18 2014, 02:51 AM   #16
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

I have spent like 20 years hearing the Van Morrison song lyrics..

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like jelly roll


And wondering wtf it was actually saying as obviously I got it wrong since it wasn't saying jelly roll. I only hear this song in shops so I never remembered to find out.

And I FINALLY thanks to this thread remembered to look it up. After decades.

AND IT IS ACTUALLY SAYING JELLY ROLL!!!

Why.
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Old June 18 2014, 03:04 AM   #17
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

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Why.
Because "stoned me just like a tea cake" didn't rhyme or have the right number of syllables.
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Old June 18 2014, 03:10 AM   #18
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

I had a lot of these as a kid, primarily due to being deaf until I was four and still having pretty crap hearing. There was You're so Lame/You probably think this song is about you, and of course, Beck's early 90's smash hit, I'm a lizard baby/So why don't you kill me?

I still rely on lip-reading quite a bit in day-to-day conversation, and just recently misheard my boss when he spoke while facing away from me; he said "thematic units," I heard "fanatic eunuchs."
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Old June 18 2014, 03:15 AM   #19
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

I had to prove to my wife that "Bad Moon Rising from CCR was most definitely not "Brand New Horizon."

*Groans.
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Old June 18 2014, 11:59 AM   #20
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

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That's a new one. Usually, I've heard people thinking it's, "There's a bathroom on the right."
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Old June 18 2014, 06:25 PM   #21
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

I always thought Minnie the Moocher,

"... had a dream about the king of Swingers"

As it turned out it was actually the king of Sweden.
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Old June 18 2014, 09:06 PM   #22
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teacake wrote: View Post
I have spent like 20 years hearing the Van Morrison song lyrics..

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like jelly roll


And wondering wtf it was actually saying as obviously I got it wrong since it wasn't saying jelly roll. I only hear this song in shops so I never remembered to find out.

And I FINALLY thanks to this thread remembered to look it up. After decades.

AND IT IS ACTUALLY SAYING JELLY ROLL!!!

Why.
"Jelly roll" is an old black slang term that can mean the female genitalia, the sexual act, or women collectively (like "pussy").

Or it could be a reference to ragtime/jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton.
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Old June 18 2014, 09:08 PM   #23
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

The entirety of Louie Louie. Pretty much EVERYONE got that wrong.

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"stoned me just like a tea cake" didn't rhyme or have the right number of syllables.
I could stand to hear a little more...
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Old June 18 2014, 09:12 PM   #24
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The entirety of Louie Louie. Pretty much EVERYONE got that wrong.
Yeah, the real lyrics of that song turned out to be not nearly as much fun as the supposed "dirty" lyrics.
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Old June 18 2014, 09:17 PM   #25
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

^ And it didn't help that the Kingsmen were drunk off their asses when they did their version, OR that the actual lyrics are written with a lot of Jamaican slang.
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Old June 18 2014, 10:12 PM   #26
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^ And it didn't help that the Kingsmen were drunk off their asses when they did their version, OR that the actual lyrics are written with a lot of Jamaican slang.
Many moons ago, we had a radio station around here at 96.5FM that was in the middle of changing formats and building a new facility, and for whatever reason they decided to cease broadcasting their old format early, and instead played construction noises - boards being sawed, nails being driven, etc. After a week or so, I guess that got old, so they began playing music again. Like this:

"Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen, then, "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen, and then a deep voiced announcer rapidly saying, "LOUIE 96.5. ALL Louie, ALL the time." And then back into "Louie Louie" again. All day and night long. For several weeks.

Man, I miss that station. I'm not even kidding - whenever nothing good was on any of the other stations, I at least knew I could go hear "Louie Louie".
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Old June 19 2014, 06:57 AM   #27
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A couple more I just remembered:

In Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You," I thought the backing vocal line "reason aside" sounded like "breathing little sighs."

The first line of Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu" -- "A place where nobody dared to go" -- I used to hear as "a place where nobody tears your clothes."

And in the Elton John/Bernie Taupin-penned song "The Rumor," when Olivia sings the line "Still tried to hold on with the power of my prayers," I could swear it was "Still tried to hold on with the power of my breasts."
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Old June 19 2014, 07:08 AM   #28
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And in the Elton John/Bernie Taupin-penned song "The Rumor," when Olivia sings the line "Still tried to hold on with the power of my prayers," I could swear it was "Still tried to hold on with the power of my breasts."
Just listened to that...you're right, I can definitely hear that!
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Old June 19 2014, 01:22 PM   #29
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Re: Fun Music Thread: Lyrics you got wrong!!

Another song I thought of is Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. I was about 10 when this song came out, and for me it ranks with Louie Louie, because I could barely understand a word of it. It took me a while to figure out that it was about a band playing in a club somewhere, but I had no idea what else was said. What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers was playing on the radio at the same time, and I've always had a soft spot for Michael McDonald because he's another vocalist who confused the crap out of me as a kid. I could barely understand a word of that song as well.

I must work "fanatic eunuchs" into a sentence today.
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Old June 19 2014, 05:04 PM   #30
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In Grateful Dead's Touch of Grey (hate that spelling BTW, should be GRAY -from a thread here of months back.) I mistook the line the dog has not been fed in years as the dog has got fetid ears.
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