Mispronunciations in music

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Cheli Venco, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. Even classier: the interpretation I heard on the playground was "she's so f**kin' gay", whatever that was supposed to mean in context.
     
  2. Everyone in my family except me were born in Texas, my parents born and raised there. My dad would tell me to "warsh the car" or "warsh the dishes" or "do the warsh". On top of everything else, for a while we lived in Washington state, which naturally became "Warshington" to him. I have no idea where he picked that up.
     
  3. On a similar front: "Vietnam" is almost always pronounced "Vee-Yet-Namm" in English, but it should be two syllables kind of like "V'yet - Nam".
     
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  4. DaveinMA

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    The line that starts at about the 1:04 mark.
     
  5. Jimmy B.

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    Aw I love that song!
     
  6. Jimmy B.

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    Nah, it rhymes with road. It is bad grammar though.
    But it's clever, really. Just like all the strange, nonsensical imagery he'd do later on when "going electric" that people read into and thought were "deep" - like the line about a Siamese cat.
     
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  7. negative1

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    Fleetwood mac - sara

    Drown-D-ing in the sea of love... where everyone would love to drown...



    somehow a d sound got in there from stevie nicks, still love the song though.

    later
    -1
     
  8. InStepWithTheStars

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    I have to assume that Lou Reed either loved that pronunciation or just knew that it would get under peoples' skin (or both), because Nico also sing's "yesterday's clon" in "All Tomorrow's Parties". Still a fantastic song! I'm trying to remember now if Alex pronounced it the same way in the Big Star cover, been ages since I've heard that version. I should probably remedy that...
     
  9. bibliotudinous

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    Rush's "Red Barchetta", which they had the sense not to fix in later concert recordings.
     
  10. Drifter

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    No one's mentioned "Marconi plays the mamba". :D
     
  11. jlf

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    The Who, "Armen-ee-a, City in the Sky"

    Joni Mitchell in "For Free":
    I went shopping today for jooooowellllls
    The wind rushed around in the dirty town
    And the children let out from the schooooowellllls
     
  12. jlf

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    Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    "Wrapped up like a deuce"
     
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  13. Instant Dharma

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    I thought it was “revved”
     
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  14. Oatsdad

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    How is that a mispronunciation?
     
  15. Siegmund

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    In Richard Cory, S&G pronounced poverty 'pah-ver-tee'.

    Because the vocals are not at the front of the mix, I thought they were singing 'father-tee'. I assumed that 'tee' was some regional American variant of 'too.'
    The singer hates the life he's living and hates his father, too - presumably, for not being loaded like the man in the title.
     
  16. Drifter

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    Ar-meh-NEE-a instead of Ar-MEE-nee-a.
     
  17. Siegmund

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    On the same album, he gives us '...while you EN-JY (enjoy)' on Best Of Both Worlds.
     
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  18. czeskleba

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    That's not a mispronunciation, because it is not a reference to the country of Armenia, nor to any of the known cities named Armenia (such as Armenia, Wisconsin or Armenia, Colombia) since clearly none of those cities are "in the sky." Presumably, it's about some other (fictional) city whose name is spelled the same as the familiar Armenias, but pronounced differently.
     
  19. Oatsdad

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    But it's a fictional city. They can pronounce it however they want. Just because the country pronounces it one way doesn't mean the fictional city has to follow that.

    "Armenia" would fit this thread only if the songwriter stated that the Who pronounced it wrong - since it's not a Townshend tune...
     
  20. czeskleba

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  21. Oatsdad

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  22. Siegmund

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    POV-ER-TEE - sung like it's spelt.
     

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