Math Errors in Songs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Madness, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Madness

    Madness Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    By Saxon, track 20,000 feet, on album Strong Arm of the Law:

    "Forget the time
    Ten miles high
    Living my fantasies
    At twenty thousand feet
    Twenty thousand feet, twenty thousand feet"

    10 miles high is 52,800 feet
    20,000 feet is 3.78 miles

    jus' sayin'
     
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  2. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    "One And One Is One" Too much Medicine in the Head:biglaugh:
     
  3. seaisletim

    seaisletim Forum Resident

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    2 + 2 = 5 is a great track by Radiohead
     
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  4. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    Unos, dos, tres, catorce!
     
  5. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    He says "Quatro," yes?
     
  6. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

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    "It was down in Louisiana
    Just about a mile from Texarkana
    In them old cotton fields back home..."

    [​IMG]
     
  7. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    Speaking of such, Professor Longhair's immortal "Go to the Mardi Gras":

    "You will see the Zulu King
    Down on St. Claude and Dumaine..."

    Those streets don't actually intersect.
     
  8. michiganman45

    michiganman45 Forum Resident

    "In life, one and one don't make two... one and one make one" - noted mathematician Pete Townshend
     
  9. baconbadge

    baconbadge Chooglin’

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    2 + 2 = ? by the Bob Seger System. Garage punk masterpiece.
     
  10. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    Nope. He sings, "Unos, dos, tres, catorce!" One, two, three, fourteen!

     
  11. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Uh Huh

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    Love Minus Zero (No Limit)
     
  12. guyanthonybrown

    guyanthonybrown Forum Resident

    Time passes slowly up here in the mountains.
    Bob Dylan sang on New Morning.

    This is incorrect, any solution to Einstein's field equations will have time passing just a little bit faster than at sea level, due to the mountains being a small amount further away from the center of mass of the earth
     
  13. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    If we are talking about Kraftwerk, then yes, most definitely! After all these guys are very good with numbers! :righton:
     
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  14. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

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    No, I was thinking Woolly Bully.
     
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  15. yarbles

    yarbles Too sick to pray

    Eight Days A Week
     
  16. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

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    The only thing a gambler needs
    Is a suitcase and a trunk


    That's two things.
     
  17. rswitzer

    rswitzer Forum Resident

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    "Eight Miles High" refers to the cruising altitude of commercial airliners which is actually 6 to 7 miles. "Eight" sounded better and also references the Beatles song.
     
  18. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

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    And if he's on a drunk, will he get off him when the drunk sobers up?
     
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  19. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

  20. 9 Volt

    9 Volt Lo-Fi is my Hi-Fi

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    Supertramp - The Logical Song:
    "...1, 2, 3, 5"

    Technically not an error? After all he merely decided to skip the number 4.
     
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  21. Apparently, Kate Bush makes an error in reciting decimal places of pi in the song "Pi" from Aerial. She sings "5 8 2 3 1" at the 51st place when she should have sung "5 8 2 0 9".

    I think this can be forgiven.
     
  22. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

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    Nilsson's "One" has the line:
    "One is the number divided by two". But any number can be divided by 2, so ...
     
  23. 9 Volt

    9 Volt Lo-Fi is my Hi-Fi

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    She's still perfect to me.
     
  24. The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years from Home

    See you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand
    It's so very lonely, you're two thousand light years from home
    It's so very lonely, you're two thousand light years from home

    (Aldebaran is about 65 light years from the solar system . Maybe it depends on where "home" is in the song.)
     
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  25. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

     

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