Mispronunciations in music

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

  1. FrixFrixFrix

    FrixFrixFrix Forum Resident

    Parts Unknown
  2. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    From the webpage you've cited:

    "The long vowels are /iː/ (as in fleece), /uː/ (as in goose), /ɜː/ (as in nurse), /ɔː/ as in north and thought, and /ɑː/ (as in father and start)."

    Thanks for helping me make my case. :targettiphat:
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  3. violetvinyl

    violetvinyl Forum Resident

    Winner of most obscure argument of the year... Already!
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  4. Left Field

    Left Field Forum Resident

    James Reyne, both is his solo work and with Australian Crawl would intentionally pronounce words in unbelievable ways. In one of his solo songs Hammerhead he turned the work 'nicest' into the three syllable "Ni-Ce-Cest'.

    Others include:
    Things - Thaangs
    Don't - Dowwn't
    Quite - Qhaht
    Right - Raht
  5. Bingo

    Bingo Forum Resident

    The Bronx
    On another note, misspelled rock groups/musician names:
    Led Zepplin
    Greatful Dead
  6. BrewDrinkRepeat

    BrewDrinkRepeat Forum Resident

    Merchantville NJ
    That's not the section I provided the link to; that part is referring to the literal length of the vowel, not the pronunciation terms "long" and "short."
  7. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Forum Resident

    Washington DC USA
    I see a little silhouetto of a man
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  8. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    This is where the confusion arises. My point remains.
  9. HarvG

    HarvG Forum Resident

    Chicago Suburbs
    "What is it with you guys??" Maybe it's those inferior Capitol versions we grew up with in the States, but clearly we hear something you don't.
  10. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    Well, in "The Ties That Bind", Bruce Springsteen turns "bind" into a 13-syllable word.

    But "thaangs" is a pretty common pronunciation really.
  11. emitex

    emitex Well-Known Member

    I remember an interview once where it was stated his last name rhymes with "Heart" or Neil "Part".
  12. emitex

    emitex Well-Known Member

    The first one that comes to mind is The Platters Only You.
    Only You... CAND make the world seem right
    Only You... CAND make the darkness bright...
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  13. Benjamin Edge

    Benjamin Edge Forum Resident

    Milwaukie, OR, US
    Avril Lavigne did, though.

  14. Lije Baley

    Lije Baley Forum Resident

    Central California
    This is an interesting thread. I've been bugged since the mid-sixties by the Beatles "soar" instead of "saw" and was surprised many did not hear the "error." However, the linguistic lessons of the past few pages have clarified that for me. In fact, my father was born in Michigan and always pronounced "wash" as "worsh," a similar pronunciation pattern. The discussion reminded me of a book I'd once browsed (and wish I'd bought) of misunderstood song lyrics. The most common one from CCR is "There's a bathroom on the right." In fact, Googling the phrase leads to several videos, one of which has soundclips of the actual lyrics with the misheard lyrics printed on the screen. Embarrassingly, with several songs, I heard what was printed...

    I found an amusing article describing the most commonly misunderstood lyrics on the NBC news website:
    "San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll, one of my favorite columnists writing today, refers to misheard lyrics as "Mondegreens." It comes from an old Scottish lyric, "they have slain the Earl of Murray, and laid him on the green," which was misheard as "they have slain the Earl of Murray, and Lady Mondegreen."

    Carroll believes the most misheard lyric is "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear," as opposed to the real lyric, "Gladly, the cross I'd bear." Hmm. Funny, but that hymn's not in too many of our daily radio rotations.

    But he admits that "There's a bathroom on the right," as misheard for CCR's "There's a bad moon on the rise," is a close second. Numerous readers have submitted "bathroom on the right" in our comments, despite admitting with embarrassment that, well, the song's title should perhaps have tipped them off.

    Here are just a few of those other most-misheard lyrics, as compiled most unscientifically by me, poking around those sites:
    • "The girl with colitis goes by." (Real lyric: "The girl with kaleidoscope eyes," Beatles)
    • "Olive, the other reindeer." (Real lyric: "All of the other reindeer.")
    • "The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind." (Real lyric: "The answer is blowing in the wind," Bob Dylan.)
    • "There's a wino down the road." (Real lyric: "And as we wind on down the road," Led Zeppelin.)
    • "In a glob of Velveeta, honey." (Real lyric: "In-A-Gadda Da Vida," a.k.a., "In the garden of Eden," Iron Butterfly.)"
  15. nikh33

    nikh33 Forum Resident

    Liverpool, England
    Well then it must be the reverb
  16. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    Of course this famous example is a case not of mishearing but of misunderstanding, since the two sentences are phonetically identical.
  17. BwanaBob

    BwanaBob Forum Resident

    Maryland, USA
    Shame on my school. We were taught that the long vowel sounds mimicked the actual vowel letter; may / beat/ child/ cold/ use.
  18. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    Or "canda", as one might spell it. This one is really mystifying, since of course no one in their own speaking voice is going to pronounce 'can' in a way that, if anything, approximates its exact opposite. The strange pronunciation must be intentionally put on. But why?
  19. BrewDrinkRepeat

    BrewDrinkRepeat Forum Resident

    Merchantville NJ
    I've never heard that one! Crazy... and not at all true.
  20. BrewDrinkRepeat

    BrewDrinkRepeat Forum Resident

    Merchantville NJ
    Well, since this whole thread is about pronunciation...
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  21. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    From Don't Think Twice, It's Alright by Bob Dylan:
    It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
    That light I never knowed

    This may be more bad grammar than bad pronunciation!
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  22. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    This is not a mis-pronunciation per se but a difference in UK/US customs, I guess, and that's the hard 'g' in the 'ing' construction. The US population generally doesn't add the hard 'g' sound, but I believe the Brit's do. Best example I can think of is Paul McCartney in "The Songs We Were Singgingg". I've also heard it among the US Jewish population.

  23. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    I had a friend when I was a child who was born in Canada to Mancunian parents, and while he bore no trace of an English accent himself we had a discussion about whether 'singer' and 'finger' rhymed. I was flabbergasted that he insisted they did, in fact, rhyme.
  24. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Since we are now also talking about grammar (see gort Stereoptic's post above), why the apostrophe in "Brits"? Just wondering.

    As for the hard g, I've heard many Brits pronounce "singer" with a hard g. Most were from the North of England.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2016
  25. Golden Richards

    Golden Richards Forum Rodent

    "Young things from Boston, so young and wheeling"

    Hey Nineteen came up on my shuffle this morning and I immediately thought of this thread.

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