Mispronunciations in music

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

  1. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    I think you've misunderstood the point of my (admittedly less than clear) post, which I intentionally kept brief, as a mod has already expressed his disapproval (via deletion of a few of my and others' posts) of the point we're discussing. To confirm, I was still talking about pronunciation in my previous post.
  2. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    According to the song's entry in Carpenters - Album by Album: Song by Song by Rick Henry, "wind" is the correct word, but it is often misheard as "wine."
  3. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Because I made a mistake and didn't correct it. I really do know better. Ironically, it's one of those things that bothers me, and I can't believe I did that!
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  4. Brother Maynard

    Brother Maynard Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    In Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own", there's the line "There ain't no help, the cavalry stayed home". I have it in my head he pronounces it "calvary", which is a fairly common mispronunciation.
  5. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    According to the printed lyrics in the 35th Anniversary box set and the SWEET MEMORY set, it's "wine."


    Why would the songwriter use the word "wind", when it's clearly designed to rhyme with "mind?"

    As for Rick Henry, he's not exactly the most credible authority, just a super-fan who tends toward Karen worship and has self published some stuff. (Example: http://karenannecarpenter.blogspot.com/ )
  6. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan

    flock of seagulls - i ran

    i'm floating in a beam of light with yeeeeeeeeewwwwwww
    aurora borealis comes in viiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    aurora comes in viiiiiiiiieeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    and i ran, etc.

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  7. Alexlotl

    Alexlotl Forum Resident

    York, UK
    The otherwise excellent La Parade from Yann Tiersen's L'Absente, which is sung in English, has the vocalist sing "River Thames" as "River Fames" rather than "River Tems".
  8. urasam2

    urasam2 A Famous Potato

    When Eric Clapton sings While My Guitar Gently Weeps in The Concert For George, he sings " I look AND the floor" and "I look AND you all" instead of "at". That's what it sounds like to me, and it grates every time
  9. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    Then there's Billy Joel singing about "Brender 'n' Eddie" in "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant."
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  10. Grawlix

    Grawlix Well-Known Member

    I don't know if it's incorrect per se, but Helpless "Au-to-MAY-ton" by Men At Work has always bothered me. :p
  11. namahealani

    namahealani Forum Resident

    Has anyone said Mony Mony Tommy James and the Shondells yet?
    Break 'dis, shake 'dis, Mony, Mony
    Shot gun, get it done, come on, honey
    I think Billy Idol omits "Ho-Knee" and sings Mony instead.

    Then there's Steve Miller's made up word in The Joker (not a mispronunciation though)
    Some people call me Maurice,
    'Cause I speak of the pompatus of love.
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  12. PatrickG

    PatrickG Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    The Kinks' "Dandy": Ray Davies comically rhyming "charms" with "demands" (comes out as "demarnds").
  13. Skydogg

    Skydogg Well-Known Member

    Here's an interesting sidebar on the story of that Pompatus word What Does 'The Pompatus Of Love' Mean?
  14. hayden10538

    hayden10538 Well-Known Member

    Essex, England
    During the 68 comeback special, Elvis is asked if he enjoys todays music. He replies by listing some bands - The Beatles, The Byrds - which he mispronounces as beards.

    Paul McCartney sings 'yellow, olange and blue', during All Together Now from Yellow Submarine.

    In ELO's When Time Stood Still, Jeff Lynne sings 'Echoes in the Ivory towers', but he mispronounces it as EEvory. It took me years to work out what word he was supposed to be singing!
  15. mr_spenalzo

    mr_spenalzo Forum Resident

    Also, on "Archives Of Pain" James informs us that we'll be buried in the same box as Aki La... whoever she may be
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  16. Deep Purple. "Woman From Tokyo". The capital of Japan is TOE-KAY-OH? 東京 Great song though.
  17. Benjamin Edge

    Benjamin Edge Forum Resident

    Milwaukie, OR, US
    Not knowing "Kyo" (capital; hence "Tokyo" meaning "east capital") is also a single syllable!

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    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
    I find that Brits and some US East coast accents exchange a's and r's.

    That is my US "saw" becomes McCartney's "sar". And my America becomes Kennedy's Ameriker.
    And my "levER" become their "levAH"
    It is quite curious that in this case both phonetics are culturally familiar, and yet we reverse them in many cases "ah" for "er" and "er" for "ah".
    Many Asians confuse the SOUND of Westerner's L and R, so they repeat back to our ears an L sound where a R sound belongs and visa versa. I have an Asian friend that wrote a note to me that actually substituted Ls for Rs and Rs for Ls in many words.

    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
    Yep! Americans pronounce it To KEE yo. When it is To kyo. (I cannot even think of a good way to show how to pronounce it in writing).

    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
    In some places in Kentucky it is pronounced "Cain't".
  21. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    It's unclear if he's referring to the Byrds. He says "I like a lot of the new groups... the Beatles, the Beards, whatever." I'm of the opinion that he's simply making a joke about the fact that a lot of bands at the time were sporting facial hair, and "the beards" is just a made-up band name for the purposes of his joke.

    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
    Here in Tucson we have a road named Houghton. The locals pronounce it HOW-ton. I refuse to comply. I pronounce it HOE-ton. We also have a town Prescott they pronounce Pres-cit, being from Wisconsin I say Press-SCAWT, because I do not have a wad of snuff in my lip.

    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
    How about EYE Ching instead of E-Ching?
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    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

    Tucson, AZ
  25. I suppose if Ian was looking for a three syllable city name in Japan, he could have gone with "Woman From Osaka".

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