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When you were a kid and listened to a song, what did you get totally wrong about it?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Recordingpianoman

    Recordingpianoman Forum Resident

    My sister in law hears lyrics in her own special way. In Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride,” instead of the line “I’m running’ and I won’t touch ground,” she always enthusiastically sings along: “I’m nothing but a one ton clown...”
  2. Lord Hawthorne

    Lord Hawthorne Currently Untitled

    Portland, Oregon
    That should bring down the house.
  3. Isamet

    Isamet Forum Resident

    New York
    “I can feel it coming in the air tonight...hold on”
  4. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    As for making sense I thought he said It's a dirty story of a dirty man
    And his CLEANING wife doesn't understand, instead of CLINGING.
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  5. Michel_LeGrisbi

    Michel_LeGrisbi Far-Gone Accumulator ™

    Everything you hear being done is being done at that moment (no mixing of orchestration/voices/fx)
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  6. indigovic

    indigovic Forum Resident

    North Bend, WA
    I thought Bob Seger’s “The Horizontal Bop” was about one of those gimmick dances.
  7. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon We've all got our faults, mine's the Calaveras

    Hollister, CA
    I used to think that Ringo sang the second verse (If I ever get out of here...) on Wings' "Band On The Run".
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  8. Moshe

    Moshe Forum Resident

    Wait...you mean it wasn't?!
    I always thought it was a woman.
    I've seen them singing it on tv.
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  9. Jonny W

    Jonny W Forum Resident

    Orangeburg NY
    Yeah! "He's dancin' with chicken slacks!"
    And you're right--that's exactly what young Rod would have worn.
    He's worn some odd stuff now and again.
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  10. Doggiedogma

    Doggiedogma Forum Resident

    "Rock-n-Roll Fantasy" - Bad Company. I had thought the 1st line was "Here come the Jetsons 1-2-3"
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  11. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    Mariska Veres was certainly a woman!
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  12. Moshe

    Moshe Forum Resident

    I was pretty sure she was. I was starting to doubt myself.
  13. Egg Crisis

    Egg Crisis Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    I thought it was 'chicken slats' until reading your post. I never stopped too long to think about what it meant!
  14. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    Annoyingly, "The Rose" soundtrack is. She literally dies at the beginning of the title track.
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  15. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    No, no, you're thinking of Barry Wom's version.
  16. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    Now that you mention it....

    That actually got Paul in hot water. He painted "HEY JUDE" across the front of the Apple shop, and it was mistaken for racist graffiti. (I've seen a picture of it, it honestly would've been easy to mistake - the song wasn't out yet!)
  17. MrChad

    MrChad Forum Resident

    I have distinct memories of thinking that Hall and Oates - Maneater was about a hot dog.
  18. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

    I used to think whichever band member wrote a song wrote pretty much everything we heard on the record.: the bass line, the guitar riffs, the piano part, etc. For some reason, I knew guitar solos were not included in this though. And probably the drums too.

    Honestly, I often had a hard time understanding why people said So-and-So was a great bassist/rhythm guitarist/etc. because I didn't really appreciate how much they were contributing to the songs. I just thought they were following the sheet music.

    I also thought the songwriter wrote out the sheet music before showing it to the other band members.
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  19. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    Toronto, ON
    Still today, when someone shows up with a chord pattern and a vocal melody, and the bassist hammers out a memorabke bassline ir the guitarist produces an anazing riff / hook, I don't understand why that's not songwriting.

    Why isn't Andy Summers a co-writer of "Every Breath You Take"?
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  20. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Because they could equally have come up with awful, unmemorable parts for the song, and if someone else covered the song and left those bits off, why should they still be credited?
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  21. bunglejerry

    bunglejerry Forum Resident

    Toronto, ON
    Well, let me ask you a different question. If I compose a song of my own, with my own lyrics and vocal melody, but I insert my own recording of that (very distinctive) main guitar riff from "Every Breath You Take", am I guilty of plagiarism? Who am I plagiarising?
  22. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    I thought Instant Karma was "Mister Cop." I had no idea what Karma meant. So I still hear "Mister Cop is gonna get you."
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  23. jwoverho

    jwoverho Licensed Drug Dealer

    Mobile, AL USA
    Same here!
  24. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    I was 10 years old when I bought my first record with my own money. It was Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies. My mom helped me buy it. She obviously didn't have a clue what Alice Cooper was about. Neither did I, but I loved the music and I knew, despite knowing very little English, that they were singing about naughty things most likely. Still, I had no idea what the song "I Love The Dead" really was about until much later. LOL! Actually Alice Cooper started my infatuation with rock music. Bless that band.
  25. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    My friend's little sister thought they were singing "paper bag writer". :)
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