Saturday, November 19, 2005

We've got to fool Phil, to boot

For a while now I've been thinking about misheard lyrics. If you get a kick out of them too, you've probably visited, named of course for the famously misheard Hendrix lyrics "excuse me while I kiss this guy".
Well today, I thought I was going to have to start wearing Depends when Jerry admitted that he just this morning realised that Bob Marley was singing "we've got to fulfill the book" in Redemption Song, not "we've got to fool Phil, to boot".
But of course I was laughing with him, not at him, because ... well, I can't point fingers at anybody after my spectacularly dorky rendition of Matt Good's Giant with the lyrics "J-A-C-K-A-S-S, that's the way we spell success", rather than "K-I-C-K-A-S-S", on this very blog, no less.
I also still maintain that Bush X sing "I waffle my machine" on Machinehead, not "I walk to my machine", because we all know that machines require regular waffling for proper maintenance. And my niece Beth backs me up on this.
And who knew that the Bloc Party song Blue Light actually went "you told me you wanted to eat up my sadness", instead of the version I had been singing "you told me you wanted to eat up my sandwich"?
And our resident music nerd, Eva, has a whopper of her own. Another Matt Good song - Suburbia - in which she hears "baby, if I was into men, you would be mine", instead of "maybe if I was in demand, you would be mine".
So don't leave me standing here with my pants around my knees. Please tell me some of your favourite misheard lyrics - your own or someone else's.
I can't tell you how much I would love to hear someone else's mistakes to make me feel less dorky.
I'm also going to use this topic as a springboard to make a change to the daily sidebar. Out of here is "insult of the day" because ... well, believe it or not, I am starting to run out of interesting insults. And I just don't have the interest or inclination to look for more.
So I'll be replacing it with "lyrics that get me through the night", because the world will never run out of lyrics that grab me. And I'll try to get them right.


Conky said...

i always thought it was S U C C E S S hahahahahahahahha fuck im a loser.
must pay more attention to detail

Barbara Bruederlin said...

well Jen, at least yours does make sense in a perfectly linear kind of way. SUCCESS does indeed spell success, you smarty pants!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss Insult of the Day. :( You had some downright brilliant scorches! I can't remember the one that had me incontinent but it had something to do with someone's grandmother, HAH! I knew I should have copied and pasted them into Notepad for later amusement.

I do love misheard lyrics, especially when OTHERS are guilty. *smirk* There's this cartoon called Hamtaro which has this theme song sung by, well, chipmunks I think. The actual lyrics is "Get a hundred on your test" - H was convinced it was "Give a hungry dog your pants." He can't listen to it any other way.

My faux pas of late is from the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme song. The lyric is supposed to be "Ice on his fingers and his toes and he's a Taurus," but I heard nothing but "Ice on his fingers... and he's a 'todd."


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thaks Michelle - I wasn't even sure if many people read the sidebars (I love sidebars personally), but the inspiration for insults burned too hard and fast to be maintained. Could the grandmother one have been "your grandma can go to hell"? (that's the only one I can think of off hand).
Lovely lyrics, beautifully misheard - thank you. And it's true, once you hear them one way, it's next to impossible to change your perceptions.

Anonymous said...

YES! "Your grandma can go to hell" was the one - OMFG that's so funny. If I used sig lines in my e-mail that would be the one I used.

Sidebars are great fun if you possess the talent to maintain one (which I don't). They are great to read on other people's blogs - yours is always entertaining!

Ruhee said...

HAHA I was looking for this post and finally found it again (this is the way I use free time in the school library). The other week I had a couple hilarious misheard lyric moments, both with Sloan tunes, and actually both with Sloan tunes written by Patrick Pentland. So I'm sorry in advance, Mr Pentland, for totally butchering your songs. But anyway, here they are:

Iggy and Angus
I hear It's funny how you get a feel for it when you finally lose your sex appeal
It's actually It's funny how you get a feel for it when you finally lose your SENSE OF FEEL

I don't know what I was thinking. Clearly about becoming old and crusty? Whaaaaat.

The Good in Everyone
I hear I close my eyes, I just can't get it up
It's actually I close my eyes, I just can't get enough

... I can't even say anything about this.

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