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Post by jeannieb » Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:17 am

Well, okay.....the number 2 limerick was:

Said Clinton to young Ms. Lewinski
We don't want to leave clues like Kozinski;
So clean up this mess
Use the hem of your dress
And wipe that stuff off of your chinski!


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Post by wiegee » Sun Dec 26, 2004 6:59 am

I heard "I've never seen your eyes so wide" as "I've never seen your ass so wide." OK. I still hear it that way. I kinda like it.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by mnkyface » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:38 pm

From Anthem:
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

I heard them like this the first few times:

The holy dove
She will be CUT again
ART and SOUL
are bought again
the dove is never free.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by lizzytysh » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:33 am

And, actually, you could probably make a case for your misinterpretation, Mnkyface.


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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by friscogrl » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:24 am

From The Future " Give me back the Berlin Wall, Stalin and Lucille Ball"
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Maarten » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:39 pm

From "A singer must die":

I am so afraid that I listen to you,
your sun glassed protectors they do that to you.
It's their ways to detain, their ways to disgrace,
their knee in your balls and their fist in your face.
Yes and long live the state by whoever it's made,
sir, I didn't see nothing, I was just getting home LAID (instead of "late").

I always thought this was more in rhyme than the original...
(And isn't Cohen a ladies' man...?)

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Sue » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:29 am

friscogrl wrote:From The Future " Give me back the Berlin Wall, Stalin and Lucille Ball"
you're kidding
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Post by Sue » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:04 am

Maarten, you're not the only one. I thought it was
sir, I didn't see nothing, I was just getting laid
for a very long time and like you, I still think it should be. This thread has prompted me to do something which I have been meaning to do for an even longer time, which is to find out what those lines of Dylan's The times they are a-changin that I have never been able to make out actually are. I bought this album in about 1966 but there has always been a part of the 4th verse that I could never make out. The part that goes:

Please get out on your mmmbbnnndderll..
with your candle in your hand

I've just looked for the lyrics online and, wow, no candle at all. I'd always pictured the poor mothers and fathers being sent out into the night.
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Post by friscogrl » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:42 am

Sue, no I am not kidding. I had just started lisstening to Leonard Cohen again and had never heard The future and initially i did think think those were the lyrics but rather quicly caught on. Though I was amused when i thought it was lucille Ball.
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Post by lizzytysh » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:29 am

"Lucille Ball" would be a throwback to the past and the 'innocence' of the 50s. I've never heard it that way myself; though I did hear "I was just getting laid," which sure made sense to me, too.


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Post by friscogrl » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:51 am

I thought it was just getting laid also. It does make sense!
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by jazz4111 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:20 am

Okay can't resist sharing this one:
Years ago they published it in the Los Angeles Times feature column on Mondegreens:
When my daughter was eleven they re-issued the Dionne Warwick song "Don't Make Me Over"
She came to me puzzled and asked "What's with this song "Don't Make Me Yodel"?
When I stopped laughing I told her it was the Swiss national anthem...
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by QQAudreyQQ » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:40 pm

friscogrl wrote:From The Future " Give me back the Berlin Wall, Stalin and Lucille Ball"
I listened to The Future after reading your post and found that if I listen to it with a totally open mind (trying to ignore and forget what the lyrics pages say it says) I can hear how you heard "Lucille Ball" there. :-)
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Post by friscogrl » Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:27 am

Thanks Audrey, i know it is a bit of a stretch.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Joney » Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:28 am

Again from The Future

First time I heard it I thought

"Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life"

was

Give me back my broken night
my Marlboro (cigarettes), my secret life

or possibly

my mirror ball my secret life (secret disco fan?)
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