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Louie, Louis June 21, 2011

Posted by bobv451 in ideas, music, writing.

My hearing isn’t good and has never been. I mishear people and lyrics and this sets off a wild stream of “I know what it should have been, but what I heard is so much better/ funnier/ more inventive.”

In Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” what I hear is much edgier (instead of “did they got you to trade your heroes for ghosts” I hear “did they get you to trade your heroes for gold.”) Very “did you sell out?” kind of vibe the way I hear it.

Or in CS&N’s “Carry On” I hear “to sing the blues, you got to lift a tune” which I find more interesting than the rather trite “to sing the blues, you got to live the dues.”

And in their “Chicago,” the line has to be “to the bathtubs of the moon.” It has to be.

And Steppenwolf wanted to “kick the world in a lovin’ place” rather than “take the world in a love embrace.” Really.

Anything can trigger an idea but mishearing is a wonderful way for me to go sailing off into my own lands of imagination.

I leave you with the ultimate “Aw, come on, they didn’t say that!” song.



1. journeytome2010 - June 21, 2011

Love today’s blog!
I have one for you.

In the 80’s I worked in a small bakery and the baker and I would often have radio wars. He loved loud 80’s top 100, me, Easy listening was more my speed.
One morning Falco’s “Rock Me Amerdeus” started blaring through out the bakery. Incensed, I decided to use that particular song to make my point. “I don’t know how you can stand listeining to such raunchy music. I mean really, “Rock Me On The Desk.” I sanpped.
The baker just looked at me and said “Um, Jodie it’s “Rock Me Amerdeus!”

2. Chuck Heintzelman - June 21, 2011

For years I thought “Blinded by the Light” had a line “wrapped up like a douche” when actually it’s “revved up like a duece, another runner in the night.”

3. Gordon - July 5, 2011

It’s like Jimi Hendrix said,

“scuse me, while I kiss this guy”

There are websites devoted to this topic.
You are not alone.


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