Yes for years I thought Barbara Streisand was singing 'ride on a fair' instead of 'a right I defend' in the classic song 'Woman in Love'. Bless these people who work hard to write great lyrics for us to hear them wrong and sing them in error for years and years.
Karaoke was a massive whistleblower for all of us who lose the lyric. It's quite a shock when you see the wrong words on the screen. You almost want to stop the whole thing and announce to Mr Karaoke King down at The Dog and Duck that he must have a faulty machine. It's either that or your best friend forever just laughs uncontrollably at your faux pas and has great delight in correcting your momental mistake, never letting you forget it for the rest of your life. I did do a similar thing to my friend who thought 'I'm Every Woman' was in fact 'Climb Every Woman' why? an where did that come from? Still makes me giggle today and if I see her and that song comes on, well you can guess what happens.
So what other misheard lyrics do we know of?
Bon Jovi's 'Livin on a Prayer' is a classic with;
'it doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not' instead of 'it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not'
Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze' and;
'scuse me while I kiss this guy' instead of the correct line which is;
'scuse me while I kiss the sky'
Abba's 'Super Trouper' - 'when I saw you last night in Tesco' instead of 'when I called you last night from Glasgow' and I always used to pretend they were singing 'cause somewhere in the crowd there's Sue' instead of 'cause somewhere in the crowd there's you', that's just a better lyric, not misheard.
Macy Grays 'I Try' with;
'I walk on cobbles when you are not here' rather than
'my walk crumbles when you are not here'
.....and we all thought The Police were singing about Sue Lawley instead of 'So Lonely'.
There is a massive difference between misheard lyrics and those that people just change for an alternative. It's funnier when it is a genuine mis guidance of what you hear. When I was a teenager I remember buying Smash Hits magazine and they printed the lyrics to all the hits at the time in the 80's so it was difficult to make a mistake. I can sleep better at night now though knowing the correct words to 'Woman in Love' and if I ever do find myself at a Streisand concert then I won't feel embarrassed about singing the wrong words. Though I do feel 'ride on a fair' does fit quite well and I do let myself slip back into 'wrong lyric land' now and again, it just makes me smile.
Let me know your own experiences of mis heard lyrics, leave a comment below and don't be embarrassed, the sillier the better.
Thanks for reading and catch you tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday......
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