"It's not about knowing everything, it's about knowing where to find everything." - Curious Physics Minor
Question #93170 posted on 06/16/2020 10:50 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's a lyric you always mess up? I usually say "invisible toast" instead of "invisible smoke" in The Archer by Taylor Swift. I also end up saying "crunchy road" instead of "country road" in Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver. Do you like your messed up versions better than the originals?

-Tipperary

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Dear misheard,

From Mulan's "I'll Make a Man Out of You" I thought "did they send me daughters?" was "deadly, sinly daughters." Cause he doesn't want any women in his army! They're deadly and sinly!

I very very recently learned that in The Sound of Music's "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" she says "things beyond my ken" not "things beyond my kin". I thought traditional girls just don't know anything outside their families! 

Finally, in "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" I thought "can you throw them over your shoulder? You'll be able to when you're older" was -- "can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier?"

-Mico

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Dear Tipperary,

For the longest time, I thought "Sister Golden Hair" by America went "will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the end?" It's actually "will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air?"

Honestly I liked it better when I was wrong.

-yayfulness

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Dear Tipperary,

A while ago, one of my friends mentioned to me that the word "thunder" in "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons sounds an awful lot like "fun dip." Now, I can't hear anything else.

Best,

Josefina

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Dear friend,

I don't think I've ever understood more than three words strung together in an Alt-J song. It's basically just all aesthetic mumbling. Which is fine, it sounds good, but take "Left Hand Free," for example. I can't identify a single sentence in that song besides "hey shady baby, I'm hot like the prodigal son" and even then, what does that mean? What? Does?? That??? Mean????

Yes, work is slow today. Why do you ask?

-Van Goff

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Dear Tipperary,

Not me, but my boyfriend thought it was "Ain't nothin but a party" instead of "Ain't nothin' but a heartache" in "I Want it That Way".

Best,

-the Goose Girl

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Tipperary,

When I was little, we listened to the Wicked soundtrack in the car, so I ended up thinking it was "loving" instead of "loathing". I guess I didn't know the word "loathing" at the time. Also, "it's not about attitude, it's the way your viewed", instead of "aptitude". Just fun little things.

-Inklings

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Dear Tipperary, 

I feel called out by this question! In my defense, Chris Martin has a problem where he 1) has a British accent, 2) says his lyrics really fast, and 3) often doesn't enunciate very well. 

The song I have the biggest problem with - consistently, even after nearly a decade since it first came out - is "Charlie Brown" off the Mylo Xyloto album (the best of all.) At the very end, the words are "So we'll soar / Luminous and wired / We'll be glowing in the dark" 

And I honestly don't know WHAT I say, but "luminous and wired" is NOT it. It's normally some amalgamation of vowels and sounds that resembles what I'm hearing. 

Luckily I think Chris would be pretty forgiving, considering even James Corden doesn't even know the lyrics to "Viva La Vida."

Heck, if you use lyrics off a random Google search for any Coldplay song and compare them to the lyrics on the Coldplay.com website it becomes pretty apparent nobody knows what the words are. So can you blame me? 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

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Dear Aziraphale,

All through my childhood, I thought the lyrics to the song "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys was, "Baaa, baaa, baaa, baaa, baaa, baaa, RAM!". It took me quite a while to realize The Beach Boys hadn't just written a song all about sheep.

~Anathema

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Dear Tipperary,

My dad always sang "My boyfriend's back and he's better than before" instead of "and you're gonna be in trouble". It never occurred to me to question it until like 5 months ago.

-El-ahrairah

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Dear Doctor,

I just wanted to add that the word for this occurrence is "mondegreen." Wikipedia explains that "American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing that as a girl, when her mother read to her from Percy's Reliques, she had misheard the lyric "layd him on the green" in the fourth line of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Murray" as "Lady Mondegreen"."

-Tally M.

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Dear Tipperary,

My dad once caused quite a stir at a family get-together by quoting the lyrics to Adele's Someone Like You as "Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry."

How he arrived at those lyrics (rather than "Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead") makes as much sense to you as it does to me.

Bemusedly,

9S

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Dear Tipp Tipp,

This really isn't a lyric mess up, but an entire song mess up. I was trying to figure out some good jams to listen to with Carl Jr. for our dance party since he LOVES music. I remembered I liked the beat to the song Temperature by Sean Paul. Let's just say that it is not appropriate for an almost 5 month old... I don't even know what I was making up! But I can't lie, it still has a good beat. Carl Jr. liked it a whole lot. Too bad he won't be listening to that song anytime soon!

-Goldie Rose

posted on 06/17/2020 10:07 a.m.
Mico, you didn't mishear the lyrics to "Do Your Ears Hang Low." Shari Lewis must have made up her own lyrics for the show. I have literally never heard anyone sing anything besides "Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier" until watching the clip you linked. Wikipedia (and the internet at large) confirms the lyrics.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Your_Ears_Hang_Low%3F

You're not crazy!
~My ears do not hang low