Lyrical Mishaps

December 22, 2010 at 12:36 am 2 comments

So, the video to “Take A Chance on Me” reminded me that song lyrics are something that I frequently mess up on. For instance, the lyrics to that song include the line, “Honey, I’m still free/Take a chance on me,” but when I was a kid I thought that they were singing, “Olly oxen free/Take a chance on me.” For real. Like they were playing hide and go seek.

Or how ‘bout the lyrics to “Blinded By the Light” as recorded by Manfred Mann? I grew up thinking that they were singing, “Wrapped up like a douche/Another runner in the night.” Turns out the guys were singing deuce, not douche. They were referring to a deck of cards and not a bottle of vinegar and water marked Massengill. This should have occurred to me since I’m pretty sure that douche is a word that would have been censored from the radio when I was a child. Probably even now. Since I wouldn’t have had the foggiest notion of what a douche was at the time I guess it’s kind of a moot point.

And what about “Down Under” by Men at Work? Could anybody from the States even tell what all those lyrics were? For instance, all this time I’ve been thinking that they were saying that I better, better run, I better take a boat when it turns out that they were saying that I better run, I better take cover. Did anyone else besides me get that version? I had to look it up on the internet to figure out the real lyrics. And what the hell does it mean to chunder? I think they made that up.

Here’s another great one. You know “Let It Snow”? Well, I always used to think the lyrics went like this, “Later on we’ll perspire as we dream by the fire.” Frankly, that made sense to me. That fire’s toasty warm. You’re going to be sweating.

Well, I’m sure that you can all think of some great examples yourselves. Happy holidays!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. popsdumonde  |  December 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Stupid me, I still thought it said douche. Thanks for the chuckle, I needed it.
    I’ll pass on the snow though!

  • 2. jasmynflower  |  May 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    literally still thought it was “olly oxen free/take a chance on me”…and was listening to the song on pandora just now, wanted to see the lyrics, was surprised it wasn’t, googled the lyrics, still surprised there was no note, so then googled the lyrics with “olly oxen free” in it….and lo and behold, your blog.
    thanks 🙂 at least i’m not the only one.


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