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    Lyrics make you think, in the foreground and/or in the background. A cleverly composed cadence can take a series of syllables and rebuild words or meanings...leaving us with an interpretation that is either off or completely wrong. There's nothing funnier that hearing someone singing a song with completely wrong lyrics! My favorite 'perceived' lyrics are from Kurt Cobain where I still hear "don't mosquito my libido", which is much more interesting than "a mosquito, my libido". Heck, I don't know what mosquito-ing a libido is, but it doesn't sound like a bad experience. Don't get me started on "revved up like a douche, another runner in the night".

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    In ancient times...
    Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
    Lived a strange race of people... the Druids

    No one knows who they were or what they were doing
    But their legacy remains
    Hewn into the living rock... Of Stonehenge

    Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
    Where the banshees live and they do live well
    Stonehenge! Where a man's a man
    And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan

    Hey!

    Stonehenge! 'Tis a magic place
    Where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face
    Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
    And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

    And you my love, won't you take my hand?
    We'll go back in time to that mystic land
    Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
    I will take you there, I will show you how

    Oh!

    And oh how they danced
    The little children of Stonehenge
    Beneath the haunted moon
    For fear that daybreak might come too soon

    And where are they now?
    The little children of Stonehenge
    And what would they say to us?
    If we were here... tonight


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    .....My favorite 'perceived' lyrics are from Kurt Cobain where I still hear "don't mosquito my libido", which is much more interesting than "a mosquito, my libido". Heck, I don't know what mosquito-ing a libido is, but it doesn't sound like a bad experience. Don't get me started on "revved up like a douche, another runner in the night".
    I love misperceived lyrics more than the real thing. After all, listening to CCR's "bad moon rising" I always wanted to know how to get to "There, on the bathroom on the right"

    Jaime introduced me to this website a couple years ago when I had asked folks to post their favorite "misheard lyrics" on a different forum:

    http://www.kissthisguy.com/

    ^^^ From "Purple Haze"...."scuse me, while I kiss this guy"

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    This song leveled me after my divorce. It was a song I had heard 100 time prior - but heard it again, for the first time, when it applied to me.

    Thanks very much for this one, Mr. Henley.

    I got the call today that I didn't wanna hear
    But I knew that it would come
    An old, true friend of ours was talkin' on the phone
    She said you'd found someone

    And I thought of all the bad luck,
    And the struggles we went through
    How I lost me
    and you lost you

    What are these voices
    outside love's open door
    Make us throw off our contentment
    And beg for something more?

    But I'm learning to live without you now
    And I miss you sometimes
    The more I know, the less I understand
    All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again

    I've been tryin' to get down
    To the heart of the matter
    But my will gets weak
    And my thoughts seem to scatter
    But I think it's about...forgiveness
    Forgiveness
    Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

    Ah...these times are so uncertain
    There's a yearning undefined
    And people filled with rage

    We all need a little tenderness
    How can love survive
    in such a graceless age?

    Ah...the trust and self-assurance
    that lead to happiness
    They're the very things - we kill I guess...

    Ohh pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
    And the work I put between us
    You know it doesn't keep me warm

    I'm learning to live without you now
    But I miss you, baby
    And the more I know, the less I understand
    All the things I thought I'd figured out
    I have to learn again

    I've been trying to get down
    To the heart of the matter
    But everything changes
    And my friends seem to scatter
    But I think it's about...forgiveness
    Forgiveness
    Even if, even if, you don't love me anymore

    There are people in your life who've come and gone
    They let you down, you know they hurt your pride
    You better put it all behind you baby; cause' life goes on
    If you keep carryin' that anger
    it'll eat you up inside, baby

    I've been trying to get down
    To the heart of the matter
    But my will gets weak
    And my thoughts seem to scatter
    But I think it's about forgiveness
    Forgiveness
    Even if, even if you don't love me

    I've been tryin' to get down
    To the heart of the matter
    Because the flesh will get weak
    And the ashes will scatter
    So I'm thinkin' about forgiveness
    Forgiveness
    Even if, even if, you don't love me...

    Forgiveness (yeah)
    Forgiveness (baby)
    Forgiveness (ohh)
    Forgiveness (ahh yeaaahhh)
    Forgiveness (ohh)
    Forgiveness
    Even if, you don't love me
    anymore...
    One Life

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    I don't really like the band anymore, but the first single off of their US release, "Fine Again," literally saved my life. I'll always be grateful if anything for that song, no matter how much the singer keeps demeaning what the songs lyrics are about/where they came from. Even though the singer is a Schecter endorser, this track was recorded with a PRS

    It seems like every day's the same
    And I'm left to discover on my own
    It seems like everything is grey
    And there's no color to behold
    They say it's over and I'm fine again, yeah
    Try to stay sober feels like I'm dying here

    And I am aware now of how everything's gonna be fine
    One day, too late, I'm in hell
    And I am prepared now, seems everyone's gonna be fine
    One day, too late, just as well

    I feel the dream in me expire
    And there's no one left to blame it on
    I hear you label me a liar
    'Cause I can't seem to get this though
    You say it's over, I can sigh again, yeah
    Why try to stay sober when I'm dying here

    And I am aware now of how everything's gonna be fine
    One day, too late, I'm in hell
    And I am prepared now, seems everyone's gonna be fine
    One day, too late, just as well

    And I'm not scared now
    I must assure you
    You're never gonna get away
    And I'm not scared now
    And I'm not scared now, no...
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    It's amazing how we can hear a song for 20 years and it doesn't really register and then because a life event, the song takes on a completely new meaning and importance to us.

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    Great topic
    edit - over shared apparently....
    Great songs are the sound track to our life...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    It's amazing how we can hear a song for 20 years and it doesn't really register and then because a life event, the song takes on a completely new meaning and importance to us.
    Spot on. Happens to me more than I care to admit.
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    Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues, 1965):

    "Maggie comes fleet foot
    Face full of black soot
    Talkin' that the heat put
    Plants in the bed but
    The phone's tapped anyway
    Maggie says that many say
    They must bust in early May
    Orders from the DA
    Look out kid
    Don't matter what you did
    Walk on your tip toes
    Don't try, 'No Doz'
    Better stay away from those
    That carry around a fire hose
    Keep a clean nose
    Watch the plain clothes
    You don't need a weather man
    To know which way the wind blows."
    Last edited by LSchefman; 11-16-2012 at 12:16 PM.

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    With my parents approaching elderly status, I finally understand and appreciate the line: "Once a man and twice a child, and everything is just for a while." I had been listening to that tune for more than 25 years and never got it. I do now.

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    Dave Grohl wrote this song after his best friend Jimmy Swanson died. Since I heard him tell the story, the song gets me everytime. Even hard to type it out, let alone play it.

    It got me through my cancer in a way I could never expect.

    "Word Forward"

    Good Bye Jimmy, farewell youth
    I must be on my way, I've had enough of you.
    I was a young man, proud and true
    Just a simple boy with nothing left to use.

    Years that I've wasted,
    These I----.O----.U----.'s -------

    They're just f*&^ing words!
    This is life or death
    It's time to clear the air,
    you better save you're breath
    Say, Have you heard?
    Say, Have you heard?
    The poison in my heart,
    Voices in my head.

    Years, that I've wasted
    These I-----.O-----.U-----'s!
    They're just fu$%^ng words!

    I meant every word!
    for word,
    for word,
    for word,
    for word-----
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    Simple, but perfect.

    Well, she's walking through the clouds,
    With a circus mind that's running wild,
    Butterflies and Zebras,
    And Moonbeams and fairy tales.
    That's all she ever thinks about.
    Riding with the wind.

    When I'm sad, she comes to me,
    With a thousand smiles she gives to me free.
    It's alright, she says it's alright,
    Take anything you want from me,
    Anything.
    Fly on little wing.
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    A lovestruck romeo sings the street a serenade
    Laying everybody low with me a lovesong that he made
    Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it ?

    Juliet says hey it's romeo you nearly gimme a heart attack
    He's underneath the window she's singing hey la my boyfriend's back
    You shouldn't come around here singing up at people like that
    Anyway what you gonna do about it ?

    Juliet the dice were loaded from the start
    And I bet and you exploded in my heart
    And I forget the movie song
    When you wanna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet ?

    Come up on differents streets they both were streets of shame
    Both dirty both mean yes and the dream was just the same
    And I dreamed your dream for you and your dream is real
    How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals ?

    Where you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
    You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
    You promised me everything you promised me think and thin
    Now you just says oh romeo yeah you know I used to have a scene with him

    Juliet when we made love you used to cry
    You said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
    There's a place for us you know the movie song
    When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet ?

    I can't do the talk like they talk on tv
    And I can't do a love song like the way it's meant to be
    I can't do everything but I'd do anything for you
    I can't do anything except be in love with you

    And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
    All do is keep the beat and bad company
    All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
    Julie I'd do the stars with you any time

    Juliet when we made love you used to cry
    You said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
    There's a place for us you know the movie song
    When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong Juliet ?

    A lovestruck romeo sings the street a serenade
    Laying everybody low with me a lovesong that he made
    Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues, 1965):

    "Maggie comes fleet foot
    Face full of black soot
    Talkin' that the heat put
    Plants in the bed but
    The phone's tapped anyway
    Maggie says that many say
    They must bust in early May
    Orders from the DA
    Look out kid
    Don't matter what you did
    Walk on your tip toes
    Don't try, 'No Doz'
    Better stay away from those
    That carry around a fire hose
    Keep a clean nose
    Watch the plain clothes
    You don't need a weather man
    To know which way the wind blows."
    A friend of mine worked part of this song, with Dylan's blessing, into one of his and I think you might get a kick out of it. I know you hate MP3s but I'm hesitant to ship my vinyl copy as it is super rare. I'll post you a link later tonight or tomorrow if you would like to have a listen?

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    LEVELLAND, by James McMurtry, called by some America's 'Fiercest' Songwriter. A great lyrical storyteller.....and in this video you will see one Mr. David Grissom playing lead to James' recording (~3:00 and again ~4:50):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-D824LHti4

    Flatter than a tabletop
    Makes you wonder why they stopped here
    Wagon must have lost a wheel or they lacked ambition one
    On the great migration west
    Separated from the rest
    Though they might have tried their best
    They never caught the sun
    So they sunk some roots down in the dirt
    To keep from blowin' off the earth
    Built a town around here
    And when the dust had all but cleared
    They called it Levelland, the pride of man
    In Levelland

    Granddad grew the dryland wheat
    Stood on his own two feet
    His mind got incomplete and they put in the home
    Daddy's cotton grows so high
    Sucks the water table dry
    Rolling sprinklers circle round
    Bleedin' it to the bone
    And I won't be here when it comes a day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me in Levelland
    They don't understand me out in Levelland

    And I watch those jet trails carving up that big blue sky
    Coast to coasters watch 'em go
    And I never would blame 'em one damn bit
    If they never looked down on this
    Not much here they'd wanna know
    Just Levelland
    Far as you can point your hand
    Nothin' but Levelland

    Mama used to roll her hair
    Back before the central air
    We'd sit outside and watch the stars at night
    She'd tell me to make a wish
    I'd wish we both could fly
    Don't think she's seen the sky
    Since we got the satellite dish and
    I can hear the marching band
    Doin' the best they can
    They're playing "Smoke on the Water", "Joy to the World"
    I've paid off all my debts
    Got some change left over yet and I'm
    Gettin' on a whisper jet
    I'm gonna fly as far as I can get from
    Levelland, doin' the best I can
    Out in Levelland - imagine that
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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    I love misperceived lyrics more than the real thing. After all, listening to CCR's "bad moon rising" I always wanted to know how to get to "There, on the bathroom on the right"
    Here's a true story about my (thankfully) ex:

    We were together for a total of 25 years, and married for over twenty of it. All that time she knew that (A) music was everything to me, and (B) The Who were one of my all-time favorite bands. We'd been together for years, and in one of those ugly fights that sometimes happens, she informed me that among other things, she hated how I loved 'that dumb group The Who so much!'.

    Them's fightin' words my friends!

    I explained that The Who were a band, not a group, and asked why she thought they were dumb. She said their songs made no sense. Like a fool I asked for an example. She said 'That song New Orleans... What the he** is that supposed to mean anyway? Who does a song about a place like New Orleans?'

    I had no idea what she was talking about, so I asked her to sing some of it for me. (By now I'm much more interested in this subject than whatever we had been fighting about in the first place.) So she said 'Neeew Orleans; New, New... New, New.' SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT "Who Are You?"!!!

    Long story short, my laughing didn't help the situation one bit. Now, years removed from her and the marriage, whenever I think of her one of the memories that comes to mind is that day and 'New Orleans'. That Pete Townshend... What a buffoon!

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    Speaking of misperceived lyrics:

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    I agree with Shawn about Mark Knopfler - one of my favorite lyricists as well.

    And I know from Shawn he is also a big fan of Butch Hancock (1/3 of the Flatlanders).

    How about Butch's "If You Were a Bluebird?" - some more great 'Americana' music. Here is a video from 1990, again with David Grissom and his Seagreen PRS:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBwyPV1WEQc

    If You Were A Bluebird

    If you were a bluebird you'd be a sad one
    I'd give you a true word
    But you've already had one
    If you were a bluebird,
    you'd be crying
    You'd be flying home

    If you were a raindrop,
    You'd shine like a rainbow
    And if you were a train stop,
    The conductor would sing low
    If you were a raindrop,
    You'd be falling
    You'd be calling home

    If you were a hotel
    Honey, you'd be a grand one
    But, if you hit a slow spell,
    Do you think you could stand one
    If you were a hotel,
    Well I'd lean on your doorbell
    I'd call you my home

    If I was a highway,
    I'd stretch alongside you
    I'd help you pass by ways
    That had dissatisfied you
    If I was a highway,
    Well I'd be stretchin'
    I'd be fetchin' you home

    If you were a bluebird you'd be a sad one
    I'd give you a true word
    But you've already had one
    If you were a bluebird,
    you'd be crying
    You'd be flying home

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    Butch Hancock is a great American poet.

    You might chase dreams, you might Flies
    you might chase girls, you might chase guys

    You might chase the road, little angels have trod
    you might chase gold, you might chase god

    you might chase the wind, you might chase stars
    you might chase cats, you might chase cars

    you might chase rainbows and you might chase clouds
    you might chase wide open spaces or you might chase crowds

    you might chase rabbits, you might chase deer
    you might chase whiskey, with a bottle of beer

    You might chase a tune, you might chase the mews
    you might chase the moon and you might chase the blues

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    This is one that really does it for me. Depending on the day, or my mood, or whatever, someone could ask me 'who are you?' and I would tell them to go listen to this. It's on my Final Party list.

    I Stood there boldly
    Sweatin' in the sun
    Felt like a million
    Felt like number one
    The height of summer
    I'd never felt that strong
    Like a rock

    I was eighteen
    Didn't have a care
    Working for peanuts
    Not a dime to spare
    But I was lean and
    Solid everywhere
    Like a rock

    My hands were steady
    My eyes were clear and bright
    My walk had purpose
    My steps were quick and light
    And I held firmly
    To what I felt was right
    Like a rock

    Like a rock, I was strong as I could be
    Like a rock, nothin' ever got to me
    Like a rock, I was something to see
    Like a rock

    And I stood arrow straight
    Unencumbered by the weight
    Of all these hustlers and their schemes
    I stood proud, I stood tall
    High above it all
    I still believed in my dreams

    Twenty years now
    Where'd they go?
    Twenty years
    I don't know
    I sit and I wonder sometimes
    Where they've gone

    And sometimes late at night
    When I'm bathed in the firelight
    The moon comes callin' a ghostly white
    And I recall
    I recall

    Like a rock. standin' arrow straight
    Like a rock, chargin' from the gate
    Like a rock, carryin' the weight
    Like a rock

    Lihe a rock, the sun upon my skin
    Like a rock, hard against the wind
    Like a rock, I see myself again
    Like a rock

    Lloyd
    'And the answer is... none. None more Gold.'

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