• Like Narcissus growing old

    23 mai 2008, 2h09m

    Time for another badly heard lyrics post. I apparently got quite a bit wrong in

    In the first verse, I thought the line was
    the timing, and structure, did you hear, you fucker?
    and just now, I see that most people transcribe it as:
    "did you hear he fucked her?"

    For a while, I thought the chorus ended:
    "Like Narcissus growing old."
    a year later, I decided it must be:
    Like a sissy's growing up
    The actual lyrics which I just found out today while writing this post:
    Well I guess this is growing up

    in the last verse, I heard:
    You'll show up and walk by only you're with that guy
    apparently it's :
    You'll show up and walk by on the arm of that guy

    Nothing particularly funny besides the Narcissus line, but I don't like the song as much now that I know the words.
  • Badly tagged songs!

    3 mai 2008, 19h10m

    Wow, my music collection is full of songs that don't exist:
    I Want Candy
    Into A Darkened Room


    These tracks are actually:
    "I want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
    "Angel" by Vinyl Sun
    "Into a Darkened Room" by Inertia

    Widdershins, on the other hand, I still haven't managed to identify. But it's sure as hell not Tori Amos, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, or Sisters of Mercy - which are the artists accused of it.Into A Darkened RoomInto a darkened roomInto A Darkened RoomInto a Darkened RoomInto A Darkened RoomInto+A+Darkened+Room
  • Scrobbling gaps: so frustrating!

    29 avr. 2008, 14h02m

    I pretty much exclusively listen to music on my iPod. I don't listen on my computer because most of the time that I'm at my computer, I'm writing. I can't write and listen to music at the same time: I just end up transcribing lyrics.

    This is frustrating because I love data. I love graphs. I wish I was actually tracking my listening, but what I'm tracking is that percentage of my listening that successfully gets from my iPod to The iPod support for didn't work for me from January until April of this year. I just got it working again.

    Last week, my computer's power supply died, and I listened to about 7 hours of music on my iPod. When I synced it this morning, none of that scrobbled. (Actually, the whole sync routine was weird today). So, the 118 songs I wanted to add to my profile are not going to come up. The difference between the play counts on and the play counts on iTunes grows ever larger.

    grr, grr, muthafuckin grr.
  • Aragorn, Hathaway, Some kinda lightning

    11 oct. 2007, 15h58m

    Time for another "Dan can't understand lyrics" post:

    Actual lyrics:

    And I said, "What about 'Breakfast at Tiffany's?'"
    She said, "I think I remember the film,
    And, as I recall, I think, we both kind of liked it,"
    And I said, "Well that's the one thing we got."

    And what did Dan's sadly mistaken ears pick up? This is a particularly mangled one:

    And I said, "What about 'Breakfast at Tiffany's?'"
    She said, "I think I remember the film,
    There's Aragorn, Hathaway, some kinda lightning"
    And I said, "well that's one thing we've got."

    Obviously, it was badly mangled enough that I knew I had it wrong, but I really, seriously couldn't hear anything else until I'd read the lyrics. I'd like to point out that this was in 1995, well before the Lord of the Rings movies came out. So it's not like Aragorn was heavily in my mind at the time. Anne Hathaway also didn't enter the public consciousness until 1999, so where I got that name from is also a mystery.
  • Rainy day songs

    4 juin 2007, 22h59m

    I went through my iPod and marked down all the songs with "rain" in the title. Then I tried to listen to them...

    I ended up fast forwarding through most of them, because I just wasn't in the mood.

    I actually listened to:
    Steady As The Rain
    Rain Dogs
    Only Happy When It Rains
    You Look Like Rain
    The Rainbow Connection

    I skipped over:
    Raining In Baltimore
    Purple Rain
    November Rain
    English Summer Rain
    Fool in the Rain
    Rain King
    Sunshine & the Rain

    And I decided against including:
    Emotional Weather Report
    It's Coming Down
    Lightning Crashes
    Small Change (Got Rained On)

    These were the ones on my iPod. I'm sure everyone has their own list.
  • Got the worst of it though

    31 mai 2007, 23h23m

    Here's another edition of Dan's misheard lyrics:

    Since the early 1990's, I've thought the 4th verse of this song went as follows:

    He plays in the park for tobacco and food
    Well I excuse myself if they think I'm rude.
    Tourists don't want me to end his show,
    but it's kind of unattractive, got the worst of it, though

    The internet says that these are the actual lyrics to that verse:

    Play in the park for tobacco and food
    Then I excuse myself but they think Im rude
    Tourist dont want me to end his show
    But this colorful attraction got places to go

    Hm. I'd always thought he was talking about some older (senile) musician who was humiliating himself by playing in the park while tourists mocked him, and he cleans the fellow up, takes him away from the mocking. This song is happier than I thought.
  • So long, Kurt.

    12 avr. 2007, 22h54m

    This makes me sad.
  • You might get promoted

    28 mars 2007, 1h12m

    Well, I've finally determined what to use the blog feature for -- misheard lyrics.

    Today's feature is Sublime's "What I got" Here's what the lyrics actually are:

    Life is too short
    so love the one you got
    cause you might get run over
    or you might get shot

    Here's what I always hear:

    cause you might get promoted
    or you might get shot

    My brain is weird.
  • Long-tailed Jew?

    22 jan. 2007, 22h55m

    I got this track, shame of shames, on the "Killer Buzz" compilation. Reading the track lists, I thought to myself "I've never heard of this song!" It came on while I was walking home from work today, and I was happily singing along, when I happened to glance at the iPod screen.

    Which was when I realized that the chorus does not, in fact, go "I no longer love you." The next line is also not "I'm a long-tailed Jew" which was the closest I'd ever come to deciphering it.

    Actual chorus:
    I alone love you
    I alone tempt you
    I alone love you
    fear is not the end of this!

    I love finding out how badly I've mangled lyrics.