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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by mnkyface » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:20 pm

This one comes from my 7 year old daughter again...she is so used to listening to LC in the car. She will be seeing him in Lyon with us next month and is very excited. Her favorite song is Closing Time.

Anyway, we were listening to Boogie Street and it was this line:

The rivers and the waterfall,
Wherein I bathed with you.

She thought it was:
The rivers and the waterfall
We're in our bathing suits

hehehehehehehe
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Duddy Kravitz » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:00 pm

My younger brother (who died at 16 in 1979) always sang:
Is this what you wanted,
To live in a house that is haunted,
By the ghost of our Aunt Bea.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by gammahay » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:50 am

I imagined he wanted to run with an expert crowd instead of a "novice crowd".

(lawless crowd) (Anthem)
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by brokenhill » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:06 am

Given the sudden rise in awareness of "Hallelujah" in 2008 you have to wonder how many of the population are wondering what the great event known as "The Mafeking Composing" was all about, but worse, how many think the whole song is about
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by mnkyface » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:18 am

Another one from my daughter:

Lift me like an olive branch and "be my homework done"
(instead of "homeward dove" in Dance Me to the End of Love)

It makes sense, in a way, to be someone's homework done. It's a feeling of completeness and satisfaction to have your homework done. The line would be about wanting someone to make you feel that way, or wanting that person to do things for you selflessly.

I like it. Leonard would too, I think.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by friscogrl » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:45 pm

Mnkyface, I love your daughter's take on Leonard's lyrics. People say his songs mean different things to different people, and this person happens to be a clever seven year old girl.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by AvidCohenFan » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:32 pm

Until a few days ago, I thought that after 'Destroy another fetus now' in The Future came 'But don't harm children anyhow' instead of 'We don't like children anyhow,' probably because of my pro-choice views. Can't remember any other ones right now.
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Post by kwills » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:44 pm

songster wrote:For a long time I thought LC was singing in the song Democracy about "getting lost in that hopeless little scream"
I did too!
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by hydriot » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:54 pm

I was disappointed to learn that the correct phrase is :"I'm junk, but I'm still holding up that little wild bouquet." I always heard it as :"I'm choked ...", which actually I think is stroger.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by AvidCohenFan » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:10 am

In Bob Dylan's When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky I thought it went 'On the lawn with someone else's wife' instead of 'I don't wanna drown in someone else's wine'.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by burningviolin » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:42 am

But you see that nightmare moving through the station....and not 'line there'.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by lizzytysh » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:43 am

When he tells the officer he was just getting home late, I thought for almost forever that it was, "I was just getting laid... " which made a lot more sense as to WHY he was getting home late in the first place, and something that a man might say to a man [even though he's an officer], anticipating belief and understanding.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Evie B » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:08 am

Hi Mnkyface

I also thought it was 'homework done' and I have a year or two on your daughter. I still think it's a rather nice line.

Also, until recently, like someone else, I thought it was 'something blonde' in Who by Fire.

I admit that I thought 'battle king' not baffled king.

I think I should go off and get a hearing aid, or maybe one of those wonderful horn things they used to use in days gone by, my opinion is they were rather regal. Not sure they would go down too well at Leonard Cohen concerts though, they could give the person sitting in the next seat a nasty crack on the head.

Evie
mnkyface wrote:Another one from my daughter:

Lift me like an olive branch and "be my homework done"
(instead of "homeward dove" in Dance Me to the End of Love)

It makes sense, in a way, to be someone's homework done. It's a feeling of completeness and satisfaction to have your homework done. The line would be about wanting someone to make you feel that way, or wanting that person to do things for you selflessly.

I like it. Leonard would too, I think.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by Womanfromaroom » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:14 am

Evie B wrote:
I think I should go off and get a hearing aid, or maybe one of those wonderful horn things they used to use in days gone by, my opinion is they were rather regal. Not sure they would go down too well at Leonard Cohen concerts though, they could give the person sitting in the next seat a nasty crack on the head.

Evie

Evie,

sorry for the somewhat silly association - but I am in the mood right now: "There is a crack in everything ... ". Imagine Darling (not our forum member, but the famous one!) sitting next to you, it might actually do him good... If that is how the light gets in... ;-)
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Post by brightnow » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:16 am

My misheard lyric is from "Blue Alert" and I just can't shake it. Even though I know it's "the innermost door", every now and then when I listen to the song and I'm tired or distracted then... "we're saying goodbye at the animal store" :?
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