Heather addresses misheard song lyrics in this week’s Hit List!
One scene in my favorite movie of all time, Bull Durham, addresses getting the lyrics wrong. They’re on the team bus and Nuke LaLoosh gets out his guitar. “She makes me wooly, young girls they do get wooly. Because of all the stress…yes….they do get wooly. Try a little tenderness…” before Crash Davis takes the guitar away and says “Stop it. Women don’t get wooly, they get weary. And no one’s got stress, they’re wearing a dress. Dammit I hate it when people get the words wrong”! Amen, Crash, amen. But we’re all guilty of it!
When you’re in the car and singing alone, it’s okay to get the words wrong. A little ABBA comes on KIOA and it’s just you singing “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”. Or Queen’s kicking your cat instead of your can all over the place. Or how about the Monkees? “Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”…that’s not right. Or maybe you have an ugly girlfriend. Who am I to judge??
However, it gets a little embarrassing when you’re at a Bon Jovi concert singing at the top of your lungs “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not!” Maybe you think Jimi Hendrix is gay and bring it up in casual conversation. “Excuse me while I kiss this guy!” That’s a social faux pas. Maybe you asked someone why Johnny Nash changed optometrists. “I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone”. Oops. Honest mistake, I guess.
But can we talk about people getting the words wrong at karaoke night, when the words are RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM? Like it’s more cool to sing the wrong lyrics instead of reading them off the screen. “We built this city on logs and coal!!” Sing that Starship, The Voice is waiting for YOU karaoke star!!! Yes, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”. Because as Billy Joel once sang, “We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning, said the worst attorney” you might need a lawyer when you get slugged for getting the words wrong when they’re right there, scrolling past your eyes. Or maybe Lorraine is standing in front of them…I don’t know. But get the words right!!