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Old Mar 22, 2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Misconstrued Beatle song lyrics

I think I may have started a thread about Beatle song lyrics gone awry in the past... but I didn't want to go looking for it. So...

Are there any Beatles lyrics that you had gotten totally wrong when you first became a fan? I've got plenty of 'em.... but I will begin with "A Day In The Life", where I had gotten more than one line all wrong:

"Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head...". I always thought Paul was singing, "Woke up, fell out of bed, tried to come across my head...".

I thought, as a young boy, that "come across my head" might have been some British slang for "waking up", or "gathering one's wits about them".

Also... "... four-thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire...". I thought John was singing, "... for thousand holes in Blackburn Land this year...".

Ha ha! I was a kid!
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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You mean it's NOT 'tried to comb across my head'? o.o
I just thought he was combing his moptop x3
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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Correct lyric:
You can get married in Gilbatrar, near Spain

Misheard lyric:
You can get married and get a sprain

"The Ballad Of John And Yoko"
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Old Mar 22, 2011, 09:11 PM   #4
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Oh, "Ballad Of John and Yoko" was full of them for me...

"Standing in the dock at South Hampton...."

"Standing in the dark of South Hampton..."



"Peter Brown called to say...."

"Peter Brown and Paul said..."



"Made a lightning trip to Vienna..."

"Feelin' like a trip to Vienna..."

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Old Mar 23, 2011, 03:56 AM   #5
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"And if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao..."

"And if you go carrying pictures of Germans now..."
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 05:45 AM   #6
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Poor Germans xD ^

"Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner..."
But I used to understand:
"Jojo was a man who thought he was a doughnut"
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Rain...

Following "When the sun shines they slip into the shade"

I heard "And sit there, (our) minds are made"

Instead of "And sip their lemonade."
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 04:06 PM   #8
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Kay- I thought it was
'If you go carrying pictures of chamomile...'
for the longest time.

Back In the U.S.S.R
'all the way the paperback was on my knee...'


Cry Baby Cry-
'Make your mother sigh...'

I am the walrus-
'If the sun don't come you get to turn(a tan?) from standing in the English(endless?) rain...'
I still don't know! xD

Penny Lane-
'A pretty nurse is selling puppies from a train, and though she feels as if she's in a play..."

I kow there's more... dunno right now though.
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Cry Baby Cry-
'Make your mother sigh...'
Ummm... aren't those the lyrics?
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*sad xD
Sorry!
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"And if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao..."

"And if you go carrying pictures of Germans now..."
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Norweigian Wood

"I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me."

"I upset a girl, or should I say, she upset me."

Real Love

"All my little plans and schemes lost like some forgotten dreams."

"All my little piles of steam lost like some forgotten sweets."

Good Morning, Good Morning

"Watching the skirts you start to flirt now you're in gear."

"Watching the skirts you start to burp now you're in gear."
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In "Norwegian Wood":

So I lit a fire, isn't it good? Norwegian wood.

became

So I let her fly, isn't it good? Norwegian wood.

Kinda changes the entire perspective of the song, doesn't it? It always made sense to me: This bird has flown. So I let her fly...
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"Paperback Writer":

"Dear Sir or Madame, will you read my book..."

"Dear Sir, old man, will you read my book..."

ME TOO!
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Good Morning, Good Morning

"Watching the skirts you start to flirt now you're in gear."

"Watching the skirts you start to burp now you're in gear."
Me too!! lol
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"I'll Follow The Sun":

"One day you'll look to see I've gone..."

"One day you'll look to see a gun..."


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Here Comes The Sun:

Real lyric—"I feel that ice is slowly melting"
Misconstrued lyric—"I feel that acid slowly melting"
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"Things We Said Today":

"... and that's enough to make you mine, girl—be the only one..."

"... and that's enough to make you mine, girl—pity, only one..."


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