Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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Words & Lyrics

There have been various books published in recent years listing lyrics that listeners heard incorrectly. For example, the Jimi Hendrix song, “Purple Haze,” in which the lyrics, “...’scuse me while I kiss the sky” have often been misheard as “...’scuse me while I kiss this guy.” I have a few to offer here that I have not seen in any of these anthologies, but which I think are eminently worth passing along.

The first one was a lyric misheard by a friend of a friend of mine. He thought the correct lyric to the Kiss song, “Rock and Roll All Nite” went like this: “I wanna rock and roll all night, and part of every day.” I love that one! It seems like the sentiment of a prudent party animal – he wants to party, but he know he can’t keep going 24/7.

The other one I’ll cite here came from my late mother. Back in the 1980s, when she heard me or my brother playing the Billy Idol song, “Eyes Without a Face,” she thought the refrain began with, “How’s About a Date?” rather than the song’s title. I’ll grant her this much – her version actually makes more sense than the original, though it reflects an innocent sort of romanticism rarely found in Idol’s work.

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