Friday, January 11, 2008

Misheard lyrics - new ARC contest

De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you.
De do do do, de da da da
Their innocence will pull me through.
De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you.
De do do do, de da da da
They're meaningless and all that's true
--The Police, "De Do Do Do"

Congrats to __bac__ from LiveJournal, who won last week's drawing for an ARC of Wicked Game.

Now let's have some fun....

Recently I was using the internet for its most important purpose: looking up song lyrics. In this case it was the words to a Rusted Root song. Not surprisingly, the first Google result was a site called The Archive of Misheard Lyrics.

The Archive invites users to submit their misheard lyrics and vote on other people's. The Top 100 Funniest are a hoot, though I think some of them are invented.

The song I was looking for was "Send Me on My Way,"* originally released in the early 90s but apparently resurrected in the movie Ice Age, where a penguin named Matilda dances or gets mauled by mastodons to it. I haven't seen that movie.

The line in question takes places after, "I may see you, I may tell you to run" (which for the record, I misheard as "Ombay say to you, ombay tell you to run.").

I used to think the next line was gibberish: "Mo-buddy-seh, mo-buddy-yuh," or perhaps actual words in a sub-Saharan African dialect currently spoken by fourteen people. It is world music, after all.

After further listening, I thought it was, "Nobody safe, nobody on," a twist on the baseball announcer's standby, "Nobody out, nobody on." It didn't make much more sense than, "Mo-buddy-seh, mo-buddy-yuh," but I thought it an improvement.

The real line is "You know what they say about the young." Who knew?

So for this week's contest, tell me one of your favorite misheard lyrics in the comments section. Deadline, as usual, is noon EST next Thursday.

Make me laugh, people!

*which my husband originally thought was called "Simi and the Whale"

UDPATE: after viewing the video to this song, I'm sticking with, "Mo-buddy-seh, Mo-buddy-yuh."

Now playing: Muddy Waters - Walking Thru The Park
via FoxyTunes

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I always heard the line from "Every Breath You Take":

How my poor heart aches...


I'm a pool hall ace...

Enunciate, Sting. Enunciate!

Posted by: Blogger Dave S. at 1/11/2008 2:20 PM

I should note that I am not angling for another ARC. Please use the above comment for entertainment purposes only. Any resemblance to actual comments, living or dead (or undead), is purely coincidental.

Posted by: Blogger Dave S. at 1/11/2008 2:27 PM

Ironically enough, I just heard that song before I head your post. I thought all this time it was nobody safe, nobody on. I love Rusted Root.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/11/2008 2:36 PM

ok a few songs came to mind first is Cold - Go Away.

when ever he is singing go away I hear Chihuahua. dont ask.

and there was another song I swear the guy was saying banana but I can't remember what song it was. I'll have to think on that one for a bit.

Cherie K.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/11/2008 11:24 PM

Gracias for the link!

Posted by: Blogger Jose Fritz at 1/11/2008 11:36 PM

I always try to find songs where you can hear all the words because otherwise it just bugs me. But there are a few where the words are unclear like in the main title song in Lion King II (I listen to a lot of soundtracks because of the above notion!). I always thought the words were

into the trees

but the words are more like

into the TRUTH

weird huh?

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/16/2008 11:28 AM

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