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"Le-e-et's groove/be sick in your shoes" - Let's Groove by Kool And The Gang

"My whole body won't fit in a glove"-Let's Get It On by by Marvin Gaye (does he REALLY say this?)

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"He likes Breaded Utter
I got a seventh wonder

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Free your lady marmalade" - Creol Lady Marmalade

Jay K (Jay K), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

.. cuz it's actually "Free your baby mama-a-aahhh"

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Not really misheard, but in my head I alway sing, "Climb every woman..."

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Being an old fart i remember my parents and gran and aunties at my sisters wedding singing to 'Karma Chameleon' by Culture Club with the words "Im a Im a Im a Comedian".
And the old favourite. The Police - Sue Lawley (So Lonely)
Does Jackie Wilson Says on Top Of The Pops count?

Count Violence, Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i still don't know what that song that goes "Rolled up like a Douche in a runner in the night" or however it goes. what the fuck is it really saying?

JasonD (JasonD), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"revved up like a duce another roller in the night"

...not that THAT makes any sense either

I was just thinking about this earlier, about how sometimes what you think the lyrics are is sometimes better than the actual lyrics, like I thought this System of a Down lyric: "pushing little children/with their fully-automatics" was "pushing little children/with the folly of their madness".

Um, yeah.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No, it's "racked up like a deuce", actually.

Kerry (dymaxia), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Eiffel 65 - "I'm blue, I'm in need of a guy"


Curtis Stephens, Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

don't feel the reefer = don't fear the reaper

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I thought it was "Rolled up like a deuce..." referring to hiding a 2-spot when playing cards either because it was wild (I always played deuces wild when I was young), or because it was the least valuable (when not wild). This requires replacing the card you're dealt with the one you want, and that only works in loose games.

nickn (nickn), Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

SK - One Beat: "Could you invent a word for me"
SK - Combat Rock: "Oh god I love my daddy Uncle Sam"

Leee (Leee), Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's "Revved up like a deuce" AKA a deuce coup AKA a car. At least, that's what my brother told me.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

A friend asked me about a Nirvana song once. He wondered what "rake me" meant.

And I still can't figure out the lyrics of 'Remember Me' by Blue Boy. Is it
"I'm the one who hurt you, baby, aight",
"I'm the one who had your baby's sight"
or "I'm the whore who hurt your baby's eye"?

jot eff pe, Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm Blue, in Aberdeen I would die, in Aberdeen I would die.

man, Friday, 20 December 2002 00:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm blue, and I'm in need of a dime. and I'm in need of a dime.

Every picture tells a story, Tony. Every picture tells a story, Tony.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 20 December 2002 00:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's 'I'm the whore who had yer baby (weird noise)' isn't it?

Ferg (Ferg), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i'm blue if i were green i would die, i were greeeen i would die

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

pixies' debaser:
"i am old (CHAIN!) and i lose ya"

aaliyah's we need a resolution

"snoop video, looks at the ceiling"
(really: stupid yo? looks are deceiving)

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Kinda in the same vein as Marcel's post way up near the top, I always sing in my head Loverboy's "Everybody's Jerkin' for the Geekend."

Helltime Producto (Pavlik), Friday, 20 December 2002 02:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

* I used to think that Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" was, rather, named after a preacher named "Reverend Bluejeans."

* "Microphone Fiend:" I thought Rakim was describing his love of rapping as "sort of an addiction/magnetized like Nixon." Hmm, I thought, clever allusion to Watergate. It turns out he was saying "magnified by the mixing." Honestly, I prefer the former.

* "Whip It:" "Go forward! Move ahead! Run to the taxi! It's not too late!" That one isn't mine, but I like it all the same.

* "Goodbye Stranger:" "to Rabbi Josen/every day." It was actually "is the life I've chosen/every day."

* The Cars' "Bye Bye Love:" "Substitution asked Confucius, 'What's inside your head?'" It was actually "Substitution, mass confusion, clouds inside your head."

* speaking of The Cars: "Let's Go" takes on a more sinister tone when you think Ric Ocasek's singing "she never liked the Jews." (Again, not mine, but I've never heard it the same way!)

mike a (mike a), Friday, 20 December 2002 02:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"O Lord, won't you buy me a mercy dispense?"

jot eff pe, Friday, 20 December 2002 10:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Madge: "Eyes like potatoes"

La Isla Bonita

Rick, Friday, 20 December 2002 11:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

there's an award-winning UK TV ad series (Guiness?) from the mid/late 80's where they have people singing along to tunes like "Into The Valley" with completely different (but soundalike) lyrics written out on small chalkboards. anyone remember this? it was absolutely classic because it worked... and undermined your sense of how songs actually went. hilarious!

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 20 December 2002 12:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"there's an award-winning UK TV ad series (Guiness?) from the mid/late 80's where they have people singing along to tunes like "Into The Valley" with completely different (but soundalike) lyrics written out on small chalkboards. anyone remember this?"

I believe that was Maxell tapes (before they got Pete Murphy looking windswept).

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 20 December 2002 12:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There was the Vitalite one with the rasta singing "Me ears are alight"?

Rick, Friday, 20 December 2002 13:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

billy jean is not my lover. she's just a boy, who says that i am the one. the janitor's not my son. :)

meg, Friday, 20 December 2002 17:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"i got my first real sex dream..."

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 18:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mentioned before in a Meshuggah thread:

"I like juice and that's the truth!!"

original bgm, Friday, 20 December 2002 18:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Sweet, hot cum." for "Sweetheart come."

Ian Johnson (orion), Monday, 23 December 2002 23:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

In ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya":
"Oooh baby I like it. RAAAAA!" like imitating a tiger noise, or something. But in fact, of course, it's "Oooh baby I like it raw!"

phil-two, Tuesday, 24 December 2002 09:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and that old Stranglers classic -
"..lays me down, with my machine gun.."

Fuzzy (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 24 December 2002 10:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

For years I genuinely thought that "Killing An Arab" by F.Bob and the Boys contained the line "We terrorise Jews, it amounts to the same" until I saw the lyric sheet reading "whichever I choose" ..."

Darren, Tuesday, 24 December 2002 11:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

didn't Manfred Mann actually change "deuce" to "douche" when he covered "blinded by the light"? if not, then i guess that's one of my misheard lyrics

anyone, my all-timer -- when i was a little kid, i used to think that the buggles' "video killed the radio star" was "vinnie, don't kill the radio star" (and listening to the song, it never made sense why "vinnie" wanted to kill the radio star)

and i used to think that the line from "le freak" by chic that goes "le freak, c'est chic" was "bo-beep, go sheep!"

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 26 December 2002 06:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

First two lines of Labelle's 'Lady Marmalade':

'He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans/Struttin' her stuff for Mister Heath'

Fred Nerk, Thursday, 26 December 2002 11:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

RE: Blnded by the Light ...
I don't know what Manfred Man sang .. but I thought Springsteen's version was "Cut Loose like a Deuce - another RUNNER in the night" .. and I don't know what that means... I think I've also heard live versions as "Let Loose like a deuce"

Also googled as:
"Wrapped up like a deuce"
"revved up like a deuce" (Seems to be the consensus on the Manfred Mann version.)

Wrapped up like a goose in the middle of the night
Held up by a ...deuce... another ruler in the night
Slapped up by a dude...
Knocked up by...

..From "The Straight Dope" :
"Bruce's lyrics were no paragon of clarity, but at least you could understand the words: "Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night." Some claim the "deuce" being referred to is the 1932 Ford Coupe beloved of hotrodders (cf. the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe"). Maybe, but when you're talking about a song whose opening line goes on about madman drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summer, I'm not making any definite claims.

The Manfred Mann's Earth Band ("Quinn the Eskimo") did a cover version of the tune in 1976. It became a hit, no doubt because the band made the lyrics even more opaque than they already were. They changed the line in question to "wrapped up like a deuce."

What's it mean? I'm barely on speaking terms with my own subconscious. Don't ask me to explain someone else's."

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 26 December 2002 14:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

everyone's misheard "how soon is now," of course ... i originally thought that the opening lyric was "i am the sun and the air/of a shiner that is criminally vulgar." that is, that someone had punched Morrissey and gave him a black eye (or maybe that's me projecting?) what the "sun and air" had to do with getting a black eye, though, was an unsolved teenage mystery.

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 26 December 2002 20:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I initially heard the last part of the last verse of "Just Like Heaven" as "I found my self alone alone alone above the raging sea/That stole the only girl I loved/And drowned her deep in sorrow". I really thought it was cool that he broke the rhyming scheme for that image. Oops.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 26 December 2002 22:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

A friend asked what the "Mancheerons" were in Golden Brown.
"with my Mancheerons"
"with my minds she runs"

Celeste (Celeste), Sunday, 29 December 2002 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'Ride a white swan' T Rex. I think I only ever understood the title line and a line that finished ' ... and in the morning you'll know who you are.' I'm even doubtful about that now!

pete porchos, Monday, 30 December 2002 13:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Ants... rats snitch on one another for the ants..."

Everlast, watching the Discovery Channel.

jot eff pe, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 22:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"I'm a profiter"

(NERD - Provider)

man, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"take me down to a very nice city" - g'n'r - paradise city

also an ex-gf thought that brand new heavies - you are the universe was "you are my unicorn".

michael wells (michael w.), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"But if you go carrying pictures of Germans now,
You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

Truer words were never misheard.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
I just realized that this one Fred Neil song isn't "I've Got a Seabreeze..."

hstencil, Tuesday, 1 April 2003 19:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was fucked up on acid once a long long time ago and listening to Workingman's Dead - I thought the words were "I was having a HARD time living the good life," which I thought was the most beautiful lyrics ever, then I found out it was "having a HIGH time" - not nearly as good. Bummer, maaaan.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 21:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
to all of my ladies and my mens
and all my peoples in Depends

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Knee Deep in Doughnuts for "Lady Madonna" go ahead, listen to it...

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Eddy Money Two tickets to Paradise "I've got two chickens to paralyze"

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Keep thinking about that place Statison Boulaye which must be near The Monkee's Pleasant Valley.
Certainly what I heard it as in my early teens.
Think it's clearer on the cd though not heard in a while.

Stevolende, Friday, 6 November 2015 08:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Adolescent resident
Wastin' another night on Planet Maury 'vich
Want it dead
Want it dead
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
Want warranties on accidents

Frump 'n' Dump (Doctor Casino), Friday, 6 November 2015 16:15 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...


on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 10 January 2016 04:03 (two years ago) Permalink

That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic Jedi

remove butt (abanana), Monday, 11 January 2016 23:39 (two years ago) Permalink

fwiw I think that Muse chorus sounds a lot like Boston, which is not exactly a good thing for me, but an unusual reference point in 2015/6

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 12 January 2016 02:40 (two years ago) Permalink

slap that baby make him pee

how's life, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Always thought "Changes" was "Turn and face the strain." Some kind of boating lingo.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I now defy you to ever hear anything other than "hot potatoes" sung over the chorus of 'Rock Me Amadeus'.

Your Ass Is Grass And I Will Mow It With My Face (Old Lunch), Friday, 29 April 2016 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

i will raise you this: just today in a meeting we were talking about a coworker named w@ta@nab3 and that is the same tune that leapt to mind

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 29 April 2016 18:53 (two years ago) Permalink

oops i thought this was the "i can't stop singing the song this way now" thread

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 29 April 2016 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Dead Ringer For Love

"Rock 'n roll and brew, rock 'n roll and brew"

i don't know what i thought these lyrics were for the last 35 or so years, but they weren't this. he really underpronounces the b in brew so i've heard it as 'rock and roll and roo', whatever that means.

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 07:05 (two years ago) Permalink

'Round round get a round
I'll get a round
Get a round round round
I'll get a round
I haven't got no bread
I'll get you Special Brew

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Friday, 1 July 2016 08:33 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Elton John - Can't Stay Alone Tonight

what I heard (while shopping): 'your vagina in my rearview'
what Bernie Taupin actually wrote: 'you're the diner in my rearview'

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Sunday, 1 January 2017 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

To this day, I still hear Justine singing about Sto-vo-kor on "Connection" and have no clue what the real lyric is supposed to be.

...and DON'T *bleeep* IT UP! (Leee), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 00:07 (one year ago) Permalink


Mark G, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 14:06 (one year ago) Permalink

At 0:44, in the first verse.

...and DON'T *bleeep* IT UP! (Leee), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

You can't really blame her because this particular misheard lyric is in Spanish, but my wife thought at the end of Spanish Bombs by The Clash, they keep repeating "Oh my car is on."

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 April 2017 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

In John Cale's Buffalo Ballet, whose third verse goes:

Gold came and went, quickly spent
And the people broke down, and often drowned
In the wealth and pain of old Abilene

I always hear:

And the people broke down, and often dreamt/wept

I get how 'drowned' makes an AABB pattern, but I think it fits better as AABA. He even changes the articulation in many of the live versions to make it that way.

wallace, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

speaking of AABBBA, "Dancing Queen." the chorus will always be "YOU CAN DANCE!!!!!! YOU CAN DIE!!!!! HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!"

flappy bird, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I had a friend in high school who came to me ( i having been, and still am, the goto guy for such matters)with this question pertaining to Alice Coopers No More Mr. Nice Guy. Upon hearing the line, "I went to church incognito" he quite earnestly enquired "Hey Joel, where's Cognito"? I should've said Southern California! Instead I politely corrected him. Not a lyric but another time, at a party where we were all listening to Ozzy's live lp Speak of the Devil, in the intro to The Wizard, the Ozzman says " this reminds me of the old Fillmore East. Anyone remember old Fillmore East "? At which point Ronnie turned to me and said, " Hey Joel, who's Phil Maurice? I don't recall my response but I'm pretty sure I laughed and gently corrected him. That guy could be a real bonehead at times. Lol!

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:41 (one year ago) Permalink

And I must admit, as Flappy Bird says, I've always heard the chorus of Dancing Queen that way too. I was quite disappointed to discover it was "you can jive" at the age of..oh..45 maybe. I still prefer "die" though. Overgrown arrested adolescent to the end, I suppose.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:54 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Just heard Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" and remembered when I was a kid I used to think he sang:

"Don't get me wrong / I'm really not sick / Beetlejuice is not my thing"

I assume it's because the film and the song were hot around the same time and my 8-year-old self probably thought he wasn't feelin' it.

Chantilly Bass, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I wasn't so familiar with the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter until recently, but when I heard it I had to check the lyrics for the chorus to check ("War, children") - as I thought it was unlikely that it went "Booooob Dylaaaan!"
...which is what I kept hearing.

I used to think that the Spice Girls' Wannabe, instead of 'get with my friends' went:
"If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends."

Valentijn, Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:31 (one year ago) Permalink

that Gimme Shelter variant is amazing.

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:51 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

On Today by Smashing Pumpkins, I still maintain that Corgan sings "My willy stings" at one point.

Grantman, Sunday, 11 June 2017 14:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Last week Guy Garvey introduced this with "Here's a song about Les Dennis"

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Sunday, 11 June 2017 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

For nearly 30 years I've misheard the greatest moment in the greatest Warren Zevon song, The French Inhaler.

It's I-I-I thought you'd be a star. Not I-I-I passion fiesta.

Another illusion shattered.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:50 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I always heard INXS 'Don't Change' as:

Don't change the earth
Don't change a thing, for me

― VegemiteGrrrl, Sunday, 27 September 2009 10:50 (1 year ago)

...you mean it isnt that? *checks*


― Stargazey Pi (Trayce), Friday, January 21, 2011 8:06 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

holy shit y'all just blew my mind

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 30 December 2017 02:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This one is embarrassing: I had gone my entire life thinking "Satisfaction" went "I can't get no girly action."

Happened to be listening to a cover recently and realized that it must have been "no girl reaction" all along, which makes much more sense and is a better lyric.

twas in the fleek midwinter (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 30 December 2017 03:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I probably first got to know those lyrics through Weird Al's "Hot Rocks Polka," where it really sounds like "girly action," and that's how I heard it for years and years.

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 30 December 2017 03:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Listening to it now, I'm certain Al is actually singing "girly action." So, you're in good company!

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 30 December 2017 03:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I always thought it was “girly action” too, til about 10 yrs ago.

One I was reminded of recently was my longstanding misconception of the last verse of “The Green, Green Grass of Home”:

There’s a garden, there’s a saddled padre

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 30 December 2017 03:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've always thought it was "girly action". I reckon Bono does too.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Saturday, 30 December 2017 13:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Along Came Jones by the Coasters. As a kid, I always heard 'along came long, lean, lankey Jones' as 'along came lonely, naked Jones'.


how's life, Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Was disappointed to realize that the bridge from Nothing But Flowers by Talking Heads was not

The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for angry culture
I wish that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

I feel it works just as well in context.

how's life, Saturday, 14 April 2018 11:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

A couple years ago my in-laws bought my daughter K (then 4 years old) a little stuffed dog that would sort of bop its head and sing "Thank You For Being A Friend" (aka the Golden Girls' theme). I guess as a result of this juxtaposition, K used to sing "Your heart is true, you're a pal and a comfy dog."

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 21:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

that's great

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 21:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm watching this gator glide by on the lake
Ice frozen six feet deep just how long does it take

first time i heard this i thought Neil was talkin' about alligators slowly sliding across a frozen lake

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 21:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Black Grape, Kelly's Heroes.

I originally heard it as: "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sing like Suggs.", wondering whatever poor Graham McPherson did wrong & imagining Superman singing Baggy Trousers.

Then, for ages, I thought the correct lyrics were: "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sink like subs." - which I thought was fairly intruiging & worked alright.

Only now I found out that the real thing apparently is: "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sing like surfs."

Valentijn, Monday, 1 October 2018 11:31 (two months ago) Permalink

For a considerable time, I thought The Tubes' "Don't Touch Me There" contained the phrase "I love the way you're built, Fritz".
On reflection I reckon it's probably "I love the way your belt fits". Still hear it wrong, though.

Maltrsnapper, Monday, 1 October 2018 11:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Another one: Peter Gabriel, Games Without Frontiers. That bit where you hear the French version of the title: "Jeux sans frontieres", that initially sounded to me like: "She's so funky, yeah!". (I did look up the lyrics then right away as I suspected I might have been off.)

Valentijn, Monday, 1 October 2018 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

"Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sink like subs."

I believe this to be the actual lyric...

Actually, it was supposed to be "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men do cocaine." which at least rhymes with the next line "Who's got the biggest, Who's got the biggest, Who's got the biggest brain...."

Mark G, Monday, 1 October 2018 13:30 (two months ago) Permalink

"She's so funky, yeah!"

I had it as "She's So Popular".

Anyway, Kate Bush sings that bit, I always had it "hey, that Peter Gabriel has a range!"

Mark G, Monday, 1 October 2018 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

"Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sink like subs."
I believe this to be the actual lyric...

Really thought it was too, I found that 'surfs' line earlier through a Google search for the lyrics. It's claimed to be that on the majority of lyrics sources, but now I'm thinking that those pages are all wrong.
(In any case, it's nothing to do with Madness' frontman either...)

Valentijn, Monday, 1 October 2018 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I speak French and I had always heard "she's so popular" instead of "jeux sans frontières". Even now, having known it's "jeux sans frontières" for years, it still sounds a lot closer to "she's so popular" to me.

silverfish, Monday, 1 October 2018 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

"Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sink like subs."

I believe this to be the actual lyric...

I thought it was this too, all this time. But you listen to the song again and you hear the "f"s, mostly.

"Serfs" not "surfs" though.

They're both doing "f"s, I think, at 1:10 here.

But then, at 1:18, one of them definitely does a "b".

I think it's both.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 1 October 2018 23:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Actually it's Smurfs.

Dancing with the Tsars (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I always thought it was "most of these men seem like sods". As if I even know what a "sod" is!

henry s, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 01:02 (two months ago) Permalink

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