Friday, April 08, 2005

Say that again?

Have you ever thought you knew the lyrics to a song, then found out the real lyrics were completely different from what you thought they were? And the funny thing is, your line makes complete sense to you in the context of the song; it's not like, "Gosh, I don't see where this is coming from, but I guess that's what he's singing!" This happened to me recently with a new worship song. I can't remember where I first heard it, but it was somewhere where I didn't have the lyrics in front of me, so when the chorus came I heard, "Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, your love makes me stay." And I was like, Wow. That is a cool, cool line. Not the kickbacks of being a follower, not the fire insurance aspect of it, but God's love, the full-on 1 Corinthians 13, love-is-patient-love-is-kind kind of love that God has for us, with all its incredible facets and strength. Because, honestly, there are some times when there's very little else keeping me there, you know? But anyway, then the next time I heard the song, the lyrics were there, and I nearly cried with disappointment because I found out the line was "Your love makes me sing." Now, I've got nothing against singing--I'm quite fond of it, in fact, as my friends will tell you--but the line just didn't strike a chord with me the way my version did. So now, when I sing it, I sing my line instead. :)

Now this should be fun. What song lyrics have you misunderstood in the past? You know, there's a whole book of them, called "'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy,"which was the author's version of Jimi Hendrix's line, "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky." My dad got it to use as a sermon illustration one time, and I'm not kidding, I was laughing my butt off at some of them. So anyway, please post them, and tell us if you prefer your version or the original.


Cheryl said...

emf's 'your unbelievable.' the words to this song don't make much sense any way you look at them, but the line in the song that says, 'your purple prose just give you away.' well... i had a friend in college who swore up and down that the line was actually, 'your purple bras just give you away.' oh yeah.... completely different song!

Bigger than Me said...

I've got another one where the original isn't really much either, but Picture, by Filter, the first line says "Awake on my airplane, awake on my airplane" and I (for whatever reason" thought it said "Let go my ice cream, let go my ice cream" Sure, when I finally took the time to figure out the words (I googled it!) I couldn't figure out how on earth I messed it up, but that isn't the point!