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greentree
223405.  Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:33 am Reply with quote

'I am the Lord of the Dance settee'

found out many years later, it's 'I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.'

always had a picture of someone dancing on the back of a sofa....

 
cornixt
223447.  Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:01 pm Reply with quote

At school we were forced to sing hymns in assembly. The stopped certain ones when the whole schools would change the words "Kiss my arse, my lord, kiss my arse" (alternatively "cucumber" or "chocolate bar").

At kareoke I would often change the lyrics on purpose, and there were loads of ready made alternative lyrics thanks to Weird Al.

 
RichieG
223469.  Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:02 pm Reply with quote

cornixt wrote:
At school we were forced to sing hymns in assembly. The stopped certain ones when the whole schools would change the words "Kiss my arse, my lord, kiss my arse" (alternatively "cucumber" or "chocolate bar").
Not strictly on topic, but something my minister told me he used to do (he might still do it, I don't know!) is during the more boring hymns is to sing them backwards (using the same song, it would be 'Lord my yah by kum'), but right from the end to the beginning. I tried it once, and lost four syllables somehow...

 
MinervaMoon
223492.  Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:00 pm Reply with quote

Not that this is "really, really wrong," but no one has ever offered me a suitable explanation for why "She's Not There" by the Zombies, ostensibly, has the line "The way she'd act and the color of her hair," (or some variation thereof, always with the word "act") when it doesn't sound like anything except "The way she had to have the color of her hair."

I asked my step-father and he quoted the "correct" lyric at me, and even got out his record so that we could hear it in the song. He can, apparently.

Even in the video (around 0:37), you can lip read it, and it looks like I'm right. Then why does my lyric have 2 hits on Google, and the often-cited one (scroll down the list and check the next line) has thousands?

This, to me, is one of the most unfathomable mysteries I know.

 
ficklefiend
223500.  Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:27 pm Reply with quote

My two favourites came not from me but my dear sister..

"Since you've been gone,
since you've been gone,
you left a smell so fragrant."

and, classicaly-

"My love has got no money, he's got a trampoline."

 
Arcane
223534.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:04 am Reply with quote

minervamoon - i had a look at songfacts.com, and the line you are quoting is
"the way she acted, the colour of her hair"
so, you are quite right.


Last edited by Arcane on Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:18 am; edited 1 time in total

 
MinervaMoon
223538.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:26 am Reply with quote

reddygirl wrote:
minervamoon - i had a look at songfacts.com, and the line you are quoting is
"the way she acted, the colour of her hair"
so, you are quite right.


I've seen SongFacts, but the whole point is that that's not the lyric. How can it be?

 
ceefax
223540.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:30 am Reply with quote

Callin cheryl baker up, callin cheryl baker up
callin cheryl baker up callin cheryl baker up

Its so ingrained in me i dont know the real lyrics to that REM song...help please.

Nuts on the pier nuts on the pier....underweaarrrrrr

liberian girl michael jackson

 
StarshipTrooper
223545.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:41 am Reply with quote

MinervaMoon wrote:
reddygirl wrote:
minervamoon - i had a look at songfacts.com, and the line you are quoting is
"the way she acted, the colour of her hair"
so, you are quite right.


I've seen SongFacts, but the whole point is that that's not the lyric. How can it be?


thats what i hear when i listen to it , the way she acts and the colour of her hair , why is that strange

 
swot
223550.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:49 am Reply with quote

Theres a new song out at the moment by some American guitar-toting sensitive guy whose name might be Newton Falkener (but they all sound the same to me :-/).

The song he has out (again, can't remember the name of the song) contains a lyric which sounds like 'innerustratin' which I just can't fathom. It sounds a bit like an American accent merging the words 'interesting' and 'frustrating' and it's driving me nuts because it keeps coming on the radio at work. Does anyone know what it actually says?

 
AlmondFacialBar
223552.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:52 am Reply with quote

ceefax wrote:
Callin cheryl baker up, callin cheryl baker up
callin cheryl baker up callin cheryl baker up

Its so ingrained in me i dont know the real lyrics to that REM song...help please.

Nuts on the pier nuts on the pier....underweaarrrrrr

liberian girl michael jackson


it's still what i posted quite a bit upthread:

"call me when you try to wake her
call me when you try to wake her"

and the song is the sidewinder sleeps tonight. it's one of these lines that seperates the men from the boys in r.e.m. terms. if you can decipher it you know michael stipe's accent far too well... ;-)

love the michael jackson one. :-D

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Arcane
223564.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:21 am Reply with quote

no 1 school swot, i can't help you there. i'll keep an ear out on the radio and see what i can do. if you hear what it is, go to songfact.com and have a look at the lyrics.


an oldy but a goody

"glady the cross eyed bear"

should be

"glady the cross i'd bear".

or another fave:

the one hit wonder by Maria Muldaur:

"midnight after you're wasted"

should be

"midnight at the oasis"


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Neotenic
223565.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:22 am Reply with quote

If anyone fancies a bit of a challenge, they can try and work out what the bloody hell Panasonic Youth by Dillinger Escape Plan is about.


Brace yourself.

 
Arcane
223567.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:26 am Reply with quote

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Askapart
223570.  Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:30 am Reply with quote

"no no
no-no no no
no-no no no
no-no, there's no lyrics!"

(2 Unlimited, 1993)

Everyone else used to sing that version to take the mick. I was the only one who thought those were the words.

 

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