I have to confess I am a fan of singing loud and proud……I have no inherent singing ability….I’m not tone death I can keep a tune but in terms of singing ability I am Holly Valance Lip Syncing at the ARIAs. This however does not stop me singing… in the car….in the shower (Disney and Broadway tunes are a shower specialty) and during episodes of Glee.
One particular day in the car I was with Chris and an absolute classic came on Bryan Adams Summer of 69. There I was singing my heart out when Chris suddenly turned down the volume and asked me what I had just sung. “Um I had my first real sex dream” it must have taken everything he had not to laugh straight in my face.
“Sweety you know those aren’t the lyrics don’t you?”
“What no what are they?”
“I got my first real six string”
“Well what the hell is a six string?”
“Well that makes sense….also brings a nicer image to mind when singing played it til my fingers bled.”
When Bryan Adams Summer of 69 comes on now you know what I do? I still sing my version I can’t help it.
Mondegreens are common- they are misheard lyrics. One of the most famous ones is from Elton Johns Tiny Dancer…the line is “Hold me closer tiny dancer” but a lot of people commonly sing “Hold me closer Tony Danza”.
But my favourite of all time was one that a friend admitted to….instead of “Cheap wine and a 3 day growth” she sincerely thought the lyrics were “Cheap wine and 3 gay goats”.
Do you ever sing song lyrics wrong?