Have You Ever Misheard Some Lyrics?

May 17, 2019

Today I’m going to write for a reader who sent me a challenge. You can find it at the bottom of the screen: the footer (by the way, on a website, it’s a place to rest). I’m going to reveal in this post the lyrics I heard and the real ones.

I must say it’s not very far away from an auditory perspective. But the meaning is quite different. I guess it must be a little autobiographical.

Don’t forget to listen to the song by clicking on the affiliate link. I’m also evaluating Spotify but they don’t have an affiliate program. iTunes music has made my day for a long time.

I do enjoy not having to store my record collection on the computer. Spotify has a limit though: “epic collection friend, you must remove some songs”.

I’m going to reveal in this post the chorus lyrics I heard. If you want to analyze that, don’t forget the mafia has got a hold on me.

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Are You Sure Hearing Is Richer Than Vision?

I don’t remember where I was, I read that sounds convey a lot more information than images. Take for example tennis and signal processing:

  • In tennis, they say you can evaluate if your shot was correctly hit by the sound the ball makes when it encounters your racket,
  • I also remember my signal processing masters in 2012. One of the final thesis was titled “highlighting the emotional state of the speaker for forensics”.

I also once read that vision was the main sense occupying your brain power. Maybe that’s why we’re closing our eyes when we sleep.

When I’m driving a car, if I close my eyes, some people will die. In a car, even if you close your eyes one second, someone will die.

I guess all senses that survived evolution must have a reason to exist. But what about closing our eyes on the misinterpreted lyrics?

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Wouldn’t You Mind Kissing Those People?

Now I’m going to reveal what I’m hearing when I listen to this song. The correct lyrics are: “Georgy Porgy, pudding pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry”. What I’m hearing is: “Georgy Porgy wouldn’t mind, kiss the girls that made him cry”.

Yes, maybe I’m a hopeless romantic always looking for the right words at the right time. Or maybe I just didn’t censor myself in a moment of grace and illumination.

This isn’t the only lyric that has been misheard. Another example is “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors: “if you give this man a ride sweet memory will die”. Some people hear the word “family” instead of “memory”.

Now you know what I heard in a lonely moment when listening to this song. This post was inspired by a challenge a reader sent me (scroll to footer).


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What Were The First Ideas For This Post?

At first, when the reader contacted me, 2 songs came to my mind: a song from the band Kiss and one from Prince. That’s because I focused on the last name of my reader; in a sudden fit of madness, I forgot the word and got inspiration from his name.

Sometimes it’s so hard to focus and resist all the pleasure that’s around you. If you taste WW2 as I did for the 38 first years of my life, you know focusing is key to reach your goals and be successful.

They say the key to motivation is determining goals. And I must say I do agree: I play a game called Diablo 3 and one of the goals was to level up 6 characters to the Torment 12 difficulty.

Focusing might be the next big thing for our children and everyone who feels a little confused. Let’s conclude this post with a few words on the song.

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Was The Song An Excuse For Imitation?

It seems this song from Toto was about imitating a session musician called Paul Humphrey. Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, Died Jan 2014) was an American jazz and funk/R&B drummer.

Humphrey began playing drums at age 8, taking private lessons in Detroit. In high school, he played baritone horn, trombone, and drums in the school band. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and studied under Kenneth J. Abendschein, touring the world and playing with many jazz figures of 1950s.

In a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer, Jeff Porcaro discussed developing the groove for “Georgy Porgy”: “When it comes to that groove, my biggest influences were Paul Humphrey, Ed Greene, Earl Palmer, and the godfather of that 16th-note groove, James Gadson. That “Georgy Porgy” groove I owe to them.”

As a conclusion, let’s remember that music is just another game; you have to find the right key and the door will unlock. Yesterday I composed a very simple groove and decided that the computer will be able to align the groove in a fuzzy manner. The result is very good; the subtle variations add a little fantasy.

When you try to create something, never forget your influences and how they cleverly mix together to give something new. The next post will be about approaching age 40 and how that smell evokes quarantine.

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Was That Another Example Of Courage?

This post is a homage to a reader. In fact it wasn’t the first person to send me a word through the challenge in the footer. It was the 2nd person but since he is Lebanese I decided to give him the priority.

They say courage is when you perceive a challenge. It’s not that difficult to blog based on a prompt if you don’t take what you write too seriously like a mad man laughing at the rain.

The next post will be about quarantine and how approaching age 40 should be the exact contrary. A quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of people.

In a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer, Jeff Porcaro discussed developing the groove for “Georgy Porgy”: “When it comes to that groove, my biggest influence was Paul Humphrey. What do misheard lyrics reveal about our unconscious mind and the complexity of our lives?

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!