Off topic: Remembering song lyrics
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Source: The Doghouse Diaries

How good are you at remembering song lyrics in your native language? What about your source language(s)? Is it the same? Is it harder?

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Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
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Sometimes people don't hear the lyrics right in the first place Nov 18, 2011

A friend once confessed to me that she thought the famous Beatles song went:
A strawberry feels forever... putting her off eating them as a child.

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jacki-dart  Identity Verified
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I humbly confess Nov 18, 2011

that I thought the famous The Who song had a refrain that went
"Dennis Quaid"
which is of course "can't explain".
So much for my musical ear

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Leon Ivanihin  Identity Verified
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Exactly! :-) Nov 18, 2011

Yes, just like this one into the picture

Usually I remember song lyrics (in my native language) very well. Probably because I was singer some time ago.
But yes I can remember couple of cases when I misunderstood the lyrics.
Ocasionally both cases are about birds

One song was in rock and (I seemed) had these words (in Russian): 'we are falling as birds HAMMERED INTO the ICE'. I was shocked. And yes, it was just very bad quality recording. When I get older and found this song in good quality I found the secret. Real words there were: 'we are falling as a birds killed on the fly'. At least this make some sense, isn't?

Another time it was silly-girl song, which I mentally tried to fill with some extra additional sense.
I imagined that she sings (in Russian again): 'The Furry changed into the bird'. It was cool and poetical in my mind.
A bit later I found that really it was: 'Once I transformed into bird' with colloquialism. I was disappointed.

Oh my funny mistakes...

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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Kiss this guy... Nov 18, 2011

Gilla Evans wrote:

Sometimes people don't hear the lyrics right in the first place

A friend once confessed to me that she thought the famous Beatles song went:
A strawberry feels forever... putting her off eating them as a child.

I still remember an article from 1986 by Jack Smith in the L.A. Times, about rock lyrics, wherein someone thought Guantanmera was "One ton of metal"....someone else, "once on a meadow" and someone else, "one ton tomato"....

For more misheard lyrics and laughs, see

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[Edited at 2011-11-18 22:18 GMT]

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