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6 October 2013
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pepperland said
I thought that in Penny Lane they said "there beneath the blues and purple skies" instead of "there beneath the blue, suburban skies".

This isn't exactly a misheard lyric; It's a mis-printed lyric, from my Beatles' sheet music for Penny Lane. Instead of the "banker sitting waiting for a trim," the songbook says "the banker sitting waiting for a trend." Huh? What kind of trend is he waiting for? A hairstyle trend? An economic trend? Well, I guess he is a banker...

6 October 2013
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I used to think that the opening lyrics of For No One were "Good day breaks, your mind aches" instead of "Your day breaks, your mind aches"

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
7 October 2013
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Bungalow Bob said
This isn't exactly a misheard lyric; It's a mis-printed lyric, from my Beatles' sheet music for Penny Lane. Instead of the "banker sitting waiting for a trim," the songbook says "the banker sitting waiting for a trend." Huh? What kind of trend is he waiting for? A hairstyle trend? An economic trend? Well, I guess he is a banker...

I really like the idea of the banker getting a haircut he hates, then having to sit inside the barbershop waiting for it to come into fashion. "He's been here for weeks now. I wish punk would hurry up and come along; that mohican's not going anywhere..."

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7 October 2013
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Penny Lane has a lot misheard lyrics for me. I'm pretty sure Paul sings "Meanwhile back." Sometimes I hear it "Meanwhile banker" and in "four off fish and finger pies" was always for me "full of fish and finger pies."

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7 October 2013
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Joe said

Bungalow Bob said
This isn't exactly a misheard lyric; It's a mis-printed lyric, from my Beatles' sheet music for Penny Lane. Instead of the "banker sitting waiting for a trim," the songbook says "the banker sitting waiting for a trend." Huh? What kind of trend is he waiting for? A hairstyle trend? An economic trend? Well, I guess he is a banker...

I really like the idea of the banker getting a haircut he hates, then having to sit inside the barbershop waiting for it to come into fashion. "He's been here for weeks now. I wish punk would hurry up and come along; that mohican's not going anywhere..."

Joe, this made me laugh out loud, and I can definitely see the scene as part of an "alternate" Penny Lane video: The postman delivering the latest men's fashion magazine to the barbershop, and the stubborn banker casually flipping through the pages to see if he is finally "trendy" enough to leave. :)

14 October 2013
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If this has already been covered in this long thread, I apologize for the duplication. But when I first heard "Taxman," I had no knowledge of British politics, so "Mr. Wilson" and "Mr. Heath" didn't register with me. I thought the background Beatle vocalists were singing "A-ha, miss the wheels, son... a-ha, miss the heat." I actually thought this through, and I made it make sense; there must have been a heavy tax on car tires in England, which is why young male teenage drivers couldn't even afford to equip their automobiles. Also, there must be oppressive taxes on coal stoves, natural gas furnaces, and firewood. Of course, these poor over-taxed folks would miss the heat on a cold damp winters' day. No wonder George was so upset.

14 October 2013
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Hmmmm... Ah, as for the Sgt Pepper inner groove, I always thought it said "never could see any other way", and one time my friendo believed Helter Skelter was spelled and sung as "Hetler Sketler", which led to an argument with her dad and now her least favorite, perhaps, despised Beatle track. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Everyman has a man who loves him

Everywoman has a woman who loves her

15 October 2013
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For the longest time on Three Cool Cats, I thought the words were, "Walking down the street, shaking their hips, spitting up a bag of potato chips."

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

23 October 2013
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This mis-heard lyric appeared today on the mainpage of... (gulp)... the Beatles Bible! At least I think it should be "Mama said it's gotta stop." Although maybe Mama's actual, physical "head" is really out of control, and has to be stopped at all costs, as in a sci-fi "B" movie. :)

WHISPER WORDS OF WISDOM

Well, mama’s head has got to stop
Junior’s head is hard as rock
Now, junior, behave yourself!
— Bad Boy

 

 

29 November 2013
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I always thought John was singing: ''But if you go mumble mumble of german minds'', until i read the lyrics for ''Revolution'' btw.

He is really singing: ''But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao'' You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow ...

Takes time to get use to singing this part right, it just feels wrong :D

 

Also saw ''Nowhere Boy'' today - Enjoyed it very much, and i even cried when *Spoiler alert* Mimi explained why she had to take John away from Julia.

30 November 2013
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I NEVER heard what they were singing in that third line…………I absently thought I could hear……."Brighten her to do". It wasn't a song I played on guitar so I'd never looked at the lyrics. I didn't worry about it enough to sort the 'mystery' out until a couple of years ago.

 

You know it's up to you,
I think it's only fair,
Pride can hurt you, too,
Apologize to her

 

By the way I never liked that hit song of Paul's about his, 'leaking tyre'

30 November 2013
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FoolishWalrusPaul said

Also saw ''Nowhere Boy'' today - Enjoyed it very much, and i even cried when *Spoiler alert* Mimi explained why she had to take John away from Julia.

Good movie, but it does sensationalize the story.  It didn't exactly happen like that.  The "All These Years" book tells the much more realistic (and credible) story.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

1 December 2013
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@Atlas I didn't even realize what song those lyrics were from haha. I actually had to google them and then had a huge facepalm moment.

1 December 2013
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As mentioned in another post I always thought Norwegian Wood was a nice song set in Norway :)

1 December 2013
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trcanberra said
As mentioned in another post I always thought Norwegian Wood was a nice song set in Norway :)

...and like I said over there, I'm still going to think that.

1 December 2013
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Ahhh Girl said

trcanberra said
As mentioned in another post I always thought Norwegian Wood was a nice song set in Norway :)

...and like I said over there, I'm still going to think that.

Ha ha - I have visions of you and Parlance with your fingers in your ears chanting "we can't hear you"  :)

 

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trcanberra said

Ahhh Girl said

trcanberra said
As mentioned in another post I always thought Norwegian Wood was a nice song set in Norway :)

...and like I said over there, I'm still going to think that.

Ha ha - I have visions of you and Parlance with your fingers in your ears chanting "we can't hear you"  :)

 

Louder, parlance, louder! Shout it with me!

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2 December 2013
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Linde said
@Atlas I didn't even realize what song those lyrics were from haha. I actually had to google them and then had a huge facepalm moment.

 

 

Lyric portions posted without the 'tune' are notoriously hard to to recognise, no need for face in palm! I've been singing along with the  senseless….."Brighten her to do" since I was 9 years old! Think how I felt.

 

Paul's, 'My Leaking Tyre'…….. Desmond Dekker's,  My Ear's Are Alight' and of course Elvis' 'In The Gâteaux' are other famous examples of mis- hearings

16 December 2013
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I was always so certain that in the opening line to 'A Day In The Life', John sang: "I met the muse today, oh boy."

17 December 2013
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ScrambledEggs said
I was always so certain that in the opening line to 'A Day In The Life', John sang: "I met the muse today, oh boy."

ScrambledEggs, last night I was reading a book about the Beatles called "All The Songs." The description was about the creation of "A Day In The Life." John Lennon had most of the lyrics written, but he was soliciting wacky contributions from everyone in the studio. Some guy suggested the line "to fill" about the "4000 holes," and "Albert Hall." Something tells me that if you had piped in with "I met the muse today, oh boy," John would have loved it, and possibly rewritten one of the verses. ;-)

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