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In I Am The Walrus, I got confused when John said "van" i thought he orignally said "man." That was only like 2 times when I was first getting into a kick of that song back in 2011 when I was listening to all The Beatles songs many for the first time.

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PeterWeatherby said
Presumably, we've all done it: listened to a Beatles song and either a) unintentionally picked up the wrong lyric or b) knew darn well that probably wasn't the right lyric, but couldn't figure out the real line, and so stuck with the blunder for lack of a better alternative.  And if you personally have not done this, you probably know someone who has.

So what are some of your favorite misheard lyrics, whether of your own faulty ears or those of someone else?

Here are mine:

1) I was convinced the second verse of "Let it Be" said "And in my outer darkness ..."

2) My own Da' heard the lyric of "Taxman" as "... lay clever pennies on your eyes."

3) From the same source: the opening line of "Here, There, and Everywhere" was Paul singing, "Peter Weatherby ... I need my love to be here."  And an internet username was born. :-)

4) Was always unsure why, in "Tell Me Why", John sang, "Did he have to treat me oh-so bad?"

5) The naughtiest line in "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" came in the raunchy bridge: "I need a fix 'cause I'm going down, down to the bitch that I left uptown"

Of course, now that I know the real lyrics for the above songs, I still sing the stray lines on purpose, just because it's an inside joke now and it's fun.

So what are/were some of yours?  Even more interesting: are there any lyrics you're still unsure about?

The 2nd one! I still say "lay clever pennies on your eyes", even though I've tried to correct myself.

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I heard that first one ''in my outer darkness'' in Let it be.

 

And I still sing ''back to the bitch that I left uptown'' in Happiness Is A Warm Gun. I just like it bettera-hard-days-night-paul-7

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BBCSessions1963 said
In
I Am The Walrus, I got confused when John said "van" i thought he orignally said "man." That was only like 2 times when I was first getting into a kick of that song back in 2011 when I was listening to all The Beatles songs many for the first time.

I thought it was "band" at first.

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

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Egroeg Evoli said

BBCSessions1963 said
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I Am The Walrus, I got confused when John said "van" i thought he orignally said "man." That was only like 2 times when I was first getting into a kick of that song back in 2011 when I was listening to all The Beatles songs many for the first time.

I thought it was "band" at first.

But I've read that it WAS "man" originally, but John misread his own lyric sheet as "van" and liked it that way!

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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In the song "The End", when they sing "Love You, Love You,....", when I first heard the song, I actually thought they were singing "Burn You, Burn You,....". Yeah.

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
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TwoAfter908 said
In the song "
The End", when they sing "Love You, Love You,....", when I first heard the song, I actually thought they were singing "Burn You, Burn You,....". Yeah.

Yeah it only became clearer for me when Paul sang it live.

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Let It Be: "In my arms of darkness" instead of "In my hour of darkness"

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

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Egroeg Evoli said
Let It Be: "In my arms of darkness" instead of "In my hour of darkness"

Paul sometimes sings that line as "in my darkest hour."

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Egroeg Evoli said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Actually, I think it's "bag," not "bad." I could be wrong, though.

That would make sense, since John Lennon and Yoko Ono created Bagism.

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My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
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Remembered this taken from songmeanings.net's entry for She Said, She Said (and other places)

I said
Who put all those things in your hair
Things that make me feel like I'm sad
And you're making me feel like I've never been born

Must have been some serious stuff for John to feel like he'd never been born.

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TwoAfter908 said
"...Made a lightning trip to Vienna, eating chocolate cake in a bag..."

Anyway, back to Misheard lyrics, I always thought that "...He got Early Warning..." (from "Come Together") was "...He got Early Wallet..."

Speaking of Vienna, I need to get there asap since Paul is going to have a have a concert there.

 

 

meanmistermustard said
Remembered this taken from songmeanings.net's entry for She Said, She Said (and other places)

I said
Who put all those things in your hair
Things that make me feel like I'm sad
And you're making me feel like I've never been born

Must have been some serious stuff for John to feel like he'd never been born.

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I've had more than this example of misheard lyrics of Beatle songs, but here's the most far-off example (taken from Michelle):

Actual Lyrics: Michelle, ma belle, sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble.

My Misheard Lyrics: Michelle, my bell, Sunday morns keep on playing piano and song, play piano and song. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

*"Morns" as in a short form of "Mornings".

 

As you can see, I was totally wrong!

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