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23 March 2014
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I love reading about other peoples' actual misinterpretations of lyrics. I find most of the "commonly misheard lyrics" lists to be a bit of a stretch. Like "Chicken to Ride". I've never heard it that way and don't know anyone that has, but it pops up in lists like that all the time. It would be a little more plausible if it was a lyric that wasn't also the title of the song.

I'm actually having trouble thinking of many lyrics I've misheard. I've read the lyrics to most Beatles songs long enough ago that I can't really remember what I used to think they were saying in most cases. The "semolina pilchard" line from IATW is one that sticks out. I used to sing "salmonella pill-jar". Made as much sense as any other line in that song I guess. a-hard-days-night-john-6

23 March 2014
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Michelle, ma belle, someday we'll be born tre---- what? Tres bien ensamble? Isn't that french? 
Yes, it took me quite some time to actually realise the whole line is in French. 

23 March 2014
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Oh yeah I remember a funny interpretation of that bit of Michelle. I think it's a few pages back.

I think someone heard it as ''Michelle, ma belle, sunday monkey won't play piano song, play piano song''. For a long time afterwards I couldn't hear it the right way anymore, but like that.

By the way, it took me a while to figure that line out too.

27 March 2014
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Linde said
Oh yeah I remember a funny interpretation of that bit of Michelle. I think it's a few pages back.

I think someone heard it as ''Michelle, ma belle, sunday monkey won't play piano song, play piano song''. For a long time afterwards I couldn't hear it the right way anymore, but like that.

By the way, it took me a while to figure that line out too.

Not knowing French, I figured out 'tres bien ensemble', but not the rest.  I just looked it up and I couldn't type it from memory.  sonts something lol.  When you see the translation it's like, duh.  And he won the Legion of Honor or the Order of the Palm (a-hard-days-night-george-10 or some French medal for the song? 

 

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28 March 2014
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ScrambledEggs said
Michelle, ma belle, someday we'll be born tre---- what? Tres bien ensamble? Isn't that french? 
Yes, it took me quite some time to actually realise the whole line is in French. 

Before I knew it was all French I thought it was that bold part too...

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4 May 2014
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I have quite a lot of misheard lyrics, also ones that I haven't discovered yet... These are the ones I can think of now:

1. Eleanor Rigby: "She picks up her eyes in the church where her wedding has been"

2. Eleanor Rigby: "Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he watches from the grave" As if he would be burying himself.

3. I Saw Her Standing There: "And the way she looked was way beyond a man." I really don't know how I got from compare to beyond a man!

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4 May 2014
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 :lol: Thanks for the chuckle, @Beatleva!

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4 May 2014
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I've heard a story in my family that my aunt always thought that "Paperback Writer" was "Take the Back Right Sir" when it first came out. I thought that was hilarious! 

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4 June 2014
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sgtpepperbowman said
Here is a lyric that I get confused "Stirring up the dirt" It sounds like he's saying "Stirring up the dead" There's others too, but this is the one I remember right off  Cool

I actually thought it was supposed to be "staring up the dirt" because of George's "air" to "urr" thing. Then I realized how much more sense "stirring" made.

I also always thought that the line in Lovely Rita "...filling in a ticket in a little white book" was "...in a little white booth." It's because of the way Paul pronounces "book."

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5 June 2014
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I had forgotten about this one:

 

Please Mr. Postman: "You didn't stop to make me feel better, by leaving me a goddamn letter!" I was actually singing along to this for a very long time until I realized my mistake...

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5 June 2014
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"Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where her wedding has been".

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10 June 2014
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"You tell lies thinkin' I can't see

You can't grind cause you're laughin' at me!"

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27 July 2014
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For a few years after I bought this album many years ago, I thought Paul was singing --

"broken-hearted Jew believes..."

That's from "Junk".  Of course, I later found out it's --

"broken-hearted jubilee..."

(McCartney was my introduction to the Beatles: from there I bought Ram, then I got deep into the White Album, then Rubber Soul and Revolver, and eventually to all the rest.)

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28 July 2014
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I didn't realize this was wrong until I posted it a couple days ago and looking at it something didn't seem right, so i checked it...

'julia, seashell eyes, windswept smile, calls me...'

when it's really "windy smile"

i still think 'windswept' sounds better and evokes a better image (Damn John and his subpar writing! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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28 July 2014
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I suppose you all know about the general mondegreens sites? kissthisguy.com is one, there used to be one with "mondegreens" in the website name that I know was good and huge.  Anyway it's fun to read a few occasionally...not sure how useful they are to look up specific songs or phrases though.

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25 August 2014
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Just like Bob Dylan, i used to think the "I can't hide!" from I Want To Hold Your Hand was "I get high!".

And also, i thought that there were 2 Las in Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da  and they sang, "La, la, how the life goes on."

Oh, and i thought that, in I'm A Loser, John sang, "and i hacked like a clown," instead of "acted".

26 August 2014
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This one's good for @Ahhh Girl!

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26 August 2014
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Mr. Kite said

This one's good for @Ahhh Girl!

Paul. Fixing A Hole. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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26 August 2014
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The lyric in Love You To "before I'm a dead old man..."

I had no idea what it was for a while, but for some reason I heard "you're my little man."ahdn_george_01When I thought of that I laughed at myself and started wondering what it actually was... this was fairly recent, actually, probably just a couple months ago I came up with that.

 

"Or play the game existence to the end" from TNK, as well.

I heard it as "or play the game, make systems to the end."a-hard-days-night-john-2 It really doesn't make sense, but that's what I heard.

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Bulldog said

The lyric in Love You To "before I'm a dead old man..."

I had no idea what it was for a while, but for some reason I heard "you're my little man."ahdn_george_01When I thought of that I laughed at myself and started wondering what it actually was... this was fairly recent, actually, probably just a couple months ago I came up with that.

You're my little old man?

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