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'The Words Aren't Clear' - Misheard Paul Songs
8 February 2022
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I want to start a thread of the lyrics where Paul invites mishearings. I’m not sure “this one”/”the swan” even counts, because both ways of hearing the phrase are in the official lyrics, but it’s a good example of the kind of thing I mean.

Other favourite examples:

Oh Darling/Oh Johnny – the first time he says “oh darling” he clearly enunciates, the second is a bit rock’n’roll drawly, and the third he says “oh Johnny”

Riding to Vanity Fair/Writing to Vanity Fair

Piece of cake/Piss off cake

(‘Fuh you’ is an example where the tactic fails pretty badly imo)

Have you noticed any others?

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12 February 2022
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I think there’s already a thread for misheard Beatles lyrics, maybe this could go there?

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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13 February 2022
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Well the point is more about how Paul likes to invite mishearing, which I think is different. Maybe a better title for the thread would be “ambiguous lyrics” or something?

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19 February 2022
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19 February 2022
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Yes!

That song feels so full of hidden meaning to me, for reasons I can’t explain. The reprise in Carry That Weight , and the musical references in Little Lamb/Dragonfly make it feel important or something.

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22 February 2022
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Paul talks about misheard lyrics here:

(he mentions “polygon” / “body gun” from “Hi Hi Hi “)

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22 February 2022
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I’ve always switched and never settled between pint and fine (to-/a day) in ‘Band On The Run ‘ ever since reading “pint” in a book when young. I have no idea how a pint would get him out of jail but it made sense back then and it’s always stuck.

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23 February 2022
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Despite the album title and cover and song! I’ve never  linked it to getting out of jail. It was always him wanting to escape the Beatles, he’d have a simple life, no aggrevations… just a pint a day and he would be a happy manpaul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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25 February 2022
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Helen Wheels / Hell On Wheels

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1 March 2022
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One of the first few 45s I owned that was given to me brand-new (as opposed to being handed down by relatives) was “Uncle Albert /Admiral Halsey “; and for nearly 40 years I believed that the Admiral had to have a bath, or he couldn’t get to sleep.

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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3 March 2022
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vonbontee said
One of the first few 45s I owned that was given to me brand-new (as opposed to being handed down by relatives) was “Uncle Albert /Admiral Halsey “; and for nearly 40 years I believed that the Admiral had to have a bath, or he couldn’t get to sleep.

  

I’ve heard “bath” as a common misheard word in this song.

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10 March 2022
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I always thought it was “he had to have a buzz, or he couldn’t get to sea”.

Which I took as meaning he needed to have a military haircut, but I guess it could be taken other ways also.

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10 March 2022
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According to https://www.paulmccartney.com/…..ral-halsey

“He had to have a berth or he couldn’t get to sea”

It’s easy to understand how “berth” could be misheard as “bath”.

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12 March 2022
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I’m pretty sure that in Fixing A Hole , the first “see the people” line (around 50 seconds in) he actually says “see the Beatle”. I even think he says “disagrees”, rather than “disagree” (which would be grammatically correct for “Beatle” but not “people”).

Paul and George’s friendship doesn’t get nearly enough attention when people talk about the dynamics in the Beatles, but George would be my first guess for who he’s referring to.

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12 March 2022
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There is only one “See the people” (standing there who disagree)  in the song meaigs, the later line is “Silly people” (run around). 

I think the lyrics we mishear  make the songs more interesting or a good laugh sometimes, like Admiral Halsey and his bath; a surreal song made even bettera-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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13 March 2022
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Here’s another song Paul doesn’t have on his website.  Did someone already tell why he does have all his songs on there? Some copyright issue or something?

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13 March 2022
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I was listening to Vintage Clothes this morning. I often wonder if sometimes he says “we were” rather than “we wear”. They’d be almost the same in his accent, and it would be an interesting dimension to the song.

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14 March 2022
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Monkberry Moon Delight

I can’t understand half of what he sings in this song. Maybe that’s the point. He’s so drunk he is slurring the words. But the one that gets me the most is “pillow up my nose” which I thought was “piano up my nose” until I looked at the lyrics on Paul’s website.

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The lyrics on Apple Music say “piano up my nose” and that’s what I hear too. 

I’ve never thought he was drunk recording it though, I must go and have another listen!

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meaigs, I found Monkberry with vocals isolated a long time ago.

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