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31 March 2010
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iCaramba said:

Again, not a misheard lyric, but a misunderstood one.

"You and me burning matches, lifting latches."

I had always assumed that "lifting latches" meant that they were trying to see if doors were accidentally left open (you know, to find some shelter)... but I recently found out it's Scouse slang. Here's the definition.

Does it have the same meaning all over the UK? Did any Yank or Canadian know that that is what it meant? a-hard-days-night-paul-10


Canadian here! a-hard-days-night-john-5 And nope, I hadn't the slightest. Figured out about as much as you had!

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31 March 2010
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I'd never heard of that meaning either (I'm from Somerset in the west of England). Must be a Liverpool thing. I too presumed it was to do with doors and locks. Thanks for the info!

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What are some crazy things you've heard instead of the actual lyrics? 

For me, the first time I heard "And Your Bird Can Sing," I thought the line "and your bird can swing" was "and your bird can scream." So that's what I sing when it comes up on my mom's iPod.

a-hard-days-night-john-3

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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

What are some crazy things you've heard instead of the actual lyrics? 

For me, the first time I heard "And Your Bird Can Sing," I thought the line "and your bird can swing" was "and your bird can scream." So that's what I sing when it comes up on my mom's iPod.

a-hard-days-night-john-3


 

I always used to mess up "Helter Skelter" and "Why Don't We Do It In the Road", what with all the yelling, you can't really understand what's going on a-hard-days-night-paul-11 Other than that, and the "being born" debacle, I think the Beatles enunciated pretty well. a-hard-days-night-george-7

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3 July 2010
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Well other than She Said She Said, which is still bothering me because the more times I hear it the more it sounds like belong, I'm Only Sleeping has a line I've always gotten wrong. "Running everywhere at such a speed," I always thought was "grumbling everywhere at such a speed," but I suppose they both work.

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3 July 2010
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I always had trouble with the lyrics of I've Got a Feeling, in Paul's screaming bit. I know them now, but I had no idea what he was saying, ahaha

3 July 2010
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Well at the ending of I Am the Warlus i always hear "Everybody smoke pot,everybody smoke pot" instead of "Everybody's got one,everybody's got one" 😀

And the banker never wears a mac in a pouring rain… Very strange…

3 July 2010
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I've heard a bunch of people say that, kadikas! Mostly on YouTube, though. 

On a semi-related topic, I recently got an e-mail message from an idiot claiming that "the Beetles" were putting backwards messages into their songs. Of course, the only "backwards message" I've heard is at the end of "Rain!" (Also in the middle of "It's All Too Much," but I don't know what George says. I think it's backwards.) I kind of think that the people who waste their time looking for messages in songs played backwards should stop and start wasting their time looking for messages in songs played forwards! But that's just me. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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12 July 2010
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Years ago, I thought that John was singing in Norweigan Wood:

 

I sat on the rug

Biting my tie

Drinking her wine

 

Made sense to me as he was eating and drinking.

 

george-martin ...and George is not amused

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12 July 2010
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As a non native English speaker I misunderstood the lyrics all the time.. but that's normal so I doesn't count. But I've always misunderstood as part of the lyrics (and I've mentioned before I guess) is when John says "Oh" in the middle of Hey Jude!. I always sing that Oh.

Here's the topic where we discussed this.

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....-question/

The lyrics I always find impossible to sing (I don't know why) is "Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords". I just can't make my entonation match John's, one day I repeated the line until I got it, but the next day I had totally forgotten how to sing it. I can sing Helter Skelter or Help! without catching my breath, but that damn line is just impossible.

Mh. A Day in Life. Now I think about it, I always sing like "I went downstairs and drank a Coke" (as a soda) instead of "drank a cup". And I *know* it's "a cup".

 

c64 : Was John biting his tie because he was nervous ?? LOL!!!

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She Said, uno mato things in your head, poopy things to be glad

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I don't think I'll be borrowing your ears anytime soon, MrBig. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

I don't think I'll be borrowing your ears anytime soon, MrBig. 


 

Dang, that's funny george-martin

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"All You Need is Ears." And I like my own.

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"Baby You're a Rich Man" - only recently learned that the lyric is not "...tuned to it naturally" but "...natural 'E'"

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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"She's not a girl who misses mitch, oh yeah. She's well acquainted with the touch of the hotmail vlinso pain. she undernated sources to the national trust"

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MrBig said:

"She's not a girl who misses mitch, oh yeah. She's well acquainted with the touch of the hotmail vlinso pain. she undernated sources to the national trust"


 

ROFLMAOOOOO!!!!!!

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

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MrBig said:

"She's not a girl who misses mitch, oh yeah. She's well acquainted with the touch of the hotmail vlinso pain. she undernated sources to the national trust"


Then what is happiness? 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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And if you saw my love, you'd number two.

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We're Sarge Hunts Lonely Farts Club Band, sit back and let the feeling roll

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