Songs that didn't mean what I thought they did.

Discussion in 'Cactus Cafe' started by Horn6721, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Not like Hold me closer Tony Danza
    In many cases I didn't pay attention to the lyrics
    Now that I am there actually listening on Sirius there are some songs I really liked that I didn't know what they actually meant.

    Sting's Every Breath You Take
    The dude is a control freak stalker. Every step you take I am watching you.:rolleyes1:

    Queen( I am still a big fan but how did I miss what this was about?)
    Bohemian Rhaspsody
    He just killed a man, Put a trigger against his head. Pulled a trigger, Now he is dead.WTF?
    The rest of the song is about pity for the poor killer. Life has just begun now I have thrown it all away.
    What about the innocent person he killed??

    Quinn the Eskimo
    Who the H is this guy and why is everyone going to jump for joy just because he shows up?

    Don't get me started on Folsom Prison Blues.
    I am sure there are others.
     
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  2. Dionysus

    Dionysus Cocky + Relaxed Admin

    The Stranger by Camus may draw some comparisons. I don’t know if that was Queen’s intention though.
     
  3. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    I always thought Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall was saying "How can you have any pudding if you dont kick your feet." And I thought this for many years until the internet was invented and lyric pages started popping up

    “How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?” - actual

    But I still dont think my version made any less sense than the original does
     
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  4. Hideo Gump Jr.

    Hideo Gump Jr. 250+ Posts

    My all-time fave was Hendrix entreat
    ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
    His mind was full of purple haze, after all.
     
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  5. AC

    AC 500+ Posts

    My wife thought “Big old Jet Airliner” by Steve Miller Band was “ Big old chair with the light on”. Pretty funny. We still laugh about that!
    :idk:
     
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  6. nashhorn

    nashhorn 2,500+ Posts

    My Mom thought Paul Simon said “momma don’t take my motor home away”.
     
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  7. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    The thing is even after you know the real lyrics you continue to sing your version.
     
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  8. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    As a teenager, I thought Geddy Lee was saying “nose changes are permanent” instead of “knows change is not permanent” on Tom Sawyer.
     
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  9. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Chop
    That could be a lyric that is true.
    maybe you are a suppressed song writer
     
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  10. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    Ok, valid question, but what else did you once think this song was about?
     
  11. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    That is the thing.Never thought about it until I heard it on Sirius over and over and then paid attention.
    Still don't know why people are so happy to see Quinn. Are they all also Eskimos and Quinn is bringing them lots of whale blubber?
     
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  12. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 1,000+ Posts

    Dang I thought it was just me that has this problem.
     
  13. uisge beatha

    uisge beatha 1,000+ Posts

    Human League - Don't You Want Me: Guy thinks he made the girl famous, threatens to destroy put her back, and the veiled t "we'll both be sorry"
     
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  14. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Whiskey( or is it scotch?)
    Good one.
    I never listened to the actual lyrics before. So bitter and entitled.
    Liked the song back then tho
     
  15. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    So was The Weight a tune mocking fat people or what...

    “You’re going to carry that weight, carry that weight a long time.”
     
  16. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ means the diametric opposite of what roughly 90% of people think it means. That’s my reading of the lyrics.
     
  17. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Chop
    I agree. I saw the current version of Lynyrd Skynyrd In June at KAABOO. and came back to actually read the lyrics.
    That I exactly what I meant with the thread title.
     
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  18. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    He doesn't get a share of the royalties.
     
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  19. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    Moody Blues "Tuesday Afternoon" The first time I heard it on the AM radio, I thought they were saying;

    Tuesday afternoon
    I'm just beginning to pee
    Now I'm on my way

    Didn't make much sense to me until I bought the album and found out it was:

    Tuesday afternoon
    I'm just beginning to see
    Now I'm on my way
     
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  20. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Makes sense to me. I always pee before going on my way :headbang:
    _
    Just paid attention to the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams. Talking about using , being used, abusing ,being abused sounds a little sado_masochistic. I don't think I eve knew what that was when tnat song was popular.
     
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  21. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    I get a chuckle thinking about a stadium full of Lynard Skynard fans waving Confederate battle flags and cheering their lungs out at a guy singing about taking all of their handguns and throwing them to the bottom of the sea. (‘Mr Saturday Night Special’).

    All is not as it first appears with this band.
     
  22. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ is really more a mockery of bar flies (and his audience) than a celebration of the piano player—what I used to think it was about.
     
  23. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Darn Chop Now you are messing with one of my favorite drinking songs. Won't be as much fun to sing it when you know he is making fun of you.
     
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  24. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    The Talking Heads "Pshcho Killer" came out while I was still in Austin
    We couldnt understand all the verses but sang along anyway, even arguing over what Byrne was saying.

    Later learned it was not even English

    [Verse 2]
    You start a conversation, you can't even finish it
    You're talking a lot, but you're not saying anything
    When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
    Say something once, why say it again?

    [Chorus]
    Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
    Fa-fa-fa-fa, fa-fa-fa-fa-fa, fa, better
    Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away
    Oh, oh
    Psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?
    Fa-fa-fa-fa, fa-fa-fa-fa-fa, fa, better
    Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away
    Oh, oh, oh, oh, aye-ya-ya-ya-ya

    [Bridge]
    Ce que j'ai fait, ce soir là
    Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir là
    Realisant mon espoir
    Je me lance, vers la gloire, okay
    Aye-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-yeah
    We are vain and we are blind
    I hate people when they're not polite

     
  25. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    I always heard "mama don't take my chromosome away..." which I didn't really want to analyze.
     
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  26. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    As a wee little one I thought I was hearing the Beatles sing "Kentucky Love" instead of "Can't buy me love." Even worse, though I heard to lyrics clearly, I thought "Winchester Cathedral' was a person.
     
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  27. Crockett

    Crockett 5,000+ Posts

    For some reason, I thought Merle Haggard didn't smoke marijuana. I've recently learned he was just voicing a character...
     
  28. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    He wasn't from Muskogee either.
     
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  29. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Damn
    I did not know that.
    Growing up and facing lyric realities sucks.
     
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  30. BurntOrangeLH

    BurntOrangeLH 500+ Posts

    Had a friend who sang it that way.
     

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