Lyric shows aren’t for me

So I was reading Sarah’s post about how her little 3 year old son messes up the lyrics to the Spiderman theme song.  I immediately felt a kindred spirit with her son – AND YES, I realize he’s three.

I’ve always been pretty good at memorizing things that I hear, especially if I hear them over and over again.  I guess this is what made me pretty good at theatre, because by the end of a few months, I could practically tell you everyone’s lines (and this includes the time I did Shakespeare).  Anyway, I grew up listening to country music.  In fact, I still jump over to a country station every now and again because some of those songs from when I was a kid are still playing on the radio and it brings back some nice nostalgic feelings for me. 

After reading that post, I immediately thought of John Michael Montgomery’s “I Love the Way You Love Me.”  Slow song, nice and safe for kids to hear….until I thought I figured out all the lyrics. 

There’s a part where he sings:

I like to imitate old Jerry Lee
And watch you roll your eyes when I’m slightly off key
And I like the innocent way that you cry
At sappy old movies you’ve seen hundreds of times

I could have SWORN the last line of that song was

At the slap of yo’ boobies you’ve seen hundreds of times

Y’ALL.  I was perplexed over these lyrics for years.  YEARS.  And I really thought that this was a gross song.  I mean, slapping boobies?  Yikes.  One day (as a middle schooler if I’m not mistaken), I mentioned something to my mom about that and to this day, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my mom laugh as hard as she did.  Gee, so I guess those weren’t the words.  Where was the internet back then when I needed it?!

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2 thoughts on “Lyric shows aren’t for me

  1. My sister and I are OLD-SCHOOL theatre dorks, and we used to sing Les MIs all the time, with us splitting the parts between us. FOR YEARS, we sang Javert’s line in Stars wrong.

    Correct: “I’ll spit his pity right back in his face!”
    Our version: “I’ll spit Miss Piggy right back in his face!”

    We still sing it that way. 🙂

  2. My mom use to think “Penny Lover” by Lionel Richie was “Penny Loafers”. I remember one day we laughed our bottoms off over that one. She also heard Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” as “Billie Jean is at my door” (rather than “Billie Jean is not my lover”), lol

    This seems to be the unofficial topic of the week for a few Rocket City Bloggers; Tyler Anne Snell also posted “10 Awkward Lyrical Misunderstanding” a couple of days ago: http://socialspaz.blogspot.com/2012/01/10-awkward-lyrical-misunderstandings.html

    Maybe I’ll blog a few of mine, too!

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