Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Superman (It's Not Easy)

The song, if you don't know it, is by
Five for Fighting and has a line "I'm only a man in a silly red sheet". When I first heard the song, I had no idea what the line was. I just thought it had something to do with a sheep. Yes, a sheep. Husband didn't know what the lyric was, but he was pretty sure it wasn't about a sheep. I said I didn't think it was about a sheep either, but that's what I heard. We finally found the lyric and, surprise, it makes sense and has nothing to do with sheep.

My second example would be 3AM by
matchbox twenty. It has a line that says "she thinks happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway". I always thought it was a mouse. It didn't make sense, but that's what I heard. I still kind of hear mouse.

My third example would be a
Pearl Jam song called Glorified G. It has a line "glorified version of a pellet gun". I thought the song was about a pelican. Seriously. For YEARS!

It's amazing how things make sense once you know the correct lyrics. Any stories anyone wants to share so I don't feel quite so ridiculous?


Naomi said...


I love that Five for Fighting song and I always heard shirt. But then I got the references made in the song. Of course, there are a million other songs that I don't hear the lyrics to correctly. Take Black on Black by Heart. I heard the chorus as "the sacred April rain" for the longest time, and while I thought it was a cool lyric, had no idea what made April rain sacred. Well, I looked up the lyrics and it's "the sacred and profane" which makes a whole lot more sense given the context of the song.

Amazing what we hear, isn't it?

Teble said...

April, You'd fit right in in my family. I blogged about my mom getting song lyrics wrong last year. And my son does it too. He thought that the French part of the Beatles' song "Michelle" said, "Someday monkey fun will end on Zon, will end on Zon."

Erin said...

ok...this CRACKED me up. I spent years sing "glorified version of america". how did i even come up with america? i LOVE that song though, one of my fav pearl jam songs. The other one of theirs that always got me was "dissident" for a long time i thought he was saying "dizzy dance"