Lyrical Gangsta’

23 Mar

My mind has been wandering again, and this time it has meandered down the path of songs and lyrics.

I am shocking at getting words to songs right. And it makes me feel bad really, because someone somewhere has slaved over choosing the right words to convey their emotions, and I have royally stuffed them up.

For example (it always comes back to Bennie and the Jets, doesn’t it??) the words to Bennie and the Jets. Does anyone actually know them? My interpretation is “she’s got electric boobs, a mummy suit, you know I’ve read it in a maga-zihine!!” I’m sure this isn’t right. Who has electric boobs?!

So in the spirit of furnishing you people with accurate information, I googled it.

“She’s got electric boots a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets”

So it is just plain weird. And there’s another bit about killing a fatted cow. On drugs, much?

My sister is notoriously bad for thinking words are something else. Beggin, by MadCon is one particular example. The words are “beggin, beggin yououououo” she went around singing “Peggy, peggy pooh” before someone pointed out the correct words.

Sade, Smooth Operator? Great one! “I’d like a chilled margherita…. I need to find a seat-a” “these shoes are hurting on my feet –a”… the possibilities are endless.

But who cares if they’re right? As long as you are happy singing along, my thoughts are that it’s not up to anyone else to tell you the ‘correct’ words. Interpretation is everything. Carry on, songbird.

I’d love to hear what songs you notoriously ruin, I’m sure there are some winners out there!!


25 Responses to “Lyrical Gangsta’”

  1. Nate March 23, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    This isn’t a lyrics thing, but my ex girlfriend ruined the song Jesse’s Girl for me.

    After each part of the chorus when he says “I wish that I had Jesse’s girl” She would yell banana nana nana nana to the guitar part. It is all I can think of then I hear the song now. I do that in my head now too.

  2. Jules March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    uurm….. I used to sing “newborns in your closet” when the actual lyric was “new bones in your closet” (Aaliyah’s “more than a woman”)

    and some 80s songs that i can’t think of at the mo….!!

  3. sarcastabitch March 23, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    If you haven’t been here before:
    I deeply apologize for the wasted hours you are about to spend.

    The only one I can remember is I thought that “Big Old Jet Airliner” by Steve Miller was “We’re going to Carolina”.

    • tinkerbelle86 March 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks sandi, love losing my religion ‘that’s pee in the corner’

    • Sandi Ormsby March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      The Steve Miller comment earlier- I NEVER could understand what he said either…I thought it was Carolina too! Hahahah 🙂

  4. Sarah March 23, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I had a friend who thought the lyrics to My Girl were “When it’s cold outside I’ve got the muffins made” instead of “I’ve got the month of May.”

    My mom had a friend who thought ACDC’s “dirty deeds done dirt cheap” said “dirty deeds and designer jeans”

  5. The Mommy March 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    mine was ACDC’s “dirty deeds done dirt cheap” said “dun der chee”

  6. Alyssa March 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    haaha.. your Benny & The Jets song made me think of the scene in the bar from 27 Dresses. I think she may say electric boobs in that, too!

  7. Danielle March 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    We’ve got to beat that anal rape, that boom, boom in your town?!
    Black Eyed Peas cracking down on crime not sure about madcon though, don’t think that happened

    • tinkerbelle86 March 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      I forgot about that bean!the black eyed peas one is definitely your worst! I’m sick today but I got your present and an extra postcard, thankyou it made me feel less Ill. Love you x

    • tinkerbelle86 March 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      Also apparently madcon was Emmy. My bad 🙂

  8. prenin March 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I like parodies of songs by Weird Al Yankovich, so I guess I’m with you on the murdered lyrics!!! 🙂

    What if God smoked Cannabis, Cat in the dinner, etc. are faves!!! LoL!!!

    Love and hugs!


  9. vixter2010 March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Hehe B & the Js is a tough one, love them trying to sing in 27 dresses! Ice Ice Baby has some interesting lyrics – cooking MCs like a pound of bacon!!

  10. Sandi Ormsby March 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I used to think that Violent Femes song was Twister in the Sun…apparently it’s blister, and kind of a dirty song. My friend liked my “innocent” version better.


  11. thesinglecell March 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. “There’s a bathroom on the right” has become the official family lyric. It’s supposed to be “there’s a bad moon on the rise.” But that’s not nearly as funny, or informative. Also, “Big Old Jet Airliner.” How is it not “Pick out Jed in a lineup?”

  12. Yasky March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Surprisingly, when I saw this post on my RSS feed, I read Lyrical Gangsta’ as Lady Gaga for some reason. The reason presented itself when you asked “who has electric boobs?” Well…yeah. When I saw the MMVA performance when sparks shot out her boobs, I literally jumped back in my couch clutching the foam for safety. Haha.

    I usually hum to the tune and nod to the beat when I do not know (or cannot remember) the lyrics. The worst, though, was when I forgot the lyrics of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    How I wonder what you are
    Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah
    Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    How I wonder what you are


    • Yasky March 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      …and that still doesn’r sound right. Oh well…

  13. Katie March 24, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I’ve had too much wine to remember songs to which I don’t remember the lyrics.

    But I’m pretty sure I DO have electric boobs.

    Just sayin’… 😉

  14. The Compulsive Writer March 24, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    I totally get lost in my songs. I will play it over and over until it is dead, dead I tell you! But one thing I listen to everyday… is the Braveheart Soundtrack Battle at Sterling song 10. Seriously. Seriously. I know…I need to get a life.

  15. Unknown Mami March 24, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Oh no, title to your post created a worm; it’s going to go on forever.

    The first time I heard M.C. Hammer sing, “Can’t Touch This” I thought he was saying, “Contortion.”

  16. Sandra Bell Kirchman March 24, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    I can’t remember any lyrics that I mishear, although I know there are a few. However, I have a bad tendency, if I don’t know the words, I make them up as I’m singing. Things like…

    Love and marriage, love and marriage,
    Will work out only if you eat your porridge,
    This I asked you gently
    Are you really one of the geeeeeeeeennnntry.

    I still don’t know the words. 😛

  17. earlybird March 25, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    My kids take every opportunity to remind me of how I thought Whitney Houston’s ‘I’m every woman’ (Bodyguard) was ‘climb every woman’.

    Made sense to me. 🙂

  18. Stop Being a Loser March 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    This is the story of my life. I love Benny and the Jets and have no idea what Elton John is saying! Also, I listen to the radio a lot so I often only know the clean version of songs. So I’ll be singing it, and someone will go you do know that that’s the F word and not “Forget You”, right?

    Yeah, yeah of COURSE I do…………

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