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Tears, A Mask And A Black Peignoir

(now that I have your attention…)

When I’m driving alone in the car, the radio is always on. And if there’s nothing playing that I like, I have several cd’s from which to choose. 99% of my music is oldies, with a little country thrown in for good measure.

What amazes me is that it’s possible to hear a song for years and years, sing along with it for all those years, and then WHAM! All of a sudden you realize that a lyric you thought the artist had been singing all this time is actually something entirely different.

Here’s an example:

The song Penny Lane, by the Beatles. This song was released in 1967. That means I’ve been listening to it for 44 years (and that figure HAS to be wrong, just has to be).  Just last week, I realized that I’d been hearing one of the song’s lyrics wrong all those many years.  I always thought Paul was singing:

And the banker-man wears a mask in the pouring rain.”  (I was very young when this song was released.) The actual lyric is:

“And the banker never wears a mac in the pouring rain”. (In 1967, I had no clue that the British referred to a raincoat as a mac.)

Another example:

The song: I Wish It Would Rain, by The Temptations. This was released in 1968. So for those 43 years (again, that number can’t be right), I thought the lyric was:

Day in, day out, my tears, they stay pressed against my window pane“.  A few weeks ago, riding down the highway, singing along, I suddenly realized the actual lyric is:

“Day in, day out, my tear-stained face, pressed against my window pane”.

Without naming names, here are a couple of other lyrics that have been mis-heard by folks I know.

Song: Hazy Shade Of Winter (Simon & Garfunkel)
Look around, Lisa Brown. And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.”
Actual lyrics:
“Look around, leaves are brown. And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.”


Song: Take It Easy, by The Eagles
“It’s a girl, my Lord, in a black peignoir”.
Actual lyric: “It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford”.

So  have ever realized you’ve been singing the wrong words to a song ? Care to share?