Mighty Red Pen

October 22, 2006

I saw baloney

Filed under: At home with MRP,Kidspeak — mighty red pen @ 11:17 pm

S. (age 3) loves to sing. At the top of his lungs. What he lacks in ability to carry a tune he definitely makes up for in enthusiasm. But sometimes, he just doesn’t sing the song exactly as Woody Guthrie intended it:

 As I was walking down the ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

I saw baloney that golden valley

This land was made for you and me.

There are lots of hilarious versions of mishearing the lyrics. What’s yours?

7 Comments »

  1. Okay, okay!

    “Little Red Corvette” I heard:
    Living all night/started to erase/wonderin’ if I had enough class.

    Actual lyrics:
    Believe it or not/I started to worry/I wondered if I had enough class

    I see that my version makes absolutely no sense but since I was about 11 when that came out and I didn’t understand most of what that song was about, it didn’t seem strange that I didn’t understand what that line meant.

    Pea pods: a euphemism for drugs? Now that’s funny.

    Comment by mightyredpen — October 23, 2006 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  2. My favorite was my friend Aaron’s belief that Steve Miller was singing about a guy named “Bingo Jed” who apparently “had a light on.” Don’t carry me too far away.

    Comment by nikita — October 24, 2006 @ 2:51 am | Reply

  3. Oh! And also! You know the song about Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier? “Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee/Killed him a bear when he was only three”? Well, you’re supposed to say “bear” in what I guess is a frontiersman-like accent, so when I was little I heard:

    Davy, Davy Crockett – king of the wild frontier
    Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee,
    Killed in a bar when he was only three…

    And I couldn’t figure out how he got to be king of the wild frontier if he died when he was three, nor did I understand what a three-year-old would be doing in a bar in the first place. Clearly unsafe.

    Comment by nikita — October 24, 2006 @ 2:59 am | Reply

  4. The Song, Drift Away:

    Actual Lyrics:
    Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
    I want to get lost in your rock and roll
    And drift away

    What I thought when I was a youngin’:
    Oh, give me the peas pods, and free my soul

    I guess I thought that “pea pods” was a euphemism for pot/drugs, hence the freeing his soul and drifting away.🙂
    _

    How about you MRP, don’t be hiding behind S., what are your misheard lyrics.

    Comment by The Mole — October 23, 2006 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  5. Overkill by Men at Work. Don’t laugh, it’s a great song. I only looked up the lyrics in the past couple weeks…

    Actual lyrics:

    Day after day, it reappears.
    Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear,
    Ghosts appear and fade away.

    What I heard, since the day I first heard it:

    Day after day, drink a beer.
    Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear,
    Goes to beer and fades away.

    I still like my version better. Turns it into a classic drinking song. Complete with numbness and alienation.

    Comment by krodamai — October 24, 2006 @ 5:40 am | Reply

  6. Every song I hear says drive a truck through a cuddleparty.

    Comment by Ihaveallyourbabystuff — October 24, 2006 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  7. Krodamai, I like your version better too!

    Comment by The Mole — October 24, 2006 @ 5:38 pm | Reply


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