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?



  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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