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I don’t like surprises. My husband once threw a surprise birthday party for my 40th birthday. It was really sweet of him and the best party ever, but it freaked me out. The whole night was completely surreal. I woke up the next morning unsure if the whole thing had really happened. But he also surprised me with a new car. That was in the garage, so I knew the night had happened.
I loved the party—all my best friends were there—but I sometimes think I might have enjoyed it more if I’d been able to anticipate it. There’s enjoyment in the anticipation too.
Recently I was nominated for an award, and I found the anticipation of he ceremony so much more fun than the actual event. I loved shopping for the dress and shoes, looking for cute accessories, and dressing up that night. As soon as my category was called, I was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the night. I didn’t win, but a good friend of mine did. I loved her surprise! I like surprises for others, just not me.
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[This is a modified post originally published in 2009. I’ve updated some of the songs to make it more current. Enjoy!]
We’ve all known someone who has totally butchered the lyrics to a song. Not us, of course, but maybe a family member or a close, personal friend. Someone who was belting out a tune in total rock star mode when it happened –“WAIT! What did you say?… NO! That’s not how the song goes! Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!!”
For me, the most delightful episode of misheard lyrics happened when my daughter was three. I was working in my office. She was playing quietly in her room when she started singing. Her sweet little voice carried down the hall, and the song went like this:
“You’re a grandma flag,
You’re a hot flying flag,
And forever in peace may she wave.
You’re the emblem of the land I love,
the home of the tree by the lake…”
I nearly wet my pants. I had to clasp my hand over my mouth to keep from ha-ha-ha’ing out loud. Once I contained myself, I walked into her room.
“Whatcha singing?” I asked.
“A song I learned in school,” she said.
“Really? Sing it for me again.”
And she did. With gusto.
Exactly as I’d heard it. Hot flying flags and all.
To this day it’s my favorite misheard lyrics story. Even better than the time my high school friend singing, “HAM ON RYE” when Kenny Logins sang, “I’M ALRIGHT.” Or when a girl at a party belted out, “YOU GOTTA DANCE TO THE LEFT, DANCE TO THE RIGHT…” as Jimmy Buffet sang, “YOU’VE GOT FINS TO THE LEFT, FINS TO THE RIGHT.” (She even had her own little dance to go with her imagined lyrics)
It even aced the time someone I know sang, “STOP! In the NEIGHBORHOOD before you break my heart.” When everyone knows Diana Ross says, “STOP! In the NAME OF LOVE….” To me, it’s even better than the king of bungled lyrics – that line from Jimmy Hendricks’ “Purple Haze,” “Excuse me while I kiss THIS GUY” when it should be “Excuse me while I kiss THE SKY.”
Okay, if I’m telling on everyone else, I suppose it’s only fair to fess up. Here are some recent songs I’ve misheard lately:
Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran–
Correct: When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades –
Misheard: When my head’s overdrawn and my memory fades
Blank Space by Taylor Swift–
Correct: Got a long list of ex-lovers
Misheard: Got a lot of Starbucks lovers
September – Earth Wind and Fire –
Correct: Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Misheard: Do you remember when it was hot in September?
How about you? Have you ever misheard lyrics or know of someone who has? Share it with us so we can all laugh together.