Foo Paws Part 2
Family and friends step up to make their confessions:
Belinda’s Faux Pas: Bob Seger “Night Moves” (1976 #4)
Daughter Belinda always thought that “workin’ on our night moves” was “workin’ on a night mood” which is perfectly understandable – night time being the time from strange moods that keep us awake.
Trixie’s Faux Pas: Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (1985 #22)
Trixie grooved to former Eagle Don Henley’s Sunset Grill back in the summer of 1985 – transposing the chorus refrain line “Down at the Sunset Grill” to “Down at the Sausage Grill”. Henley just seemed like a meat and potatoes man and this made perfect sense.
Another Belinda Faux Pas: Gordon Lightfoot “Carefree Highway” (1974 #10)
Pamela Jean Faux Pas: James Taylor Your Smiling Face (1977 #20)
Here is my Sis with this contribution from James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face”: “No one can tell me that I’m doing wrong, today” defers to “No one can tell me that I’m doing wrong, JULIE”.
Pam: “What happened to Julie?”
This Foo Paw is one of my own: The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (1965 #1)
It probably wouldn’t have mattered if The Byrds or Dylan were singing this – I still didn’t get it straight – i.e. “I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to” easily became “From my sleeping pad there is no place I’m going to” (I was pretty sure the Byrds like everyone else in the music business had a sleeping pad – and “My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'” to “my toes too numb to set, with only my blue heels will go wandering” – This is a no brainer – when you’re toes are numb – your heels have to be blue.
Belinda Strikes Again: Steely Dan – “Hey Nineteen” (1980 #10)
Lyrically I never got on board with Steely Dan – I would hum along – but just couldn’t figure out what in the heck they were trying to say so I am in agreement with Belinda when “The Cuervo Gold, the fine Columbian, make tonight a wonderful thing” can only be heard as “The Cuervo Gold, the fire won’t run me in”.
Laura (Da Judge) Faux Pas #1: Rush – Tom Sawyer (1981 #44)
My Daughter Laura tells us “A modern day warrior – Mean, mean stride – Today’s Tom Sawyer – Mean, mean pride” becomes “Today’s Tom Sawyer, “Mean, mean guy”.
A combination Trixie and Belinda agreement Faux Pas: Steely Dan (again)
One more Faux Pas for Trixie: Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo” (1981 #8)
Me Again Faux Pas: Elvis the King – “His Latest Flame” (1961 #4)
Right from the first listening and for many years thereafter it was “And Marie’s the name of his latest flame” was no doubt “And the reason is, it’s the latest flame”. (Sorry Elvis – I should have known he had so many flames.)
Country Paul Payton – Fellow DJ Faux Pas: Herman’s Hermits – “A Must to Avoid” (1965 #8)
I’ll let Paul tell it: “Incidentally, another DJ on the same station in the same era intro’d one of Herman’s Hermits’ hits as (“A Must to Avoid” becomes) “She’s a Muscular Boy.” That song has never been the same to me since.”
And that jogged my own painful memory – I heard “She’s a must to avoid” as “She says nuts to a boy” (and I can’t blame it on some DJ).
Darling Janet’s & Another Faux Pas: Dire Straits – “Walk of Life” (1985 #7)
It was easy to misjudge “Do the walk of life” into becoming “Do the Walk on By” – perhaps the latest dance craze at the time.
Another one from Sister PJ: Manfred Mann – “Blinded by the Light” (1976 #1)
Pam: “Blinded By the Light” was a real doosie.” Real Version: “Revved up like a deuce another runner in the night” – Pam’s Version: “Wrapped up like a doochin in a roller in the night.” WHAAAAT? A doochin? (Editor’s Note: Perfectly understandable! I think…)
What Would Janet Do? Part 2: Cream
Now here is one for the ages – not a lyric misunderstanding – but an entire artist misunderstanding. It was 1968 and the super group Cream was appearing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Janet was spending the weekend with her girl friend – Barbie – in the girl’s dorm – when one of the other girls was sobbing. Janet asked what was wrong – Barbie said “Oh, she’s sad because she lost her Cream tickets”.
Janet thought that one over and said, “Can’t she just go to the cafeteria and get more tickets to buy her cream”. (Oh how cute!!!)
Daughter Sheila Faux Pas: The Coasters – “Poison Ivy” (1959 #7)
This from yet another daughter – Sheila – the title and refrain “Poison Ivy” preciously becomes “Born on the highway” – and it would take an ocean of some kind of lotion to be born any highway…
Belinda Faux Pas: Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze” (1972 #6)
Tucka’s Faux Pas: Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986 #1)
This one from my first son stumps me just a little – more than a little: From “Livin’ on a Prayer”: “Whoa, we’re half way there” to this “Whoa, head waving” – “Head Waving??
Auntie Kim’s Faux Pas: Mark Lindsay – “Arizona” (1969 #10)
I love this one a lot from the former Raider of Paul Revere’s group: Auntie Kim took the title refrain that runs throughout the song “A-R-I-Z-O-N-A” to “Hair is so long” – I love it.