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February 8, 2015
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Foo Paws Part 2

Family and friends step up to make their confessions:

Belinda’s Faux Pas: Bob Seger “Night Moves” (1976 #4)

STEVE MILLER NIGHT MOVES B 1976

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.

Workin on those night moods

Workin on those night moods

Trixie’s Faux Pas: Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (1985 #22)

DON HENLEY - SUNSET GRILL A 1985

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.

Henley's Sausages

Henley’s Sausages

Another Belinda Faux Pas: Gordon Lightfoot “Carefree Highway” (1974 #10)

LIGHTFOOT - CAREFREE HIGHWAY

This one was just a natural for Daughter Belinda – Gordon Lightfoot was a minstrel and minstrels do a lot of traveling on many highways – in fact – “Every Highway” which was an appropriate title (because obviously a fellow couldn’t really be “carefree” on that many highways).
Lightfoot on Every Highway

Lightfoot on Every Highway

Pamela Jean Faux Pas: James Taylor Your Smiling Face (1977 #20)

JAMES TAYLOR FACE 01

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?”

A smiling Julie

A smiling Julie

This Foo Paw is one of my own: The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (1965 #1)

TAMBOURINE MAN - BYRDS A 65

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.

The Blue Heeled Byrds

The Blue Heeled Byrds

Belinda Strikes Again: Steely Dan – “Hey Nineteen” (1980 #10)

STEELY DAN - 19 A

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”.

Running for the Cuervo

Running for the Cuervo

Laura (Da Judge) Faux Pas #1: Rush – Tom Sawyer (1981 #44)

RUSH 01

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 very, very mean Tom

A very, very mean Tom

A combination Trixie and Belinda agreement Faux Pas: Steely Dan (again)

STEELY DAN - 19 REELING

“Are you reeling in the years, stowing away the time” becomes “Are you reeling in the yeast” and that quickly followed by “Are you gathering up the tears” with “Are you gathering up the feast?”
(BELINDA): “Discovering the actual lyrics of this song is a bit of a bummer because we always thought that song was about some sort of community cooking and camping effort….one guy reels in the yeast for baking bread, another guy gathers up the feast to share and whatnot.” Makes sense to me.
A fine day of yeast gathering

A fine day of yeast gathering

and feast gathering

and feast gathering

One more Faux Pas for Trixie: Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo” (1981 #8)

 BERTIE HIGGINS
Bertie composed “We had it all.  Just like Bogie and Bacall” but it should have been “We had it all. Just like Bonnie and Megurt” – (Bonnie and Megurt just like a couple who had it all.)
BERTIE HIGGINS b

The notorious Bonnie and Megurt

Me Again Faux Pas: Elvis the King – “His Latest Flame” (1961 #4)

ELVIS MARIE A

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.)

ELVIS MARIE B

Just one of many Reasons – (actually the latest) – flames

Country Paul Payton – Fellow DJ Faux Pas: Herman’s Hermits – “A Must to Avoid” (1965 #8)

HERMANS HERMITS MUST

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.”

Avoiding the Muscular - Oh Boy!

Avoiding the Muscular

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).

Boys and their Nuts

Boys and their Nuts

Darling Janet’s & Another Faux Pas: Dire Straits – “Walk of Life” (1985 #7)

DIRE STRAITS B

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.

Just walkin' on by

Just walkin’ on by

Another one from Sister PJ: Manfred Mann – “Blinded by the Light” (1976 #1)

MANFRED MANN 01

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…)

Wrapped up With Eddie Doochin?

Wrapped up With Eddie Doochin?

What Would Janet Do? Part 2: Cream

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Janet

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!!!)

Hungry for Cream Tickets

Hungry for Cream Tickets

Daughter Sheila Faux Pas: The Coasters – “Poison Ivy” (1959 #7)

COASTERS POISON IVY

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…

Right on the highway!!

Right on the highway!!

Belinda Faux Pas: Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze” (1972 #6)

SEALS AND CROFTS A

“Summer Breeze” (their first hit record) makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind” – slips right into “Summer Breeze, makes me feel fine blowing through the Kasbah in my mind.”
BEE on Kasbah: I have no idea what a Kasbah is but I was certain it was somehow blowing through that guy’s mind.
PS: Seals and Crofts were both post “Tequila” members of the instrumental group The Champs as was Glen Campbell
Blowing through the old Kasbah of his mind

Blowing through the old Kasbah of his mind

Tucka’s Faux Pas: Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986 #1)

BON JOVI A

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??

Head Waving or ....

Head Waving or ….

Head Waving

Head Waving

Auntie Kim’s Faux Pas: Mark Lindsay – “Arizona” (1969 #10)

MARK LINDSAY

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.

Arizona's very long hair

Arizona’s very long hair

A final Faux Pas from Son Craig (Science Boy): Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl” (1967 #10)

VAN MORRISON 1

I have a soft spot for this one from the former lead singer of the Irish group Them – because it is a favorite of the “Ring of Fire” girl – my wife Janet – but from my son in the opening line  “Hey where did we go” – takes a giant leap to “Hey there Rodrigo“!!!!!
Enough said
Rodrigo -  Hey There!

Rodrigo – Hey There!

One Comment

  1. Great piece! Funny, funny stuff!!!

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