We All Make Mistakes – everybody has done it…
It’s just a matter now after all these years of coming out and admitting it finally. I ran these two Posts back in 2015 – My family and a few friends kindly agreed to admit to their former idiocy coming up with some of these gems. (I didn’t spare myself by the way.) So I have decided to dust them off with the hopes that several of you out there either visiting the Blog or on Facebook will step forward – fess up – and let us all laugh at you not with you!
Jack’s Faux Pas : Johnny Tillotson
The first one I recall was a song by Johnny Tillotson with a song that was a big hit for him in late 1960 “Poetry in Motion”. A school friend of mine told me that everyone in his 8th grade class (we had class groups back then and you pretty much stayed with all the same students for all class periods – This was a Rishel Junior High in West Denver). They thought the song title was “Oh a Tree in Motion”. Sort of makes sense if the wind was blowing. That song would reach number 2 on the Hot 100.
Definitely a Tree In Motion!
Janet’s Faux Pas: Gary Lewis & the Playboys
The cutest girl in the world (my wife) strikes again with a take on a line from Gary Lewis’ “This Diamond Ring”. With Janet, the line “This ring is genuine like love should be” became “This ring is genuine – I clutch a dream”. Not bad! Clutching dreams is very important –
Gary Clutching the Dream
James’ Faux Pas: Bachman Turner Overdrive
This really shouldn’t be counted as a genuine Faux Pas because James’ (one of my three sons) was only about 3 or 4 at the time. 1974’s “Takin’ Care of Business” (#12 US) innocently became “Taking Care of Biscuits”. For a three year old well cared for biscuits are really important. Nothing worse than a neglected biscuit. James was early-on a real rocker and today appreciates and is aware of more genre’s – including oldies – than I could ever hope to stay up with.
Larry’s Faux Pas: Chuck Berry
This is a cute one – based off of Chuck Berry’s 1964 hit “You Never Can Tell” (#12 Hot 100). With my college acquaintance Larry The song’s line “C’est la vie say the old folks – it goes to show you never can tell” romantically became “C’est la vie – C’est la vo – it goes to show you never can tell.” Sort of like “come see come saw” which actually derives from “Comme-ci comme-ca which is French for “So-so!” I think the old folks down in New Orleans especially would approve of “C’est la vo”.
C’est la vo Charlie
My Faux Pas: Herman’s Hermits
I got this one wrong right from the start. This one came from The Hermit’s “Mrs. Brown”. The simple little line “Girls as sharp as her are something rare” easily became “Go to shop for her for something red”. That is what I would have done – Shopped for something red. Anything to hold on to her. Probably much better would be to let her go shopping by herself – That’s one thing I’ve learned since then.
Jeffrey’s Faux Pas: The Beach Boys
This one is just so doggone cute – from my youngest son Jeff – who Janet estimates was only 2 or 3 at the time. Jeff performed the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” with zest and gusto (we even recorded it way back then). Jeff smoothly assigned lyrics as he went along – just as a three year old would have them be. “I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down the same old strip” = “I’ve got a bug drivin’ up and down this same old hip” (he then provides all the harmonies and instrumental sounds as well – thus becoming a self-contained one man Beach Boy Band!
PS: Jeff loved Gary Lewis and the Playboys when he was little. Today he has turned his attention to many things including Jazz – R&B – Beatles and who knows what!
Our Faux Pas: William DeVaughn
I think Janet and I teamed up on this one from DeVaughn’s 1974 “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got”. We tried very hard to be cool with this one and show how cool we were in the mid 1970’s when we just plain were very un-cool.
This time “Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with a gangster lean….” was no doubt “Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with a gangster named Houdini.” What a great name for a gangster! To compound things – both of us understood that the “diamonds in the back” were most likely a back seat full of jewels…… I would be very thankful for a back seat full of jewels – and honored to ride along with Houdini. And the “Gangster Lean”? Didn’t have a clue – For all I knew it was a very trim Gangster.
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.