Monday, February 13, 2006

Music and Words

I have a hard time understanding the words when I listen to music. This is just one of the many oddities of mine that my sister would exclaim over, back in the day, along with the fact that I could never manage to sew straight darts in dresses and I didn't laugh out loud very much in social situations.

Back then my brother, who was cool and rebellious, would listen to John Denver every so often. I "heard" one phrase from his songs as "I'm sorry to believe in you." It didn't make sense to me but hey, poetic license and all that, and how many country songs actually made sense all the way through?

Fast-forward about 25 years, when I picked up a John Denver tape at a garage sale and discovered that I really liked his music. His voice is amazing and his music is actually music, as opposed to the wispy, breathy stuff on KLOVE. (Yes, Amy, I KNOW not EVERY song on KLOVE is breathy and whiny and SOME are real SONGS.)

Anyway. I was listening to this in the car the other day, and there was that "Sorry to believe in you" song again. What, he was sorry he ever believed in this relationship or what?

Suddenly, after all these years, it hit me that he's actually saying, "I'm sorry to BE LEAVIN' you." Duuuhhhhhhhh.

Note to my sister: I am still odd and I still can't understand the words very well.

Quote of the Day:
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--the authors' bio in The Princess, the Ballerina, and the Evil Uncle

18 comments:

  1. Sis an shant!!! Ich kans usht net glova!!! Du gleicht da John Denver?? Vell ich du aw.
    Ich kan net wada bis nexht Samstuk, kansht du??

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  2. hey, sounds like you just do what my sis does... if you don't understand the words make up some that fit--or don't fit! :)

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  3. "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" is one of me and Mark's most favorite songs to sing at the Den of Iniquity.

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  4. That is too funny--I seem to know several others that have the same problem so I don't think you are really that odd!!(if thats a comfort!!)

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  5. Arlene--Ya, vos denksht, dah breddiha sy frau gleicht da John Denver!! Sis really un shant! Un du dusht aw...ach my.
    Ich kan aw net wada fuh Samshdawk...miah tsella so feel fon havva!

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  6. Ja, ich habe dasselbig problem.

    When I was young, I listened to the youth sing "There is a God." Down in the chorus, I thought it said "From death's dark eye." It sounded feasible to me -- God saves us from death -- but it didn't exactly match the real words: "From dust our God."

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  7. I can well remember a dear older lady at Sheridan stood up one night and gave her testimony. She said she always liked the song "Sweet Peas the Gift of God's Love" (Sweet Peace the Gift of God's Love) The reason she liked it so good was because Sweet Peas were her favorite flower.

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  8. Dorcas, du muscht ga shoppa mit uns desa mull. Brahcht du any niee keslin? LOL!!!!!

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  9. Arlene! Nay ich brach net may keslen!!

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  10. Can someone give me directions to the Den of Iniquity?

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  11. Hey, I thought I was the only one who couldn't understand all the words when people sing! I always blamed it on what my husband and Kids call my "bad hearing"!
    And, way to go, I like John Denver, too! Pauline

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  12. Dorcas, I'm surprised. But very impressed, you have good taste.
    rc

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  13. Exit north (Middlebury exit) off the toll road, take the first right. Turn right again at the second lane, it's the factory on the right.

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  14. Sounds like a long way from where we lived. Maybe that's a good thing.

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  15. Dorcas,
    Evidently, you're not the only one. Mondegreens:

    http://divertimenti.typepad.com/weblog/2006/02/please_open_you.html

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  16. I completely forgot that I ever made fun of you for not understanding the words to songs! Ich bin Sorry!! Certainly God's judgementis swift and sure as now I am deaf as can be and am pathetic at understanding the words to the music my boys listen to. They laugh at me or roll their eyes when I try to guess at the words to the songs they listen to. By the way, vass happent uch Samstag??

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  17. ITF listening to evil non-Acappella music?!? :bug eyed emoticon:

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  18. Becky--
    Uch Samshdawk hen miah un LADIES RETREAT an da COAST!! Ich vinsh du kensht aw cumma.

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