Four Hundred Children and a Crop In the Field May 26, 2013 21:24:40 GMT -5
Post by mct1 on May 26, 2013 21:24:40 GMT -5
I heard the last part of that line as "the wife of a postman", I guess meaning that James Bond was into all the ladies, not just those in high society.
A few more:
As a small child, I heard the phrase "the comet exploded" in Paul McCartney & Wings' "With A Little Luck" as "the town just exploded".
When the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" was popular, my father thought the name of the song was "Party Tonight".
The line "the papers want to know whose shirts you wear" in David Bowie's "Space Oddity" is often misheard as "the papers want to know who shot you where".
There are different degrees of these. The best are the ones where it truly sounds like the misheard lyric could be what is being said, and the misheard lyric actually makes a certain amount of sense (although to the extent that we heard these as small children, we may not have yet known enough to judge what made sense and what didn't). Others could be misheard if you aren't paying that much attention to the song, but don't hold up to repeated listening, or they really don't make sense in the context of the song, which has to make you think they may not be right. A few more in this category:
The title phrase in Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey" kind of sounds like "Jacques The Monkey".
The phrase "cool on craze" in Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days" is often misheard as "cool on Christ", although the latter would be an odd thing to say against the context of the rest of the song.
In the early 1990s, I saw Bob Costas interview Bob Seger on television, and at one point the conversation turned to misheard lyrics, in Seger's songs as well as those of other artists. Costas said that the first time he heard the phrase "may the Bible Belt come and save my soul" in John Cougar's "Jack And Diane", he thought it was "Frankie Lymon come and save my soul" (although Costas acknowledged this this was clearly in the "you could hear it that way if you weren't really paying close attention, and you'd have to think that it probably isn't right" category). I thought that was funny, because when I first heard that song, at age 11, it sounded to me like "may the Bottle Bill come and save my soul", the Bottle Bill being the then-recent Mass. state law that created 5 cents deposits on soda and beer containers. For his part Seger recalled having a girlfriend who thought Van Halen's "Panama" was called "Cannonball".