Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Livin' It Up La Vita!

I know that many people will be able to relate to this blog. Well at least I hope so, it will make me feel better.

How many of you have been belting out a song in full confidence that you know the words and then someone hears you and politely (or not) tells you of the correct words. Then you 1) are horrible embarrassed or 2) just go with it and claim it as a new version.

I am notorious for not knowing the words to songs. I just say what I think it sounds like and go on. But my wonderful wife is one of those people who actually listen to the words and think of what the meaning behind the song is. She is also one of those people who takes great pride in pointing out my "new lyrics," and then telling me the correct ones. I usually have to have a second opinion which involves a Google search for the lyrics to a particular song.

I should mention that I hate to sing in public. Well....not necessarily hate, but more like horrified to sing in public. I mean I can carry a tune with the best of them, it is the releasing part that is difficult. I do not know what the deal is, but when it comes to singing in public I freeze. I. Freeze. I have just got to the point where I can kinda mumble songs in front of Catherine and we have been together for how long, something like almost 5 years. Then she makes fun of my incorrect words and all those years of therapy trying to get over my fear are down the toilet.

Do you know who shares the same phobia of singing in public. David Beckham that's who. I found that on Yahoo News one day and that made me feel a little better about myself.

So how about a couple of examples of "My Lyrics" and the actual ones. You better be sitting on something absorbent, because some of these are rather funny.

Example #1 - Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith

My Lyrics:
Livin' It Up La Vita, Livin' it up when it's going down.

Actual Lyrics:
Love In An Elevator, Livin' it up when I'm goin' down

-Hey I was partially right.

Example #2 - Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

My Lyrics:
And I said what about "Breakfast at Tiffany's? She said, "I think I remember the Bellheim"

Actual Lyrics:
And I said what about "Breakfast at Tiffany's? She said, "I think I remember the film, and...

What is a Bellheim anyway!? I did get some good news though, Anne McCain also thought that these were the words.

Example #3 - Faithfully - Journey

My Lyrics:
You stand by me,
I'm forever young,

Actual Lyrics:
You stand by me,
I'm forever yours,

So what if I am forever young. I figured this out all by myself when watching the season finally of Glee last night. They were singing this song and for some reason they (with me as a backup) could not quite mesh on that particular part. Turns out, they had the words wrong. Or was it me, I can never remember.

Final Example - Wizard of Oz

My mom likes to tell the story of when I was younger and would be watching the Wizard of Oz. Apparently in my magic outfit (who knows what this was!) I would stand in front of the television with my staff (the snake staff from Aladdin that Jafar carried. I will say that I love that toy and still play with it to this day when I am back home.) and when the Witch would be telling the Mean Monkeys to "Seize them, Seize them," I would be yelling "Tease them, Tease them," while waving my magic scepter at the tv.

I have many more examples, one that I just discovered while singing to iTunes, but I will save that for another day.

Does anyone have any examples of their own? Let us know!

Have a great day and remember that if you need to do a fact check, just Google the lyrics. Most of the time the stuff that you find on the Internet is true but some of the lyrics I have found are not 100% accurate. So check two different sites to make sure.

P.S. No pictures, sorry. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe later today. It is going to storm (again) so I might get brave and put two blogs up in one day.

I just talked to my mother and I believe that my lyric problem is genetic. She gave me an example of messed up lyrics by my sister. Listen to this!

Soul Man - Blues Brothers

Cassie's Lyrics:
I was so mad!

Actual Lyrics:
I'm a soul man!


  1. How about the Kenney Rogers song.
    I sing "500 children and a crop in the field"

    When the words are "five hungry children"

    I knew this but just do it to aggrivate my daughter who corrects me every time.

  2. THIS POST IS HILARIOUS!! When you described how your wife corrects you on lyrics it sounded just like the scenario between my husband and I when he is always singing the wrong lyrics... I will have to try to remember some of the gems and post them on here for some more laughs!

  3. DUDE!!!!! For the record: you did not say "tease them, tease them!" you said "CHEESE THEM CHEESE THEM!"
    And you are right, I'm totally GUILTY! And I still sing "I was soooo mad! do do do dadoooooo! "

  4. Okay, so I guess I was wrong (although, I really don't think I am!) Mom says you said "tease them tease them!" Like get the freaky monkey's and give them wet willies! Anyhoo, I still think you were running around saying "cheese them cheese them"
    and don't even get me started on the time when I chased you down and gave you a wedgie (oops, forgot to mention that I was 8+ months pregnant and you had just called me fat!)

  5. Remember when you thought it was "Everybody in the club eatin chips!" The right lyric: Everybody in the club gettin tipsy?!!!! hahahahha!