That was Hendrix not Dylan: "Excuse me while I kiss the sky".
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Grunts and growls mostly, Nrchy, but I still like him. Make me laugh just thinking about all of those passages that sound like one long mumbled word, or like the first couple of REM albums. What IS Michael Stipe saying? Anyone's guess, I suppose. Springsteen may be the only performer I would see again in a stadium, however. He had 65,000 people into the music like it was a nightclub.
Speaking of REM, here's another one:
"Call me when Jah wake her?"
--Sidewinder Sleeps...the third song on "Automatic for the People" What the heck is he singing on the refrain?
If not "...a douch another runner in...", what is it? I've been puzzling over this since I first heard Manfred Mann's version 28 years ago. Does anyone know?
How about "We're just stupid entertainers" rather than "We're just stupid. Entertain us." Forget who sings it, but I heard the singer in a radio interview expressing his frustration over the way people hear this lyric, rather than what he meant. Serves him right for knocking his fans.
How about the chanting at the ending of the Beatle's "I Am the Walrus"? I know the Beatles claim they're chanting "rasberry jam" or some such, but when I listen to it on a high resolution system it sounds like they're chanting "Get f***ed, Get f***d, Everybody get f***ed" over and over in various pitch shifted voices.
Maybe I just have a dirty mind....Of course this record came out when they were a tad disenchanted with each other and their fans....
I bet they got a lot of chuckles out of secretly telling everybody how they really felt.
Even when you can hear a lot of rock lyrics, some of them are:
A) not understandable when played forward
and / or
B) not worth trying to understand to begin with
Have you ever listened to music backwards and heard what they are saying or supposedly saying? Some of the "backwards masking" is a pretty far stretch, but on other stuff, it seems to be relatively clear. You be the judge for yourself. Sean
Stairway To Heaven
Another One Bites The Dust
Jimmy Eat World
PS... The chanting at the end of "I Am The Walrus" either says "smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot" or "smoke dope, smoke dope, everybody smoke dope". I can't remember which one or if it is a combo of the two.
Yes, Boa, I think it was Nirvana. It was definitely one of the Seattle / Grunge type bands.
Revved up like a deuce! That actually makes sense! All these years I thought it was "wrecked up like a douche".
How about the Beatles' Baby you're a Rich Man? Supposedly they chant at the end "Baby you're a rich fag jew", a reference to their producer, (George Martin, I think?). Please not that I have nothing against either Jewish or Gay people, (I don't think the Beatles did either) just discussing song lyrics.
Re: backwards lyrics, many years ago, my friend in middle school spun the Beatles' Revolution #9 backwards over the phone for me. Not exactly high resolution, but it sure sounded like "Turn me on dead man, turn me on dead man..." How this can come from "Number nine, number nine" is a great mystery to me.
Does anyone know what the backwards lyrics are on "Purple Rain"?
Ok, when everyone thought 'Paul is Dead' it was from one line buried in the mix that sounds like "we buried Paul", but according to Paul himself it actually said "cranberry sauce". Not sure about the 'smoke pot smoke pot' thing, but 'smoke on the water' can sound a lot like 'smoke marijuana'...but only if your -really- baked.
Ok, I'm old. A deuce IS a hotrod, but a specific hotrod - based on the 1932 Ford Coupe or roadster body - deuce referring to the "2" in 1932 (aka Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys), or was that the Beat Boys? Besides, I always thought it was "REVVED up like a deuce", anyway.
One of the best I remember was "Spill the Wine", where Eric Burdon sings .."spill the wine, take that pearl" which some thought was "dig that girl" or "dick that girl"!
Also, Steely Dan's Kid Charlemagne where:
All those day-glow freaks
Who used to paint their face
is often thought to be
All those dago freaks
Who used to pay the face
Elton John's "Rocketman"....for years I thought he was saying "rocketman...burling down the shoes of hefalumps"
A friend told me he was saying "rocketman...burning out his fuse up here alone"
....they should be interchangable, neither one makes any sense, but I love the way it sounds.
Jame Brown, fuggedaboudit.......I'm never sure of what he's saying, but I love his music.
The Beatles "Come Together", I know all of this is wrong, but this is what it sounds like to me.
'he's got walrus kogle'
'he's got spider crakers'
'he mass production, he got Ono sideboard'
On David Bowie's tune "Fame" his lyric is 'Is it any wonder'
I always thought it was...'Look at Stevie Wonder'
She's a bomb. I only need explain that particular Who lyric to someone who has never had a girlfriend....
My current favorite came from my friend who is a professional carpet cleaner. He has a mocked up version of "Get Up" from "Green" by R.E.M. on his voice mail that says "pee stains complicate my life"