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    Yeah, isn't that something? I just heard USSR on Spotify on my phone speaker. Something about the combination of that and the mix of the track they have let me hear "paper bag" with perfect clarity.

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    I've always heard it as "paperback" also -- I went and listened. Yep, it's "paper bag." Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've always heard it as "paperback" also -- I went and listened. Yep, it's "paper bag." Wow!
    I suspect this has something to do with variance between British and American pronunciation. (I see you both are posting from the USA.) The final g sound is more clipped in the former than the latter, and the quality of the short a also differs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've always heard it as "paperback" also -- I went and listened. Yep, it's "paper bag." Wow!
    All right! I am in excellent company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteranof1000psychicwars View Post
    All right! I am in excellent company.
    Have to admit that I never heard it that way, because when I first bought the White Album I followed along with the printed lyrics (as I was always wont to do) so I saw "paper bag" from the start. (FWIW, Sgt. Pepper and the White Album were the only two Beatle LPs with lyrics printed.)
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    I do have a White Album with the lyrics on the poster...l could have found this out a long time ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgArtist View Post
    "A weevil in the web that he made". Tarkus by ELP

    "Marmots come out of the sky and they stand there". Roundabout by Yes

    I both cases I was disappointed when I found out the real lyrics.
    That's hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Manfred Man - wrapped up like a douche instead of revved up like a deuce.
    Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Manfred Man - wrapped up like a douche instead of revved up like a deuce.
    There are whole generations you believe that is the line.....
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    ^ To be fair, it sounds like they changed Springsteen's original lyric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ To be fair, it sounds like they changed Springsteen's original lyric.
    They did, but... Springsteen's original line was "cut loose like a deuce," though I always heard it as "cut loose like a goose." So it was changed, but it wasn't the most problematic word that got changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batchman View Post
    Brian Eno's "King's Lead Hat" contains the line "The kilocycles, the kilohertz." I always heard it as "The killer cycles, the killer hurts." Since the song is intended to be a tribute to Talking Heads, I guess I could excuse it as a presumed reference to "Psycho Killer..."

    P.S. Apparently a lot of other folks hear it at least partly that way, judging from the lyric listings turned up by Google.
    Since you didn't mention it, I'll mention for anyone who doesn't already know, that "King's Lead Hat" is an anagram for Talking Heads. Someone also once told me they'd heard this song claimed as the first New Wave song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Since you didn't mention it, I'll mention for anyone who doesn't already know, that "King's Lead Hat" is an anagram for Talking Heads.
    Brian Eno (or Brain One) is big on anagrams. Inscribed in the runout groove of the original Before and After Science LP is Arcane Benefits of Creed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've always heard it as "paperback" also -- I went and listened. Yep, it's "paper bag." Wow!
    I much prefer their later song, "Paperbag Writer"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Since you didn't mention it, I'll mention for anyone who doesn't already know, that "King's Lead Hat" is an anagram for Talking Heads. Someone also once told me they'd heard this song claimed as the first New Wave song.
    Interesting ... listening to it just now it sounds less like Heads than it does like The Cars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Someone also once told me they'd heard this song claimed as the first New Wave song.
    You'd need to go one band and a few years back for that, I think - Roxy Music's first two albums had quite a few of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    You'd need to go one band and a few years back for that, I think - Roxy Music's first two albums had quite a few of those.
    Which would make sense because those were the albums that featured Brian Eno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batchman View Post
    Which would make sense because those were the albums that featured Brian Eno.
    Although Eno was not, I think, responsible for their sound - everybody was. The five-or-six of them had wildly different backgrounds, levels of musicianship, and degrees of art-school conceptual vision, and that combination was what made them Roxy Music.

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    Some personal misheard lyrics from Somewhere but Yesterday by Citizen Cain
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    Your winter's cold
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    Your wind turns cold
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    I thought I'd rot in Heaven
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    Our Father art in Heaven
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    ELP's "A Time and a Place":

    "Somewhere a hill / Where things are still"

    I tended to hear the first line as "Summerhill" - and that was something receiving a lot of negative publicity around that time:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerhill_School
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    Here's another one...
    In David And David's "Welcome To The Boomtown" l thought the line "He always listens to the ground" was "He always listens to Lou Gramm", until l saw the lyrics.

    Later l wondered if "Handsome Kevin" was a nod to Kevin Gilbert, but l don't know if Baerwald knew him way back then. If not it is an odd coincidence.

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    Transatlantic - Love Made a Way
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    Love even down to knee
    Quote Originally Posted by correct
    Love even down to me
    I was under the impression that it was "knee" because I kind of associated that line with, like, the act of kneeling and stuff, but after listening to the Morsefest version, which changed that particular lyric to "you and me" I checked the lyric sheet and it turned out I was wrong. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by veteranof1000psychicwars View Post
    Here's another one...
    In David And David's "Welcome To The Boomtown" l thought the line "He always listens to the ground" was "He always listens to Lou Gramm", until l saw the lyrics.

    Later l wondered if "Handsome Kevin" was a nod to Kevin Gilbert, but l don't know if Baerwald knew him way back then. If not it is an odd coincidence.
    Love that album and that's a funny misheard lyric...

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    Quote Originally Posted by misheard
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    vie for a glimpse of their harrowing light
    I wasn't far off tbh. I'm posting this tiny 'mishearing' as an excuse to share this amazing track anyway.
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    Son of "There's No Place Like Homerton"

    For years, I was hearing that first in the list of single words at the end of the first vocal section as "toast." But the latest listening, I clearly heard "tones." I thought after decades of listening to this song, I should finally figure out what the ladies were actually singing. Really, the only bits that were in any way discernible were "turn into a soap-sud," "memories" and the final vocal bit (though I heard the first word as "flying" or "gliding," not "paddling").
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