Misheard song lyrics

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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Rachel » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:58 am

I heard:

He knows his way in the dark, minus the way of the law...

And I was like: wouldn't darkness eliminate law anyway, in Javert's mind? And then I found out he was being religious.
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby HopeForTheJust » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:39 pm

YoungStudentMarius wrote: And then in rouge et noir, every time I hear that, I think Enjolras is saying "Mooooiiiiiiii!!!!!" So "MEEEEEEEEEE!!" instead of "Black!"


So he says:
Me! The night of ignorance...
Me! The death of innocence!


:shock: Oh dear, Enjolras. Oh, dear.

And then, later on:
Grantaire: Me!
Marius: The hell of an hour without her!


Students: Me!
Marius: The death of a spark!


So Marius tells Grantaire that he is the incarnation of infernal agony and loneliness. And apparently all of his "friends" symbolise the quashing of romantic passion, or maybe the utter ruin of his love life. Then again, don't they say as much?

Students: ME! The death of hope!

This is rich.
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby YoungStudentMarius » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:45 pm

Oh, my word, I hadn't even thought about all those possibilities. :shock: But, yes, that is rich. :lol:

Especially Enjolras'. :shock:
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby HopeForTheJust » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:38 am

A little while ago I found myself singing Javert's lines in the Confrontation and I made a mistake with consonants:
"My duty's to the law! You have no lights!"

When I realized the error I simply imagined Javert following up with, "...seriously. What kind of a hospital are you running here?"
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Flynn » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:46 am

I never understood what Mme. Thenardier was saying to little Éponine until I read the lyrics in the score. I only understood a few phrases and then it turns out some of them were misheard to boot.

This is about what my listening experience of the song was like:

Éponine, oh my dear!eponeihtkeuhwhrwihrueksbhr little blue hat!!
Theresokethjghriheworhwethetiheri forgive them for that!!


Which of course never made any sense whatsoever.

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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby YoungStudentMarius » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:25 am

I always had trouble with that line, too, Flynn, though I think the main thing I heard differently was instead of, "There's some little girls who know how to behave, and they know what to wear," etc, "There's some new girls down the street and they know what to wear and I'm saying thank heaven for that." I always wondered why she randomly started talking about the neighbor kids.
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Rachel » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:48 am

This one is just a failure on mine and my friend's parts. In the film, Daniel Huttlestone put on a very very strong cockney accent, causing us to mishear "This is the land that fought for liberty" as "this is the land that fell for nubitty (not a word)"
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Prisoner 24653 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:21 am

I had no trouble understanding that bit when watching the film, but for some reason when I listen to it on the soundtrack, it sounds like "This is the land of oppor-nuvity." Like "opportunity" crossed with some made-up word. :lol:

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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Trompe-la-Mort » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:01 pm

A propos of the musical movie: I'm having problems with Russell Crowe (again). When he first arrives in Montreuil, there's this bit:
You've done the city proud
You're praised by those on high
Your success has ???
The best that Paris can supply.

For amusing misunderstandings: The very first time it sounded to me like "You're raised by those on high". And yeah, what is the line after that? I actually find Gavroche's Cockney easier (which is what happens when you learn English with Monty Python...)
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Laurelin » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:21 am

Russell sings:

You've done the city proud
You're praised by those on high
Your success has earned a force
The best that Paris can supply.

I'm pretty sure that's it. And I presume it's "force" as in police force.

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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby YoungStudentMarius » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:48 am

I know before I looked up the lyrics to At the End of the Day, I always had trouble with the lines,
"While we're earning our daily bread
She's the one with her hands in the butter
You must send the slut away
Or we're all gonna end in the gutter!"
I think heard something to the effect of, "She's the one with her hand in the garter!" for the first one, which made no sense, and the second lines wasn't intelligible at all for me; I think I mostly sang it by syllables rather than words. :wink:

Also, for the, "You play a virgin in the light, But need no urgin' in the night!" I always thought that it was, "But meet no urchin in the night!" which only succeeded in producing strange mental images of either Gavroche or sea creatures at dusk near the factory.
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Trompe-la-Mort » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:07 pm

Thanks, Laurelin!
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Je suis obsédé 24601 » Thu May 02, 2013 11:55 pm

I misheard the line "Safe behind bars i will never rest..." for "Say he might know i will never rest..." (in the song Stars) :lol:
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Re: Misheard song lyrics

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Re: Misheard song lyrics

Postby Je suis obsédé 24601 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:53 am

I didn't actually hear this, it was a meme on the internets. So It had a picture of a bear, and the top line said: Red! The color of desire. And the bottom line said: Black! The color of Dis Bear! And I thought that was pretty funny b/c I sang it like that afterwards, and it sounded like, the same. :shock:
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