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Thread #8440   Message #212294
Posted By: Hollowfox
15-Apr-00 - 02:40 PM
Thread Name: mis-heard lyrics (surely they didn't say...)
Subject: RE: mis-heard lyrics (surely they didn't say...)
Actually, there is a book called "Louie, Louie: the history and mythology of the world's most famous rock 'n' roll song" by Dave Marsh (Hyperion Press, 1983, ISBN 1-56282-865-7). It's a fine book on the subject, 245 pages worth. The only thing it doesn't have is(are?) the actual lyrics to the song itself. BTW, when I was a young pup of three or so, my parents fell in love with a recording of Brecht's Threepenny Opera. Many were the phonetically mis-learned lyrics I acquired. The best, I think, was in Lotte Lenya's version of "Song of Solomon": "I was thinking about reforming....guess not" became "I was thinking about before me...guess not." The mental gymnastics needed for my toddler brain to figure out any possible meaning for the songs on that album alone either warped me for life, or were a great preparation for same; possibly both.