Monday, November 10, 2008

He Said What?

Last week the radio station 93.3 gave away tickets to the upcoming Rise Against concert in Denver. Not only did winners have to be caller #9 to win tickets, but they had to listen to a verse of a Rise Against song and sing the rest of the lyrics.
That didn't sound too hard, especially if you're a huge fan of group, as these people claimed to be. But every day, the DJ nixed two or three hopefuls before someone got the lyrics right. Is stating the exact lyrics to a song really that hard?
I decided to test how well I knew the lyrics to one of my favorite Weezer songs, Pink Triangle, which is about a guy whom falls for a lesbian. Here's what I think the chorus is:

I'm dumped, she's a lesbian
I thought I had found the one
We were good as married in my mind
But married in my mind is no good
Pink triangle, honestly,
Let me know the truth.

How did I do? Not so good:

I'm dumb, she's a lesbian
I thought I had found the one
We were good as married in my mind
But married in my mind is no good
Oh, oh, oh pink triangle on her sleeve
Let me know the truth.

I don't feel too bad about thinking singer Rivers Cuomo said "honestly" instead of "on her sleeve"--the word "honestly" doesn't change the meaning of the verse. But why did I think Cuomo said dumped--why would a lesbian dump a guy?

I knew I'd get the "married in my mind" line right because it makes me laugh every time I hear it. I've yet to hear a better description of unrequited love.

7 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Whenever I think of mangling song lyrics, I think of Purple Haze and someone singing, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy!"

LceeL said...

I remember 'unrequited love'. I think that was the primary emotion of my life from age 14 through to 25. And yes, "Married in my mind" is the prefect description of how that feels.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I only know the words when music is playing......I can recall just about any songs lyrics when that's the case! I wish that memorization technique worked with everyday things :( haha

I have a horrible memory!

maggie said...

Hehehe, sounds like good song. I guess at lyrics and often enjoy mine better than the real thing anyway. :)

Honey Mommy said...

That's hilarious.
I get lyrics wrong all the time. There was a Blink 182 song that said, "I cannot live, I can't breathe unless you do this with me".

I thought it said, "I cannot live, I can't breathe unless Judith's with me."

My husband will never let me live that one down.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

I'm always butchering lyrics... it drives my husband crazy. I always tell him it's due to my "English as a second language" status.

the mama bird diaries said...

"married in my mind"... i like that too.