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    An astounding percentage of what's posted on Internet "lyric" sites is incorrect. Also true of lyrics in published "piano/vocal/gtr" songbooks and fakebooks; or for that matter, sometimes what's printed on the CD/LP packaging itself. Also "with lyrics" YouTube videos, where someone has taken the considerable effort to time lyrics to audio playback, never noticing that the text onscreen doesn't match what they're hearing! Often the "wrong" lyric has become the new normal for cover versions...

    Below are a couple of cases I bumped into recently. If you have any more, please post... not because singing the correct lyrics will make the world a better place (and if you must sing Brown-Eyed Girl or Sweet Home Alabama, etc., please make the effort to sing lyrics that are so wrong, you make the rest of your band laugh onstage; that will make the world a better place), but just because some of us find this sort of thing amusing.



    WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN: in the bridge, the as-recorded lyrics are: "Well, this man, loves you, woman

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    curse the internet

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    • #3
      you mean if it's on the internet it's not all true??? my world is doomed!



      Rod
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      • #4
        Wierd. Otis Redding and Joe Cocker "High-Class" love, too. I just checked.



        How the hell did "precious" sneak into my head??



        I've seen wrong words on Karaoke, too. Born To Be Wild -- "Yeah, gotta go, make it happen; take the world in a love embrace". WTF?! LOL
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        • #5
          That's what people get for being lazy and just downloading the lyrics rather than trusting their own ears.....
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          • #6
            I've never sung that song nor downloaded the lyrics.. yet I have the wrong lyrics in my head.



            I blame the men with the satellites and black helicopters.
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              Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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              Wierd. Otis Redding and Joe Cocker "High-Class" love, too. I just checked.



              How the hell did "precious" sneak into my head??




              Well, I just had a listen (ick), and Michael Bolton sang "precious" in his version. One MORE reason it sucked.

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              • #8
                The chords are not always correct online either. I will find a song I need transfer it to a Word document and then listen to the song correcting the lyrics and chords, if needed, then i will save it and print it.

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                  Quote Originally Posted by SoundWrangler
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                  Well, I just had a listen (ick), and Michael Bolton sang "precious" in his version. One MORE reason it sucked.




                  I hate it when bands doing an "official" cover get the words wrong for no real apparent reason other than they just don't know the right ones.



                  Pet example of mine was on Motley Crue's cover of "Smokin' In The Boys Room". At the very end of the song the original version goes "Now teacher I am fully aware of the rules". Crue sang it "Teacher I'm not foolin' around with the rules". Which is a dumb line since the whole song is ABOUT 'fooling around' with the rules.
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                  • #10
                    It was a bit of a revelation for me when I found out there is no such thing as a DEFINITIVE source for lyrics. Even any "official" version is usually by some grunt worker trying to figure it out after-the-fact.



                    Mistakes creep in, singers try different things, somebody adds overdubs, etc. etc.



                    By the time take after take is finished, double-tracked, processed, and mixed and matched into a final version, even the singer may not know what he "really" sang.



                    Plus a whole bunch of songs aren't really singable live anyway, exactly as recorded... so sing whatever seems to work for you, I guess.

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                    • #11
                      This can be said not only of words and chords but sheet music and definitely guitar tabs.
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                        Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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                        Wierd. Otis Redding and Joe Cocker "High-Class" love, too. I just checked.



                        How the hell did "precious" sneak into my head??




                        I've always sung it as "heartless love". Pretty close to high-class and makes sense to me.



                        Another one that gets me is "Route 66". I watched a special on Netflix where the singer sang about "Kingston" (actually Kingman, Arizona) and "Barscow" (meaning Barstow, Calfornia). It's one thing to make up lyrics, but to make up names for actual towns?
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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                          That's what people get for being lazy and just downloading the lyrics rather than trusting their own ears.....




                          Well sometimes your ears are wrong too. In the rock band i play with we have been doing La Grange by ZZ Top. I first sang that song about 30 years ago when you had to try and pick the words by dropping the needle onto the album. Anyway the guitar player got the words off the internet and I Was singing at least apart of 3 lines wrong.

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                          • #14
                            And then you've got Willie Nelson changing the words to "Whiter Shade of Pale": "As the mirror told it's tale". Those words are better than the original, and Gary Booker gave him props for that.



                            So ya never know. Call it artistic license. I'm not opposed to that. The Crue reference fits in that category too I think. Just sounds better: simpler. Easier to understand. And still sensible.
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                              Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                              That's what people get for being lazy and just downloading the lyrics rather than trusting their own ears.....




                              Well sometimes your ears are wrong too. In the rock band i play with we have been doing La Grange by ZZ Top. I first sang that song about 30 years ago when you had to try and pick the words by dropping the needle onto the album. Anyway the guitar player got the words off the internet and I Was singing at least apart of 3 lines wrong.

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