wrapped round my shoulder…

 Sometimes a person is just wrong about something. Usually, in such times, we feel so passionate about where our position/opinion stands that we are willing to defend it to the death. 
There is not anything wrong with that, really… Unless, of course, you are wrong. 

In such instances, there are sometimes things that you realize you have been wrong about for a long time. 
For a very long time. 

Take, for example, song lyrics. 

Since we are talking hypothetically, allow me specify a certain song. Fast Car, by Tracy Chapman… Since a vast majority of people know and love this song, and since I have been a life long moron to it’s lyrics, it seemed like a good choice for example. 


I remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast, felt like I was drunk
City lights spread out before us 
And your arms and legs wrapped round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged 
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

I mean, isn’t that what she’s saying??? 
Isn’t it… 

No. No it isn’t. 
The pathetic sort of sad part is that Chw and I have had many a debate about what this could mean. “arms and legs wrapped round my shoulder”??? his theory has long since been that the “Fast car” was metaphorical for an addiction or sex. I wasn’t on board with that, but did speculate that perhaps it was either a really unsafe way to drive or “fast car” was a funny way to describe a motorcycle. 

Pretty much, NOT my finest moment. 

At any rate, here is what it actually says: 
I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

Now that my lifelong music life has endured such a shaking, in the aftermath I struggle with what else I don’t really know.
In other news… 
I won TWO rounds of trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings. (TWO. In a row. Out of two.) 
Semi-redemptive, right??? 

Have you ever had something like this happen? (and the question I fear to ask: were you smart enough to know what she really said?) 
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6 thoughts on “wrapped round my shoulder…

  1. My friend used to think the lyrics to Steve Miller band's "Jet Airliner" were "Bingo Jet had a light on" instead of "Big ol' jet airliner" and one day she's singing away and I started laughing. After I told her the real lyrics she said "I always wondered why they were sing about a bingo jet!" I, to this day. still sing the wrong lyrics to that song just because it makes me giggle!

  2. My favorite wrong lyric was from a friend when we were both teens. Tiny Dancer came on the radio and he said it was such a gross, weird song for a man to be singing, and when I said why? he recited what he thought were the lyrics,"Hold me closer, Tony Danza…"

  3. Well, this isn't a lyric, but it's similar. The phrase "for all intensive purposes" is not actually that, but "for all intents and purposes."Fortunately, I wasn't the one who was insisting on it, but a friend of mine and her husband had this conversation, and she clued me in. Had I been there, I probably would have been insisting on the incorrect phrase, though. :)

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