Misinterpreted lyrics

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Postby Sarah » Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:28 pm

Okay, I admit, my hearing's not so great in my right ear. The first time I heard "Momentum", these are the words I heard:

would you help me rise up
touch my face and watch me try to breathe again
would you let me do this
burn down the firewall

When in actuality it was:

would you help me rise up
touch my face and watch me try to breathe again
would you let me do this
burn down the final wall

My first impression was, "That's so cool! Vienna put in some kind of comp-sci-geeky reference!" Then I read my lyrics booklet and realized how wrong I was :D Needless to say "Momentum" is still one of my favorite songs off Waking Hour, with or without the firewall.

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Postby shawn » Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:50 pm

Tee hee... Actually, though, I think she sneaks in a line or two about life as a software engineer in "Enough to Go By". Going from memory here, so the quote may be a bit off...

I've built a lot of castles, built a lot of blazing speed-of-light machines,
But it doesn't matter, you know, they all crumble in the winds of change

Sure sounds like my job to me! ;)

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Postby ShaynePepper » Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:58 pm

I thought she said "the secret simplicity of you at my side"
but it's really "the sacred simplicity of you at my side"

i stole the first version for the title of a short story in my fiction writing class. :-)

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Postby Norm » Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:35 am

ShaynePepper wrote: I thought she said "the secret simplicity of you at my side"
but it's really "the sacred simplicity of you at my side"

i stole the first version for the title of a short story in my fiction writing class. :-)

Check here if there's any question about lyrics from W/H:

<a href='http://viennateng.com/high/music/discography.html' target='_blank'>http://viennateng.com/high/music/discography.html</a>

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Postby Yevaud333 » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:40 am

My girlfriend thought the refrain of Enough To Go By went something like, "Would it be in North Dakota, if we could sail on the wind in the dark...." ^_^
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Postby murlough23 » Fri Feb 27, 2004 1:05 am

Ooh, fun! I love misinterpreted lyrics. Here are a few of mine:

The Tower
What Vienna actually sings: "She carries the act so convincingly"
What I heard: "She carries the axe so convincingly"

More or less still the same meaning here.

Daughter
What Vienna actually sings: "This voluntary state of apart"
What I heard: "This voluntary state of affairs"

Again, no big deal.

Unwritten Letter #1
What Vienna actually sings: "No candlelight that causes burn"
What I heard: "No candlelight, the crosses burn"

This is a relief, since I was worried that Vienna had a crush on a member of the KKK or something.

Soon Love Soon
What Vienna actually sings: "We will find illumination in unnatural light/You will travel a thousand miles without leaving my sight"
What I heard: "We will find illumination in a natural light/You will travel a thousand miles without leaving my side"

Pretty much the same thing except for the natural/unnatural dichotomy.

NP: "How Long Have You Been Stoned?", Over the Rhine

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Postby murlough23 » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:05 pm

Here's one more, from "Harbor":

What Vienna actually sings: "Sail your sea, meet your storm"
What I heard: "Sail your sea, meteor storm"

Apparently Vienna is into astronomy.

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Postby Klaorman » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:20 pm

On my first few listens to Harbor, I heard "Sail your sea, meager storm." Soon I thought, "Huh?", and finally looked at the lyrics.

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Postby Steve » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:53 pm

Yesterday I was listening as I was working on the computer, and during "Homecoming" I did a double take as I thought I heard, "I switch off the lights and imagine that witch is outlined in the bed..." Vienna wouldn't write that??! Nope, "waitress..." Much nicer.

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Postby RflRob » Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:34 pm

I tend to be pretty bad at hearing the right lyrics... Which is fine because the music alone is amazing.

Shine:
I heard: "Shine with Albion told"
She sang: "Shine with all the untold"

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Postby sheeba » Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:52 am

I thought Drought was a biblical story....Mary, angels, forgiveness, droughts, doubts, fire, faith, death, white sheets...sung by Mary herself (perhaps with Elizabeth eavesdropping behind a big rock), wanting to take her own life after all that went down...the drought, questioning her faith, losing her son.

I hear: "and the landscape of Mary and desperate drought"
She sings: "and the landscape of merry and desperate drought"

I hear: "let the water of God trickle over my doubts"
She sings: "let the water of calm trickle over my doubts"

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Postby Steve J » Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:40 pm

<------ Mailing everyone Q-Tips and a Water Pic to clean out ears.....
lol
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Postby emma » Tue Jul 13, 2004 11:13 am

Yevaud333 wrote: My girlfriend thought the refrain of Enough To Go By went something like, "Would it be in North Dakota, if we could sail on the wind in the dark...." ^_^

haha.. that one's really funny =)

anyway, in shasta, i thought vienna sang:
"and you think about hustling down that day"
when it's really:
"and you're thinking about how someone died that day"

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Postby Solis » Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:10 am

For a while, one of my friends thought I needed to get out more. So I was often dragged along to bars and cafes. When I was listening to "Momentum" I heard:

"Over coffee, baby."

instead of

"Overcome me, baby."
"We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till human voices wake us, and we drown."
~T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

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Postby sheeba » Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:05 pm

That's hilarious.


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