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Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gimme the Beach Boys and free my soul.
The Real Lyrics:
Gimme the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: My 22 year old son started singing this fractured gem today as I was driving him to Walmart. I cracked up. He was genuinely surprised to find that the song was not about the Beach Boys! I immediately thought of amiright!! - Submitted by: Stray Pooch
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gimme the peat moss and free my soul.
or
Gimme the peat bog and free my soul.
The Real Lyrics:
Gimme the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: Since this song was popularized again by Uncle Kracker in the summer of 2003, a young man sang this song on a TV talent show televised in my area. He didn't annunciate his words clearly, and this is what he sounded like he said. - Submitted by: Sharon Krebs
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me The Beach Boys and free my soul.
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away.
Beginning to fact that I'm wasting time.
I don't understand the things I do.
The world outside looks so unkind.
I'm counting on you to carry me through.
The Real Lyrics:
Give me the beat boys and free my soul.
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away.
Beginning to think that I'm wasting time.
I don't understand the things I do.
The world outside looks so unkind.
I'm counting on you to carry me through.
The Story: I wondering that Dobie mistakenly refering the Californian rock band, The Beach Boys, in choruses. However, Dobie correctly wrote the song "Drift Away" about music rather than The Beach Boys as he sing: "Give me the beat boys and free my soul. I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away." About this song: Dobie version of "Drift Away" was not the original, the first version of "Drift Away" that written by Mentor Williams was recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his album, "Reunion", released in 1972. Later, in 1973, Dobie covered this song on his album also titled "Drift Away". Dobie version of "Drift Away" was faring better where it reaching #5 on Billboard's Pop Chart and #7 on Canada chart. Entering Dobie into one-hit wonder fame and later "Drift Away" was covered by many artists including Uncle Kracker. Uncle Kracker version was featuring Dobie himself and also entering Uncle Kracker into one-hit wonder fame where it reaching #9 on Billboard's Pop Chart and #25 on New Zealand chart. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me a cheese dog to feed my soul
The Real Lyrics:
Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: This came on the radio, and my husband sang along, with this lyric ... it really did sound like that to me! - Submitted by: Michelle Burke
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me the Beach Boys to free my sword.
The Real Lyrics:
Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: My 6-year-old little sister heard this song playing on my car radio and insisted it was her favorite song. She started singing along loudly. It took me a few minutes to realize the words she was singing! People always get confused when she asks them to put on the song about 'The Beach Boys and their sword'! - Submitted by: Angel
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me the Peace Corps to free my soul.
The Real Lyrics:
Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: This is how my wife and her sister have understood this line for years. I just heard her singing it the other day and when I corrected her, she didn't believe me. After a web search with about 5 zillion results all showing the right lyrics (including this site), she still didn't believe that she was wrong! - Submitted by: Mac
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me the beach ball and free my school
The Real Lyrics:
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul.
The Story: My little three year old daughter sung her heart out in her car seat. Pleading for some fun in the sun. - Submitted by: Ashley
Dobie Gray's, "Drift Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna get lost in your wheelbarrow and drift away.
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna get lost in your rock-n-roll and drift away.
The Story: This was sung by a friend of ours with the misheard lyric. He really hears 'wheel barrow'. I thought he was just joking the first couple times I heard him sing it, but he wasn't. We now coined the phrase, 'He pulled a wheelbarrow' when anyone mis-sings a lyric to any song. - Submitted by: Kelly VanWormer
Dobie Gray's, "Driftaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Day after day I'm all confused
So I look for the life in the poor and rain
You know Tharaggin that I hate Toulouse
I'm fleeing the train, ain't had no shame
Oh, give me the beat box, and freeze my sole
I wanna get laws into rock and roll and driftin' high...
The Real Lyrics:
Day after day I'm more confused
So I look for the light in the pouring rain
You know that's a game that I hate to lose
I'm feelin' the strain, ain't it a shame
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away...
The Story: Worked in a record dept of a department store one summer. My friend and I used to shut up shop playing this song...with me happily singing along. No wonder no one bought any copies of it from me... - Submitted by: Jules
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