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Gordon Lightfoot's, "Carefree Highway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Carefree highway, let me step away on you.
Carefree highway, using paradise.
The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes.
Carefree highway, let me step away.
Step away on you.
The Real Lyrics:
Carefree highway, let me slip away on you.
Carefree highway, you seen better days.
The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes.
Carefree highway, let me slip away.
Slip away on you.
The Story: I wondering if there is a place that let him step away from home. The place that I mean is a resort to make him relax. However, when I googling the lyrics of this song, it makes no sense at all. About this song: "Carefree Highway" is track #8 on his ninth studio album, "Sundown", released in 1974. Fortunately, while Gordon's success was came too late since his debut in the middle of the 1960s, the power ballad reaching #10 on Billboard's Pop Chart. Became Gordon himself one of many favorite artists of all time that recommended by many critics to listeners who did not hear his music. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Carefree Highway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The mornin' after glory from my head down to my shoes
Every highway, that means slip away
Slip away from you
or
The mornin' after glowin' from my head down to my shoes
Every highway, that means slip away
Slip away from you.
The Real Lyrics:
The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you.
The Story: For most of the time I've been acquainted with this song, I was sure I'd been mishearing 'glowin' ' as 'glory'. I was about ready to submit the first mishearing only, with 'glowin' ' indicated in the real lyrics. But just to make sure, I checked lyrics sites, many of which cite 'blues', but none of which cite 'glowin' ' for that word. So I realize both my initial mishearing and what I assumed the actual word there to be were both in fact mishearings! - Submitted by: Connie Brady
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Dream Weaver"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Trained beaver
The Real Lyrics:
Dream Weaver
The Story: About five minutes after this song stopped playing during a long drive, my 6 year-old son piped up from the back seat 'Why did that man sing about a trained beaver?' Once we figured out what song he was talking about, we laughed 'til there were tears running down our faces. - Submitted by: Tom
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Early Morning Rain"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But I'm stuck here on the grass Where the pavement never grows.
The Real Lyrics:
But I'm stuck here on the grass With a pain that ever grows.
The Story: Heard this wrong for many years, and no offense to Mr. Lightfoot, but I find my version more poetic. Still prefer it, even if it's wrong. - Submitted by: Hazel LeBlanc
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Ghosts of Cape Horn"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They are the ghosts of gay porn
The Real Lyrics:
They are the ghosts of Cape Horn
The Story: I've always liked Lightfoot, at least his major ballads like Edmund Fitzgerald and Railroad trilogy, so when I saw the Gord's Gold II cd on sale for half price I was quick to pick it up. The first time I put it on I wasn't paying a lot of attention to it, so the song was half over before it really clicked for me that something was very wrong with what I was hearing, and beginning to sing along to. I skipped it back to the beginning, and dammit, he was saying 'gay porn'. I finally had to check the CD case for the title of the song, at which point I felt a lot better. - Submitted by: Ed C
Gordon Lightfoot's, "If You Could Read My Mind"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that just don't sell.
The Real Lyrics:
Just like a paperback novel
The kind that drug stores sell.
The Story: This song was out when I was in college, majoring in journalism. I just figured Lightfoot was looking at that novel from a publisher's perspective! - Submitted by: Howard Glazer
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Make Way for the Lady"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Making hay with lord rabbit
Get the day's work done.
The Real Lyrics:
Makin' hay with no gravy
Gets the day's work done
The Story: For some reason, I just don't hear "no gravy" nor do I understand making hay with no gravy? The words sound very, very much like "lord rabbit" or lord something... Just can't get that thought out of my mind! - Submitted by: Kenneth Lees
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Old Dan's Records"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bring out old dance riggers
The Real Lyrics:
Bring out old Dan's records
The Story: I heard the song on public television, a concert of Gordon Lightfoot and I love his music. It sounded like "bring out old dance riggers" - like we were to dance in dancing shoes to old `78s, we bring out the old `78s and pass the night away, dancing in our old dancing riggers to old records near the fireplace. It was a beautiful happy sounding song and I thought it was great - I still do! Only recently did I learn the real title - Old Dan's Records. To me, that is just fascinating, though I actually prefer the old idea - dancing shoes. - Submitted by: Emmett Kinnison
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Sundown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sometimes at Better Day Kids'
And I'll find you've been creeping and I'm not that stiff
Sometimes, a kid gets a shake
And I'll find you've been creeping and I'm feeling okay.
The Real Lyrics:
Sundown, ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feeling better when I'm feeling no pain.
The Story: I just imagined it was about a really paranoid guy who would hang out at a fast food place called "Better Day Kids'" and tremble with fear as customers would come and go. I could never figure out what was so scary about fast food. - Submitted by: Boris B
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Time for a Summertime Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you come round down when the mill shuts down
You can see what s***hole remains.
The Real Lyrics:
If you come round down when the mill shuts down
You can see what chivalry means.
The Story: Took a few repeats of the CD to realize it is actually chivalry, but s***-hole sounded pretty logical too! - Submitted by: Kenneth Lees
Gordon Lightfoot's, "Too Many Clues In This Room"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All around the looking glass, dancing to The Cure
Sweeping out the house with a fine-toothed comb.
The Real Lyrics:
All around the looking glass, dancing to a tune
Sweeping out the house with a fine-toothed comb.
The Story: I wondered why they were obsessed with just the one band. - Submitted by: Carolee
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