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Ray Price's, "City Lights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The cabarets and honky tonks, their flashing signs and vibes,
A broken heart to lose itself in the glow of city lights.
The Real Lyrics:
The cabarets and honky tonks, their flashing signs invite
A broken heart to lose itself in the glow of city lights.
The Story: I'd listened to this song quite a few times, with "and vibes" being the best guess as to what I heard at the end of the first line above, where the actual lyric there turns out to be "invite". "Vibes" could sort of fit the overall meaning there, but I wondered about a couple of things. First, how old is the word "vibes", per se? I perceive that somehow it isn't all that old, and thought it probably wouldn't be old enough to be in this song. But perhaps even more than that I don't associate the word with jargon expected in classic country music. Finally I got curious enough to look up the lyrics on a lyres site and that's when I found "invite" to be what the actual lyrics say there, confirming my suspicions that this just wasn't a kind of song in which one would much expect the word "vibes" to occur. - Submitted by: Karen Smith
Ray Price's, "For The Good Times"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Father Good Times
The Real Lyrics:
For the good times
The Story: I first heard this song years ago, and thought 'Father Good Times' must be some semi-mythica impersonation (kind of like 'Mother Nature'). I assumed the singer was imploring 'Father Good Times' for help. Years later, after not hearing it recently, I heard my boyfriend sing it, singing the words clearly. I told him I thought it was 'Father Good Times', and we both had a good laugh over that. - Submitted by: Jennifer Thompson
Ray Price's, "Invitation To The Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I received your imitation, toodle-oo
I received your imitation, Lucy Liu
I received your imitation, fruity loops.
The Real Lyrics:
I received your invitation to the blues.
The Story: First hearing the song from a disc player a few rooms away, I struggled to make out what it was saying, with a few of my attempts represented above. On having it played over while I listened up close, I caught the real meaning. It is no surprise that it was obscure from a distance, as 'invitation to the blues' is not a particularly familiar or obvious metaphor. - Submitted by: Stacy Poole
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