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Lack of e-nun-ci-a-tion in modern music
06/05/18 at 18:54:22
 
It started around the time the Beatles were active. You couldn't always make out the words.

In Obladi Oblada they sang; "happy ever after in the market place . . .", but I heard," happy as a rafter in the marketplace."

Then in  "Reminiscing" the Little River Band sang, "and those Porter tunes made us dance across the room " but I heard "and the Border Tune" (This lyric is ridiculous because Glenn Miller wasn't particularly known for reprising Porter tunes; however his song 'Border Tune" could make somebody dance across the room).

Then Christopher Cross sang "I'll Never Be The Same [without you here].
'I'll live alone" . . " but I hear "ali bullow"

There must be  more examples out there.

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Re: Lack of e-nun-ci-a-tion in modern music
Reply #1 - 06/05/18 at 18:57:37
 
I seem able to understand most of the pronunciations (I think it's that more than enunciations myself). It may have helped that I was in a British boarding school in African for three years and for more than five years in Africa heard a lot of English as second or third language speakers.

The two that I have been told others here are:

"There's a bathroom on the right" instead of "There's a bad moon on the rise" from Creedence Clearwater Revival's single, and

"Exuse me while I kiss this guy" instead of "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze"
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Reply #2 - 06/05/18 at 21:20:45
 
gotta listen to Frazey Ford.  I lover her but I have no idea what she's singing.

The whole "The Junkie Song" with the Be Good Tanyas

corrected.... Manfred Mann Blinded by the light, Rolled up like a Douche  I was convinced that's what they were singing

According to the internet (so it must be true)
Actually the song was written by Bruce Springsteen. "Revved up like a deuce" is referring to being excited in a manner similar to way "32 Ford Coupe (A deuce coupe) motor would be.

which makes a lot more sense
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Reply #3 - 06/05/18 at 21:33:01
 
For years I thought Desmond Dekka singing the "Israelites" started with the immortal ' Get up in the morning, baked beans for breakfast '  :)
I still hear it now.

'Wrapped up like a douch' ? Manfred Mans' Earthband sang that in "Blinded by the Light".........or did they ?
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Reply #4 - 06/06/18 at 00:37:48
 
Well, I confess I find that one a little hard to decipher. It's supposed to be:

Blinded by the light
Revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
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Reply #5 - 06/07/18 at 02:30:35
 
It's not just me.  

State in the article : https://www.loudersound.com/features/story-behind-song-blinded-by-the-light-by-m...

“Suddenly I had the American record label on the phone saying: ‘We can’t get radio stations in the southern bible belt to play the record because everyone thinks you’re singing about a vaginal douche’.”
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Reply #6 - 06/07/18 at 05:35:08
 
Jimmy Reed: He was drunk most of the time and you can hear it his constant slurring.  Lyric:  "I found true love, one worth waiting for" always sounded like "I found true love, one was the way to f*%k" to me. Took me many years before I finally got down to finding the correct lyric!
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Reply #7 - 06/07/18 at 12:30:44
 
Fact you can look up the lyrics to all these damn slurred songs is the only way to be sure of what the lyrics are.

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Reply #8 - 06/09/18 at 15:33:17
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyHNryKojDY

Jumping Jack Flash -  Whoopi Golberg movie scene.
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Reply #9 - 06/09/18 at 16:54:10
 
Douche meant nothing over here. It wasn`t until I heard it on South Park some years ago that I realised it had a derogatory meaning. Someone was being called a douche bag by one of the kids. ("The biggest douche in the universe")

I just re-listened to Israelites again, several versions. Wow, how bad can my hearing have been. It`s the second time he sings it and no way can I have mis heard it so bad. Old tranny radios, on the dance floor in the reggae days, I`m searching for excuses.
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Re: Lack of e-nun-ci-a-tion in modern music
Reply #10 - 02/06/19 at 23:26:29
 
One of my favorites is John Prine's warm up to his song "That's the Way the World Goes Round". One fan thought it was a song about a "Happy Enchilada". The real verse is "It's a half an inch of water, think your gonna drown. He said he doesn't sing songs about food. That's more Jimmy Buffet.
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Reply #11 - 03/14/19 at 04:46:35
 
I've heard that Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' was what
"In the Garden of Eden" sounded like when sung while stoned.
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