Sunday, March 29, 2009

Big hotel turn your lights on

The title of this entry is part of the chorus of a well known Steve Miller song. Wait, it's not? Well according to the younger sister of a friend of my wife it is. How about Big ole jet airliner? That's more like it!

The mystery of rock and roll song lyrics has been around for.... well as long as rock and roll. I think the occasional drug induced haze, from either the listener or the performer, (or both) has magnified the issue. How about; "Excuse me while I kiss this guy". That sound you're hearing is Jimi Hendrix spinning in his grave. "There's a bathroom on the right". I don't think that is what John Fogerty was really trying to say. "Dirty deeds and the Dunder Chiefs". This one, actually "Dirty deeds done dirt cheap", is straight from Tom Griswald of the Bob and Tom show. He thought that was the chorus for many years.

How about one of the most famous album sides of all time, "In a Gadda da Vida"? In this case the lead singer of Iron Butterfly, Doug Ingle, while drunk or high (or both) allegedly slurred the words of the actual title and lyric "In a Garden of Eden". The result, one of the earliest and most endearing heavy metal songs of all time. By the way Mr. Ingle also wrote the song with its "proper" title. Just goes to show you, sometimes misinterpretation is a good thing.

Please share your unique lyrics as you see fit. Until next time, keep on rockin.


  1. Found this site with misinterpreted song lyrics:


  2. The new looks at Coachella...

  3. the most brutal one has to be the Hendrix line
    "excuse me while I kiss the sky"
    "Excuse me while I kiss this guy"