I just… forgot to mention this one when it happened, because there was so much going on at the time. So I’m telling you now.
I promise, it has nothing to do with my desire to stave off discussions of whether I’ve unpacked all 37 boxes of kitchen stuff (they won’t fit, there’s no way) or putting off the answer to the question you’re all asking—which is totally coming, I just remembered this and wanted to put it out there and also I’m a champion procrastinator.
Besides, this wasn’t even a big deal…
ME: So now that I know the name of this song isn’t “No Roots”—
ME: —I really listened to the lyrics today. To learn the rules.
HIM: It’s kind of the whole point of the song.
ME: Right. She’s got new rules. She counts them.
HIM: (laughing) I can’t believe you didn’t know that.
ME: Right? But anyway, I was listening today and learning the rules and I was like, “Yes! Those are excellent rules! You’re making really good choices, honey. So proud of you!”
Everyone’s done it at some point: misheard lyrics on a song they really like. Most often it gets corrected right away, but in some cases it takes years, even decades. Sometimes you decide you like the “real” version better, sometimes you gleefully sing “your” version forever. At top volume. Whenever it comes on, no matter where you are.*
You know what? Let’s take this opportunity to restart some dialogue. I feel like we’ve gotten away from talking to each other; lately it’s been all me whinging about my stress and you nodding along and checking your watch while you wait for me to move on to someone saying something funny or stupid—or at least worth mentioning. Granted, me getting song lyrics wrong isn’t as noteworthy as, say, the arrival of a mighty mini lion in my life or that time my husband ruined my chance to become BFF’s with David Tennant, but it has the advantage of being a common experience—none of you even have a mini lion.
But you can answer this question: What was the last song you misheard?
Or this one: Now that you know the truth, which version do you like better?
Or, if you don’t want to out your current musical tastes for whatever reason, you could just tell us about what song you still sing “wrong” even now that you know the “correct” lyrics. (Need help getting started? Everyone sings Kiss From A Rose wrong. Because the real lyrics make no sense. I’m convinced he did it on purpose, to create exactly this phenomenon.)
* I will buy my friend Audrey’s album if she ever gets around to recording these. For realz.