There’s Lyrics and Then There’s Lyrics

When I listen to a song it’s the beat that gets my toes tapping but it’s the lyrics that decide the length of my relationship with a song. Some songs I’ll listen to forever because the meaning resonates within me.

And while I try to get the words right, I don’t always succeed.

I know I’m not alone in this.

I know I’m not the only one who interpreted CCR’s there’s a bad moon on the rise to there’s a bathroom on the right.

And like an iceberg, that’s just the tip of the lyrics I’ve flubbed, and even liked a little better than the original.

And while I used to think I inherited this particular trait from my father (who should be ashamed of himself for telling an impressionable 7 year old lines that were not part of an actual song), I’ve since learned that the trait is fairly common. Seems soldiers in World War 1 changed the lyrics to a popular melody too. Some were bawdy such as to Parlez-vous, others were sad like the ones to Broken Doll, and some held a purpose (beyond confusing the enemy).

Here is one courtesy of the American Doughboy in France:

Iodine and Pills
Iodine and Pills
Good for rheumatism
Good for chills
Bones my be broken
Mumps in your gills
Iodine and pills will cure you
Iodine and pills

And while I can’t tell you what the original song was, I can say that the lyrics tell a lot about the state of medicine in 1917.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to There’s Lyrics and Then There’s Lyrics

  1. danrshaw says:

    So I guess the Beatles song She Came in Through the Bathroom Window was really She Came in Through the Bad Moon Window? When I was young I thought the Beattles where singing about the rain in Penny Lane since I heard “and the rain was in my ears, and in my eyes. Back then you couldn’t hop on the internet and look up the lyrics to songs.
    I guess the master at getting the words wrong was “Weird Al” Yankovic?

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