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Thread started 09/20/16 9:55pm

sro100

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Lyrics You Got Wrong?

In "The Truth" Prince sings, "What if half the things ever said turned out to be a lie?"

Up until very recently I thought the line was "What if half the things I said turned out to be a lie."

And with what has transpired it suddenly seemed so self aware.

But, now I read the lyrics - he wasn't talking about himself telling lies, but merely others.

Just not the same.

My heart broke a little when I saw the correct lyrics.

And y'all?

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Reply #1 posted 09/21/16 2:53am

Se7en

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A flower that has water will grow (from Hello).

For the longest time I had no idea what he was saying.
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Reply #2 posted 09/21/16 7:20am

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I've wondered for a long time if the last line of "Sometimes it Snows in April" says/means "passed" rather than "past" -- it makes more sense to me:

"Love it isn't love until it's passed".."

Anyone have an ultra official lyric sheet?
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Reply #3 posted 09/21/16 7:25am

LadyLayla

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Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

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Reply #4 posted 09/21/16 9:01am

TrivialPursuit

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emby said:

I've wondered for a long time if the last line of "Sometimes it Snows in April" says/means "passed" rather than "past" -- it makes more sense to me: "Love it isn't love until it's passed".." Anyone have an ultra official lyric sheet?


The official songbook for Parade says "past".

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Reply #5 posted 09/21/16 9:25am

flyscdiva

LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

I.AM. SCREAMING LAUGHING.!!! I actually sung "count your blessings" to the Controversy tune! Too funny.Will never hear the song the same again! lol

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Reply #6 posted 09/21/16 9:40am

LadyLayla

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flyscdiva said:

LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

I.AM. SCREAMING LAUGHING.!!! I actually sung "count your blessings" to the Controversy tune! Too funny.Will never hear the song the same again! lol

Laugh away! So did my group of friends at the time when we were together and the song came on and I merrily sang along with it. clueless

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Reply #7 posted 09/21/16 9:47am

1contessa

LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

lol

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Reply #8 posted 09/21/16 9:50am

meagemini2

Starfish and coffee 'Made with serpent jam' - I thought this wa logical since the kids thought there was a witch in her lunchbox.

C'MON - I can't be the only one that thought this? anyone?

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Reply #9 posted 09/21/16 9:53am

meagemini2

emby said:

I've wondered for a long time if the last line of "Sometimes it Snows in April" says/means "passed" rather than "past" -- it makes more sense to me: "Love it isn't love until it's passed".." Anyone have an ultra official lyric sheet?

Had to look it up too. sad

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Reply #10 posted 09/21/16 10:17am

TrivialPursuit

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meagemini2 said:

Starfish and coffee 'Made with serpent jam' - I thought this wa logical since the kids thought there was a witch in her lunchbox.

C'MON - I can't be the only one that thought this? anyone?


You are the only one. lol

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Reply #11 posted 09/21/16 11:45am

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TrivialPursuit said:

emby said:

I've wondered for a long time if the last line of "Sometimes it Snows in April" says/means "passed" rather than "past" -- it makes more sense to me: "Love it isn't love until it's passed".." Anyone have an ultra official lyric sheet?


The official songbook for Parade says "past".

omfg I confused it was past or had confused

The way that you're moving your body on my knee dancing jig
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Reply #12 posted 09/21/16 12:11pm

TrivialPursuit

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purplepolitician said:

TrivialPursuit said:


The official songbook for Parade says "past".

omfg I confused it was past or had confused


You're saying you thought the line was "love isn't love until it's had"???

Here, for everyone:

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Reply #13 posted 09/21/16 12:13pm

TrivialPursuit

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Back in the 90s, after The Hits/The B-Sides came out, I was playing one of the cassettes in my friend's car. We had her two kids in the backseat. They were 4 and 5 years old. "Controversy" was playing.

At one point, she leans over to me and says, "I don't think this is okay to play in front of the kids." I had a confused look on my face, and asked "Why?".

She emphasized: "Uh, county pussy?"

22 years later and I've yet to let her live that one down.

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Reply #14 posted 09/21/16 12:30pm

LadyLayla

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TrivialPursuit said:

Back in the 90s, after The Hits/The B-Sides came out, I was playing one of the cassettes in my friend's car. We had her two kids in the backseat. They were 4 and 5 years old. "Controversy" was playing.

At one point, she leans over to me and says, "I don't think this is okay to play in front of the kids." I had a confused look on my face, and asked "Why?".

She emphasized: "Uh, county pussy?"

22 years later and I've yet to let her live that one down.

Ha! Too much. At least my duh moment was G rated! The P man would have gotten a big kick out of the range of interpretations

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Reply #15 posted 09/21/16 12:38pm

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Look here Marsha, I'm not sayin' this just 2 be nasty -- Metro Lyrics

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or

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Look you Martian, I'm not sayin'this just to be nasty -- LyricWiki

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Can anyone find out which of these are the real lyrics to 'Let's Pretend We're Married'

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Reply #16 posted 09/21/16 2:06pm

TrivialPursuit

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QueenofCardboard said:

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Look here Marsha, I'm not sayin' this just 2 be nasty -- Metro Lyrics

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or

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Look you Martian, I'm not sayin'this just to be nasty -- LyricWiki

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Can anyone find out which of these are the real lyrics to 'Let's Pretend We're Married'

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When I was on the DTTLyrics team, it was "look here Martian..."

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Reply #17 posted 09/21/16 2:07pm

MusicologyMajo
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LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:



Am I black or white?


Am I straight or gay?


Count your blessings


lmao lol good one
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Reply #18 posted 09/21/16 2:08pm

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Those song books are generaly filled with mistakes.

The lyric is 'love it isn't love, until it's had'. You can hear this clearer on live versions of the song.

Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain.
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Reply #19 posted 09/21/16 2:26pm

Bebop17

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Those song books are generaly filled with mistakes.

The lyric is 'love it isn't love, until it's had'. You can hear this clearer on live versions of the song.

That's the way it's written in The Ultimate Listening-Retrospect, a 319 page collection of lyrics from his official releases from 1978-2015. I find that they are pretty good compared to some of the others (and compared to the online lyric sites)

Gimme some horns ... uh!
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Reply #20 posted 09/21/16 3:07pm

eightiesbrat

In TMBGITW, I used to think instead of "but when I do I see U and I'm devoured" that he was saying "but when I do I see U 9 to 5"

Also, in Nothing Compares 2 U for the longest time I thought it was "like a bird without a love song" instead of just "without a song"

[Edited 9/21/16 16:55pm]

We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams. . .
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Reply #21 posted 09/21/16 3:15pm

eightiesbrat

flyscdiva said:

LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

I.AM. SCREAMING LAUGHING.!!! I actually sung "count your blessings" to the Controversy tune! Too funny.Will never hear the song the same again! lol

LOL same. that's a great misheard lyric haha

We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams. . .
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Reply #22 posted 09/21/16 3:52pm

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[Edited 9/21/16 23:16pm]

"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," Donald Trump
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Reply #23 posted 09/21/16 4:32pm

meagemini2

eightiesbrat said:

flyscdiva said:

I.AM. SCREAMING LAUGHING.!!! I actually sung "count your blessings" to the Controversy tune! Too funny.Will never hear the song the same again! lol

LOL same. that's a great misheard lyric haha

Knowing Prince, maybe he just threw one 'count your blessings' in there! You funny. biggrin

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Reply #24 posted 09/21/16 4:53pm

LoriJ

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LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

Maybe he put it in as a subconscious message and you got it! yes

I love you baby, just not like I love this guitar.~Prince~
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Reply #25 posted 09/21/16 5:45pm

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meagemini2 said:

Starfish and coffee 'Made with serpent jam' - I thought this wa logical since the kids thought there was a witch in her lunchbox.

C'MON - I can't be the only one that thought this? anyone?

I also misheard that line, but as "made with surf and jam". Obviously my version is quite nonsensical but to my mind it fitted the dreamlike and slightly surreal lyrics of the song quite well, I also thought it made sense given that it continued the sea theme from the titular starfish.

Heavenly wine and roses seems to whisper to me when you smile...
Always cry for love, never cry for pain...
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Reply #26 posted 09/21/16 8:22pm

teach49

LadyLayla said:

Here's a goody! First few times I heard Controversy on the radio...couldn't catch the name of the song:

Am I black or white?

Am I straight or gay?

Count your blessings

That's classic!

In the 80s, I never got that he was saying "elevator" in Let's Go Crazy. I never really knew what he was saying until much later. I just mumbled through that part when I was singing along. Oh and the purple banana. Didn't catch that either way back when.

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Reply #27 posted 09/21/16 8:31pm

LBrent

One of the videos I found awhile ago must have bee translated by a non-English speaker because the line "I know you ain't no concubine", which is onscreen in the official video, was translated as "I know you ain't no pumpkin pie".

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Reply #28 posted 09/21/16 8:34pm

LBrent

bluegangsta said:

Those song books are generaly filled with mistakes.

The lyric is 'love it isn't love, until it's had'. You can hear this clearer on live versions of the song.

Actually, I not only heard him sing "past" with my own ears in concert, but if you Google his P&M tours you can hear him clearly sing "past", which would be correct grammar as well.

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Reply #29 posted 09/21/16 8:52pm

teach49

LBrent said:

bluegangsta said:

Those song books are generaly filled with mistakes.

The lyric is 'love it isn't love, until it's had'. You can hear this clearer on live versions of the song.

Actually, I not only heard him sing "past" with my own ears in concert, but if you Google his P&M tours you can hear him clearly sing "past", which would be correct grammar as well.

Doesn't he say both? I feel like I've heard him say both (at different times).

[Edited 9/21/16 21:01pm]

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