Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It must be genetic

Lately, on Late Night with David Letterman, when Dave throws a blue card through the fake window that sits behind his desk, the sound guy has been playing the chorus from the song "Wildfire" by Michael Martin Murphy. The other day, Dave commented that his favorite verse in that song was, "We're gonna leave sod busting behind." I immediately thought this was funny since, as everyone knows, the verse is actually "We're going to leave South Boston behind." I have since discovered that I'm wrong and that it is in fact "sod busting." This changes the entire song for me. That "South Boston " line always led me to believe that the person in the song lives in Boston and is singing about a girl he knew when he was younger and lived on a farm. Now I realize that the song is in fact being sung by a boy who still lives on a farm.

This is a cute story. Interesting? Yes. Funny? Certainly. But it's only the lead up to the real story.

I told my dad that I have been singing the wrong lyrics for 30 years and he said, "Oh, that's nothing. What's that song by Credence Clearwater Revival?"
"Traveling Band..... Born on the Bayou... Bad Moon Rising?"
"That's it, Bad Moon Rising."
"What about it?"
"Well, until just recently, I thought they were singing "There's a bathroom on the right."
"You're shittin' me!"
"Don't go out tonight, cause it's bound to take your life, there's a bathroom on the right?"


Jen said...

I alway thought they were saying the bathroom was on the right too, but I just know that couldn't be right.

I can't think of the song, but there is one from the late seventies or early eighties by a group like Airsupply or Little River Band... there's a verse where they're singing "about the two of us" and I always thought they were saying "I backed into a bus". I remember singing it out loud and being laughed at. Still hurts.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous said...

Actually it's "bad moon on the rise".


John Fogerty

4:36 PM  

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