Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Cannons in Love

When young and stupid I used to think that the words for Phil Colin's song "Can't Hurry Love" were "Cannons in Love." I could never figure out why a pair of fighting weapons would fall in love with each other. Now that I'm old and wise I see that it was less a problem with interpretation and more a problem of listening.

11 comments:

miker said...

John Larroquette starred in a series about life at a night court (not Night Court, the other one). In one series I recall an argument between him and a big stupid guy (not Bull, the other one) as to whether the saying went 'to all intensive purposes', or 'to all in tents and purpoises'.

I also recall Joey from Friends arguing with Rachel (also from Friends), saying it was a moo point, not a moot point.

CT said...

Hahaha... that's so funny!
Thanks for making me laugh today.

Guy said...

I never saw the night court episode that you're referring to but they just re-ran the Friends episode with the moo point. Joey came up with a good cow explanation about why it was a moo point as well.

You're very welcome ct.

Rob said...

You probably need to look up the word Mondegreen :)

Guy said...

A mondegreen (also sometimes spelled "mondagreen") is the mishearing (usually accidental) of a phrase in such a way that it acquires a new meaning.

Thank you for educating me Rob. I never knew that before. And thank you wikipedia for the definition and an excellent explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen

Guy said...

I've also just discovered The Archive of Misheard Lyrics: http://www.kissthisguy.com/ but my mishearing is not in there as I suspect that I am the only person to have misheard this song this way.

Tim B. said...

An Aussie band by the name of "Cold Chisel" had a big song entitled 'Cheap wine and a 3 day growth'.

It has been misinterpreted by some as 'cheap wine and a 3 legged goat'.... I'd say they must be rednecks.

Guy said...

I always thought that Aussies favored sheep over goats but maybe a 3 legged goat is attractive because of its rarity and perhaps a much prized partner... :)

Rob said...

Guy, it's the New Zealanders who go for sheep :-)

Guy said...

I once heard a Kiwi say "we are an island of 40 million sheep of which 2 million of us think we're human." He then went on to describe why so many Aussies visit Kiwi Land (hotter sheep apparently) and that's where I got that impression.

My apologies to all Aussies and thank you for setting me straight Rob!

Guy said...

One anomaly that I have noticed is that since goats and sheep have been mentioned on this blog, visitors from both Australia and New Zealand have increased...