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timetraveler 10-26-2010 05:31 PM

Re: Spanish Moths?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave, Melbourne,Australia (Post 166512)
I've noticed several threads referring to misheard/misunderstood Lightfoot lyrics and I'd like to add one. The first Lightfoot album I heard was the vinyl copy of "Summertime Dream" my older sister had bought months earlier. I told her one of my favourite songs on it was "Spanish Moss". She obviously hadn't read the album cover very well, because she sounded surprised and said she had always thought it was "Spanish Moths"!

My mum is often surprised like that herself. We'll be setting in the kitchen listening to the radio & she'll have to ask me just what a particular artist is saying.

Borderstone 10-29-2010 08:49 PM

Re: Spanish Moths?
 
I was a kid when "Wreck" came out and when I finally heard it,
this is one example of what I thought I heard:

" The dog came late and his breakfast had to wait,when the whales of November came laughin' "!

:biggrin: LOL!

Borderstone 10-29-2010 08:52 PM

Re: misheard lyrics
 
Here's an old "misheard lyrics" thread!

Auburn Annie 11-02-2010 02:29 PM

Re: Spanish Moths?
 
Mondegreens, they're called mondegreens .. Google and enjoy. The Hendrix one has been around since Purple Haze, lol.

Good explanation here:
http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~w...ndegreens.html

geodeticman.5 05-11-2013 01:55 PM

Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Here is the whole point of this thread in a nutshell: I'm hoping others have also heard certain words or phrases in Gord's songs incorrectly, and for even years didn't know it. Do you have any like that too?.

Here is my first entry, a near 40-year error of mine in listening to one of my favorite songs of THE MAN'S:

I was listening to "All The Lovely Ladies" yesterday, and it occurred to me that there were a few words or phrases here or there that I've always thought were curious, and come to find out, after reading the lyrics, were entirely different.

This is not a new thread idea, but one on my mind lately. So I thought I'd own-up to words which I've always heard wrong, and see if I'm the only one. I doubt it :biggrin:

I'll start with this one, because there are many:

from "All The Lovely Ladies", in the following lines:

"To all the lovely ladies in their finery tonight
I wish that I could kiss you while you knit
"

FOR A LAUGH RIGHT HERE ON THE ABOVE: I have knelt so hammered into my head I even wrote it at first in the above, where I meant to have the correct word knit. I corrected it. Duhh. Caught it today on Sunday, LOL

For almost 40 years I thought "knit" was knelt. And I pictured some lovely lady genuflecting at the site of Gord, LOL. While I thought it odd, I never questioned it, because it sounded like that word. I was very surprised to see "knit". What a word, that so many people, at least in the states, would consider an antiquated notion. Knitting. However innaccurate, it elicits images of ladies magically knitting scarfs and such, and doesn't seem to fit the image I had of the song's setting of what I thought was, well, a bordello (however fancy. Or, perhaps a more tasteful and refined, but not quite puritanical setting, of a sort of "high-end singles mixer", where finely-dressed ladies and gentlemen strolled in, all with prurient interests, picked out their date, and strolled out with arched eyebrows in sartorial splendor. After all, they are finely-dressed. ;)

The other phrase from the same song that I've been wrong on for almost 40 years as well is in these lines:

To all the ones who learn to live with being second-guessed
Whose job it is to give more then they get


I've thought for all this time, in the same song, "second-guessed" was second-guest. While I know the song by heart, and the phrase second-guessed quite well, it didn't sound that way. The other was plausible, because it was, err.. Gord. And if he says so, its cool, you know what I mean? :cool:

I thought second-guest must have been a Canadian idiom, or colloquial term at least, for "a person who is farther back on the hand-out line", or used to being the second guest to, or at a function. I felt sympathy. It fit. I had no cause to question it. The other above, I should have questioned.

YOU WOULD THINK, in all this time, expecially when I did lyrics-quizzers for so long (that wasn't an ad for it :rolleyes: ) I would have come across that. I probably did, but you know what they say about the mind's eye: we see what we want, or expect to see.

Anyone else want to own-up to being human on lyrics discernment?

I hope I'm not alone in this, LOL. :headbang::biggrin:

charlene 05-11-2013 02:53 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
I believe I read that he wrote it for the audiences that come to his shows... SONGBOOK liner notes: A Valentine to the audience, where we recognize "all the lovely ladies in their finery tonight," and then the "handsome gentlemen."

geodeticman.5 05-11-2013 04:01 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by charlene (Post 181772)
I believe I read that he wrote it for the audiences that come to his shows... SONGBOOK liner notes: A Valentine to the audience, where we recognize "all the lovely ladies in their finery tonight," and then the "handsome gentlemen."

Thanks Char, aren't I the embarrassed one. That makes perfect sense on people (couples)coming in to the concert, having dressed-up for the it, and leaving in the same pairs (for the most part, LOL) as came in. If I'd read the little booklet, I'd be OK, right? LOL. But hope remains on my thread's intent: hearing specific words wrong for in some cases, a long time, but not necessarily. It's the confessional aspect of the often humorous "heard THAT one wrong" on the word, as opposed to "I wonder what he means in that song, or that verse".

I do appreciate the correction of my misinterpretation of the whole image of the, well, "fancy bordello" image I had in mind for so long. It seemed oddly out of context with the prayer-like wishes for people who are down-trodden, falsely-occused, those who cannot write, those heavy-rounders with a headache for their pains.

I am hoping people will join me in this thought of specific words and phrases they've heard wrong, and never happened-upon the written lyrics,or in my case, despite having read virtually all of them to check back in lyrics quizzers to be sure, reading right over what I've heard wrong all along, and still didn't catch.

Thank Char for the insight!

Anyone hear any words wrong in songs besides me ?:headbang::rolleyes::)

2silent2breal 05-11-2013 05:00 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
After 40 years, i still hear people singing "every highway." Probably the most misheard Lightfoot lyric.

I still catch myself singing "and the cats are in the sand." I guess I'm thinking they're using their litter box, I don't know.

imported_Ordinary_Man 05-11-2013 05:25 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Here's one that bugs me: In Alberta Bound, there is the lyric "no one I've met could e'er forget". On the interwebs however, you'll find THIS gem of an improvement: "No ONE-EYED MAN could e'er forget the Rocky Mountain sunset."

I'm sure Gord wonders why he didn't think of doing it that way.

I must add though, that as a St. Louis Cardinal fan who used to hate the NY team when they were in our division, I always heard that line as "no one-eyed Met". Just kidding, I knew better.

banjobench12 05-11-2013 10:57 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Back in the the late 70s Gord would joke that the band thought it was " All the lovely ladies in refineries tonight, I wish that I could relieve you of your change"

imported_Ordinary_Man 05-12-2013 12:15 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by banjobench12 (Post 181779)
Back in the the late 70s Gord would joke that the band thought it was " All the lovely ladies in refineries tonight, I wish that I could relieve you of your change"


Oh, I like that!

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 04:32 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by banjobench12 (Post 181779)
Back in the the late 70s Gord would joke that the band thought it was " All the lovely ladies in refineries tonight, I wish that I could relieve you of your change"



Relieve you of your change bu-hahahahahaha...that is......Laughing out loud great. Thank you banjo............... and refineries.....that is hilarious muhahahahaha..:clap::biggrin:

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 04:44 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2silent2breal (Post 181776)
....... "every highway." ..........still catch myself singing "and the cats are in the sand."

hahahaha....yes.... I tried singing those out loud, and while
Quote:

every highway
seems the most likely,
Quote:

cats are in the sand
- I can picture that as what the mind would expect from us all having changed those danged clay-dust boxes, LOL, even if it doesn't rhyme with "Bats in the roof, cats in the hall, dust on the stairway, gnats on the wall. I like it. Thanks for responding too you guys.:eek::headbang:

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 04:50 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
imported Ordinary Man you got base-a-de-ball on the brain, uh? LOL. Those are pretty funny.

jj 05-12-2013 12:06 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Old dance records

imported_Ordinary_Man 05-12-2013 12:22 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jj (Post 181792)
Old dance records

I could be wrong (often am) but I think Gord wrote the song Old Dan's Records from hearing someone actually say "old dance records" and thought it was a neat play on words.

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 01:54 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
jj, Man I am really not awake yet today. jj and imported: its taken me three edits to get this correct. I echoe'd imported Ordinary Man's post regarding your post jj, on "Old Dan's/ Dance Records, not seeing it at first that you (imported..)were pointing out exactly what I did on imported jj's comment. So I deleted it, and then had to correct it two times further to get this far, and hope fully correct, LOL. I'm not yet on my Second can Coke Zero yet. I finally posted this official government redaction. Sorry about that chiefs - the both of you.

Dave, Melbourne,Australia 05-12-2013 06:07 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
As I posted a long time ago, my older sister believed "Spanish Moss" was actually "Spanish Moths".

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 06:40 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave, Melbourne,Australia (Post 181798)
As I posted a long time ago, my older sister believed "Spanish Moss" was actually "Spanish Moths".

That's what I'm talking about, YES! Very funny Dave :biggrin:

Affair on Touhy Ave. 05-12-2013 06:48 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by geodeticman.5 (Post 181794)
jj, Man I am really not awake yet today. jj and imported: its taken me three edits to get this correct. I echoe'd imported Ordinary Man's post regarding your post jj, on "Old Dan's/ Dance Records, not seeing it at first that you (imported..)were pointing out exactly what I did on imported jj's comment. So I deleted it, and then had to correct it two times further to get this far, and hope fully correct, LOL. I'm not yet on my Second can Coke Zero yet. I finally posted this official government redaction. Sorry about that chiefs - the both of you.

As a kid listening to my parents GL LP's I thought he said Damn instead of Dan.

jj 05-12-2013 07:38 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Go easy on the coke zero. Poor Steve. Hey thanks ordinary man. I'll look it up


I've posted this before also. Perhaps on Wayne's newsgroup, eons ago

Only Love Would Know:

"She lives on another plane away from the driving range"

.... its actually "drivin' rain"

2silent2breal 05-12-2013 10:45 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
This site compiles "misheard lyrics." As does this one. I really did LOL at "Does anyone know where the rubber part goes?"

geodeticman.5 05-12-2013 11:45 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
2silent2breal, I checked out the site you linked, and they are hilarious. The first one I saw that is what I always have thought that I did hear was this:

"Early Morning Rain"

Misheard Lyrics:

But I'm stuck here on the grass
Where the pavement never grows.
[that's what I've always thought it was too, I'm embarrassed to admit. :whistle: ]

Original Lyrics:

But I'm stuck here on the grass
With a pain that ever grows.

jj 05-12-2013 11:45 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by imported_Ordinary_Man (Post 181793)
I could be wrong (often am) but I think Gord wrote the song Old Dan's Records from hearing someone actually say "old dance records" and thought it was a neat play on words.


Here is liner note quote:

"Kind of a play on the words old dance records. It reminds me of my uncle Jack's 78-RPM dance-record collection. It reminds me of hanging out with the grandparents at Christmastime or some other holiday, having a party and getting out the old vinyl"

....maybe it should have been called Old Jack's Records

jj 05-12-2013 11:49 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2silent2breal (Post 181804)
"Does anyone know where the rubber part goes?"

Cialis turns the minutes to hours....

imported_Ordinary_Man 05-12-2013 11:55 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2silent2breal (Post 181804)
This site compiles "misheard lyrics." As does this one. I really did LOL at "Does anyone know where the rubber part goes?"

The first site listed has "good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed" as correct instead of "good ship and true" in The Wreck. I sent them a correction of their correction.

Some of those listed are downright hilarious. Especially the ones that make no sense whatsoever. You'd think they'd realize that what they think they hear just couldn't be right.

The girls of November came early?

I reckon it's Ella Fitzgerald?

imported_Ordinary_Man 05-12-2013 11:59 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 2silent2breal (Post 181804)
This site compiles "misheard lyrics." As does this one. I really did LOL at "Does anyone know where the rubber part goes?"

Quote:

Originally Posted by jj (Post 181807)
Cialis turns the minutes to hours....


Oh, very good. VERY good.

Dan 05-14-2013 11:50 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Hey geodeticman.5,

I actually like "I wish I could kiss you while you knelt" better than "knit" but I am totally misguided. My most notable misheard GL lyric has always been, which I also posted many years ago in the Misheard Lyrics section of this website, from Brave Mountaineers, "In the hayloft we would play, we would drink the booze and sing". The lyrics are actually "In the hayloft we would play, we were princesses and kings". I think my lyrics are a big improvement.
Danno

charlene 05-15-2013 09:58 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan (Post 181842)
Hey geodeticman.5,

I actually like "I wish I could kiss you while you knelt" better than "knit" but I am totally misguided. My most notable misheard GL lyric has always been, which I also posted many years ago in the Misheard Lyrics section of this website, from Brave Mountaineers, "In the hayloft we would play, we would drink the booze and sing". The lyrics are actually "In the hayloft we would play, we were princesses and kings". I think my lyrics are a big improvement.
Danno

Were they drinking 'girly' drinks Danno?? lol

previous thread with postings from some folks who have 'disappeared'.. http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...isheard+lyrics

geodeticman.5 05-15-2013 07:36 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan (Post 181842)
Hey geodeticman.5,

I actually like "I wish I could kiss you while you knelt" better than "knit" but I am totally misguided. My most notable misheard GL lyric has always been, which I also posted many years ago in the Misheard Lyrics section of this website, from Brave Mountaineers, "In the hayloft we would play, we would drink the booze and sing". The lyrics are actually "In the hayloft we would play, we were princesses and kings". I think my lyrics are a big improvement.
Danno

yea Dan I AM embarrassed I had that song wrong in two areas for near 40 years now.What with having READ the correct lyrics undoubtedly many times over.... haha

"Booze and sing" is pretty funny. First time I heard that song, I was listening with a friend when I was about 16, and he commented on the "princesses" reference like an idiot with "so, what man, like....did he pretend HE was a princess or WHAT". Duhhh--oyy. I reprimanded him a bit harshly for not listening to the MAN more carefully, and said something like "No you butt-head, he was playing princesses AND KINGS. OBVIOUSLY he was playing with boys and GIRLS, you know, the way kids DO?" LOL. He allowed as how I was a bit defensive on Gordon, and he thought folk was "boring", and "not good cruizing music" in our "built" '67- '71 muscle cars with Aerosmith on the 8-track for THAT kind of thing.

But later on, in my early twenties, I was ALWAYS very careful to have just the right Lightfoot tune ready to play when I'd pick a date up. I'd SWEAR that's part of how Merry started taking to me - I had "Beautiful" ready on the cassette-deck in the car (by that year) before picking her up on her folks' ranch for our first date. She admitted she had only heard IYCRMM, and Sundown,etc., but "she liked Beautiful". And, as many of you "senior members" might recall, she and I later married to that song and two others. :biggrin:

geodeticman.5 05-15-2013 07:47 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by charlene (Post 181843)
Were they drinking 'girly' drinks Danno?? lol

previous thread with postings from some folks who have 'disappeared'.. http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...isheard+lyrics

Char I attached to your link on the older thread with so many good ones. They're hilarious. Knowing this thread was not a new idea AT ALL when I started it, you'd think I would have resurrected the old one(s), and simply add to them. I guess I was too lazy that day, yea that's it... LOL. :rolleyes:

jj 05-16-2013 10:25 AM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by imported_Ordinary_Man (Post 181809)
Oh, very good. VERY good.

:)

you really live in Biscuit City?

note: as far as misheard lyrics Live go, in the early 80s at Massey, Gord was seemingly intoxicated and appeared to be on careless 'high' way ...I couldnt interpret a word he had sung/slurred the entire evening... he was a parody of himself.... today he may have thinned out in most ever sense, but sure sings his words quite clearly...and cares:)

geodeticman.5 05-16-2013 05:18 PM

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from "Bend in the Water" :

where her sings "Too fine a time to stand in line
I'm gonna take my love to go"

I've always thought it was: "To find a time to stand in line
I'm gonna take my love to go"

to find, versus " too fine". No a big one. Not so embarrassing. Just another one for my books I now know. duhhhhh-ooooyy :rolleyes:

geodeticman.5 05-17-2013 07:49 PM

Re: Lyrics I've always heard wrong until.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jj (Post 181851)
:)

you really live in Biscuit City?

note: as far as misheard lyrics Live go, in the early 80s at Massey, Gord was seemingly intoxicated and appeared to be on careless 'high' way ...I couldnt interpret a word he had sung/slurred the entire evening... he was a parody of himself.... today he may have thinned out in most ever sense, but sure sings his words quite clearly...and cares:)

You know jj, I'm embarrassed, but also somewhat relieved to say, that I never saw Gordon in concert during that time period, though a die-hard fan during it all. I was too broke and working too hard to ever have time back then. I don't think I would want to have gone even if I could have, during the time period that all of us as fans have read about, and others such as yourself witnessed first-hand, such as the above concert you spoke of.

I was very busy during that time period first in college, then travelling, then meeting and marrying, then working furiously to feed my family and try to move up at work, then returning to school again to learn to do what I really wanted to do, and damn near killing myself with full-time everything. Then along came baby.

In short, I didn't see Gord in concert between '76 and '84. I guess, from most accounts, I missed, fortunately, any evidence of the intoxication on stage that some friends told me was quite evident during some concerts in the '75 -'80 time period. I was caught-up in life through and including the time period that I understand he was able to stop drinking during, after '80 in any event.

No matter the year, but what a great accomplishment for him. However, as a perfectionist, I can only imagine how painful it must have been for him to listen, in sober years later, to recordings of live performaces during the much-written of time period that included him being carried off-stage, and when on, slurring words and forgetting others as you mentioned jj. That would be very difficult as a professional with such high standards, and would make any such performer cringe at hearing himself, I would think.

I've heard complaints from acquaintances of going to concerts between '75 and '80 in particular, and being at times (not all), "sorely dissapointed" as one guy told me the other day. He was not a fan per se , but liked his music in general, and he said he and his wife went to one concert in '75, and spoke of attendees leaving in large numbers throughout both sets, and having a "lousy time". How tales of that and similar accounts, and any memories of these events, must be very painful for him, but even more I'd imagine might have been his connection with the audience he is so noted for, if intact during his "feeling no pain" times at all, would have to have been very hard, but thankfully, I can only guess he does not remember the worst of them, which is probably fortuitous.

Its great, to say the least, that he saved his life and stopped drinking, and is enjoying touring more than ever. He is one tough hombre to have survived so many medical events, and such endured life-endangering hardship from what seems to go so commonly with fame and fortune. Fortunate for us, and him, that he is such a trooper, and that he has so many loyal fans that love his music, and so many him as well. :headbang::biggrin:

jj 05-20-2013 06:59 AM

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oh steve, i hope i didnt imply that he was a fall drown drunk on stage or anything like that...he handled liquor pretty well, maybe that was part of the problem...and nerves, etc...or it was an ugly part of his personality surfacing

i would have liked to have seen GL live, regardless, back in about 1975, primo

hey, speaking of misheard lyrics...how about mis-sung lyrics...poor gal, but still one up on rosanne barr...no disrespect intended


Melissa 05-20-2013 06:20 PM

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As far as EMR goes, I have heard him sing it many ways - "with a pain that ever grows," "where the cold winds blow" and even the noted "where the pavement never grows."
Go listen to the "All Live" version that came out on the CD last year and you'll hear that rare line.......

Melissa :)

geodeticman.5 05-20-2013 11:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jj (Post 181872)
oh steve, i hope i didnt imply that he was a fall drown drunk on stage or anything like that...he handled liquor pretty well, maybe that was part of the problem...and nerves, etc...or it was an ugly part of his personality surfacing

i would have liked to have seen GL live, regardless, back in about 1975, primo

hey, speaking of misheard lyrics...how about mis-sung lyrics...poor gal, but still one up on rosanne barr...no disrespect intended

2013 Memorial Cup - American National Anthem Butchered - Alexis Normand - YouTube

Hey jj, naw, you didn't lend that impression at all. I just overstated my case, with what doesn't matter anyway to most of us,right? I'm familiar with the basics of what he's said in interviews regarding his alcoholism, and his amazing canoeing summer to beat it (awesome, no panty-waist "spa" HollyWood rehab clinic for him).

While I don't know the depth and breadth of knowledge of his life details as much as some uber-fans do, I've never personally found that the personal struggle he had with the booze to interfere with any concerts I've been to, and I really just meant to indicate that. In overstating the case of peope I know; some well and some not, and the corresponding weight I assigned to their comments about what they claimed to be the case by their observations of Gord when performing, and how this influenced to varying degrees their opinions on him as a performer.

Ultimately, one person I did not know well at all commented on a 1975 concert that "they decided they would never go to another concert of his".
Phooey on them. I did attend a concert in '75 and it was magnificent, and whether he was holding liquor well or not, I could not detect and didn't care, because it was outstanding, as has been every single concert I've ever gone too of his. Admitttedly, I didn't go to any concerts between 1976 through 1988 (Gord help me, LOL), so I can't speak to how he presented in them. I do vaguely recall reading of an alcohol problem in Swizerland at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, if I remember correctly. And one show in the states, in the Great Lakes area as I recall, where the "carrying him off stage" took place. Minnesota, or Wisconsin, maybe.

There was a local story here in the Denver area (which sadly I missed) where they booked him in MacNichols Arena "The Mack", when TWOTEF was at #2. Supposedly, the story went, that it was (in an arena-sized venue) but at just half-volume, and "1/2 of them left mid-show", and "those who stayed boo'ed and yelled at him mid-songs". Local legend, ostensibly as Irecall from a (now defunct) Rocky Mountain News article. I have no idea how exaggerated the story is, and again, the fact that he had what is widely regarded now as a brain-allergy in alcoholism (or an addiction, I don't know) doesn't diminish in my mind the staure and caliber
of his remarkable talent and showmansip.
I'mm sure you guys know, and I have forgotten. I;d imagine we coud agree was a [Folk] "Rock Star", in an era where drugs and alcohol were so prevalent among the touring arena-rock (and other genres of that stature; presumably Lightfoot too) that it must have been tough to avoid - what with rigors of time on the road, away from wife and family, and subjected to temptations of the women swooning over him, and roadies, etc. (who knows)

So, bottom line, setting aside what what I've read of one case of Gord having to be carried of the stage. It sounds like The Man had a bad day. I've heard a few people say he seemed to not care about his hits, and even perhaps slur though them in a few late 70's concerts. Never heard one like that. Even if I had, in thinking this over more, had I had seen him slur through some concerts like you described jj, I still would take Lightfoot's music on a bad day for him over a good day for any other performer on their best day. :headbang:

SO...since the '75 concert I went to was fantastic, I'd say: No jj, I didn't take you to mean he was a falll-down drunk. I only meant I was glad that I didn't see him impaired substantially-enough to not be able to perform to his stringent standards. I've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed seemingly-flawless performaces, and that's more than I could ever ask for.

geodeticman.5 05-21-2013 12:03 AM

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jj, I forgot to comment on the Alexis Normand butchering of the National Anthem. Ouchhhhh. I admit, I did cringe at first, then when she when she totally hosed it, I felt bad for her. I noticed the crowd, inconsistent at the first major screw-up, changed to helping her by starting to sing it with her(normally derigor from the start, at least in baseball down here...).

Yea, LOL, total blitz of it, but hey, who hasn't frozen like that? The comments in youtube were far more harsh. Let them try to sing it, before a crowd. Some people's kids, LOL. I guess she might have been expecting to sing "Oh Canada"? at a Canadian event?

charlene 05-21-2013 08:23 AM

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She was told just hours prior to singing that she would be doing the U.S. anthem and did not have enough rehearsal time to learn the words...

niffer 05-21-2013 09:27 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by charlene (Post 181880)
She was told just hours prior to singing that she would be doing the U.S. anthem and did not have enough rehearsal time to learn the words...

What an unfair and terrifying position to be in...especially considering how many Americans have botched the anthem over the years.


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