The Muddling Of Lyrics Corrected~I Hear What I Hear

Don’t judge me, but I enjoy listening to the 70’s and The Bridge (easy/soft rock) channels on my Sirus XM while in the car.

Never mind, judge away. These are the songs from my childhood. I can still see my Mom next to me, singing and dancing to these very tunes, neither of us encumbered by a seat belt.

{The mustaches. The hair. The suits}

SIDE BAR: Did I tell you I broke my nose at 11 because I ate the dashboard with my face while NOT wearing my seat belt?

I actually broke it one more time at 14, and at 16 I underwent Rhinoplasty because I struggled to breath through my nose.

Spoiler alert: I still struggle to breath through my nostrils.


I hear it all the time on my old people channels and one line has always baffled me.

Finally, this week, after forty something years, I looked it up for clarification and I’m glad to say, I wasn’t the only one who was confused.

I thought they were saying:

I’m not talking about Millennium.

I know that makes NO sense, but it worked for MY ears.

A clip of comments from Youtube:

Hello, yeah, it’s been a while
Not much, how ’bout you?
I’m not sure why I called
I guess I really just wanted to talk to youAnd I was thinking maybe later on
We could get together for a while
It’s been such a long time
And I really do miss your smile I’m not talking ’bout moving in
And I don’t want to change your life
But there’s a warm wind blowing
The stars are out and I’d really love to see you tonight We could go walking through a windy park
Or take a drive along the beach
Or stay at home and watch TV
You see, it really doesn’t matter much to me I’m not talking ’bout moving in
And I don’t want to change your life
But there’s a warm wind blowing
The stars are out and I’d really love to see you tonight I won’t ask for promises
So you don’t have to lie
We’ve both played that game before
Say I love you, then say goodbye I’m not talking ’bout moving in
And I don’t want to change your life
But there’s a warm wind blowing
The stars are out and I’d really love to see you tonight
I’m not talking ’bout moving in
And I don’t want to change your life
But there’s a warm wind blowing
The stars are out and I’d really love to see you tonight
I’m not talking ’bout moving in
And I don’t want to change your life
But there’s a warm wind blowing
The stars are out and I’d really love to see you tonight

Did you know the correct lyrics? Or maybe, you’re too young to have even listened to this song?

We’ve discussed before how song lyrics can really go over my our heads. (Bob Marley, Justin Timberlake) In those cases, I knew the lyrics, but the meaning of them confused me. Which is different from NOT hearing the correct words, Bright Suz.

One of my favorite ever mis-hearings is Kenny Rogers’ Lucille from when I was 10 years old.

I swear he was saying: You’ve picked a fine time to leave me Lucille; 400 children and crap in the field.

Only The Lonely by The Motels came out in 1982 when I was 15.

I was in the car with my Aunt singing this song and she corrected me when I sang: Only the lonely, get laid.

I’m laughing at the thought of it; I was so naive because everyone knows that lonely people don’t get laid.


The Coach is always singing the incorrect lyrics and I used to correct him and he’d say, I like my version better. So I quit correcting him. Really, who am I to correct anyone when I just told you what I HEARD.

Please make me smile with some of your mis-hearings.


31 thoughts on “The Muddling Of Lyrics Corrected~I Hear What I Hear

  1. OH MY GOD SUZ MY FAVOURITE CHANNELS ARE ALSO THE BRIDGE AND 70S ON 7! Also I have that song on my spotify NICOLE Karaoke playlist and when ER it comes on I admire that photo of the moustaches and outfits. I always thought the warm wind was blowing the stars around, it was startling to realize that was wrong.

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  2. I didn’t mishear this but a good friend of mine swore that the song Arizona by Mark Lindsey was saying “Where is Zona? Take off your rainbow shades.” She thought Zona was a lost girl and that by taking off your sunglasses you’d be able to find her.

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  3. The Widow Badass

    Regarding the first song (which I have always loved), I did hear “not talking about moving in” BUT I always thought the lyric went “there’s a warm wind blowing the stars AROUND”…and I adored that line – thought it was sooooo poetic. And now, I am TODAY YEARS OLD, only to find out I have misheard it all these many long years. Thanks for nothin’, Suz! 😤😉


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  4. This was a great post! Yes, I did know it was “moving in”, but I’m sure I’ve botched many other lyrics. Anyone want to tackle “Blinded by the Light”? I haven’t heard “Only the Lonely” for years and years. Thanks for including the video – eighties music videos are the best. -Jenn

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  5. Bijoux

    I do remember that song and I did know the lyrics. My issues were always with the GoGo’s ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ always sounded like, ‘How Does That Feel?’ To me!!! So, I didn’t even know the song title!

    Another one that always throws me is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ . . . My version of Scar Tissue is ‘With the birds of shame, it’s a lonely view” which makes a helluva lot more sense than, ‘With the birds I’ll share this lonely view.’

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  6. This is funny. Those outfits and mustaches, were they trying for a ‘twinning’ look? In which case, ahead of their time. One is left to wonder. Ah, the 70s.

    I don’t think I ever thought much about the words to those songs and thankfully I’m not big on singing along to songs I don’t know the words too, so I haven’t been corrected to any mishaps on those songs in particular. After listening to it though, I STILL think she says ONLY THE LONELY GET LAID – is it really, ONLY THE LONELY CAN PLAY? Too lazy to google it.

    In college my roommate admitted that she thought Kenny Loggins’ song I’m All Right was really HAM ON RYE.

    If I sing along to a song that I do know the words to in the car on the way to Irish dancing, Curly will ask me: DO YOU KNOW WHO SINGS THIS? And then I act all knowledgeable, like LOOK AT ME, THE MUSIC KNOWING WONDER MOM (which everyone knows I’m DEFINITELY NOT), and I’ll say: U2, then my wiseass kid says: LET THEM. She’s tripped me up with that more than once, I’m embarrassed to say.

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    1. Yes, only the lonely can play. they certainly aren’t getting laid.
      Ham on Rye. That is a first and I’m sure she is alone in her thinking. Well, let’s hope.
      I love your wise-ass kids.


  7. LOL! I actually did know it was “moving in”, but I’m right there with The Widow Badass, thinking the warm wind was blowing the stars around. Sigh.

    I’m shattered.

    There was a song out called “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World, and in the chorus, I could swear that he sings

    Elvis and Elvis ‘ll be just fine
    And Elvis and Elvis he’s alright, alright

    I knew it couldn’t possibly be that; it didn’t make sense, but the song lyrics are sung so fast and there’s such a huge presence of guitar and percussion that this is what it sounded like to me.
    Even now, whenever it comes on the radio, I always wait and sing Elvis and Elvis with the first chorus.

    Then I turn that crappy song off.

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    1. I’m sorry you’re shattered by the stars not being blown around by the wind. You are not alone.

      Ok, I had to look up that song by Jimmy Eats World, you are correct, it is annoying. After watching and listening to the video, I like your version better and I will forever hear Elvis in there!

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  8. I did know the correct lyrics to that first song. Probably because when I was younger I used to be obsessed with song lyrics and played the tape or record over and over again until I could figure it out! However to this day on the song “Caribbean Queen” I still hear Bar Review Queen!

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    1. Do you remember when the albums would come with the lyrics? I loved those, but obviously, I didn’t read all of them.
      You are 100% right about Caribbean Queen, the way he says it is strange and has never sounded just right.


    1. Speaking of America-their song Ventura highway…the husband and I had a long conversation regarding the line “alligaor lizards in the air”.
      I thought they were saying Allegheny lizards. Then we had to look it up and there really are such a thing as alligator lizards. I lost that battle.

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  9. All those great songs but I’ve got “Do You Hear What I Hear” stuck in my head now. I didn’t think I was ready for Christmas music but your blog title kicked it into gear. Oh well, I’m sure they will be on at the Grocery Store next time I go. LOL

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  10. I LOVE YACHT ROCK. There. I said it.
    The music of the 70’s and early 80s was so cheesy corny amazing. It makes you feel like you’re st the beach. Why is that?

    Lucille! I loved that song. Lucille was my grandma’s middle name, so that song was always played in our house. 400 children and a CROP in the fielddddddd.

    If I could sing, Only the Lonely would be my karaoke song. ONLY THE LONELY GET LAIDDDDD. Which is absurd, because lonely individuals don’t get laid.


  11. bibliomama2

    I DID know “moving in”, but I don’t know why. My friend and I were in Giant Tiger the other day and the playlist was featuring even earlier music, and we were totally feeling it. I had tapes of music from the fifties and sixties when I was in school that I loved – Runaround Sue, anyone? I actually thought Never Gonna Give You Up was “And I”m gonna give you up, and I’m gonna let you down, and I”m gonna run around and desert you” and I thought it was kind of refreshing how up front he was about being a dick.

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