Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mis-heard Lyrics; 'Purple Haze' & 'O FORTUNA'

Have you ever heard a song and thought "what is she / he saying?".

Sometimes we think we know the lyrics (kashi)- the words to a song - but sometimes we mishear (mis-hear; mis= like mistake = machigai) the lyrics and think the singer is saying something completely different!

A famous (famous = yumei) misheard lyric in American pop music is from rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix in his psychedelic song 'Purple Haze' ('Murasaki no Kasumi').

The lyrics say: "' 'Scuse (excuse) me while I kiss the sky",
BUT, it is often misheard as: "Scuse me while I kiss this guy".
Please see the quick video example here:

"Purple haze all in my brain
lately things don't seem the same
Acting funny and i don't know why
excuse me while i kiss the sky"

So is Jimi kising THE SKY (sora)? or THIS GUY (kono otoko no hito)???!!

It is funny but actually I still don't know all the lyrics to some famous songs like 'Heart of Glass' by Blondie, even though I've heard it ten thousand times!

My friend Melissa recently shared this next video on facebook and I thought it was very amusing (tanoshii, okashii).
The Goddess Fortuna turns the Wheel of Fortune. Sometimes we are on top, sometimes we  are  falling , sometimes we are crushed beneath the Wheel until Fate brings us up again.

'O FORTUNA'  is a famous classical religious poem in Latin. It is a complaint (fuhei) about fate (shukumei) and Fortuna, a goddess (megami) in Roman mythology (shinwa) and personification (gijinka suru) of luck = fortune (un; koun). It has become immensely popular and has been performed by countless (many) classical music ensembles and popular artists. It can be heard in numerous (takusan) movies and television commercials and has become a staple (shuyosanbutsu) in popular culture, setting the mood for dramatic or cataclysmic (disastrous, = kaimetsu-teki (na) ) situations. "O Fortuna" topped a list of the most-played classical music of the past 75 years in the United Kingdom.

In this funny video somebody has put their mis heard lyrics with animation to 'O FORTUNA'.

If you're interested in the original Latin lyrics and their English translation you can find them here at Wikipedia:

The Wheel of Fortune card from the Tarot .

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