No Sweat

I was reminded of one of my misheard lyric moments today, how sometimes we hear the wrong words in a song. Like “then you come to me on a submarine” from the Bee Gees in How Deep is Your Love, or ‘scuse me, while I kiss this guy’ by Hendix in Purple Haze.

It happened as I waited for my morning caffeine fix. Like everywhere else, the Christmas muzak was burbling away in the background (not Noddy bloody Holder thankfully) and on came Walking in a Winter Wonderland. For years I thought it was the only song that made reference to sweating, until I mentioned this to Mrs P a while back and she put me right.

The line in question was “later on we’ll conspire as we sit by the fire” I can see you’re ahead of me. What I heard was “later on we’ll perspire etc.”  I still think my version is better.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Roberta S 7th December 2004

    You got me that time.

    But in the end, I like your version better too. What kid or adult knows for certain the exact meaning of a stupid word like 'conspire'? And your version would make a lovely theme song for a deodorant commercial.

  • Shooting Parrots 7th December 2004

    Thanks Roberta,
    Too many people know the word 'conspire' and mostly they invent them these days. But I agree: if I was in front of a fire in winter, I'd much rather 'perspire' than 'conspire.' It has a comfy feel to it.


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