The song on record is innuendo, but when they performed it live they made sure to spell it out for everyone

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So when the song was recorded it featured some innuendo that was pretty subtle or the lyrics were ambiguous, but when the singer performed it in front of an audience they make the pun/joke/reference/entendre pretty broad and obvious so that the biggest blockhead
wouldn't miss it.

Inspired by Donovan's Mellow Yellow. On record it's

I'm just mad about Fourteen
Fourteen's mad about me
I'm just mad about Fourteen
She's just mad about me

But I've heard from, er, those that were in the key demographic that in concert this was changed to "I'm just crazy about fourteen year old girls!!" which got a tremendous response from the teens in the audience. Young and innocent days, the era of sixties pop.

So what else do we got? The Door's "The End" and some others I can't think of off-hand, right?

Cunga, Friday, 6 July 2012 18:46 (eight years ago) link

don ho: "tiny boobies"

contenderizer, Friday, 6 July 2012 19:03 (eight years ago) link

Black Sabbath: Snowblind

The shouted "Cocaine" is pretty muted and unclear on record, but prominent live

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Friday, 6 July 2012 19:07 (eight years ago) link

Garbage: #1 Crush

On the last verse (the one with all the "I would"'s), Shirley Manson would extend the list to include "I'd go out with you", "I'll make out with you", and "I'd go down on you".

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 July 2012 19:23 (eight years ago) link

Archie Bell & The Drells: Tighten Up

Archie "ad-libs" a riff on the Oscar Mayer jingle ("I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner..."), throwing in a new final line: "...Cause then all the girls would want to Tighten Up on me!".

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 July 2012 19:27 (eight years ago) link

Lou Reed on the Candy Darling verse in Walk on the Wild Side

Lee626, Friday, 6 July 2012 19:31 (eight years ago) link

That Archie bell one...

Cunga, Sunday, 8 July 2012 06:38 (eight years ago) link

hmmm, does "the jack" by AC/DC count? the version on Live from 1992 features a lyrical overhaul that leaves even less to the imagination.

charlie h, Sunday, 8 July 2012 09:18 (eight years ago) link

Divine Comedy, Songs of Love. "But while they search for a mate, my type hibernate in bedrooms above" has been altered to "masturbate".

ledge, Sunday, 8 July 2012 10:54 (eight years ago) link

xpost Live versions of The Jack always left nothing to the imagination. See If You Want Blood … It's not a 1992 thing.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Sunday, 8 July 2012 11:16 (eight years ago) link

New Order's "True Faith," on record, has the verse:

When I was a very small boy
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're afraid of what they see

But live they regularly reverted back to the original lyrics:

When I was a very small boy
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're all taking drugs with me

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 July 2012 11:55 (eight years ago) link

oh that's cool man, i understand. just giving a nod to the version i had on hand. xpost

charlie h, Sunday, 8 July 2012 12:19 (eight years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand's "Michael" with 'so come and dance with me' changed to 'so come all over me'.
The Dresden Dolls' "Coin-Operated Boy" with 'I can even take him in the bath' changed to 'I can even fuck him in the ass'.

if, Sunday, 8 July 2012 21:01 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

queen "all god's people" thank you steve howe for showing up to our dear pal freddie's struggle and progging away his doubts

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 9 January 2020 19:37 (eight months ago) link

didn't Kraftwerk once do "The Model" with the line "I'd like to fuck her again"

frogbs, Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:03 (eight months ago) link

xpost Live versions of The Jack always left nothing to the imagination. See If You Want Blood … It's not a 1992 thing.

― Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), dimanche 8 juillet 2012 06:16 (seven years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ha, I had If You Want Blood when I was 12 and never had High Voltage so I never knew there were tamer lyrics (that actually make "the jack" make sense).

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:13 (eight months ago) link

That VU live recording where Lou says, "...that means Puerto Rican" -- after singing the "PR shoes" line (in "I'm Waiting for the Man").

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:57 (eight months ago) link

Oh man I bet Aerosmith are the kings of this

http://www.rockthisway.net/altlyr.htm

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:46 (eight months ago) link

Blur "Beetlebum", on record it was slightly ambiguous whether Albarn was singing "He's on it" or "Piss on it" - less so live, when he often changes that part to "Cum on, cum on, cum on it"

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:01 (eight months ago) link

The Hold Steady, in "Cattle and the Creeping Things:"
"I heard Gideon screwed you in Denver," which has a clever slant rhyme, becomes "I heard Gideon fucked you in Denver," which makes it seem like 14 year old Craig finally gets to swear on stage and his mom can't stop him.
Also, same song features the couplet "We got to the part about the exodus / up to then I only knew it was a movement of the people." Made more appropriate to the thread topic, as Craig enunciates it "movement of JAAAAAAAAH people"

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Friday, 10 January 2020 00:14 (eight months ago) link

There’s a live version of “Blue Monday” that changes ...

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today

... the word “misfortune” to “big penis.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 10 January 2020 01:47 (eight months ago) link

"I heard Gideon screwed you in Denver," which has a clever slant rhyme, becomes "I heard Gideon fucked you in Denver," which makes it seem like 14 year old Craig finally gets to swear on stage and his mom can't stop him.

― Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence)

The lyrics of St. Vincent's "Prince Johnny" on the studio album go "...and bragged when and where and who you're gonna bed next" - presumably on the off chance someone might want to play the song on the radio because live it's always "...gonna fuck next". Also there's like a five minute guitar solo in there as well.

revenge of the jawn (rushomancy), Friday, 10 January 2020 02:06 (eight months ago) link

God, in my misspent youth, when I listened to early Marillion there was a line in one song where Fish proclaimed 'This is Brixton chess', when played live he would sing the line and in the gap before the next would bark 'BLACK WHITE BLACK WHITE' even as a 12-year old I'd be rolling my eyes, what a clod.

Maresn3st, Friday, 10 January 2020 12:25 (eight months ago) link


New Order's "True Faith," on record, has the verse:

When I was a very small boy
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're afraid of what they see

But live they regularly reverted back to the original lyrics:

When I was a very small boy
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're all taking drugs with me

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 July 2012 11:55 (seven years ago) bookmarkflaglink

.. to say nothing of the Michael Jackson version..

Mark G, Friday, 10 January 2020 13:12 (eight months ago) link

Oh man I bet Aerosmith are the kings of this

http://www.rockthisway.net/altlyr.htm

― The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:46 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

lmao

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:37 (eight months ago) link

from: Livin' it up when I'm goin' down
to: Lickin' the pink but I'm tastin' brown

juntos pedemos (Euler), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:52 (eight months ago) link

I wanted to spell it out for everyone

ts: Steven Tyler vs Andrew Dice Clay

juntos pedemos (Euler), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:53 (eight months ago) link

steven tyler: dice sans self-awareness / irony + blueshammer

budo jeru, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:07 (eight months ago) link

"Suckin on Your Gland" probably my favorite unused Aerosmith bootleg title

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Friday, 10 January 2020 16:55 (eight months ago) link

(I'm thinking he means thyroid?)

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Friday, 10 January 2020 16:56 (eight months ago) link

SUCKIN ON YOUR GLAND BRAD

budo jeru, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:58 (eight months ago) link


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