Posted on July 3, 2020 // 7 Comments by MonkeystadorThere’s A Bathroom On The Right All day with these. I think I confabulated most of Murmur in my head.
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I’m pretty sure Murmur had no lyrics.
A fair point.
Until two years ago, I’m 46, I belted out, ”I wanna rock and roll all night, and part of every day.”
I used to get lyrics wrong all the time, but I can’t remember any as funny as that.
Dave Barry once held a survey to determine the worst song of all time. He received 10,000+ responses, and gave the results in a series of columns that became the basis of a short book (Dave Barry’s Book of Bad Songs, which I highly recommend). Anyway, some responders got song titles wrong. My favorite was “Ain’t No Woman Like the One-Eyed Gott” (for the Four Tops’ “Aint No Woman Like the One I’ve Got”).
So if it’s not “wrapped up like a douche,” what the hell is it?
I remember asking my mom what a douche was after the song played during a car ride, and she feigned ignorance.
I think Bruce’s original says “cut loose like a deuce.” I also initiallly thought Manfred Mann’s version said “wrapped up like a douche,” but at some point I thought it must be “revved up like a deuce,” with “deuce” being a car as in the Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe.” But who fucking knows? The song doesn’t make any damn sense either way. It used to annoy me that I was thinking about it at all.
I spent plenty of time mis-singing these lyrics in my head in the 70’s. I kind of knew that they were wrong, but back in the day, you just had to deal:
– no Spotify or Youtube: I only heard it on a.m. Top 40 radio, and didn’t have the album or single
– had no friends who knew what the lyrics were, or had ever heard of Springsteen
– no internet, no Siri: couldn’t search “one-eyed Gott” or “douche coupe”
I guess what I’m saying is I walked uphill in the snow five miles both ways to Lyrics School.