Q – A couple of years ago Seal (or at least I think it was him) said in an interview that he always found it disappointing to read the lyrics to an album in the CD booklet, as they never lived up to what he *thought* he understood when listening to the songs.I had a similar experience with your own “Unhappy Song”.
Since I bought “Love Stories” I was under the impression you were singing “She was a part of him before he even knew it”. Now, a few years later, with slightly improved English skills (and obviously better hearing) I finally figured out it’s actually “She was upon him”.
Ok, I realize that in the context of the song’s story “She was a part of him” doesn’t make as much sense as “upon him”, but I still like my version better. 🙂
Just wanted to share this one with you – looking forward to similar experiences with “Anti-Depressant”.
A – I’m with you. The first time this happened to me was with Station to Station by David Bowie – when I was 15 I didn’t even know what cocaine was so how was I to hear the word correctly when I it wasn’t in my lexicon? Consequently, I ‘heard’ something else, and when I foolishly bought the sheet music a few years later, my reaction was similar to yours.
Another reason for no lyric sheets — the human imagination is strong, why restrict it?