Have you missed Casual Fridays? Our travel schedule over the summer made it impossible for us to keep up with Casual Fridays, but for the 2006-07 school year, we’ll be back each Friday with either a new study or the results from the previous week. There’s no better time than the present to get started, so let’s go:
The inspiration for this week’s study came from a dispute among our family members while watching one of our “guilty pleasure” TV shows. Greta disagrees with the rest of the family on the lyrics of the show’s theme song. Each of us is certain that the others must be mistaken in their understanding of the lyrics.
When I was a kid and the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust” was first hitting the airwaves, I swore up and down that the lyrics were actually “Another one bites the doctor.” It took years for me to finally admit to the awful truth.
In this week’s study, we’ll play two difficult-to-parse bits from popular songs, then ask you for your version of the lyrics. The idea is to see if there’s a general consensus about musical lyrics, or if discord prevails. We’ll also make a primitive effort to try to identify the cause of the confusion.
As usual, the survey is brief — just 6 questions, which should only take a minute of your time. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, August 30 to participate — or until we have 250 responses, whichever comes first. Then don’t forget to come back next Friday for our analysis of the results!
Do you have any comments on this week’s study? Do you know of any other songs with easily confused lyrics? Any other examples of miscommunication, whether in song or in conversation? Let us know in the comments.