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    changed (now PC) lyrics

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    was listening to the pod on a ride yesterday and was noticing classic pop tunes with
    more politically correct lyrics ..

    Mamas & Papas "Dancing in the Streets"

    Oh it doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.
    So come on every guy, grab a girl,
    Everywhere, around the world

    in the version I heard it is "grasp"

    Steve Miller Band "Jet Airliner"

    And I'm goin' with some hesitation
    You know that I can surely see
    That I don't want to get caught up in any of that
    Funky shit goin' down in the city

    now subbed is "kicks"

    was wondering..how prevalent is this revision practice ??

    know any other examples ?
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    Where did the tunes come from? Download?

    I remember hearing Pink Floyd's "Money" off DSOTM on the radio when I was younger. They didn't change the words, but they made silent the word "shit" when David Gimoure said "don't give me that good, good bullshit."

    It's not uncommon for many of today's CD's to come in two versions; the Wal-Mart approved and the uncensored. I don't like censorship, but I'm getting a little tired of the F-word being used in so many songs. It's no longer shocking; just boring and tired now. But that's not what you asked; sorry for the rant.

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    Jet Air Liner has been modded for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svollmer View Post
    I don't like censorship, but I'm getting a little tired of the F-word being used in so many songs. It's no longer shocking; just boring and tired now. But that's not what you asked; sorry for the rant.
    no apology needed , I completely agree ...save the F-word for when you hammer your thumb ..etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1audiohack View Post
    Jet Air Liner has been modded for years.
    prolly so ,,,broadcast acceptable lyrics were much more controlled in the past.
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    Cool Doors "Break On Through" Has ALWAYS been censored!

    She gets... She gets... She gets ... I, I, I....

    Heard this since day one with that song. Turns out the real lyrics are "She gets high, she gets high, She gets Hiiiiigh... The remastered CD has the uncensored version, but I heard the clipped version on the radio yesterday.

    ZZ-Top "Legs" has had something missing lately too.

    I'm beginning to think I'm imagining this one though: The Who "Goin' Mobile" from Who's Next, I'd swear they changed the line "Keep me movin', over sixty" to "Over Fifty" in the 80's, but can't find my original 70's LP...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4343 View Post
    I'm beginning to think I'm imagining this one though: The Who "Goin' Mobile" from Who's Next, I'd swear they changed the line "Keep me movin', over sixty" to "Over Fifty" in the 80's, but can't find my original 70's LP...
    Great song! I'm pretty sure those lyrics have always been "over fifty" and are referring to Kilometers Per Hour not MPH. Wikipedia on the song says that Pete Townshend had acquired a mobile home about a year before writing the song. He's probably referring to driving England's roads in a mobile home in the lyrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeakerLabFan View Post
    Great song! I'm pretty sure those lyrics have always been "over fifty" and are referring to Kilometers Per Hour not MPH. Wikipedia on the song says that Pete Townshend had acquired a mobile home about a year before writing the song. He's probably referring to driving England's roads in a mobile home in the lyrics.
    But the Brits don't use Klicks.

    50-kph is barely over 30-mph; not a big deal even for a motorhome.
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    I'm gonna go from "changed lyrics" to lyrics that should have been changed...

    love this song, but it just doesn't make sense to me


    stopped into a church
    I passed along the way
    well, I got down on my knees
    and I pretend to pray

    you know the preacher likes the cold
    he knows I'm gonna stay

    California Dreamin'
    on such a winter's day
    “If you think that’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard,
    just wait a couple minutes!”

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    we all are familiar with "Good Vibrations"

    my little Nano gets wiggy after being loaded a couple of months ... tunes become full of clicks & pops (even worse than bad LP's) ....I think the adding and deleting of songs makes iTunes defrag the SSD and my guess is that is where the degradation starts.
    anyway, I recently reloaded it and one of the new cuts was a live Beach Boys concert....the GV lyrics that I know go ...

    Good good good good vibrations
    (oom bop bop)
    Shes giving me excitations
    (oom bop bop excitations)
    Good good good good vibrations
    (oom bop bop)
    Shes giving me excitations
    (oom bop bop excitations)

    But on this concert they sing repeatedly

    "She's giving me the excitation"

    anybody else ever notice this ?? Does it change the meaning at all for you ?
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    I've heard of bands changing things up at live shows once in a while.


    I've also notice song with different lyric played on the radio in different parts of the country. Local specific verbiage that associates it to a given state or area of the country. I've only noticed it on new country music. My wife listen when we're in her car. I'm an am junkie so no music in my wheels. Strange that I'm not even 40 yet too,lol.

    Love the avatar Seawolf. Great flick. I alway assumed that was a real song for many year. Looked it it and found it was wrote someone on the crew I think. Alway though it would have been something the Sexpistols did.

    A little to much lds, and colorful metaphors.

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    did you ever wonder about these lyrics ?

    Down on the Corner
    Early in the evenin' just about supper time,
    Over by the courthouse they're starting to unwind.
    Four kids on the corner trying to bring you up.
    Willy picks a tune out and he blows it on the harp.

    Chorus:
    Down on the corner, out in the street,
    Willy and the poorboys are playin';
    Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

    Rooster hits the washboard and people just got to smile,
    Blinky, thumps the gut bass and solos for a while.
    Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo.
    Willy goes into a dance and doubles on kazoo.

    here's an explanation

    You’re going where? Kalamazoo is tired of your Creedence Clearwater jokes

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...ifestyle_pop_b
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    Potty-Mouth AM & FM

    Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing": The entire lyric verse starting with "The little xxxxxx with the earing and the makeup..." is deleted and replaced with an altered verse of "We've got to install microwave ovens...".

    The rhythm and harmony of the altered verse does not fit that of the overall song and stands out like a "sore thumb".

    I've heard more than once the line in a Ludicrous tune, "I can play my guitar like a XXXXXX XXXXXX' riot" slip past the censorship, even once on our local squeakier-than-squeaky clean NPR station.

    Censorship was apparently was held as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on TV network programming, but I'm not sure of the status of "Indecency Statutes" as pertinent for radio broadcasting.

    I would think broadcated "indecency" qualifies as NON-PC?

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    Here is a smattering of FCC levied fines of the past, with some real $$$ whoppers.

    http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/broadcast/NAL.html

    BUT... I NEVER said that !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Electron View Post
    I've heard more than once the line in a Ludicrous tune, "I can play my guitar like a XXXXXX XXXXXX' riot" slip past the censorship, even once on our local squeakier-than-squeaky clean NPR station.
    Would have credited that lyric to SUBLIME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Electron View Post
    Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing": The entire lyric verse starting with "The little xxxxxx with the earing and the makeup..." is deleted and replaced with an altered verse of "We've got to install microwave ovens...". The rhythm and harmony of the altered verse does not fit that of the overall song and stands out like a "sore thumb". ...
    My Mom got upset when I bought her that version on a compilation called "Money For Nothing". (Had to find her the original version on the album.) She was 85 at the time, a few years later we took her to see Pink Floyd in Oakland. No censors live... The Who also got edited on "Who Are You" lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    I'm gonna go from "changed lyrics" to lyrics that should have been changed...

    love this song, but it just doesn't make sense to me


    stopped into a church
    I passed along the way
    well, I got down on my knees
    and I pretend to pray

    you know the preacher likes the cold
    he knows I'm gonna stay

    California Dreamin'
    on such a winter's day
    the answer: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2016

    down in the comments at page end.
    “If you think that’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard,
    just wait a couple minutes!”

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