A shameful confession…

It pains me to say that it took me 35 years to realize the lyric is Big Ol’ Jet Airliner and not, as I have been singing since I was 10 years old, Big Hotel Carolina.

The song makes a lot more sense to me now.

Fortunately, I’m not the only one to have misheard it this way. Apparently there’s quite a few wildly different interpretations of that lyric:

Big old Jeb at the lineup or Bacon cheddar lighthouse and Be gone, Chet Ahlinah. Don’t carry me over the bay.

8 thoughts on “A shameful confession…

  1. Well you made me laugh out loud! But I guess we all have songs that we don’t quite understand!

  2. It may be personally shameful, but there is a whole website (kissthisguy.com) dedicated to misheard lyrics, and the stories of when people realized they had it wrong.

  3. Hey, man, although this particular one is not one I had an issue with, there are songs to this day that I don’t understand what the **** they are saying! It’s all good. I think sometimes they do it on purpose.

  4. A friend of mine always heard “Bingo Jed had a light on”.

    The only song I’ve ever had trouble with was Every Breath You Take by The Police. “How my poor heart aches” always sounded like “I’m a pool hall ace” to me. Damned British accents!

    Another friend of mine thought the line “Break those chains that bind you” in Journey’s “Separate Ways” was “great ghosts chase and find you”….I have no idea how she came up with that.

    Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve been blinded by the light, so I have to go get wrapped up like a douche.

  5. Don’t forget Jimi Hendrix singing, “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy,” or CCR directing you, “There is a bathroom on the right.”

  6. Steve Miller was actually pretty easy to understand in concert. Of course, it helps to have a big crowd of people singing along. 🙂

  7. From the time I first heard it upon it’s original release until two years ago I thought Mick sang “I was round when Jesus had his moment down in Spain” on Sympathy for the Devil. Come on Mick, I’ve read the Bible, Jesus never went to Spain…..thanks to the internet I was able to look up the lyrics. “I was round when Jesus had his moment of doubt and pain” Oh…..well that’s a different story, isn’t it? I still hear Spain every time though.

  8. “don’t carry me over the bay.” Ohhhh buddy, that is so classic-n-epic at the same time. I’ve seen them, like, 3 or 4 times and they play the same set everytime. They play all the hits. the one time it was different was I got to see them on the last nite of their tour and they opened up and jammed and solo’d a lot more. Awesome sauce,


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