In the gym locker room this morning they were playing an elevator music version of Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from The Lion King. Or, rather, a perhaps-unlicensed cover—the rhythm was spot-on, but the tune wasn't right. There were enough subtle differences that they didn't seem like mistakes or artistic license, but it was close enough that I thought at first that maybe I just didn't quite remember the original tune. But once it got to the "wide-eyed wanderer" line (of course, it was instrumental) I was certain that it was just a bad cover.
It reminded me of something I was talking with Jason about recently: I get really annoyed when I remember song lyrics incorrectly, especially when my head's version is notably different from the real thing. Worse, rather than correct myself on future listenings, I tend to just reinforce my incorrect lyrics with every subsequent hearing. The best example of this that comes to mind is from Somewhere Only We Know by Keane. There's a line "...sat by the river and it made me complete" that I sing every time as "...sat by the river and admitted defeat." My version is just about the opposite of the correct lyrics, and I know I'm wrong, and I try to sing them correctly, but despite my efforts, I get it wrong constantly, and I'm not really improving. It's frustrating. (I have a playlist of songs for which I want to learn the lyrics and be able to sing along, and that one is on it. It's my driving/Segwaying playlist.)
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