When my father’s Navy career took us to Japan in the last 60’s, there was not a lot of English language media available. Although we did see American television programs…Bonanza in Japanese can be most interesting. But there was a radio station available. One of the programs interpreted songs. I’d never thought of looking for hidden meanings in music, I just tried to learn the song itself: words, music, and so on.
The song I most remember him dissecting was this moody one by Roberta Flack
Here’s a bit of a mondegren for me to digest. Until I saw these lyrics earlier this week, I was convinced the refrain referred to “strumming my FATE with his fingers.” Even listening to the song today, it still sounds like fate. Instead, it’s PAIN. which gives an entirely different feel, don’t you think?
Now, here is a song that has run through my head ever since…well a very long time
And of course I did a bit of research. I’ve found extra enjoyment in who, how, and why. And I found this on good ol’ Wikipedia: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a 1957 folk song written by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who would later become his wife, to sing.
Which led to this interpretation:
And one more, which in my opinion should define a good relationship
Dang, and now I’ve got ear worms all over the darned place. Happy Sunday. It’s bright and sunshiney and I think I’m going to visit with some friends.