Songs where the lyrics changed over the years
March 8, 2013 10:45 AM Subscribe
Please help me with a list of popular songs in which the commonly accepted lyrics have changed over the years.
posted by infinitewindow to media & arts (59 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Three examples off the top of my head:
- "Lola" by the Kinks originally had "tastes just like Coca-Cola," but after the band changed them for legal reasons, the accepted lyrics became "tastes just like cherry cola."
- "A Question of Time" by Depeche Mode has lyrics on record as "lift you up to bring you down," but in live performances Dave Gahan sings "mess you up to strip you down."
- "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John: "Goodbye Norma Jean" versus "Goodbye England's rose."
I'd prefer to have examples where the original artist has incorporated the changed lyrics into their current performances, but I'll accept examples where a cover band has changed the lyrics as well (for instance, a recent "Boys of Summer" cover talking about "a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac"). What I don't really want are examples where a song had protean lyrics until they were recorded and became "official," like "Daydream Believer" popularized by The Monkees or "The End" as recorded by The Doors.