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I would pick what was sung ...
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After this I'm going to post the first choice not as a challenge and see what you guys think the lyrics sung are.
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So here is the original song issue...

As the lyrics appear on the www

The Roman promoters really did things right.
They needed a show that would clearly excite.
The attendance was sparse so they put on a fight
Threw the Christians to the lions, sold out every night

As the lyrics sound on the recording...

The Roman promoters really did things right.
They needed a show that would thrill and excite.
The attendance was down so they put on a fight
Threw the Christians to the lions and sold out every night

"the attendance was down" is the tough part to get clearly. I also thought "promoters" was "performance" ... But after much scrutiny its "promoters"

Sorry to muck up your fun time.

Arthur, would you guess incidents such as this are a case of original written lyric vs final mix on the album, or is it just people getting the lyrics wrong and it propagates through the www?
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Tom, I would think it's probably a case of both scenarios you mentioned. Sometimes the band will hand in their lyrics to the album cover designers, and when they record the song, the singer might change a word or two. Or, once a song is recorded (and the lyrics printed on the liner notes), the band goes on the road and in their live performances some of the words are altered. And at other times it's just someone getting things wrong on the internet.

The most interesting discrepancy I ever saw was on the Rolling Stones' 1969 Let It Bleed album. On the copy I had, one of the songs was printed on the album sleeve as "Love In Vain." But on the record itself (i.e. the donut), the song was listed as "Love In Vein." I always wondered if it had been done intentionally.
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On Jul 17, 2015, Tom Cutts wrote:
Every now and then, I get down to the end of a day,
I have to stop, ask myself, "Why I've done it?"
It just seems so useless to have to work so hard,
And nothin' ever really seem to come from it.

Here Comes My Girl - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from "D@mn the Torpedoes", still my favorite album from them.

In the corner of the valley, we took him by surprise
The sound of steel rang loud, above the battle cries
And I found her lying lifeless, dagger through her heart
I picked her up, and held her high, and I swore to be avenged
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Had to look it up. Not in my wheelhouse.
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Metal band from Switzerland. Hit their peak with a couple albums in the 80s.

Here's another verse.

The gates was gettin' rusty, as we sailed into the dark
The stars were out and shinin' against the moonlit hour
The wolves were out and howlin', most of the time
And I was cold and shiverin' and bleedin' in the night
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I think you've stumped us again, Mojo ...
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Screaming in the Night - Krokus


Let's try this one.

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago
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When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin.

(Yes, it was written and first recorded by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, but that warn't no rock 'n roll record.)

How about one less than two years old?



If I think too much I can get overwhelmed by the grace
By which we live our lives with death over our shoulders
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On Jul 19, 2015, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
How about one less than two years old?


If I think too much I can get overwhelmed by the grace
By which we live our lives with death over our shoulders

We appear to be stuck here. Got something else for us?
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Yea, Magnus ... I wouldn't know anything that's less than two years old. Give us an "oldie" ...
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Anyone???????
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A hint. It's a Seattle grunge band from the 90s that had a (surprise) hit with this song in late 2013 and early 2014.

Here are a few more words

I pull you close, so much to lose knowing that nothing lasts forever
I didn't care before you were here.
I danced in laughter with the everafter
But all things change
Let this remain
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Ok Nobody seems to be aware of Sirens by Pearl Jam. (You really should, you know; it's a fine song.)




And for all us dinosaurs, here's a great old rock song for you to identify:


I've got fire water right on my breath
And the doctor warned me I might catch a death
Said, "You can make it in your disguise
Just never show the fear that's in your eyes"
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I've got fire water right on my breath
And the doctor warned me I might catch a death
Said, "You can make it in your disguise
Just never show the fear that's in your eyes"

I'm having trouble believing nobody knows this one. BUMP!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I've heard of the group but not the song, certainly not mainstream.
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Ok then. The song was "Stage Fright" by The Band (the album of the same name was #4 on billboard, and the song was featured on The Last Waltz.) I guess it was a much bigger hit in Canada than in the US Smile

Let's try one more. (I'm not trying to be obscure. Honest.)

The road has got me hypnotized
And I'm speedin' into a new sunrise
When I get lonely and I'm sure I've had enough
She sends her comfort comin' in from above
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Radar Love...Golden Earring

I've got your picture of me and you

You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"

I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do

Oh it's in color your hair is brown

Your eyes are hazel and soft as clouds

I often kiss you when there's no one else around
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Radar Love...Golden Earring

I've got your picture of me and you

You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"

I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do

Oh it's in color your hair is brown

Your eyes are hazel and soft as clouds

I often kiss you when there's no one else around


Oh God, you just gave me a good laugh. Hopefully someone else will get it so I don't have to go back to the well.

Thanks (?) for stirring the goofy memories.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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