February 16, 2010

"Whack it Up, My Faded!" (Misinterpreting Music Lyrics)

Like most deaf and hard of hearing individuals, I can never understand the lyrics or what is being sung in most songs. A lot of times if I can't hear what they are singing, I will hum it or make it up.

As a child of the 1980s I was always watching MTV and its music videos. My older sister told me that when I was 5 years old or so I would sing a song to myself that went like this:

"Whack it up, my faded! Whack it up, my faded! Whack it up!"

I was trying to sing the song, "Wrap it Up" by the Fabulous Thunderbirds (1986). They were actually singing,

"Wrap it up, I'll take it. Wrap it up, I'll take it."

But, really I think most people, hearing or not, cannot understand or pick out most music lyrics (at least when listening to the song for the first time). When talking about my hearing loss, usually I tell people that for me to try to understand what is being said to me, especially in noisy situations, it is probably a similar experience when trying to fully understand the music lyrics of a new song.

It's hard work. 


1 comment:

  1. Yeah its true..I still get lyrics completely wrong..and worse still I sing terribly..:-)


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