Well no, not actually. But it did change the meaning of the song completely.
Like the example of my aunt, who loved All By Myself by Sappy McWhiteguy*. One day she’s belting this song out while washing dishes and I tell her, “All these years you’ve been singing that song. He’s not singing: All by myself, I wanna be all by myself anymore. It’s: Don’t wanna be all by myself anymore.” Don’t ask me how she justified that “anymore” at the end.
And boy was she mad at me for ruining one of her favorite songs.
Not long ago I heard the original I Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely by Blue Magic. I was used to the Main Ingredient’s version where it seemed the singer was quite the self-centered egotist when, after his girl said she’s leaving him, he sang: I’d rather be loved and kissed, depending on a love I can’t get when your gone.
In Blue Magic’s version, it is quite clear he’s singing: I’d rather be loved and needed; depended on to give a love I can’t give when your gone.
Completely different sentiment. Makes me like the song more.
Any other “that song is not what I thought it was” moments?
*O.K., I felt guilty and looked up the singer. Eric Carmen. Sappy McWhiteguy fits much better.