Has it ever happened to you that you think a particular lyric in a song is one thing and you really like it, but then you find out that you’ve actually been singing it wrong all along and that the correct lyric is slightly different and the small difference makes the lyric way less good?
This happened to me recently with the Elliott Smith song, “Miss Misery”.
I always thought this one lyric went “I don’t have it with me, but I keep a good attitude.” I really liked that lyric. After a disagreement with a friend and subsequent googling, I have learned that the lyric is actually, “I don’t have you with me, but I keep a good attitude.” Boo. That is way less good. Only one word has changed, but that change makes a world of difference and I am very disappointed.
I think I’ll just continue singing it my way.