Linda G. Hill

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Song Lyric Sunday – Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

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The first time I heard Yellow Ledbetter, I absolutely loved the music. The lyrics, on the other hand, I would sing for years before I finally looked them up on the internet. In the meantime I, like probably millions of people around the world, sang in the car at the top of my lungs (when I was alone) what I thought they were.

Here they are:

“Yellow Ledbetter” Pearl Jam

Unsealed on a porch a letter sat.
Then you said, “I wanna leave it again.”
Once I saw her on a beach of weathered sand.
And on the sand I wanna leave it again. Yeah.
On a weekend I wanna wish it all away, yeah.
And they called and I said that “I want what I said” and then I call out again.
And the reason oughta’ leave her calm, I know.
I said “I know what I was the boxer or the bag.”

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch? Yeah, but they don’t wave.
I see them round the front way. Yeah.
And I know, and I know I don’t want to stay.
Make me cry…

I see… Oh I don’t know why there’s something else.
I wanna drum it all away…
Oh, I said, “I don’t, I don’t know whether I was the boxer or the bag.”

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch? Yeah, but they don’t wave.
But I see them round the front way. Yeah.
And I know, and I know. I don’t wanna stay at all.
I don’t wanna stay. Yeah.
I don’t wanna stay. [x2]
I don’t… Don’t wanna, oh… Yeah. Ooh… Ohh…

Now that you’ve read them, here is the song… with one of the most priceless sets of misheard lyrics I’ve ever come across. After you’ve watched/listened to the video, let me know which set you prefer.

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27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

  1. I like it when people add the words for us… because the words I “sing” are normally WRONG!

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  2. Ah such great music…who knew “mumbling” could be so powerful, lol!!

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  4. Misheard lyrics are the best! My favorite part:

    And the reason oughta’ leave her calm, I know.
    I said β€œI know what I was the boxer or the bag.”

    Glad I found you through the A to Z Challenge!

    Eli@TechLife (#1234)

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  5. And to make it even more confusing they change the words when they perform it live.

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  6. Oh my goodness so funny!!!!

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  7. I always wondered what the heck he was saying….

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  8. I never really liked Pearl Jam, but this is the second song I’ve heard of theirs that I fell in love with! So thank you for sharing it. I prefer the actual lyrics, but the video was funny as hell. Haha. Thanks for playing along Linda! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

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  9. My family loves the misheard lyrics and often quote them to each other! I CEE DEMS. ❀
    Diana xo

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