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    Mistaken NIN Lyrics

    Satellite

    Actual: "So very high"

    What I keep hearing: "So weary-eyed"

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    Almost started this thread myself a day ago. Thanks for this. Hail Ryan.

    IWFY:

    See I keep lying to myself
    See I could die into myself

    Surely I kept thinking to myself: "What the fuck does that even mean? Oh well. Trent's gonna Trent."

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    I heard something similar on my first listen, except I heard "See, I could die and kill myself."

    When YZ first came out, even though I knew it wasn't what he was saying, on Meet Your Master when he says "Count down to the end" I just heard "Downtown Julianne." Which, to me, sounds like the nickname of a prostitute in the 70s.

    When Closer was the new song on the block I told my cousin that the line "You can have my isolation" was "You can have my masturbation" simply to see him swear that I was wrong and try his hardest to convince me that it was indeed isolation. I'm surprised he took the bait every single time, since when we got the album we both sat down and followed along with the lyrics in the booklet.

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    Reptile:
    Angels bleed from the tainted touch of microwaves

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    Last - This isn't built to last! This is for right now! (That actually doesn't sound bad to me at all.)
    Last edited by Halo Infinity; 09-24-2013 at 04:58 PM.

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    I was convinced Terrible Lie was Kill The Lights when I first heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenAkenobi View Post
    Reptile:
    Angels bleed from the tainted touch of microwaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    Satellite

    Actual: "So very high"

    What I keep hearing: "So weary-eyed"
    lol!! that is what i thought it was too. had no idea, until right now, that is "so very high".

    running: "i couldn't seem to make him say" is apparently "i couldn't seem to make him stay".

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    Down In It: long ago, I used to hear the line "I WAS UP ABOVE IT!" as "*something* *something* BULLET!" I just phonetically sang along to whatever came before "bullet".

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    Meet Your Master (in the end) : "Hey, show me around the bend ! " (it repeats, I don't know the right lyrics).
    Copy of A : " Bended with a punk ass/A punk ass that's become quite clear today "
    EIETS : " Can't remember how this got stallin' "

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    The best ones I have ever read/heard about are "What have I become, my Swedish friend?" and "This isn't mental ass, this is for right now." I wish Trent would release NIN t-shirts that said stuff like "My Swedish friend" and "Mental Ass!" on them. I would be so happy.

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    'i think i used to have a porpoise' - ediets 'i think i used to have a purpose'

    'the holding and the divide' - thtf 'the holy and the divine'

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    'i am a fat boy and i will swallow it all, swallow it all, swallow it all, swallow it all.' - the collector 'i am a good boy'

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    There is also a part of Last in the background chorus that sounds like: Goddamn slut! (Not that it is!)

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    Oh I thought of another!
    Perfect Drug: "... your wretched dragon's shaking me!"

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    I had to correct a friend of mine with this issue quite some time ago.

    -- on singing Wish over the jukebox: "We're sharing something real; we're sharing something true"

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    SLAVE SCREAMS is now FIRST GRADE or TASTES GREAT

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    Speaking of THTF, I always hear "You're keeping in step, In the line" as "You're keeping in step, and in line."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenAkenobi View Post
    Reptile:
    Angels bleed from the tainted touch of microwaves
    Win!

    Head like a hole
    Black-edged saw

    is how I heard the HLAH chorus for years. Picturing a chainsaw with dried bloodstains on its blade.

    Also,

    Kinda like the fire I was up way up in the sky


    from Down In It. I thought it was a reference to that alien abduction movie Fire in the Sky (although it was only a book back in the late 80's).
    Last edited by Microwave Jellyfish; 09-24-2013 at 06:45 PM.

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    Just remembered, back in the early days of PHM I always heard "Got money, I'll do anything for you" on HLAH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfkiller View Post
    Oh I thought of another!
    Perfect Drug: "... your wretched dragon's shaking me!"
    Now that is just fabulous, best misheard lyric ever. I'm now imagining Count Trentula from The Perfect Drug video fighting a dragon to win back his lady-love, or maybe like his niece or whoever she's supposed to be.

    Best I can offer is the first part of the chorus of Survivalism: instead of

    I got my propaganda I got revisionism I got my violence in high def ultra-realism

    I always hear:

    I've got lots of Pokemon
    I've got room for shit-nizzle

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    While I`m Still Here:

    `Wish it didn`t`

    Heard as:

    `Where`s your dad at`

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryalex12 View Post
    SLAVE SCREAMS is now FIRST GRADE or TASTES GREAT
    The horror of every 5-6 year old as they first enter school... I should know. (Which interestingly enough lead to a decade or so not getting along with school. Heck, I still don't, and of course when I say interestingly... I mean just fucking wonderful.)
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    Oh, and I also misheard this in Somewhat Damaged: So embossed in all you do, tried so hard to be like you.

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    I'm seventeen but I've been listening to NIN since I was really little when my parents would play PHM nonstop for me. I was convinced it was an album meant for kids to teach them valuable life lessons. For instance, rather than "Terrible Lie!" I heard simply "Don't Lie!" I also thought that "I was up above it" was "Always have a buddy".

    Also, only very recently did I realise that the chorus of Wish didn't go, "Wish there was something real in this world for you!"

    And this isn't a misheard lyric exactly, but I've lived most of my life thinking it was "A Violent Fluid", which always perplexed me.

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    >_>
    Copy of A: "she Im not the only one"
    Came Back Haunted: "I got something you have to she.."

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    When I was a teenager and had yet to actually read the lyrics to "Closer", I thought it said "help me think I'm somebody else" instead of "help me become somebody else".

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    Back when The Slip came out, I kept mishearing these lines in Echoplex:

    I built this place with broken parts
    Just like they said


    In my ears, they somehow became

    I built this place with broken pots
    December's here
    Last edited by Fred; 09-25-2013 at 02:05 AM.

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    God damn! Do it again, and then it then it comes faster.

    Angels Bleed from the Tainted touch of my cold ass

    We're sharing something real, we're sharing something true,
    we're sharing something real in this world, FUCK YOU.

    This isn't mental ass.

    Help me think I'm somebody else

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    speaking of Closer........I want to fuck you like an Elmo

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