In general, I listen to songs for the melody, not lyrics. Often, lyrics are simply difficult for me to make out, even more so when the singer does not share my accent.
Last night, I listened to one of my old favorites as a youngster, Winston Soso’s “I Don’t Mind”:
Even the chorus, I’ve heard wrong all these years. It’s not “I don’t mind, I don’t mind if you want to give me a bit of music”, it’s “I don’t mind, I don’t mind if you want to give me, I won’t refuse it”.
Making it worse: reading the comments on YouTube, it was revealed that the song’s about…cunnilingus. Not too surprising, considering many old soca and calypso lyrics favored these type of double entendres. Kids could easily listen to these songs not realizing what’s up (granted, “Doctor Kitch” was less subtle than most).
Still, I don’t mind listening to this song in the future. Har.