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Hold Me Closer Tony Danza

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Hold Me Closer Tony Danza

Music has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I spent hours spinning my sibling’s records long before I was ten years old (much to their annoyance!). I may have put a scratch or two in some of their LPs and 45s thanks to my obsession with playing my favourite songs over and over…and over again.

Not much has changed through the years. I still have that passion for music but, the records have been replaced with digital downloads. I love digital downloads, yet I have to admit, I (sort of) miss buying vinyl records and being able to check out the artwork, photos, and lyrics on the record sleeve.

To me, it was always a great thing when a band included lyrics to their songs on that record sleeve.

Because without printed lyrics on your record sleeve, you may end up singing:

“Blinded by the light. Wrapped up like a douche, another rotor in the night”

Yep. That is how a friend of mine used to sing that line from the song “Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann.

Speaking of Manfred Mann, I just discovered they had a few other hit songs I did not know were performed by them: Do Wah Diddy Diddy and The Mighty Quinn.

And on a completely unrelated note, something that popped up during my research into Manfred Man – why is it that images of band members in the 1960’s were often a collage of floating heads? There must be a good reason but, I find it rather bizarre.

Manfred Mann band members

And of course, there is this one of 60’s tv band The Monkees:

The Monkees band members

I’ve seen a similar photo of the Beatles as well.

But enough about crazy floating headshots.

Where was I?

Oh yes.

That line from “Blinded By The Light” actually goes “Blinded by the light. Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”.

Bet you will never think of that song the same way next time you hear it!


When I want to listen to music in the car, I love to turn on the radio and listen to my favourite radio stations play the hits of today. Problem is, they don’t always mention who sang the last song played. Then there is the age-old problem of not being able to hear what lyrics the band or singer is singing. This is how those crazy “Blinded By The Light” mistakes happen.

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I no longer have this problem since my sister introduced me to an app called Shazam:

shazam music app

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by hundreds of millions of people each month to instantly identify music that’s playing and see what others are discovering. All for free. And that’s just the beginning: One-tap access to video clips, song lyrics, related tracks and streaming services, where you can listen to your Shazams in full or buy them.

Shazam Music App

I’ve had a great deal of fun with this app since I downloaded Shazam on my phone. I’ve even tried to play tricks on Shazam. Thinking I could fool Shazam, I tested it out while at my aunt’s place one day. She was playing an old vinyl record that I was certain Shazam wouldn’t be able to name.

But, alas, Shazam is much smarter than I gave it credit for.

Shazam Music App

In mere seconds, Shazam identified the vinyl record my aunt was playing as Land Of The Sea And Sun by The Merry Men. Pretty impressive considering this record comes from the 1960’s (I believe).

shazam music app

While I have only used Shazam (so far) for the purpose of identifying a song and/or lyrics, Shazam offers much more. This app lets you “listen in, discover, buy and share your favorite music and TV. Follow artists and see their Shazams, and while you’re at it, see bios, lyrics and personalized music news.

All I can say is, thank goodness for Shazam. No more singing “hold me closer Tony Danza” for me! (aka “Tiny Dancer” by Sir Elton John)

Have you been singing the lyrics to any songs all wrong? Share them with us! I’d love a good laugh…and to know I’m not alone!






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  1. June 1, 2016


    Loved this – brought back lots of memories including the Animals “House of the Rising Sun”.
    My mother was a trader . . . she sold my new blue jeans.

    Next post can be how we thought our comic book characters names were supposed to be pronounced. . . Archie was my favorite read, but I was certain Veronica was Ver-i-cona. My sister called Reggie, Reggae

    • June 1, 2016


      HA! That’s a great one, Melissa! My mother was a trader…that really made me chuckle! And love the comic book characters! I’ve never heard anyone call those two by those names. Too funny! I used to read tons of Archie comics when I was a kid 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your funny lyrics! I’m still smiling from reading that!

  2. May 15, 2016

    Linda Cassidy

    I love the Tony Danza song, I always get the lyrics wrong and then I finally figure out what they are saying but I always like mine better lol

    • May 15, 2016


      Hehehe! Good for you, Linda! I kind of like all the wrong lyrics too. Makes the song more fun 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. May 15, 2016


    Now this one is fun!

    My husband and I refer to AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap as THUNDERCHIEFS! because for years I thought they were singing Dirty Deeds and the Thunderchiefs.

    I also had a friend who thought American Pie was pretty violent: “machete to the lady but the lady won’t die.” Instead of “drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.” I never hear that line without thinking about that line either.

    Of course there’s also always that quest for the “bathroom on the right” during road trips 😉

    • May 15, 2016


      Hahaha!! I love those examples, Louise! Those have me laughing hard here! I could totally tell what song that was (bathroom on the right). I will never sing that the same again, lol! Thanks so much for adding your “lyrics” here!!

  4. May 12, 2016


    My daughter used to think Van Halen’s “Running with the Devil” was ‘running with the dead bugs’!
    And my mom used to think Billy Idol’s “Eyes without a Face” was ‘how’s about a date’!!!!

    • May 12, 2016


      HAHAHA!! Those are hilarious, Leigh-Anne! They really made me giggle! Not sure which I like more, lol. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. May 11, 2016


    Haha Tony Danza!!! That’s hilarious!

    • May 11, 2016


      Lol I know, eh Alyssa? Funny how the mind works. Until I took a look at the actual lyrics, I would have sworn the song was all about Tony. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. May 11, 2016


    OMG, LOL, I love the lyrics people come up with… I love how the singers mess us up with the REAL lyrics. Now you have me thinking of all the songs that I have sang wrong..

    • May 11, 2016


      Me too, Tammy, and I know there are all kinds of examples out there. I’ve messed up others in the past, I just couldn’t think of them while I was writing this. The Tony Danza one has always stuck with me though, lol. I once had a crush on him, maybe that’s why 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. May 11, 2016


    By the way, I love the “wrapped up like a douche” bit.. So funny!

    • May 11, 2016


      I laughed so hard when my friend told me she used to sing that. I mean, it doesn’t even make sense! LOL

      • May 11, 2016


        I guess that’s what makes it so funny. It’s so random and yet totally cool. 🙂 BTW, your “Tony Danza” is so cute, too. I think it sounds better than the original version. Maybe we can write a letter to Elton John asking him to change the lyrics and the name of the song? 🙂

        • May 11, 2016


          Lol!!! I leave that with you to contact Sir Elton John. He may not be too impressed with me. As for me…I will still continue to sing about Tony Danza…I like that better too 😉

  8. May 11, 2016


    I can’t recall any specific songs that I have sang wrong (without my version sounding like gibberish), but I have heard someone else sing George Harrison’s “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You” as “Back Up, I Might Sit on You”. And I’m sure more than one person has sang “There’s a bathroom on the right” instead of “There’s a bad moon on the rise” (Bad Moon Rising by Crredence Clearwater Revival).. 🙂

    • May 11, 2016


      LOL!!! Those are hilarious! Neither of which I have heard someone sing before but can totally see someone doing that, Nelly! Too funny! I shall forever more sing….there’s a bathroom on the right. Thanks for the laugh!

  9. May 11, 2016


    I have a couple for you Sandy.
    Van Hanlen’s “Jump”. A person who wants to remain anonymous, used to sing, “Maxwell jump” instead of “Might as Well Jump”.
    Aretha Frankin’s “Who’s Zoomin Who”. My brother thought it was ” Dooby Dooby Doo”
    Motley Crue “Looks That Kill”. A friend thought it was so cool because he thought they were singing “Freakout Luskville”

    • May 11, 2016


      Hahahaha!! Those are GREAT, Christina! I especially like your brother’s “Dooby Dooby Doo” LOL! Thanks for sharing and making me laugh!

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