Billie Jean
06 Dec 2019
Cup 'O Noodles
05 Dec 2019
Clive James
28 Nov 2019
Chevron
27 Nov 2019
Marlboro Man
12 Nov 2019
James Cagney
08 Oct 2019
Tiger Woods
03 Oct 2019
Tiger Woods
15 Sep 2019
Historical Events  Music
Historical Events  Music
Billie Jean

Who always told me?

MMDE: Mama always told me

Current: Mother always told me

When changes are noticed in worldwide massive hits, it's always a surprise to those who think they know the original. This is the case with Michael Jackson's classic Billie Jean - who always told him to be careful of who he loves?

It's one of his most famous songs, and he's said to be inspired by the never ending line of back stage groupies that were always trying to claim his brothers fathered their children when he was in the Jackson 5.

The line is question is at the end of the first verse.:

People always told me be careful of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth 

Yet most people replace "mother" with "mama", as a quick search on YouTube for cover versions confirms.

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Tiger Woods

Where shouldn't you carry the world?

MMDE: Don't carry the world upon your shoulders

Current: Don't carry the world upon your shoulder 

"Hey Jude" is one of the most popular songs in The Beatles' catalogue.

Packing in over 7 minutes of music, and remaining extremely popular since its release.

So, imagine a ton of people questioning the infamous lyric "Don't carry the world upon your shoulder". Many have said that the word 'shoulder' is plural. Thus, the lyric must be "Don't carry the world upon your shoulders". However, this is not the case today.

The song was written by Paul McCartney to help cheer up John Lennon's young son, Julian, who was upset at the break-up of his mother and father at the time.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Put a gun against his head...

MMDE: Pulled the trigger now he's dead

Current: Pulled my trigger now he's dead.

With such an iconic song, it comes as a surprise when there's a Mandela Effect involved in it that everyone should know.

During the piano solo, Freddie Mercury sings about how he killed a man and feels remorseful for it. While the cause of death is undisputed, a minor lyric is called into question. Mercury sings "Put a gun against his head. Pulled my trigger now he's dead". However, many swear that the lyric was actually "Pulled THE trigger now he's dead". It would certainly make more sense to say " the trigger" and not "my trigger", but this is not the case

Many on the opposite side remember it the way it is now, according to Moneybags73's like/dislike ratio on the subject.

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Seal

Seal: Kiss from a rose

MMDE: "Kissed by a rose on the grave"

Current: "Kissed by a rose on the grey"

Seal's 1994 hit 'Kiss from a rose' was used in the Batman Forever soundtrack.

There's something odd about the lyrics, though.

It mentions in the first line a greying tower, and is full of imagery surrounding color. So the main refrain, which many people are sure is '...kissed by a rose on the grave' is seen today as ''...kissed by a rose on the grey"

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom on the grey

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Break dancing

First appeared?

MMDE: 1970's

Current: 1930's

Boom boom chakka chakka boom boom.

The dance associated with the rhythmic delights of a beat box pumping out it's mega bass tunes, in which a youthful gyrator would acrobatically spin round on their head or whatever other appendage was appropriate at the time, is one most people think of as being a modern phenomenon. Certainly, they would place break dancing as a thing of the 80's, or maybe 70's if pushed. 

Footage showing this exact same thing being done in the 1930's is catching many by surprise.

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Billy Joel

"Son can you play me a _____?"

MMDE: Melody

Current: Memory

People have noticed something odd about the first verse of Billy Joe's "Piano Man".

They remember the line as "Son can you play me a melody", whereas now it's memory. Sure, the word "melody" does appear later in the chorus but this specific MMDE is that it was there in the first verse.

There's a thread on Reddit showing many examples of residue for this one, along with speculation regarding why in particular the word "memory" is subject to a false memory effect...

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Journey - Don't stop believing

More than a slip?

MMDE: "She" took the midnight train, then "He" took the midnight train

Current: "He" took the midnight train both times

Here's another alternative memory which has previously been reported for a different reason. The first time was when the song "suddenly" appeared for many people and seemed to be getting played everywhere - this was discussed on Reddit. This time it's a lyric change, and a pretty obvious one too. 

At the start of Journeys' "Don't stop believin'", the written lyrics are:

Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Yet today you can clearly hear "He" took the midnight train both times, which makes no sense.