Historical Events  Music
Historical Events  Music
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: Memory

Current: Melody

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 memory", whereas now it's melody. 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.

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Phil Collins

I've been waiting for this moment for all my life

MMDE: Hold on

Current: Oh Lord

Was Phil Collins singing "Hold on" or "Oh Lord" in "In The Air Tonight"?

Many swear it was "Hold on", but has somehow now been changed to "Oh Lord".

There is an interesting back story to this - Phil recounted the time he saw a boy drown another one, and had it in mind when he wrote the lyrics. The problem there is it doesn't actually help clear up the mystery, since clearly either can be used whilst still making sense and fitting into that narrative.

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Singing in the rain

Need an umbrella?

MMDE: Singing in the rain

Current: Singin' in the rain

Go on - ask most people what Gene Kelly's most famous song and dance routine is - you know, the one where he needs an umbrella. Make sure you ask them to spell it exactly. Chances are, unless they are already aware of this Mandela Effect, they'll reply with "Singing in the rain". If they do, they will be surprised to hear it's never been called that - in fact it's "Singin' in the rain".

Many of the Mandela Effects being reported today seem trivial. Sometimes it's a minor spelling change such as this one, sometime "The" is dropped from a title etc. The reason these are of interest is the idea that slight changes are far easier, and less disruptive to timelines, than larger ones. It's almost as if a test was being performed, or a minor glitch occurred which in the grand scale of things no-one would notice.