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Commonly Misheard Song Lyrics

The New Yorker

Correct lyric: "See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen," from ABBA's "Dancing Queen." Correct lyric: "I want to hold your hand," from the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Correct lyric: "We built this city on rock and roll," from Starship's "We Built This City." Correct lyric: "Sweet dreams are made of this," from the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." Correct lyric: "Papa, don't preach," from Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach." Correct lyric: "Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you," from Paul Young's "Everytime You Go Away."

Why Cole Porter's melodies and lyrics produce musical magic

PBS NewsHour

GWEN IFILL: Cole Porter left a legacy as one of the nation's finest composers and songwriters. He was born in Indiana 125 years ago this month. To celebrate, Jeffrey Brown once again joined composer and musicologist Rob Kapilow at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. It's the latest in our occasional series on what makes great music great. JEFFREY BROWN: Cole Porter this time, OK, so you have picked one of his most famous songs, "You're the Top!" JEFFREY BROWN: You're the Coliseum, it shows he's a man known for the sophistication of his language, right, the sort of high-Brown, but low-brow as well.

AI or human lyrics: Could you tell which is which?


We pride ourselves on identifying when we are talking to a chatbot instead of a human operator, but it seems that when it comes to song lyrics, many of us are not so certain which is which. Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to have become the new darling of the tech world, could it outperform humans in more creative fields, like music? Secondary event ticket marketplace TickPick recently collected over than 1,000 rock, hip-hop/rap, country, and pop songs to train "AI artists." It surveyed 1,003 people using Amazon's Machanical Turk to rank creativity, emotionality, and favorability of the lyrics. It also wanted to discover how easy or difficult it was to tell the difference between famous songwriters and AI lyrics. It scraped thousands of song lyrics from to form a lyrical corpus.

Spotify just started testing its live lyrics feature in the US


Do you miss all the time you used to spend crammed in tiny karaoke rooms, belting out showtunes until three in the morning? So do we, but Spotify might have something that will help with your impromptu singalongs. As of this morning, the company is now testing a feature that displays lyrics synced with your music in the United States. Don't be surprised if you never see these live lyrics show up, though. Spotify is a big fan of A/B testing, so only a subset of its users will actually be able to use the feature.

A Backstreet Boy named his new baby 'Lyric,' obviously


Another celebrity baby has fallen victim to the undying weird name trend. The Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean and his wife Rochelle welcomed their second daughter on Sunday, March 19. And they named the baby girl Lyric Dean McLean. SEE ALSO: Backstreet Boys' Las Vegas residency proves the band is still'Larger Than Life' Yep, of course a singer in a '90s boy band named his daughter "Lyric" because we all know how meaningful and deep words are in pop songs. Little Lyric weighed in at eight pounds, three ounces and measured 22-inches long.