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Loudmouth : Best Of The Boomtown Rats album at
Boomtown Rats', "Up All Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Left a good job girl
Big city streets
The only real difference is in the people you meet
The Real Lyrics:
African jungle
Big city streets
The only real difference is in the people you meet
The Story: For years, this song was used by West Coast sports talkshow host Jim Rome on his radio program 'The Jungle'...very catchy tune, but I thought, 'why the hell would Jim Rome choose a Boomtown Rats song?'...I thought Geldof was saying 'left a good job girl', but if you look in any Boomtown Rats liner notes or discographies, you'll find he's singing, 'African Jungle' as the first lyric of the song. I guess that was Romey's connection with it. - Submitted by: Doug Erdmann

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