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The Misheard Lyrics:
More than 700 enemy troops were killed last week
In access to the portive area
The Real Lyrics:
More than 700 enemy troops were killed last week
In that sensitive border area
The Story: At the computer store I worked at in 1985 the radio was always on in the background, and this song would play all the time ( ≈ twice a day, every day) in the summer of 1985.

Part of the song's lyrics are spoken rather than sung, including the part above, and I could never tell for sure what was being said in the 2nd line above, only that it sounded like what I wrote . . . I surmised that a "portive area" might be a designated area where helicopters picked up injured soldiers and airlifted them to a medical treatment facility, or something. Turns out that while the word "portive" does exist, it doesn't appear in the song. - Submitted by: Mike Mounier
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