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The National's, "Lemonworld"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Living or dying in the open means nothing to me
But it will take about a war to kill a college man like me
The Real Lyrics:
Living or dying in New York it means nothing to me
But it will take a better war to kill a college man like me
The Story: I just remember listening to this album all the time in the car throughout the early 2010s. I’d always just think, what a profound lyric. So hardened and desensitised the main character will be killed by nothing less than a WAR. The actual lyrics are kinda better though the implication being that he deems himself too important as a ‘college man’ to die for a b grade war. - Submitted by: Oscar Siddle
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