Everybody can mishear lyrics from time to time. There is probably at least one song out there that you’ve been hearing wrong for years. For instance, most people get “Blinded by the Light,” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band wrong. (The line is “Wrapped up like a deuce,” by the way.) Last night, Ken Jennings took to Twitter to admit that he has been hearing a line in “Ohio,” by Crosby Stills Nash & Young incorrectly for years.
So, don’t feel bad if you hear a line or two in a song incorrectly from time to time. After all, Ken Jennings is pretty much a genius. He has made a living out of being smart and giving the correct answers. So, if it happens to him, what chance do the rest of us have?
Ken Jennings admitted his longstanding misconception in a pair of tweets last night. In the first tweet, he says that he thought one line of “Ohio,” went, “What if you knew her aunt / found her dead on the ground.” The lyric is actually, “What if you knew her and…” Check out the post below.
In the second tweet, Ken Jennings incredulously drives his point home by seemingly yelling at himself. He wrote, “WHAT IF YOU KNEW HER AUNT??!?”
Since Ken Jennings Brought It Up, Let’s Talk About “Ohio”
There’s a good chance that Ken Jennings has been hearing this song incorrectly for his entire life. Jennings was born in 1974. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young released “Ohio,” as a single in June of 1970.
The song itself is a sad one. It is about the Kent State Massacre that took place on May 4, 1970. On that day, students at Kent State University in Ohio gathered in a peace rally. They were there to protest the Vietnam war as well as the presence of the Ohio National Guard on campus. To very briefly paraphrase the events of that day, Guardsmen came to disperse the crowd. The crowd resisted, then retreated. Then, the guardsmen pursued them. A few minutes later, they opened fire on students. They killed four onlookers and injured nine more.
The line of the song that Ken Jennings misheard for all those years comes up twice in the song. It is in what could pass for the chorus of the iconic protest song. “Gotta get down to it / Soldiers are cutting us down / Should have been done long ago / What if you knew her / And found her dead on the ground? / How can you run when you know?”
Scroll up and listen to the song for yourself. You can see how easy it was for Ken Jennings to make that mistake for all these years. Even if you don’t hear it, it’s a great tune even if it is a sad one.