Featuring Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez on drums, Clarence Clemons on sax and Bruce doing everything else, you can thank legendary record mogul Clive Davis for this one: after Bruce handed in his debut, Davis said it needed a single. Springsteen quickly knocked out this song and ‘Blinded By The Light.’

Blinded By The Lyric

The Truth Behind ‘Blinded By The Light’s” Famously Misheard Lyric It turns out the famously misunderstood lyric in the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band cover of “Blinded by the Light” isn’t misunderstood at all.

The track, which was written by Bruce Springsteen for his 1973 debut, featured a reference to Springsteen’s love for big, fast cars — specifically the 1932 V8-powered Ford that’s known as the “deuce coupe.” He sings, “Cut loose like a deuce.” When Manfred Mann’s Earth Band recorded their cover of the song three years later, they thought rhyming “loose” with “deuce” was too corny; so they changed it to “revved up like a deuce,” Mann explains.

What was the Boss saying?

However, when singer Chris Thompson recorded his vocal tracks, he ended up changing the line even more, singing, “wrapped up like a douche.” He now admits, “It wasn’t written like that, and I screwed it up completely.

It sounded like ‘douche’ instead of ‘deuce,’ and because of the technical process, it meant we couldn’t remix it.” The song ended up hitting number one in February 1977 — a feat Mann now attributes to the confusing lyric.

Deuce or…?

“The funny thing is that afterwards people came up to me and said, ‘You know why that record was such a hit, don’t you?” he says. “Because everyone was trying to figure out if it was ‘deuce’ or ‘douche.'” What other songs have famously misunderstood lyrics?

Here’s The Classic By Mannfred Mann

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