Like some others here (? [“Indeed,” says Mr Moderator]), Get Happy!! is my favorite Elvis Costello album, and “Men Called Uncle” is my favorite track from that.
For the longest time I thought the opening line was
Now there’s lip prints all over your face
Well maybe that’s why I can read you like a book
I thought it was possibly “kiss prints” which would give a similar meaning but that’s not really a phrase you hear.
What a disappointment when I learned that it was actually “newsprint”. Could that actually be it?
Really, isn’t “lip prints” far better?
I’m looking for a little love in this but also looking for other misheard lyrics that you think are better than the actual.
But don’t turn this into an exercise in mondegreens. No “There’s a bathroom on the right” allowed.
I couldn’t find a good live video of EC on this song but was pleased to find a Robbie Fulks cover (from a show where he apparently covered the whole album).