Misheard Lyrics

Seeing this post that is otherwise a good one on politics amused me by being a wakeup call on a misheard lyric.

I have always hear the line in question in Who’ll Stop The Rain as:
“Bobby plans a new deal, wrapped in golden chains.”

I took it to be a reference to Bobby Kennedy, though it seemed odd in that a song that was ostensibly anti-war would presumably have supported rather than denigrated that particular Kennedy at the time. Still, some kind of political statement about freedom and government spending, I presumed.

Turns out, I learned from Ed Driscoll’s title, the line is actually:
“Five year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains.”

Which is even more strongly a statement along the lines I had figured, just not directed at a politician by name. Learn something new every day!