History Bowdlerise / Music

5th Jan '17 10:56:17 AM Twentington
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** A year later, "Boys 'Round Here" changed "don't take no shit" to "don't take no lip".

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** A year later, "Boys 'Round Here" changed "don't "backwoods legit, don't take no shit" to "don't "...don't take no lip".
2nd Jan '17 7:47:36 PM Twentington
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* Music/TaylorSwift has had this happen twice. "That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" in "Picture to Burn" became "That's fine, you won't mind what I say." In a somewhat weirder case, "I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny" in "Teardrops on My Guitar" was changed to "just so funny" on some stations.
* When Music/JimmyBuffett plays "all ages" shows, his staple "Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" gets bowdlerised. Most noticeably the title line gets changed to "Why don't we get lunch in school?", though a number of other "family friendly" changes a
* * When DaVincisNotebook sang "Another Irish Drinking Song" in concert, a line about a Catholic priest who dropped dead "underneath the altar boy" was abandoned. Instead, they sang, "In respect to all our Catholic friends, we won't sing this line tonight."

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* Music/TaylorSwift has had this happen twice. "That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" in "Picture to Burn" became "That's fine, you won't mind what I say." In a somewhat weirder case, "I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny" in "Teardrops on My Guitar" was also changed to "just "'cause it's so damn funny" on some stations.
to "'cause it's just so funny", even though "damn" is usually considered acceptable in country music.
* When Music/JimmyBuffett plays "all ages" shows, his staple "Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" gets bowdlerised. Most noticeably the title line gets changed to "Why don't we get lunch in school?", though a number of other "family friendly" changes a
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* When DaVincisNotebook sang "Another Irish Drinking Song" in concert, a line about a Catholic priest who dropped dead "underneath the altar boy" was abandoned. Instead, they sang, "In respect to all our Catholic friends, we won't sing this line tonight."
2nd Jan '17 7:43:17 PM Twentington
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* When Sawyer Brown covered Dave Dudley's SignatureSong "Six Days on the Road," "I'm taking little white pills" became "I'm passing little white lines" because the CountryMusic audience of the late 1990s was presumably less accepting of a drug reference (though "white lines" also refers to cocaine, meaning that the edited version is more of a drug reference than the uncensored version).

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* When Sawyer Brown covered Dave Dudley's SignatureSong "Six Days on the Road," "I'm taking little white pills" became "I'm passing little white lines" because the CountryMusic audience of the late 1990s was presumably less accepting of a drug reference. Although it was likely meant to indicate the white divider lines on a highway, it also ends up sounding more like a reference (though "white lines" also refers to cocaine, meaning that the edited version is more of a drug reference than the uncensored version).arguably making it an inversion.
2nd Jan '17 7:38:14 PM Twentington
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* "Smoke a Little Smoke" by Music/EricChurch contains the line "Dig down deep, find my stash / Light it up..." twice. To skirt the drug reference, the first one becomes "Dig down deep, find my glass / Fill it up..." (which fits nicely with the last line, "break out the wine, forget again") and the second, "Dig down deep, strike my match". This makes it a common example of a lyric-swap that doesn't dilute the original meaning.

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* Music/EricChurch:
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"Smoke a Little Smoke" by Music/EricChurch contains the line "Dig down deep, [[TheStoner find my stash stash]] / Light it up..." up, take me back" twice. To skirt the drug reference, the first one becomes "Dig down deep, find my glass / Fill it up..." up, take me back" (which fits nicely with the last previous line, "break out the wine, forget again") and the second, second becomes "Dig down deep, strike my match". This makes it a common example of a lyric-swap that doesn't dilute the original meaning.match".
2nd Jan '17 6:21:11 PM Twentington
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** And in 2016, an edit of "She's Got a Way with Words" emerged that changed "[[YouPutTheXInXY She put a big F.U. in my future]]" to "She put the S-O-L in solo"[[note]]which is baffling, since "SOL" stands for "shit outta luck", thus meaning that they merely traded out one implied profanity for another[[/note]], while also changing "words like 'lyin'', 'cheatin'', and 'screwed'" to "...and 'truth'". Other stations just edit out the line "She put a big F.U. in my future" entirely. One wonders why he didn't have any trouble with this when he put out "Some Beach"[[note]]a StealthPun on "som'bitch"[[/note]] over a decade prior.

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** And in 2016, an edit of "She's Got a Way with Words" emerged that changed "[[YouPutTheXInXY She put a big F.U. in my future]]" to "She put the S-O-L in solo"[[note]]which is baffling, since "SOL" stands for "shit outta luck", thus meaning that they merely traded out one implied profanity for another[[/note]], while also changing "words like 'lyin'', 'cheatin'', 'lying', 'cheating', and 'screwed'" to "...and 'truth'". Other stations just edit out the line "She put a big F.U. in my future" entirely. One wonders why he didn't have any trouble with this when he put out "Some Beach"[[note]]a StealthPun on "som'bitch"[[/note]] over a decade prior.
2nd Jan '17 6:20:44 PM Twentington
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** And in 2016, an edit of "She's Got a Way with Words" emerged that changed "[[YouPutTheXInXY She put a big F.U. in my future]]" to "She put the S-O-L in solo", while also changing "words like lyin', cheatin', and screwed" to "...and truth".

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** And in 2016, an edit of "She's Got a Way with Words" emerged that changed "[[YouPutTheXInXY She put a big F.U. in my future]]" to "She put the S-O-L in solo", solo"[[note]]which is baffling, since "SOL" stands for "shit outta luck", thus meaning that they merely traded out one implied profanity for another[[/note]], while also changing "words like lyin', cheatin', 'lyin'', 'cheatin'', and screwed" 'screwed'" to "...and truth".'truth'". Other stations just edit out the line "She put a big F.U. in my future" entirely. One wonders why he didn't have any trouble with this when he put out "Some Beach"[[note]]a StealthPun on "som'bitch"[[/note]] over a decade prior.
28th Dec '16 2:13:33 PM RAS310
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** "Starships" had "We're higher than a mother fucker!" in its chorus, which actually went uncensored for a while because, if anything, it sounded more so like she was saying "mother......ker!" (because of the large amount of pitch-shifting during said vocal), until stations began to catch on, blurring it out so the line sounds like, "We're higher than a (record scratch)!"

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** "Starships" had "We're higher than a mother fucker!" in its chorus, which actually went uncensored for a while because, if anything, it sounded more so like she was saying "mother......ker!" (because of the large amount of pitch-shifting during said vocal), until stations began to catch on, blurring it out so the line sounds like, "We're higher than a (record scratch)!"scratch)!" Many stations also censor "Onika", Nicki's real name, in the line "My name is Onika, you can call me Nicki", due to complaints that it sounds like "n*gga".



** As "All About That Bass" was gaining traction, Radio Disney approached Music/MeghanTrainor about making a sanitized version of the song for their station. She complied, re-writing some of the lyrics and removing any references to body parts. "I got that boom-boom that all the boys chase, and all the right junk, in all the right places" becomes "I got them smooth moves, they say I look great. Yeah, I'll be the star on all them big stages", and "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night" becomes "Boys like the girls for the beauty they hold inside". And yes, this version is not limited to the station as it also appears, of all places, in [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance 2016]]!

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** As "All About That Bass" was gaining traction, Radio Disney approached Music/MeghanTrainor about making a sanitized version of the song for their station. She complied, re-writing some of the lyrics and removing any references to body parts. "I got that boom-boom that all the boys chase, and all the right junk, in all the right places" becomes "I got them smooth moves, they say I look great. Yeah, I'll be the star on all them big stages", and "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night" becomes "Boys like the girls for the beauty they hold inside". And yes, this inside".
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version is not limited to of the station as it song is also appears, of all places, played on some adult contemporary stations and in retail establishments such as Kohl's and Walgreens and has since become known as the "AC Version". It also appears in [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance 2016]]!2016]], part of a video game series that is infamous for censoring their songs almost to Radio Disney levels to avoid a Teen rating from the ESRB.



* The KDWB version of Olly Murs' "Troublemaker" removes the words "damn" and "hell" from Flo Rida's rap. Oddly, other songs get the green light for saying those words.
* will.i.am's song "Scream & Shout" (featuring Music/BritneySpears) sometimes has the line "Britney, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]]" censored by adding an echo to the word "Britney" to fill in the gap caused by removing the word "bitch". Other times, the line as a whole is replaced with the line "Bring the action" from earlier. Also, the line "You're gonna turn that shit up" is changed to "You're gonna turn it, turn it up".

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* The KDWB version of Olly Murs' "Troublemaker" removes the words "damn" and "hell" from Flo Rida's rap. Oddly, other songs get the green light for saying those words.
words. [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance 2014]] also does this with the song, even though Flo Rida ad-libbing "The same damn thing" in the background near the end of the song is left unaltered.
* Some radio stations edit out the word "hell" from the first verse of Kelly Clarkson's "Heartbeat Song" by skipping it rather than muting it so that the line sounds like "Where the did you come from?".
* The official clean version of
will.i.am's song "Scream & Shout" (featuring Music/BritneySpears) sometimes has the line "Britney, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]]" censored by adding an echo to the word "Britney" to fill in the gap caused by removing the word "bitch". Other times, On some radio stations, the line as a whole is replaced with the line "Bring the action" from earlier. [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance 2016]] replaces the word/echo with a loud clap sound. Also, the line "You're gonna turn that the shit up" is changed to "You're gonna turn it, turn turn-turn it up".



* "Moves Like Jagger" by Music/MaroonFive often has the lines in "My ego is big/I don't give a shit" altered in one of two ways: either the "shit" will be cut short so it sounds like "sh-", or the lines from the second verse ("I'll make you believe/That I've got the key") will replace them. ''VideoGame/JustDance 4''' [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]] and censors it to "I don't give a ''spit''"

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* "Moves Like Jagger" by Music/MaroonFive often has the lines in "My ego is big/I don't give a shit" altered in one of two ways: either the "shit" will be cut short so it sounds like "sh-", or the lines from the second verse ("I'll make you believe/That I've got the key") will replace them. ''VideoGame/JustDance 4''' [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance 4]] [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]] and censors it to "I don't give a ''spit''"''spit''". Later games that use the song appear to use a re-recording that says "I don't give a damn". Ironically, Just Dance usually censors the word "damn" in other songs despite using it as a censor itself here.


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* Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" has three possible radio edits due to the line in the first verse, "Yeah you PMS like a bitch I would know":
** On some stations, "Like a bitch" is replaced with a repetition of "like a girl" from earlier in the verse.
** Other stations and the [[VideoGame/JustDance Just Dance]] game use the song with the line re-recorded to replace "bitch" with "chick". Just Dance even refers to the song as "Hot N Cold (Chick Version)".
** Other stations will simply mute "bitch".
5th Dec '16 9:54:56 AM MarcoPolo250
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* Canadian music video channel [=MuchMusic=] has a history of censoring references to suicide. While it is unsurprising that the word "suicide" was removed from Papa Roach's "Last Resort," more surprising was the removal of the word "resort", despite being ''part of the title!'' Guess the [=MuchMusic=] censors didn't like the expression "last resort" in association with suicide.

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* Canadian music video channel [=MuchMusic=] [[Creator/MuchMusic MuchMusic]] has a history of censoring references to suicide. While it is unsurprising that the word "suicide" was removed from Papa Roach's "Last Resort," more surprising was the removal of the word "resort", despite being ''part of the title!'' Guess the [=MuchMusic=] censors didn't like the expression "last resort" in association with suicide.
27th Nov '16 9:49:39 PM smadronia
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* In "NOW That's What I call Polka" Weird Al covers "Thrift Shop" and changes the lines "I'm in this big ass coat" to "I'm in this big 'ole coat" and "this is fucking awesome" to "this is super awesome."
13th Nov '16 10:24:02 AM ValdarSai
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* When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the Christmas song "Sleigh Ride," they alter the lyrics "....when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie," substituting the word "cider" for "coffee." Members of the LDS church generally abstain from drinking coffee (and other beverages containing caffeine), [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} as it goes against the doctrine they refer to as the Word of Wisdom.]]

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* When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the Christmas song "Sleigh Ride," they alter the lyrics "....when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie," substituting the word "cider" for "coffee." Members of the LDS church generally abstain from drinking coffee (and other beverages containing caffeine), [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} as it goes against the doctrine they refer to as the Word of Wisdom.]]]]
* The Miracle of Sound song "Brothers of the Creed" had the line "And I kill for good/Under my white hood" changed to "Signal's out of range/I was forced to change" after Gavin Dunne (the Irish songwriter) realised that it could be taken to refer to the KKK rather than Assassin's Creed.
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