How Lyrics Should Be Sung: Layla

Singers often sing their lyrics in different ways than the lyrics would suggest. For example, most singers sing the chorus part in a song in several ways. Because of this I have decided to write the emotionally accurate versions of some choice songs for you who would like to karaoke with the proper pronunciations and emotional states. This is Eric Clapton’s Layla. Actually I was going to do a line-by-line analysis of some song lyrics this week, but I think I’ll do this instead.

Original Version:

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long.
You know it’s just your foolish pride.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

Intended Version:

(Meant to be scream-sung at the top of your lungs. Guitar solos are not meant to be sung by people, so I’ve omitted them.)

WHAT’LL YOU DO WHEN YOU GET LOHONELY?
AND NOBODY’S WAITIN’ BY YOOOUUR siiii?
YOU’VE BEEN RUNNIN’ AN’ HIDIN’ MUCH TOO LONG.
YOU KNOW IT’S JUST YOUR FOOOOLISH pride.

LAAAAAAAYlahaaa, YOU’VE GOT ME ON MY KNEES.
LAYlahaaa, I’M BEGGIN’, DARLIN’ PLEEHEAASE.
LAYlahaaa, DARLIN’ WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?

I TRIED TO GIVE YOU COHONSOLATION
WHEN YOUR OLD MAN HAD LET YOUUU DOWN.
LIKE A FOOOH, I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUhooooo,
TURNED MY WHOLE WORLD UPSIDE DAHAAAHN.

LAAAAAAAYlahaaa, YOU’VE GOT ME ON MY KNEES.
LAYlahaaa, I’M BEGGIN’, DARLIN’ PLEEHEAASE.
LAYlahaaa, DARLIN’ WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?

LET’S make the best of the SIHITUUWAYSHUN
BEFORE I FIHIIINALLY GO iiiinsane.
Please don’t sahay we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my LOOOVE’s in vain.

LAAAAAAAYlahaaa, YOU’VE GOT ME ON MY KNEES.
LAYlahaaa, I’M BEGGIN’, DARLIN’ PLEEHEAASE.
LAYlahaaa, DARLIN’ WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?

LAYlahaaa (LAAAAAAAYla), YOU’VE GOT ME ON MY KNEES.
LAYlahaaa, I’M BEGGIN’, DARLIN’ PLEEHEAASE.
LAYlahaaa, DARLIN’ WON’T YOU EASE MY WORRIED MIIHIIHIIIIhiiiiihiiiiiiiiiiii?

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH WHOO WHOO WHOO WHOO WHOO*

*Listen carefully and you’ll hear it.

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