Mo, I'm glad you dug yourself up out of that hole!
In the early 70's, when the song by The Undisputed Truth's, "Smiling Faces (Sometimes)" came out, a bunch of my friends & I got into a debate over one word in one phrase in the last verse.
This is what one of my friends said he heard:
"Take my advice I'm only trying to school ya'."
This is what I thot I heard:
"Take my advice I'm only tryin' to screw ya'."
After listening to it intently a few times, I agreed with my friend that it says "school," which
is in fact the correct word for the song.
But this misunderstood lyrics thread got me thinking about why I thot it was "screw."
A mere mishearing? Perhaps.
But what I thot was that, at the very end of the song, the singer was putting a twist into it. In other words he was saying: "You can take my advice, but I'm trying to screw you too. I'm messing with your mind. I'm smiling too. You can't
trust me either. You can't trust anybody."
There it is. Especially at that time in my life, and for years after, I never thot anybody was trying to school me, to teach me, to show me the way. I thot everybody was trying to mess up my life, use me, screw me.
"Screw" me. In that word was, unknown to me at the time, an indication of why I felt I couldn't trust anyone...
"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."