Some Books And Some Justin Timberlake, Too


I have some announcements for the class. And an anecdote. Or maybe just something that would like to be an anecdote but probably isn’t quite there yet.

I need to stop over-explaining, don’t I?

– My friend Chrystal Hurst has a book called Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities coming out today, and I want to make sure to mention it because I read an early copy and really responded to the book’s tone, practicality, and encouragement. Plus, Chrystal’s co-writer and father, Tony Evans, is the pastor who is most likely to make me talk right back to the radio when I listen to him in the car. That Evans family is chock-full-o-gifted communicators. And if you buy the book between now and July 20th, you can also get an audio version of the book for free (details here).

– Speaking of books (TRANSITION!), I found out a couple of weeks ago that my book (it’s called A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet) (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it) (feel free to roll your eyes) is Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Moment for July. This is something they do to feature books in different categories, and I’m mighty honored that they picked mine for religion. Barnes and Noble has been really, really good to my little book, and I am very grateful. I’m also fighting the urge to put an exclamation point at the end of “book of the moment” and then use jazz hands. But I think we all know that I’m weird.

Seriously. I can’t resist.

Book of the moment!

– I’ve been on the road a good bit this summer, so I’ve had plenty of time to fine-tune my road trip playlist (get it? fine-tune? talking about music? HILARIOUS). One of my favorite driving songs is “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, a fact that I’m sure would thrill him to no end since suburban mamas in their 40s are clearly his target audience.

Here is the song if you are not familiar (and here’s a link to buy it if you like it).

Let us take a moment and sigh with contentment at the sight of a real band playing real instruments and wearing real suits.

Anyway, I have listened to this song about 50 times over the course of the summer, and here is what I’d sing when I’d get to the chorus:

“‘Cause with your hand in my hand / And a pocket full of soap / I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go…”

I know. A pocket full of soap. I thought it was odd, too. But I told myself that no matter where they went together, at least they’d be clean.

Last week I decided that the whole “soap” thing couldn’t possibly be right, so I looked up the lyrics on the internet, just like the kids do. And sure enough, the word there is “soul.” A pocket full of SOUL.

That sounds so much better, don’t you think? And even though the practical side of me thinks that they’d really be better off with soap instead of soul because, as I mentioned earlier, CLEAN, I’m so relieved to have some clarity on the lyrics. Thank goodness that I’ve never had any reason to sing along with a group of teenagers. Can you even imagine how low my Hip and With It quotient would plummet if a bunch of 17 year-olds heard me belting out “a pocket full of soap”?

It would be humbling. I’ll just say that. HUMBLING.

Does anybody else have some lyric blunders they’d like to share with the class? I hope so – because I sure would love to read them.

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  1. Julie in Michigan says:

    The song by Gary Wright in the 70’s called Love Is Alive. We’d say “my horse is on fire” haha, it was “my heart is on fire”….ah the memories of childhood!

  2. I also thought the lyrics were “pocket full of soap”! I would have gone on singing that had I not read your post. I thought maybe soap was slang for cash… Too funny.

  3. knee deep by ZBB… my 10 year old got it all wrong, but it still mad sense.
    ZBB’s version- ‘had sweet love, but i lost it. got too close so i fought it…’
    my kids version- ‘ had sweet love, but i lost it. got too close so i farted…’

    i love him!

  4. Lynette says:

    My personal best is when I sang George Strait’s song “Ocean Front Property.” My version…”I’ve got some ocean front property WITH ARROWS ON IT. From my front porch you can see the sea.” Should be “I ‘ve got some ocean front property IN ARIZONA.” Yes, lots of laughs over that one!

  5. When my brother was little, we were driving around looking at Christmas lights and singing carols. Silent Night cane on, and with all sincerity he sang ” brown young virgin” instead of ” round yon virgin”. We haven’t let him live it down to this day!

  6. Oh, and Sophie…

    For 43 years, I’ve thought that Elmer Fudd was actually Elmer THUD.

    I kid you not.

    My husband corrected me a couple of weeks ago. In tears. As always.

    I much prefer Elmer Thud.

  7. To this day, my sister still sings: “There’s gonna be a party tonight…..a party tonight, I KNOW” Instead of a “heartache tonight”! If my brain isn’t totally shot, I think it’s an Eagle’s song!!!

  8. My 25 year old son was about 4 when he requested for us to sing “that Christmas carol about your hair!” When I told him there was no such song, he replied “you know Mom….part your hair and angels sing!” Love all the posts and love your book…I have given it to 3 of my girlfriends already!

  9. on Christ the solid rock I stand
    all other ground is STINKIN sand

    several years. in a baptist church.

    bless my heart.

  10. My 5 yr old sang Chris Tomlin new song said “the God of Asian armies is always on my side….” I laughed so hard at that. Bless his heart!

  11. I *love* that Justin Timberlake song! I’ve pretty much had it on repeat for weeks. And um…I thought he was saying pocketful of soap too…lol

  12. I thought the lyrics for the old 70’s song ” I really want to see you tonight” were ” I’m not talking ’bout the linens and I don’t want to change your life”. I could never figure out what he had against her bedding. A few years ago I found out it was ” I’m not talking ’bout moving in”. That makes more sense!! I bet if she had taken more pride in her bedding, he might have wanted to talk about moving in!!

  13. I thought Madonna was saying “Bold” instead of “Vogue”. Sang it just like that in a car full of high school cheerleaders that I sponsored during the early years of my former teaching career. Never lived it down.
    For the record, Madonna is rather bold.

  14. My husband is a fireman and they were singing karaoke one night at the station. (that’s just funny all by itself) They sang Proud Mary, and it was the first time my husband realized it was PROUD Mary and not BROWN Mary.

  15. Lindsay says:

    I’m notorious for this… until I was 22 I thought it was “Give me the Beach Boys, free my soul” instead of “give me the beat boys” and more recently the Florida Georgia line song about “Homemade Jar, lemon drop, take a sip” …. I thought it was “home ain’t your linen drop, take a sip” sigh… can you tell I’m a mom??? :)

  16. Most of my early childhood I believed we were singing “God Bless I’m Erica” instead of God Bless America. My grandpa (our pastor) would love to share with the congregation that we would be singing “my” song around the 4th of July.

    My brother sang Martina McBride’s song “Wrong Again” as “Providence”. I still get tickled about that one.

  17. Lynette says:

    George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” song always went like this to me. “I’ve got some ocean front property with ARROWS ON IT. From my front porch you can see the sea.” Now, did it make sense? No, but that didn’t matter. I was singin’ and it was all good. My college buddy busted out laughing at me and pointed out my obvious blunder. We still laugh!

  18. Melissa says:

    Yall are so hilarious! Love the video!

  19. My then-8-year-old thought the words to Travis Cottrell’s song were “to the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, to the King, eternal to the only WISE GUY”! Oh, we laughed and laughed!

  20. I definitely have been singing Alabama’s song as “Dancing, Shagging on the bowling ball”. I wondered exactly how one would “shag” on a bowling ball but figured I was just out of the loop. When my husband informed me it was “Dancing, shagging on the boulevard” I thought he might have to pull the car over to recover from his laughing. I won’t live that one down, I’m afraid.

  21. My husband of 17 yrs diagnosed me when we were dating with what he termed “Chronic Lyricosis”. There is no cure I’m sad to say. ;) I need a fun slogan for a t-shirt then maybe Michael Scott will chair a fun-run for us who are afflicted.


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