I realize that some of my readers my find this too trivial. But that is why I write this blog.
Among other things, I am a serious music buff. That is why it bothers me when singers get the lyrics wrong. Today, while listening to the radio in my car, I heard Eydie Gormé singing “Hey There,”
Although she is one of my favorite vocalists, she should have known know better when it comes to idioms as well as lyrics. The music conductor, the producer, and the sound engineer should have known better as well. The expression “in one ear and out the other” is a well-known phrase that describes a thought that passes right through the head and is quickly forgotten.
In the version of the song I heard, she sang “in one ear or out the other,” which makes no sense. For the thought to go through a person’s head it must pass through both ears, not just one or the other.
On the other hand, Rosemary Clooney, another of my favorites, got it right on her recording. Her version reached #1 on Billboard’s chart in 1954.
Does anyone else care?