Lyrical Lessons in Security
I recently acquired the definitive piano transcription for the Jerry Lee Lewis hit "Great Balls of Fire," which I've been trying -- rather unsuccessfully so far -- to learn on an old upright piano I inherited from my grandmother. As I embarked on learning the song, it occurred to me that I didn't have a clue to what old Jerry was singing half the time, so I went online and Googled the song lyrics.
Big mistake. I've always known from past experience that lyrics sites can be somewhat sleazy, but I was unprepared for the sheer volume of Web browser trickery the site I landed on threw at me. Suffice it to say that if I had visited this site with Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser my computer probably would be in far worse shape than it is now. I happened to be browsing the Web with Firefox when I stumbled upon this particular site, and now my browser is acting awfully strange, and includes an oddly large blank space at the bottom 1/6th of each browser window. I'm not really sure if the lyrics site was the cause of my Firefox problem, but I can't recall visiting other such questionable sites recently.
In my opinion, lyrics Web sites are some of the shadier Web properties on the 'Net today, as many appear to exist for no other reason than to install spyware and other malicious software on your machine. The worst part of this whole ordeal is that I didn't even get the correct lyrics for the song. The song lyrics I was offered looked like they were either transcribed by a robot or by someone who didn't have the best grasp of the English language.
The site claimed the second verse of Lewis's song starts with:
"I learned to love all of Hollywood money..."
The real lyrics to that verse, I later learned, are: "I laughed at love 'cause I thought it was funny."
Then there's the site's interpretation of the first line of the fourth verse: "I cut my nails and I quiver my thumb..."
Er....."quiver my thumb?" Ouch. The real lyrics to that line are: "I chew my nails and then I twiddle my thumbs."
I could go on, but it just gets more ridiculous. What lessons should dear readers take away from this anecdote? I'm not really sure. Just be wary of those lyrics sites, okay? If for no other reason than you could go around sounding silly when singing what you thought were the words to your favorite songs.
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