An eye for an eye, a tooth for a toothWhich is ultimately a non-sequitur, a religious line and a political one stuck together. A series of slogans spray-painted over top of each other by different people on the same wall.
Vote for me, and I'll set you free.
I was able to grow up believing those lines were entirely different. I spent years of my life mistakenly believing they were the much superior:
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a toothWhich might not make much literal sense but is evocative and sinister in an artsy way. It is, in my humble opinion, way superior. Like everyone else, I have my share of Mondegreens. Perhaps more than many, because I never really had any presumption that music lyrics had to make any kind of sense at all. I was just listening to "House of the Rising Sun" right now, the Animals version. I realised that what he says is the very logical:
Both for me, and I'll set you free.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy,I alwyas presumed there was a religious message stuck in there apropos of nothing:
And, God, I know I'm one.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy,Of course, why would a song about prostitution and/or gambling (and/or new blue jeans) suddenly go all born again? Well, it wouldn't. But that never mattered to me. Song lyrics were just, well, nonsense that rhymed. I still kind of feel that way. Just sometimes the nonsense... well, it's less nonsense if you actually sit and look at it.
In God I know I've won.
Only one of these two groups included the 'rap on, brother, rap on' line.