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Reversals in Music

Read this before listening: A note regarding reverse speech audio samples.

The embedded messages found in music are always fascinating. Often they mimic the tone and content of the song. Sometimes they reveal an attitude that is incongruent with the forward lyrics. On occasion the artist's mind is elsewhere (see Jimmy Hendrix below). Always they reflect the true state of awareness of the artist at the time of the recording.

Each clip will play the forward track once, and the reverse track three times at progressively slower speeds.

 

Jimmy Hendrix from the song "Red House"

Forward:
That's alright, I still got my guitar
Reverse:
Night before, think I'll go to Santa Rosa

Celine Dion from the song "Because You Loved Me"

Forward:
For all the joy you brought to my life
Reverse:
We are lovers but we close tomorrow

Celine Dion from the song "Because You Loved Me"

Forward:
My faith, you gave it back to me
Reverse:
You've got to be with him

Billy Joel from the song "Good Night My Angel"

Forward:
Be a part of me
Reverse:
People are funny

Billy Joel from the song "Good Night My Angel"

Forward:
Angel now it's time
Reverse:
Masks the one whose near

 

Cher from the song "Power"

Forward:
All right in just my mind
Reverse:
I'm searching the tarot

RA from the song "On My Side"

Forward:
The wind was on my side
Reverse:
I found myself

RA from the song "On My Side"

Forward:
And nothing will get to me
Reverse:
In was fate

RA from the song "On My Side"

Forward:
No one will want to have me
Reverse:
If I was small

Spice Girls from the song "Love Thing"

Forward:
I'm not that easy as a matter of fact
Reverse:
Was I easy? Have fun!

Mariah Carey from the song "All I Ever Wanted"

Forward:
And I love you so
Reverse:
Please love me

Mariah Carey from the song "All I Ever Wanted"

Forward:
All I ever wanted is you
Reverse:
Yes I am a woman now

Sting from the song "Roxanne"

Forward:
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light. Those days are over. You don't have to sell your body to the night
Reverse:
Stay and loosen up my ass

Stevie Nicks "Landslide "

Forward:
Time makes bolder, children get older, I'm getting older too
Reverse:
It ain't my hurdle