In Christina Perri's song A Thousand Years, according to all lyrics websites at 1:46 the lyrics is "standing in front of me".


But to my ear she clearly sings "in fries of me" which doesn't make sense, what did she sing actually?

  • She's singing "in front of me", a bit indistinctly. Aug 11, 2020 at 11:27
  • It sounds to me like /frǝjnt/, which is very strange to my ear. Aug 12, 2020 at 4:10

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She's saying "standing in front of me", as the lyrics say.

She either slightly mispronounces it (exhaling a little more air than she intended to) or the microphone distorted it a little, which makes the T slightly elongate and sound a bit like an S, which is where your ear is getting a little confused: but she's definitely singing "standing in front of me"

I'm fairly sure in this case that it's mostly due to bad mastering of the audio for this video: You can hear the same effect on other T and D sounds in the song, along with a "hiss" on S sounds, which become over-exaggerated and sound a little like static. If you listen to the album version of the song, her mispronunciation is still there, but it's far less obvious due to better audio

  • Youtube audio is often very compressed and poor quality compared to a CD or high bit rate mp3. It's definitely 'in front of me'. Aug 11, 2020 at 13:24

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