I was shopping at Trader Joe's grocery store today. It is a very sunny and balmy 55 degrees. A blast-from-the-past "happy song" was playing over the store speakers. Amazing. "Don't Get Me Wrong ", by the Pretenders, is still catchy in 2014.
I looked it up online. It's from 1986- already that long ago? It has some fun lyrics: "If you say hello and I take a ride, upon a sea, where the mystic moon is playing havoc with the tide" or "Don't get me wrong, if I split like light refracted. I'm only off to wander, across a moonlit mile." And "who can explain the thunder and rain, but there's something in the air."
The music video for the song (below) is a tribute to the British 1960s TV spy series The Avengers.
The vocalist in the video with is playing an Emma Peel role, following for clues and eventually finding John Steed.
If you remember the Avengers, Mission Impossible and several others, there's always these secret spy clues and codes that need interpretation. In this video, the boss "sits back" and waits for his protegee to come through with the goods (or something like that).
John Steed's "silence" is causing a problem for Emma Peel but, in the end, she makes it. I'm trying to figure out how "don't get me wrong" figures into this video (and if it even matters).
At the very end of the video when she meets up with Steed, there's a scene where Emma crosses her arms in silence as if to say "don't get me wrong, but this whole business was just a bit challenging, in case you didn't know that...". Next episode.
"The sentence 'Don't get me wrong' is highly idiomatic. It would be unusual to change it. It means "Please don't misunderstand me (when I say what I'm about to say)."
..."While I would understand 'don't take me wrong' to mean the same thing, it definitely is not the 'typical' expression. It would be much more idiomatic to say 'Don't take this wrong' (this= what I'm about to say)."
"Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; but not the Abbot, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence. To his protesting disciples he said one day, “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.” link