Anyway, about 10 years ago it finally occurred to me to look up those garbled lyrics, and the search engine did not fail me. But sometimes there are memories from childhood that are too vague to be searchable. For example, there was a popular phrase in my house which allegedly came from a television show called The White Shadow. It goes something like this:
There are four kinds of people in this world: those who like you for the wrong reasons, those who like you for the right reasons, those who dislike you for you wrong reasons, and those who dislike you for the right reasons. And it's only the last group you have to worry about.
Now, given that that phrase has formed a huge part of my entire adult existence, I've always wanted to hear the original wording rather than my older brother's possibly incorrect paraphrasing of a show about a former pro basketball player whose injury forces him to retire and teach basketball to inner-city kids.
Yes, it's a real show.
But no construction of that phrase has ever turned up a hit on my searches. It's simply too hazy a memory to find anything. Actually, that's not true. At this point, all you can find is the article I wrote about it.
UPDATE: Several readers have found The White Shadow Quote. I apparently am not nearly as talented, smart, or cool as you all. Here it is and my brother got it pretty correct: http://www.tv.com/shows/the-white-shadow/just-one-of-the-boys-44145/