Misheard Song Lyrics

edited April 2015 in Books & Music

I love misheard lyrics, especially the unique ones (we all know now that it is deuce, not douche…and it was never Hold me closer Tony Danza…)

What are some of your personal experiences with misheard lyrics???  

Mine are: 

Artist/Song: The Verve/Freshman
Misheard: Never dialed forty cents
Actual: Never died for these sins 

Artist/Song: Poison/Nothin’ But A Good Time
Misheard: Lock my phone
Actual: Like my fun

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  • Taylor Swift Blank Space

    Misheard: Lonely Starbucks lovers

    Actual: Long list of ex-lovers

     

    Madonna: Ray of Light

    Misheard: And I feel like a disco fool

    Actual: And I feel like I just got home 

  • Fall Out Boy : Sugar We're Going Down
    Misheard: Loaded gun, let's cock it and pull it
    Actual: Loaded god complex, cock it and pull it
  • @Karen_Belgrad I don't know that Fall Out Boy song, but your lyrics make more sense!
  • Ah, the mondegreen!

    The one I always have stuck in my head, even though I know full well the lyric is "I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain," is "I like Carmina Burana and getting caught in the rain."

    I don't actually like Carmina Burana, so this annoys me no end.
  • Love this thread!

    Def Leopard's Rock Of Ages:
    Misheard- It's better with a birddog.
    Actual- It's better to burn out.

    Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk:
    Misheard- Smoother than a bathhouse chippy. (Yeah, I know it makes no damn sense. I just assumed it was some hip slang)
    Actual- Gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty.
  • Chevelle's The Clincher

    Heard: they call it the crab walk
    Actual lyric: made cold and crippled
  • I think one of my favorites is from Shame by Stabbing Westward:

    Heard: How can I have sex without you
    Actual lyric: How can I exist without you

    Also this one from Demons by Imagine Dragons:

    Heard: No matter what we eat, we're still made of meat
    Actual: No matter what we breed we are still made of greed
  • Gemfemme said:
    Love this thread! Def Leopard's Rock Of Ages: Misheard- It's better with a birddog. Actual- It's better to burn out. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk: Misheard- Smoother than a bathhouse chippy. (Yeah, I know it makes no damn sense. I just assumed it was some hip slang) Actual- Gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty.

    I think the "smoother" line is actually "smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy." But I like your "bathhouse chippy" better. :-) 

    "Gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty" is a lyric in the song. 

    And I totally heard that Taylor Swift song as "lonely Starbucks lovers," too!
  • Warrant: Heaven
    Misheard: See the wedding in the back
    Actual: Silhoutted in the back

    My brother always thought Iron Maiden's "Can I Play With Madness" was "Can I play with matches"
  • These were my sister's, but they're too good not to share:
    Tears for Fears: 
    Misheard: Everybody wants to mow the lawn
    Actual: Everybody wants to rule the world

    Flock of Seagulls
    Misheard: And Iran's, Iran's so far away...
    Actual: And I ran, I ran so far away

    and one I read in Ellen's book years ago (and was just telling my husband about this morning):
    Eagles:
    Misheard: Wipe in the Vaseline, surely make you lose your mind.
    Actual: Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind.

    Awesome.
  • Always liked the classic Beatles lyric,"the girl with colitis goes by."



































































  • Fleetwood Mac I'm just second hand news. Misheard: I'm just setttin' here nude.

    Dusty Springfield  Son of a preacher man.  Misheard: Son of the creature man.





  • My mother used to sing Hall and Oates "Maneater" as "Bandita". (Oh, oh, here she comes - she's a bandita!)
  • Muse

    Misheard: super whack-a-mole
    Actual : Super massive black hole.
  • Irene Cara's "Fame (I wanna live forever)" -

    Misheard: Take your pants off and make it happen
    Actual: Take your passion and make it happen
  • Thank you, @LilyBart2, for my first laugh of the morning.
  • My friend likes to sing "massage in a brothel," whenever she hears The Police's Message in a Bottle. 

    Also: Billy Joel We Didn't Start the Fire

    Misheard: It was always burning said the worst attorney
    Actual: It was always burning since the world's been turning 
  • My former friend:

    B52s Dance this message around

    She sang: Why won't you dance with me? I'm not no little black girl

    Actual: Why won't you dance with me? I'm not no limburger.

    I still laugh at that even though she turned out to be a real asshole bigot.

  • Peter Gabriel

    Games without Frontiers

    Misheard:  She's So Popular
    Actual: Jeux sans Frontier
  • Little Black Submarines by the Black Keys.

    What I hear, "Oh, can of beans!  The Voice is calling me!"

    What they are actually saying, "Oh, can it be! The voices calling me"

    I know what they are saying, but every time I hear that song, I sing along, "Oh, can of beans!"
  • Me too, @MiamiGal!

    Also, Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5. 

    For months I heard (and if I'm being honest, still hear): You've got to move my jacket.

    Actual lyric is of course he's got the moves like Jagger.  The song title. <sigh>

  • Ha - some of these are better than the actual lyrics.

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us"

    Me:  so we put our hands up like the ceiling fan told us

    Them: so we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us (again, just like the song title)

    What, am I the only one who has a talking ceiling fan? 

  • Anna_P said:

    Taylor Swift Blank Space

    Misheard: Lonely Starbucks lovers

    Actual: Long list of ex-lovers

     

    Madonna: Ray of Light

    Misheard: And I feel like a disco fool

    Actual: And I feel like I just got home 

    My husband thought it was I feel like a disco ball.
  • From my bestie...

    Motley Crue/Without You

    Misheard: Let me pee pee all alone
    Actual: Le me be me all alone
  • From the Way Back Machine, the song Groovin' by the Young Rascals:

    What I heard:  You and me and Leslie groovin'
    Actual:  You and me endlessly groovin'  

    I always wondered who Leslie was and how she got into the song!
  • I used to think it was Leslie too @rainwood!
  • @Karen_Belgrad ; You win, this is the best topic ever!  I am literally crying! 

    From Benny and the Jets:
    I sang :  "She's got electric boobs, her ma has, too"
    Actual:  "She's got electric boots a mohair suit"

    And somehow back in the day I would loudly sing, with conviction: "Do the honeycomb!" instead of "Do the hustle".   And "Secret Asian man" instead of "Secret Agent Man".  It's a wonder I had any friends!

    I'm always terrible at lyrics, so I'm sure that others will come to me!
  • Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back"
    I thought it was "Tampax, Tampax. In the middle of the womb..."
    Instead of "Stand back, stand back. In the middle of my room..."

    Toto's "Africa"
    I sang "it's nothing that a million men from Mars could ever do"
    Actual: "there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do"
  • @nolakent ;    I almost spewed tea on my screen over the Stevie Nicks "Tampax, Tampax" lyric.                                                 What about Credence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon on the Rise? I always heard "There's the Bathroom on the Right".
  • nolakent said:
    Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back" I thought it was "Tampax, Tampax. In the middle of the womb..." Instead of "Stand back, stand back. In the middle of my room..." Toto's "Africa" I sang "it's nothing that a million men from Mars could ever do" Actual: "there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do"
    @nolakent, DYING. I'm going to hear that from now on when I hear Stand Back.
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