In the Janet Jackson song "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" there is a line that goes "Soap opera says you''ve got one life to live." I thought she was saying "So Barbara says you''ve got one life to live." %0D\
What lyrics have you misheard?
I always thought the line in "Suddenly" was "Suddenly the wills are emotion" but they''re actually "Suddenly the wheels are in motion".
When I was young and heard the song My Eye''s Adored You, I thought the song was about his girlfriend and he was saying "My Zadorga". I''m black, and I''ve heard a lot of crazy names, so it didn''t seem like a big deal.
My old roommate misheard lyrics in the same song OP. She thought the line "Good thing I cook or else we''d starve to death" was "Good thing for Cocoa Puffs or we''d starve to death"
You''re going to call me an idiot if this goes anything like the last thread on this, but I always heard "Pour some sugar on me" as "Hearts don''t choose their own way". \
My partner always thought the line in Jingle Bells about "making spirits bright" was "making spirits fright" and that was because sleigh bells scare away all the scary halloween spirits. He''s so cute.
OMG OP, me too. \
Mine, from "The Middle of the Road" by The Pretenders: "I''m not the kind I used to be, I''ve gotta get up early, sweet baby."
Papa Was a Rolling Stone%0D\
I always thought the line was "all he left us was a loan". I didn''t know it was "all he left us was alone".
R4, I thought "Come on, fire me up" was "I''m on Valium."
"Bill Cosby nights belong to lovers, Bill Cosby nights belong to us."\
"I''m everything I am, Bill Cosby loved me."\
Walking the street with you and your one-hour jeans..."
This is the story of the angel Aquarius
When the rainbow shaves you clean, you''ll know.
Can I believe the magic of your size?\
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Sometimes I end up liking my lyrics better than the songs.
Could you be any gayer, R9?
From Ambrosias'' "You''re the Biggest Part of Me":%0D\
"Now I praise the Lord of Sodomy"
"Don''t Go Breakin My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee:\
Elton: "Oh honey, a faggot graceless..."\
Kiki: "Oooo baby, you''re not that kind."
Madonna''s American Pie"%0D\
I was a horny teenage drunken buck.
Rilo Kiley''s Close Call.\
"She was born on a brightened pier\
To a gypsy mother and a bucket of jizz"\
The actual line is "tears".
"You make me feel like I''m living a teenage dream" was misheard as "You rape me feels like I''m birthing a huge baby"
Before most of you were born "Make Believe Ballroom Time" was a hit song. A relative thought it was "Maple Leaf Ballroom Time."
Love or let me be lonely? No. Love don''t let me be lonely.%0D\
My heart is like a wheel? No. My heart is like a weal. (hurt a LOT)%0D\
We are FamiLEEE...\
Drivin'' everybody INSANE!\
Me too, R6. Forever.
As a 12 year old I misheard half of the lyrics to Brass In Pocket. The middle verse, my best guess at the time:\
I got rhythm, I can''t miss a beat. Got mousse-cake. So, eat!\
Got something. And when can I Joe?\
Gonna make you, make you MOUNTAINS.\
Gonna use my arms. Gonna use my legs. Gonna use my style. Gonna use my sad self. (etc...)
I always thought "you know she talks to angels" was "you know she talks to reindeer" (maybe because I heard it at xmastime).\
Love that we got 18 legitimate answers before someone had to link to a video or answer that wasn''t theirs.
Curmudgeonly longtimer who thinks DL was much better in the past
Around that same time, I also made a mess of "Our Lips Are Sealed":\
There''s a weapon! The squeamous cheers. It all depends. Sigh on this.
I thought Madonna was saying "Sometimes I think what I need is a U.N. Intervention." I guess she says "you intervention" not sure what that means either.
Rocket Man...burning down a street I''ve never known.\
Mines at least as good as his.
"Make me a higher love" as "Bake me a pie of love...."
The song sucks either way
Creedence. Bad Moon Rising.%0D\
Misheard: "there''s a bathroom on the right"%0D\
Actual: "there''s a bad moon on the rise.
Finally, it''s happened to me, right in front of my face, monkey limbs can''t describe it.
I was a kid when What A Fool Believes came out. I thought the line "as he arises to her apology anybody else would surely know" was as he rises to her apologies anybody else but Shirley Dough. I may not have even caught the first part of that, though.
[quote]Around that same time, I also made a mess of "Our Lips Are Sealed":\
Ooooh honest, Cecile...
I grew up listening to Elton John songs (I''m 49) and his lyrics are unintelligible.
Following up on r33''s "Finally"--%0D\
I always thought that odd scatting she did was actually:%0D\
My own misheard lyrics make me seem as if English is a third language. My mother thought Keisha Cole was singing "six foot seven" in her song "Sent From Heaven". She always liked tall men so that might explain it. A co-worker thought the song "The Men All Pause" was actually "Menopause"!
My sister and I both thought that Sade''s "Smooth Operater" was "Schoooooool for Beretta, schoooooooool for Beretta..."%0D\
But she also thought that "Grove is in the Heart" was "Rumors in the hall."%0D\
A friend thought Stevie Wonder was singing "Sun see the limit" instead of "Signed, sealed, delivered."
Also Elton John but his time Don''t Let the Sun Do Down on Me. I thought that "I can''t light no more of your darkness" was I can''t lie, no more of your dogmas. I now know the real lyric because of Miss Bettye Lavette''s version.
i always thought it was "scarred old slaver knows he''s doing alright..."\
but i just read keith richards'' autiobiography, and discovered it''s actually:\
"skydog slaver knows he''s doing alright..."\
Skydog was the Mussel Shoals studios nickname for the always high Duane Allman, and Mick, apparently, liked the way it sounded.\
The bio, by the way, is incredibly enlightening and good, and I really really really don''t like the Rolling Stones. It''s worth a read if you love music.
Laurie Anderson: language is a virus - ooooh! I thought it was language is a fiery soooup!
I always thought "When I''m not with you I lose my mind" was "Well, I''m not with you - why lose my mind?"... Britney would have done right to take heed of my version and should sing it like that in the future.\
I used to say "who the fuck is ELLIE?" at the beginning of the song I''m Real by J-Lo and Ja Rule.\
I thought the Manic Street Preachers'' anthem for working class empowerment was actually a song from the perspective of a stalker called "A Design for Her Life"....
Gilette, Gilette, Gilette is my drug.
"Up The Ladder to the Roof" -- the Supremes'' first single since the bitch left:\
"Come with me! And with a little money each night . . ."\
when they were really singing\
"Come with me! And we''ll illuminate the night"
Rufus Wainwright has a song called "Greek Song."\
I misheard these lyrics...\
"All the pearls of China fade astride a volta"\
"Oh her vagina fades inside the vulva"
"Mother-in-law" = "Mulberry Log"
In Eddie Money''s "Baby Hold on to Me" I thought the line "Hold on to me tighter" was "Hold on Jimmy Carter." Hey, it was 1977, I was 11 and Jimmy was having a hard time in office. Made sense to me. In fact it still does, I sing it that way when I hear it on the radio.
[quote] Rocket Man...burning down a street I''ve never known.%0D\
R30, my take was Rocket Man, burnin'' up the fuel I''ve held too long.%0D\
Also, Take me to the river! Watch me drown!!%0D\
(wash me down).%0D\
Brass in Pocket, yeah basically I got the whole song wrong.
Mine was "Rocket man.... burnin'' other shoes of hair along."
[quote]Gonna use my arms. Gonna use my legs. Gonna use my style. Gonna use my sad self. (etc...)%0D\
I always thought it was "gonna use my side step".%0D\
And, "gonna use ma, ma, ma, resignation, whoa oh!"
I spent a good part of 1985 thinking Aimee Mann was singing: %0D\
"Hush, hush, keep it down now THIS IS SCARY"
Don''t feel bad, R53---to this day, my sister thinks that Aimee''s singing, "Keep it down now....boys are scary."
The song "Dream Weaver"%0D\
Always thought it was "Jean Weaver."%0D\
"Happy Talk" from SOUTH PACIFIC--%0D\
I always thought it was:%0D\
"Happy Talk-ee Talkin Happy Talk."%0D\
It wasn''t until I watched the Kelli O''Hara%0D\
Lincoln Center revival broadcast on PBS, this past summer, I understood that it goes:%0D\
"Happy Talk, KEEP TALKIN'' Happy Talk,%0D\
Talk about the things...."
Gonna use my arms, gonna use my legs, gonna use my style, gonna use my sexy...
Who in the heck wasn''t confused by Brass In Pocket?
ZZ Top: Every girl crazy about a jive-ass man.
Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers I heard as "Secret Asian Man"
When are you gonna come down\
When are you going to land\
It''ll take you a couple of Valium tablets to set you on your feet again\
(Actually "It''ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics to set you on your feet again" with Elton''s charming "vodkerentonics" pronunciation.)
The early 90''s song "The Power"%0D\
"skinny, skinny, skinny kinda heavy" was how my sister always sang that shit.%0D\
When we were kids we used to sing backup to our parent''s Eagles albums:%0D\
"take it to the lemon, one more time..."%0D
A friend of mine%0D\
Pat Benatar''s "Fire and Ice"%0D\
the old name, "Beulraguard" (sorry, I have no idea how to spell it.)
This is a fairly obscure song but maybe someone know it. It''s called Praying Mantis by Don Dixon.%0D\
The actual lyric is "I feel like a praying mantis, I sense your antics."%0D\
I heard "I feel like a praying mantis from Cincinnati."
''Cuse me while I kiss this guy = ''Cuse me while I touch the sky
r53 for me it was "hush hush...even downtown voices carry."
It''s only funny if you had developed a special dance "twist" that you featured on the floor every time this song was played.\
Then, after doing your "special" dance move for a few years, someone asks you about it, and you explain the reference to the character in the song lyric, as if the person asking the question is a complete ignoramus.
Row, Mitzi Wahoo! Row around the world.
Damn you, B-52s
When I was a little boy, I thought that "Tears of a Clown" was "Tears of a Cloud"...seem to make sense to me at the time, because it meant rain to me. Many years I figured the right lyrics to the song..hehe.
[quote]When the rainbow shaves you clean, you''ll know.\
I''m embarrassed to say that''s what I heard, too, and knew it was wrong but couldn''t come up with any other line that made sense.\
[quote]Finally, it''s happened to me, right in front of my face, monkey limbs can''t describe it.\
Can''t believe someone else heard the exact same thing. Again, I have no idea what the real lyrics could be. "Monkey limbs" is it.\
The one I still can''t hear correctly:\
"Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche, another roamer in the night..."
R64 marry me....Praying Mantis is one of my favorite songs ever\
And for the record, the "Blinded By The Light" lyric that literally everyone mishears is actually "revved up like a Deuce, another runner in the night."
[quote]Gonna use my arms. Gonna use my legs. Gonna use my style. Gonna use my sad self. (etc...)\
I used to think it was "Gonna use my arms, gonna use my legs, gonna use my style, gonna use my sausage..."
Back to back... psycho wheelie, yeah.\
Spinous floomie... I knew all the tack.
I misheard most of the Manic Street Preachers songs.%0D\
I used to sing "I''m riding on loneliness" all the time and was surprised to find out it%E2%80%99s actually "under neon loneliness". I still like my version better.%0D
In 1991/92, I went all over NYC to every Vinyl and EP store I could find to ask for this song I had only heard at the dance floor. It kept going "Woman In The Night" over and over. I sang it to sales clerks and DJ''s all over (inc. Susan Morabito, I remember). Nothing.%0D\
I finally had someone play me Right In The Night by Jam and Spoon...
[quote]"Up The Ladder to the Roof" -- the Supremes'' first single since the bitch left:%0D\
"Come with me! And with a little money each night . . . "when they were really singing "Come with me! And we''ll illuminate the night%0D\
Oh. My. Fucking. God.%0D\
Until this very second, I''ve always sworn the lyrics were:%0D\
HOLD me...And A LITTLE MONEY DENIED....%0D\
(sort of a hippie vow of poverty in exchange for love, peace, and intimacy)%0D
For you, love is love, I''m so refined...\
(It''s actually "for your lover''s lover''s alibi" - which makes about as much sense.)
[quote]''Cuse me while I kiss this guy = ''Cuse me while I touch the sky%0D\
Jimi, rolling in his grave
So, with the slow, graceful flow\
I will fuck with an angel!
Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be -- the things you are to me -- and add some bourbon on a strand.
the late Andy Gibb
We take the pressure and we throw away, convince you now that tea belongs to yesterday.
Grease is the WORD.
Line from Revolver by Madonna:
My love's a revolver/my sex is a killer.
I thought it was:
My love's a revolver/My sixes are killer
I'm Every Woman,
It's only me / It's all in me
Duran Duran's "Girls On Film" - yeah, I know, I'm old...one friend's mother thought it was "Girls On Pills" and was appalled, while another friend's mum thought it was "Joan Blondell"...
The girl with colitis goes by...
Salt 'n' Pepa:
push it good. Ah, push it real good
for a long time, I thought they were singing, "pussy good, pussy real good", until I asked a friend of mine why FCC allows such kind of lyric on radio. He was driving and we almost had an accident.
I thought Ziggy Stardust was "making love with his eagle."
What about a thread about songs that we deliberately make up new lyrics to?
I used to sing "Your Own Personal Pan Pizza" to Depeche Modes Personal Jesus.
Didn't Elton actually give in to everyone thinking his song "Sad Songs" was about "Sasson" jeans and do a commercial for it, or did I dream that?
To Madonna's Bad Girl "Bad girl, drunk by six, sucking someone else's dick..."
[quote]I'm Every Woman
I thought it was Climb Every Woman when I was young.
Pulling muscles for Michelle = Pulling mussels from a shell. By squeeze
I had a friend who swears she thought Stacey Qs Two of Hearts which goes:
Two of hearts... I need you, I need you
Two Pop Tarts... I eat 'em, I eat 'em.
R92 that's what I thought too. Great song. How about "I'm not talkin bout the lenin and I don't want to change your life" . It's "I'm not talkin bout moving in".
2 legit 2 quit - give up- give up
Like a virgin, touch for the thirty first time
Suddenly, it happened to me, right in front of my face monkey limbs can't describe it.
Werewolves of London - I thought the chorus was "where is the thunder"
"Woke up, I was Chelsea Manning and the first thing that I heard....."
Dance song: "Everybody wants to be somebody" by Ruffneck.
Thought it was "Everybody wants a pizza party".
Yes - I was high out of my mind dancing at the EndUp in San Francisco.
The shock was learning that the line actually WAS "yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye."
I remember being very caught off guard when Gwen Stefani, an artist I rather enjoyed, belted out what I thought were pretty racist lyrics in the chorus of her new song.
In my head:
"A few times I been around that track,
So it's not just gonna happen like that,
'Cause I ain't no Harlem Black Girl. . ."
Real lyrics (and song title no less):
When I was in Jr High school,the song "Blinded by the Light" came out.
"Blinded by the light, draped up like a douche, you know the odor in the night."
I also thought it had the phrase, "it gave my anus curly whirly and asked me if I needed a ride"
At that age (13),I didn't even know what douche was and remembered thinking that the phrase didn't make sense to me but I sang it out loud and proud every time that song came on the radio.
Bennie and the jets heard and sung by me as 'banging on my chest'
Opening song to The Sopranos:
"You woke up this morning and got yourself a gunt,
got yourself a gunt."
When I was very, very young, I thought that line in Oklahoma!'s title song about "my honey lamb and I" was a threesome: "My honey, Lem, and I."
Incidentally, in case no one has brought this up earlier in the thread, these are called "mondegreens." The word comes from someone's mishearing a line from a Scots verse, "And laid him on the green," as "And Lady Mondegreen."
Fab five Freddy told me everybody's bi.
Lucy in disguise, with diamonds
I thought in Jefferson Airplanes "White Rabbit" that Grace Slick sang "remember what the good book says" rather than "remember what the guru says."
Til Tuesday (Aimee Mann) had a song called "Love in a Vacuum." For the longest time I thought it was "Love in the Bathroom" so naturally I thought they were gay and the song wqas about tearoom sex.