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Song lyrics you misheard

"Beat it, beat it, no one wants a bee to beat it"

by Anonymousreply 131Last Wednesday at 1:24 PM

The Year of the Cat by Al Stewart

"Well morning comes and you're still with her And the bus and the tourists are gone And you've thrown away your choice you've lost your ticket So you have to stay on"

I hear the lyrics as:

Well morning comes and you're still with her And the BOSTON tourists are gone And you've thrown away your choice OF LOBSTER ticket So you have to stay on"

I was trying to understand how he ended up from an exotic locale to the city of Boston and what the hell was a lobster ticket. I recently acquired the album and read the lyrics and went, Aah. That makes sense now.

by Anonymousreply 109/05/2020

Sweet dreams are made of this/Who am I to disagree?

I heard (for 37 years): Sweet dreams are made of this/Who had a mind to disagree?

by Anonymousreply 209/05/2020

Call me angel in the morning. Just touch my feet before you leave.

by Anonymousreply 309/05/2020

Billie Jean is not my lover, she's just a girl who claims that I am the one, but the chair lift's not my son

by Anonymousreply 409/05/2020

When I was a little kid, I heard "Our Lips Are Sealed" and thought they were singing "How does that feel?"

by Anonymousreply 509/05/2020

I thought it was "Alex the Seal"

by Anonymousreply 609/05/2020

Blinded by the light....wrapped up like a douche ...

by Anonymousreply 709/05/2020

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

by Anonymousreply 809/05/2020

Dirty Deeds Thunder Chief!

by Anonymousreply 909/05/2020

"our lips are sealed"

thought it was "honest, I'll see you"

by Anonymousreply 1009/05/2020

"chocolate goolies I believe" AKA "tropical the island breeze"

by Anonymousreply 1109/06/2020

DJing in the 70s we used to make up lyrics for the disco hits. Hues Corporation discs lended themselves well. “I caught your act” = “I fucked your ass” From Rock the Boat: “So I’d like to know where you got the notion” = “So I’d like to know where you got the lotion” “We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion” = “We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of KY and lotion”

by Anonymousreply 1209/06/2020

Instead of If I were green I would die, I thought it was Zebedee zebadai

by Anonymousreply 1309/06/2020

"Oh, George. Even downtown, it's so scary."

by Anonymousreply 1409/06/2020

"Step on a brick, break your mama's back." And

"Tattoo detective, it's not too late."

That's what I thought they were saying in "Whip It."

by Anonymousreply 1509/06/2020

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

I can see all lobster claws in my way

by Anonymousreply 1609/06/2020

Big black nemesis, a Sega Genisys

by Anonymousreply 1709/06/2020

In The Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright, I thought she was saying the peanut woman. Other than maybe referring to Rosalyn Carter, I didn’t know what a peanut woman was.

by Anonymousreply 1809/06/2020

"Angus cooking in the city heat" Patti La Belle - Stir It Up

"Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of Reverend Mother" Madonna - Justify My Love

Four-legged love is all that you need" Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

"Hush, hush. Keep it down now. This is scary!" - Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

by Anonymousreply 1909/06/2020

"'Cause the George in the town's got love stains on his hands." - The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia

by Anonymousreply 2009/06/2020

From Dancing in the Sheets:

"Love is always born on a chance

So Red Ferrari and baby let's dance

Dancing in the sheets."

by Anonymousreply 2109/06/2020

Hot Potato Hot Potato oh oh Hot Potato

Amadeus by Falco

by Anonymousreply 2209/06/2020

"The ants are my friends, they're blowin' in the wind..."

by Anonymousreply 2309/06/2020

"I've got the Swedish hangover

I don't wanna get over

Swedish hangover..."

by Anonymousreply 2409/06/2020

everybodys talkin about the new south funny bunnies still rock n roll to me

Billy Joel

by Anonymousreply 2509/06/2020

From another thread:

"Don't throw briquettes at me..."

From [italic]People Will Say We're In Love[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 2609/06/2020

From Kylie Minogue's "Slow:"

"Trackin' on this feelin'

Poor fuckers, close up you and me..."

by Anonymousreply 2709/06/2020

In "Little Red Corvette," I thought Prince sang:

"I guess I should've known by the way you popped your clutch that way

That it wouldn't last."

by Anonymousreply 2809/06/2020

"Daddy's on the mountain top. Burning like a silver flame" - Venus by Bananarama. Actual lyrics are "Goddess on the mountain top..."

by Anonymousreply 2909/06/2020

I thought 'voices carry' was "Mrs. Kerry" and I couldn't figure out how that fit into the song until I finally learned the title of the song.

by Anonymousreply 3009/06/2020

On the Rio

Oh oh oh oh oh

On the Rio

by Anonymousreply 3109/06/2020

I grew up with them, but I never realized the lyrics to Michael Jackson's songs were so stupid until today.

by Anonymousreply 3209/06/2020

“Evil Woman” by ELO still sounds like “medieval woman” to me.

by Anonymousreply 3309/06/2020

The Pointer Sisters' "Jump:"

"When you are next to me

Oh, I come alive

You're the perfect size."

by Anonymousreply 3409/06/2020

"The girl with colitis goes by..."

by Anonymousreply 3509/06/2020

Speaking of the Pointer Sisters, I thought these were part of the lyrics to "Automatic:"

"All I can manage to push from my lips

Is a string of obscenities."

I guess maybe I thought Ruth had Tourette's.

by Anonymousreply 3609/06/2020

"You ain't woman enough to be my man"-Loretta Lynn

"Hold me closer Tiny Dancer, count the head lice on the highway"

by Anonymousreply 3709/06/2020

John Stewart : "Heart of the Dream." For one brief minute I thought he was singing "Livin' in a hollow tree" rather than "Livin' in the heart of the dream."

by Anonymousreply 3809/06/2020

She's sweet by recycle. You gotta reCYCLE.

by Anonymousreply 3909/06/2020

My husband thought "Kind of a Drag" by the Buckinghams was "Canada Dry".

by Anonymousreply 4009/06/2020

"Good lovin'" - thought it was "Do the lovin'"

by Anonymousreply 4109/06/2020

R23 LOL.

by Anonymousreply 4209/06/2020

For years I couldn't figure out half the time what Mick Jagger was singing. It sounded good, though.

by Anonymousreply 4309/06/2020

Whoa oh oh it's my dick.

Never believe it's not so.

by Anonymousreply 4409/06/2020

I got a rock in the morning and the boogie woogie blues

by Anonymousreply 4509/06/2020

Crazy for You--instead of hearing "trying hard to control my heart", I heard "trying hard to control my fart".

by Anonymousreply 4609/06/2020

R3 I thought it was “Just crack my teeth before you leave me.”

Also this one, from Take My Breath Away: “In all that body lotion somewhere there’s a loving flame” (it’s “Haunted by the notion somewhere there’s a love in flames.”

by Anonymousreply 4709/06/2020

Rain on me - I would have sworn the line was "I'd rather be drunk but at least I'm alive" not until the mtv awards did I realize it was I would rather be dry.

by Anonymousreply 4809/06/2020

Elder here so you might now know this one: You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford:

"See the pyramids along the Nile" became "See the pyramids of old New York" in my head.

"See the market place in old Algiers" became "See the monkey place in old Algiers"

by Anonymousreply 4909/06/2020

r47, I thought it was "somewhere there's a loving flame"

by Anonymousreply 5009/06/2020

There may be a few who will find it interesting that mishearing or misinterpreting song lyrics actually has a name: Mondegreen. From Wikipedia:

[quote]A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning. Mondegreens are most often created by a person listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to clearly hear a lyric, substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing that as a girl, when her mother read to her from Percy's Reliques, she had misheard the lyric "layd him on the green" in the fourth line of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Murray" as "Lady Mondegreen".

by Anonymousreply 5109/07/2020

"Was that a fart?"

"My fault I fear..."

Glynis Johns playing a joke on Len Cariou while rehearsing the reprise of "Send in the Clowns".

by Anonymousreply 5209/07/2020

I used to think Hang on Sloopy was "Hey you're stupid"

by Anonymousreply 5309/07/2020

Is it the look in your eyes, or is it these dancing Jews

Bruno Mars, Marry You

by Anonymousreply 5409/07/2020

"Just brush my teeth before you leave me"

by Anonymousreply 5509/07/2020

Dusty Springfield:

"You don't have to say you love me just be close at hand" is the lyric but I always thought it was:

"You don't have to say I'm lovely just because I am"

by Anonymousreply 5609/07/2020

Children of thalidomide = children of the little mind

by Anonymousreply 5709/07/2020

Give me a dime, hit me baby one more time

Britney Spears, Baby One More Time

by Anonymousreply 5809/07/2020

Last night I dreamt of some bagels.

by Anonymousreply 5909/07/2020

Sadly, the cross eyed bear.

by Anonymousreply 6009/07/2020

R59 And to continue with that...

"Young girl with eyes like potatoes..."

by Anonymousreply 6109/07/2020

“Tripped the Light Fandango”

I heard it as “Spent the Night in Bangkok”

by Anonymousreply 6209/07/2020

My ex used to mishear the Beatles’ “Here, There, and Everywhere”: instead of “when she’s beside me I know I need never care,” he heard “I know I need Medicare.”

by Anonymousreply 6309/07/2020

"I would throw a grenade at you, jump in front of a train for you"

Bruno Mars, Grenade

by Anonymousreply 6409/07/2020

Has anyone ever deciphered what is said at the 3:50 mark in Love Shack?

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by Anonymousreply 6509/07/2020

"Tin roof...rusted."

by Anonymousreply 6609/07/2020

You're my penis! You're my power and joy!

by Anonymousreply 6709/07/2020

R7 ...(continued) .... bag in the middle of the night

by Anonymousreply 6809/07/2020

Melissa Etheridge:

"I wanna come over

To hell with the concert friends..."

by Anonymousreply 6909/07/2020

[quote]"Is it the look in your eyes, or is it these dancing Jews?" - Bruno Mars, "Marry You"

I was so sure of this in the Glee version, I told a friend he should make it his wedding song. He agreed, but his fiancee let us know it was "dancing [italic]shoes[/italic] ."

by Anonymousreply 7009/07/2020

There's a bathroom on the right

by Anonymousreply 7109/07/2020

R65, no need to decipher. Songs have written lyrics, easily found on what is known as the internet. They can be found easily through searching on what is called google. How long have you been asleep? Is Rock Lobster the last song you remember before nodding off?

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by Anonymousreply 7209/07/2020

Lyrics from the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme:

Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? With a Jew girl, and you should know it…

I thought that was a reference to Mary's friend, Rhoda Morganstern.

by Anonymousreply 7309/07/2020

I thought "Devil Inside" by INXS went "words are weapons / shadowy knives", it actually goes "words as weapons / sharper than knives", I like mine better,

by Anonymousreply 7409/07/2020

Eat it, eat it, eat it like ya fuckin mean it....

by Anonymousreply 7509/07/2020

It would help, in such R's as r75, r71, and r66, to name but a few, if you were to tell us the name of the song and the correct lyric.

by Anonymousreply 7609/07/2020


I'm r75 I was referring to Beat It by MJ.

by Anonymousreply 7709/07/2020

Tin roof rusted is what Cindy Wilson says in Love Shack. Apparently it was some made up term for being pregnant. That's why Fred yells out before, "You're WHAT?"

I guess no one watched Pop Up Video.

by Anonymousreply 7809/07/2020

I thought that Dusty Springfield song ("You don't have to say you love me/Just be close at hand") was "You don't have to say you love me just because I can."

by Anonymousreply 7909/07/2020

The Bangles cover of Hazy Shade of Winter:

Instead of a patch of snow on the ground I heard

a fascist snow on the ground.

I was disappointed to hear the original. The misheard lyrics always seemed to be such great imagery to me.

by Anonymousreply 8009/07/2020

r80, I like your misheard lyrics better!

by Anonymousreply 8109/07/2020

Eat me I'm a Danish.

Amadeus by Falco

by Anonymousreply 8209/07/2020

Toni Basil's "Mickey." I thought she was singing:

"Now when you take me by the hooves, ever gonna know."

by Anonymousreply 8309/08/2020

"Jajaji in my thighs, and a look in my eyes, and I bla bla bla"

Janet Jackson, If

by Anonymousreply 8409/08/2020

I prefer R83's lyrics

by Anonymousreply 8509/08/2020

So Barbara says you've got one life to live....

by Anonymousreply 8609/08/2020

R86 I always thought it was "So Bopper says..."

I just recently found it's "Soap opera says..."

by Anonymousreply 8709/08/2020

R87, it took me about 20 years before I realized what the actual lyrics was

by Anonymousreply 8809/08/2020

I'm your penis, i'm your vagina joy, desire

by Anonymousreply 8909/08/2020

R88 Same here.

by Anonymousreply 9009/08/2020

All albums should've come with lyrics on the sleeves.

by Anonymousreply 9109/08/2020

R91 A lot of them did back in the day, but then again, a lot of them didn't, either.

by Anonymousreply 9209/08/2020

Earl! Earl!

Earl don day-dee

wick-a-doo wick-a-doo

day dee do

Opening lyrics to The View:

World's gone crazy I think there's, I think there's, I think there's Only one thing to do Go crazy I think that, I think that, I think that We should go crazy too

by Anonymousreply 9309/08/2020

The first time I heard "Constant Craving" by K.D Lang I thought she was singing "Long-Stemmed Crazy"

by Anonymousreply 9409/08/2020

The plastic's off the merchandise New ways to experience Have you ever been had in Clubland

by Anonymousreply 9509/08/2020

Hold me closer, Tony Danza

by Anonymousreply 9609/08/2020

My favorite misheard lyric.

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by Anonymousreply 9709/08/2020

As a kid, I always heard Cher's "Gypsies Tramps and Thieves" as "Beans, Beans, Frank and Beans." I was always so confused as to why she was singing about it. I don't think I ever knew the real lyrics until I was much older, probably in my 20s.

by Anonymousreply 9809/09/2020

'Woman, take me in your arms / Drop the baby...'

by Anonymousreply 9909/09/2020

r98, I like your lyrics better than the real ones!

by Anonymousreply 10009/09/2020

In "I've Never Been to Me," I thought the lyrics were:

"You're a discontented woman

And a rich invented wife"

It wasn't until years later I found out the actual lyrics were "a regimented wife."

by Anonymousreply 10109/09/2020

How many of us thought in "Car Wash," the lyrics were "Keep those black limousines humming" and not "Keep those rags and machines humming?"

by Anonymousreply 10209/09/2020

On KISS' Love Gun album (which I played endlessly that summer of 1977) there's a Paul Stanley song called Tomorrow and Tonight

The line is 'Take me to the cellar, let me be your fella'

Because I'm half retarded (not full blown) I thought the Love Object (so-called before he was StarChild) sang:

'Take me to the cellar, let me see your bella'

So for quite a bit of my early teen years I thought 'bella' was sex slang for a female's naughty bits!

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by Anonymousreply 10309/09/2020

^Take it IN the cellar, let me be your fella

even dirtier than I remember

by Anonymousreply 10409/09/2020

I thought Grace Slick ended White Rabbit by singing

"Keep Your Head" not "Feed Your Head"

I thought it was a further Alice in Wonderland reference about the Red Queen threatening to cut everyone's head off.

That would be terrifying when you're on acid, which I thought was the point.

Of course I hadn't read the book yet to know the Dormouse said that, I thought the Dormouse was warning us to keep our head cuz here comes that crazy bitch Red Queen.

by Anonymousreply 10509/09/2020

Until I saw it in writing just a couple of years ago, I always thought that the [italic]Daydream Believer[/italic] line, "Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean," was "Cheep cheepy chee, oh what can it be."

Which actually makes as much sense as what it's supposed to be.

by Anonymousreply 10609/09/2020

Looking in your eyes, I see a pair of dice. Starship/Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

by Anonymousreply 10709/09/2020

I used to work with a guy who was always fucking up song lyrics. He'd sort of sing to himself under his breath sometimes, and if I was around him, I'd actively listen to what he was saying. One of my favorites was the time he was singing [italic]Ferry Cross the Mersey,"[/italic] only he kept repeating, "So very, ordinary." He got the tune right, though.

by Anonymousreply 10809/09/2020

When I was growing up, there was a hit that went, "Arizona, take off your rainbow shade."

My brother always sang it, "Air is so nice! Take off your rainbow shade."

by Anonymousreply 10909/09/2020

Baby tonight by the fire, you and me we'll perspire. Reverend Bluejeans!

by Anonymousreply 11009/09/2020

I am the SUN and the AIR...

(of nothing in particular)

by Anonymousreply 11109/09/2020

"Turn My Swag On" by Soulja Boy:

"I got a pussy, why they hating on me?"

(It's really, "I got a question, why they hating on me?")

by Anonymousreply 11209/09/2020

An old roommate of mine thought that the lyric, "Livin' life is fun and we've just begun" from "We Are Family" was "N**ger life is fun..."

He sang it out loud once while we were in the car and I was shocked. He said he always thought it was a terrible lyric, too, but he figured that if Sister Sledge sang it, then it was okay.

When I informed him that wasn't the lyric at all, he was mortified.

by Anonymousreply 11309/10/2020

Fuck r113, I’m laughing so hard that my head hurts.

by Anonymousreply 11409/10/2020

R114 And for days afterward, he freaked out wondering how many times he had sung that in front of people who never said anything to him. :-)

by Anonymousreply 11509/10/2020


We'll have a good time


Leave your worries behind"

by Anonymousreply 11609/10/2020

I don’t know what song it is they used for the theme of the Reese and Rachel drama, but the only word we can make out is the refrain, where the Nina Simone wannabe sings “Mah-Jong. Mah-Jong.” But that can’t be right.

by Anonymousreply 11709/10/2020

One line in the Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black" sounded like this to me:

"No more will ugly seagulls turn the people blue"

(Real lyric: "No more will my green seas go turn a deeper blue.")

by Anonymousreply 11809/11/2020

"Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you.

Ain't nothin' that a hundred men on Mars could ever do."

- Africa

by Anonymousreply 11909/11/2020

"Gloria, I think they got your number.

I think they got the evidence that you've been living under."

by Anonymousreply 12009/11/2020

Every time I heard Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid," this is what I heard:

"Just got paid

It's Friday night

Holly Hunter

Face is right."

by Anonymousreply 12109/11/2020

Jane, Jane, Jane...Jane’s a fool...

Like a bridge ov’r a tub a water, it’s now I’m gonna lay it down

Love Child! Always gotta pee, Love Child!! Going through puberty! Hold on, hold on to that meatball sub.

by Anonymousreply 122Last Tuesday at 1:45 AM

P- p -p -poker face, p-p- poker face

by Anonymousreply 123Last Tuesday at 2:35 AM

More more more, 'talian Ices, "talian Ices!

by Anonymousreply 124Last Tuesday at 8:21 AM

And I always thought the lyric went "Mem'ries like the corners of my mind." for years and I couldn't understand what the point was until I heard someone else sing it and it was "light the corners of my mind."

by Anonymousreply 125Last Tuesday at 8:23 AM

r125 — Until you just said it, I, too, thought it was "Mem'ries, like the corners of my mind." Yeah, I guess it makes better sense now,

by Anonymousreply 126Last Tuesday at 3:36 PM

“Girls on Film” by Duran Duran.

My mum was disgusted that that song was about “girls on pills” while her sister my very camp aunt was sure it was “Joan Blondell”.

My aunt is my godmother - I never stood a chance!

by Anonymousreply 127Last Tuesday at 4:13 PM

I didn't know for years that Kurt Cobain ended "Smells like Teen Spirit" by yelling "a denial." I thought he was just screaming "ay yay ya ya," lol.

by Anonymousreply 128Last Wednesday at 12:49 PM

R128 I still don't understand most of the lyrics to that song.

by Anonymousreply 129Last Wednesday at 1:16 PM

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille! 400 children and crops in the field!

by Anonymousreply 130Last Wednesday at 1:21 PM

R130 I thought that was the lyric when I was a kid, too.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Wednesday at 1:24 PM
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