"Beat it, beat it, no one wants a bee to beat it"
Song lyrics you misheard
|by Anonymous||reply 131||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 1||09/05/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 2||09/05/2020|
Call me angel in the morning. Just touch my feet before you leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/05/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 4||09/05/2020|
When I was a little kid, I heard "Our Lips Are Sealed" and thought they were singing "How does that feel?"
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/05/2020|
I thought it was "Alex the Seal"
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/05/2020|
Blinded by the light....wrapped up like a douche ...
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/05/2020|
'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/05/2020|
Dirty Deeds Thunder Chief!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/05/2020|
"our lips are sealed"
thought it was "honest, I'll see you"
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/05/2020|
"chocolate goolies I believe" AKA "tropical the island breeze"
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||09/06/2020|
Instead of If I were green I would die, I thought it was Zebedee zebadai
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/06/2020|
"Oh, George. Even downtown, it's so scary."
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/06/2020|
"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 Anonymous||reply 15||09/06/2020|
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all lobster claws in my way
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/06/2020|
Big black nemesis, a Sega Genisys
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||09/06/2020|
"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 Anonymous||reply 19||09/06/2020|
"'Cause the George in the town's got love stains on his hands." - The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 21||09/06/2020|
Hot Potato Hot Potato oh oh Hot Potato
Amadeus by Falco
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/06/2020|
"The ants are my friends, they're blowin' in the wind..."
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/06/2020|
"I've got the Swedish hangover
I don't wanna get over
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/06/2020|
everybodys talkin about the new south funny bunnies still rock n roll to me
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/06/2020|
From another thread:
"Don't throw briquettes at me..."
From [italic]People Will Say We're In Love[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/06/2020|
From Kylie Minogue's "Slow:"
"Trackin' on this feelin'
Poor fuckers, close up you and me..."
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||09/06/2020|
"Daddy's on the mountain top. Burning like a silver flame" - Venus by Bananarama. Actual lyrics are "Goddess on the mountain top..."
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 30||09/06/2020|
On the Rio
Oh oh oh oh oh
On the Rio
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/06/2020|
I grew up with them, but I never realized the lyrics to Michael Jackson's songs were so stupid until today.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/06/2020|
“Evil Woman” by ELO still sounds like “medieval woman” to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/06/2020|
The Pointer Sisters' "Jump:"
"When you are next to me
Oh, I come alive
You're the perfect size."
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/06/2020|
"The girl with colitis goes by..."
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||09/06/2020|
"You ain't woman enough to be my man"-Loretta Lynn
"Hold me closer Tiny Dancer, count the head lice on the highway"
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||09/06/2020|
She's sweet by recycle. You gotta reCYCLE.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/06/2020|
My husband thought "Kind of a Drag" by the Buckinghams was "Canada Dry".
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/06/2020|
"Good lovin'" - thought it was "Do the lovin'"
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/06/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/06/2020|
For years I couldn't figure out half the time what Mick Jagger was singing. It sounded good, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/06/2020|
Whoa oh oh it's my dick.
Never believe it's not so.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/06/2020|
I got a rock in the morning and the boogie woogie blues
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/06/2020|
Crazy for You--instead of hearing "trying hard to control my heart", I heard "trying hard to control my fart".
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 47||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 49||09/06/2020|
r47, I thought it was "somewhere there's a loving flame"
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/06/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 51||09/07/2020|
"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 Anonymous||reply 52||09/07/2020|
I used to think Hang on Sloopy was "Hey you're stupid"
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/07/2020|
Is it the look in your eyes, or is it these dancing Jews
Bruno Mars, Marry You
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/07/2020|
"Just brush my teeth before you leave me"
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/07/2020|
"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 Anonymous||reply 56||09/07/2020|
Children of thalidomide = children of the little mind
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/07/2020|
Give me a dime, hit me baby one more time
Britney Spears, Baby One More Time
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/07/2020|
Last night I dreamt of some bagels.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/07/2020|
Sadly, the cross eyed bear.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/07/2020|
R59 And to continue with that...
"Young girl with eyes like potatoes..."
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/07/2020|
“Tripped the Light Fandango”
I heard it as “Spent the Night in Bangkok”
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 63||09/07/2020|
"I would throw a grenade at you, jump in front of a train for you"
Bruno Mars, Grenade
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/07/2020|
Has anyone ever deciphered what is said at the 3:50 mark in Love Shack?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/07/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/07/2020|
You're my penis! You're my power and joy!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/07/2020|
R7 ...(continued) .... bag in the middle of the night
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/07/2020|
"I wanna come over
To hell with the concert friends..."
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/07/2020|
[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 Anonymous||reply 70||09/07/2020|
There's a bathroom on the right
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/07/2020|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 73||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 74||09/07/2020|
Eat it, eat it, eat it like ya fuckin mean it....
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 76||09/07/2020|
I'm r75 I was referring to Beat It by MJ.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 78||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 79||09/07/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 80||09/07/2020|
r80, I like your misheard lyrics better!
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/07/2020|
Eat me I'm a Danish.
Amadeus by Falco
|by Anonymous||reply 82||09/07/2020|
Toni Basil's "Mickey." I thought she was singing:
"Now when you take me by the hooves, ever gonna know."
|by Anonymous||reply 83||09/08/2020|
"Jajaji in my thighs, and a look in my eyes, and I bla bla bla"
Janet Jackson, If
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/08/2020|
I prefer R83's lyrics
|by Anonymous||reply 85||09/08/2020|
So Barbara says you've got one life to live....
|by Anonymous||reply 86||09/08/2020|
R86 I always thought it was "So Bopper says..."
I just recently found it's "Soap opera says..."
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/08/2020|
R87, it took me about 20 years before I realized what the actual lyrics was
|by Anonymous||reply 88||09/08/2020|
I'm your penis, i'm your vagina joy, desire
|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/08/2020|
R88 Same here.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/08/2020|
All albums should've come with lyrics on the sleeves.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/08/2020|
R91 A lot of them did back in the day, but then again, a lot of them didn't, either.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||09/08/2020|
Earl don day-dee
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 Anonymous||reply 93||09/08/2020|
The first time I heard "Constant Craving" by K.D Lang I thought she was singing "Long-Stemmed Crazy"
|by Anonymous||reply 94||09/08/2020|
The plastic's off the merchandise New ways to experience Have you ever been had in Clubland
|by Anonymous||reply 95||09/08/2020|
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/08/2020|
My favorite misheard lyric.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/08/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 98||09/09/2020|
'Woman, take me in your arms / Drop the baby...'
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/09/2020|
r98, I like your lyrics better than the real ones!
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 101||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 102||09/09/2020|
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!
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/09/2020|
^Take it IN the cellar, let me be your fella
even dirtier than I remember
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 105||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 106||09/09/2020|
Looking in your eyes, I see a pair of dice. Starship/Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
|by Anonymous||reply 107||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 108||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 109||09/09/2020|
Baby tonight by the fire, you and me we'll perspire. Reverend Bluejeans!
|by Anonymous||reply 110||09/09/2020|
I am the SUN and the AIR...
(of nothing in particular)
|by Anonymous||reply 111||09/09/2020|
"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 Anonymous||reply 112||09/09/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 113||09/10/2020|
Fuck r113, I’m laughing so hard that my head hurts.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||09/10/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 115||09/10/2020|
We'll have a good time
Leave your worries behind"
|by Anonymous||reply 116||09/10/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 117||09/10/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 118||09/11/2020|
"Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you.
Ain't nothin' that a hundred men on Mars could ever do."
|by Anonymous||reply 119||09/11/2020|
"Gloria, I think they got your number.
I think they got the evidence that you've been living under."
|by Anonymous||reply 120||09/11/2020|
Every time I heard Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid," this is what I heard:
"Just got paid
It's Friday night
Face is right."
|by Anonymous||reply 121||09/11/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||Last Tuesday at 1:45 AM|
P- p -p -poker face, p-p- poker face
|by Anonymous||reply 123||Last Tuesday at 2:35 AM|
More more more, 'talian Ices, "talian Ices!
|by Anonymous||reply 124||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 125||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 126||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 127||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 128||Last Wednesday at 12:49 PM|
R128 I still don't understand most of the lyrics to that song.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||Last Wednesday at 1:16 PM|
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille! 400 children and crops in the field!
|by Anonymous||reply 130||Last Wednesday at 1:21 PM|
R130 I thought that was the lyric when I was a kid, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||Last Wednesday at 1:24 PM|