Misheard lyrics

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"Le-e-et's groove/be sick in your shoes" - Let's Groove by Kool And The Gang

"My whole body won't fit in a glove"-Let's Get It On by by Marvin Gaye (does he REALLY say this?)

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:32 (eighteen years ago) link

"He likes Breaded Utter
I got a seventh wonder

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:37 (eighteen years ago) link

"Free your lady marmalade" - Creol Lady Marmalade

Jay K (Jay K), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:48 (eighteen years ago) link

.. cuz it's actually "Free your baby mama-a-aahhh"

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Not really misheard, but in my head I alway sing, "Climb every woman..."

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Thursday, 19 December 2002 20:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Being an old fart i remember my parents and gran and aunties at my sisters wedding singing to 'Karma Chameleon' by Culture Club with the words "Im a Im a Im a Comedian".
And the old favourite. The Police - Sue Lawley (So Lonely)
Does Jackie Wilson Says on Top Of The Pops count?

Count Violence, Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:35 (eighteen years ago) link

i still don't know what that song that goes "Rolled up like a Douche in a runner in the night" or however it goes. what the fuck is it really saying?

JasonD (JasonD), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:36 (eighteen years ago) link

"revved up like a duce another roller in the night"

...not that THAT makes any sense either

I was just thinking about this earlier, about how sometimes what you think the lyrics are is sometimes better than the actual lyrics, like I thought this System of a Down lyric: "pushing little children/with their fully-automatics" was "pushing little children/with the folly of their madness".

Um, yeah.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:43 (eighteen years ago) link

No, it's "racked up like a deuce", actually.

Kerry (dymaxia), Thursday, 19 December 2002 21:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Eiffel 65 - "I'm blue, I'm in need of a guy"


Curtis Stephens, Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:03 (eighteen years ago) link

don't feel the reefer = don't fear the reaper

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:03 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought it was "Rolled up like a deuce..." referring to hiding a 2-spot when playing cards either because it was wild (I always played deuces wild when I was young), or because it was the least valuable (when not wild). This requires replacing the card you're dealt with the one you want, and that only works in loose games.

nickn (nickn), Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:58 (eighteen years ago) link

SK - One Beat: "Could you invent a word for me"
SK - Combat Rock: "Oh god I love my daddy Uncle Sam"

Leee (Leee), Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:25 (eighteen years ago) link

It's "Revved up like a deuce" AKA a deuce coup AKA a car. At least, that's what my brother told me.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:29 (eighteen years ago) link

A friend asked me about a Nirvana song once. He wondered what "rake me" meant.

And I still can't figure out the lyrics of 'Remember Me' by Blue Boy. Is it
"I'm the one who hurt you, baby, aight",
"I'm the one who had your baby's sight"
or "I'm the whore who hurt your baby's eye"?

jot eff pe, Thursday, 19 December 2002 23:34 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm Blue, in Aberdeen I would die, in Aberdeen I would die.

man, Friday, 20 December 2002 00:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm blue, and I'm in need of a dime. and I'm in need of a dime.

Every picture tells a story, Tony. Every picture tells a story, Tony.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 20 December 2002 00:09 (eighteen years ago) link

It's 'I'm the whore who had yer baby (weird noise)' isn't it?

Ferg (Ferg), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:14 (eighteen years ago) link

i'm blue if i were green i would die, i were greeeen i would die

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:29 (eighteen years ago) link

pixies' debaser:
"i am old (CHAIN!) and i lose ya"

aaliyah's we need a resolution

"snoop video, looks at the ceiling"
(really: stupid yo? looks are deceiving)

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 01:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Kinda in the same vein as Marcel's post way up near the top, I always sing in my head Loverboy's "Everybody's Jerkin' for the Geekend."

Helltime Producto (Pavlik), Friday, 20 December 2002 02:32 (eighteen years ago) link

* I used to think that Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" was, rather, named after a preacher named "Reverend Bluejeans."

* "Microphone Fiend:" I thought Rakim was describing his love of rapping as "sort of an addiction/magnetized like Nixon." Hmm, I thought, clever allusion to Watergate. It turns out he was saying "magnified by the mixing." Honestly, I prefer the former.

* "Whip It:" "Go forward! Move ahead! Run to the taxi! It's not too late!" That one isn't mine, but I like it all the same.

* "Goodbye Stranger:" "to Rabbi Josen/every day." It was actually "is the life I've chosen/every day."

* The Cars' "Bye Bye Love:" "Substitution asked Confucius, 'What's inside your head?'" It was actually "Substitution, mass confusion, clouds inside your head."

* speaking of The Cars: "Let's Go" takes on a more sinister tone when you think Ric Ocasek's singing "she never liked the Jews." (Again, not mine, but I've never heard it the same way!)

mike a (mike a), Friday, 20 December 2002 02:33 (eighteen years ago) link

"O Lord, won't you buy me a mercy dispense?"

jot eff pe, Friday, 20 December 2002 10:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Madge: "Eyes like potatoes"

La Isla Bonita

Rick, Friday, 20 December 2002 11:14 (eighteen years ago) link

there's an award-winning UK TV ad series (Guiness?) from the mid/late 80's where they have people singing along to tunes like "Into The Valley" with completely different (but soundalike) lyrics written out on small chalkboards. anyone remember this? it was absolutely classic because it worked... and undermined your sense of how songs actually went. hilarious!

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 20 December 2002 12:49 (eighteen years ago) link

"there's an award-winning UK TV ad series (Guiness?) from the mid/late 80's where they have people singing along to tunes like "Into The Valley" with completely different (but soundalike) lyrics written out on small chalkboards. anyone remember this?"

I believe that was Maxell tapes (before they got Pete Murphy looking windswept).

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 20 December 2002 12:58 (eighteen years ago) link

There was the Vitalite one with the rasta singing "Me ears are alight"?

Rick, Friday, 20 December 2002 13:22 (eighteen years ago) link

billy jean is not my lover. she's just a boy, who says that i am the one. the janitor's not my son. :)

meg, Friday, 20 December 2002 17:27 (eighteen years ago) link

"i got my first real sex dream..."

minna (minna), Friday, 20 December 2002 18:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Mentioned before in a Meshuggah thread:

"I like juice and that's the truth!!"

original bgm, Friday, 20 December 2002 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

"Sweet, hot cum." for "Sweetheart come."

Ian Johnson (orion), Monday, 23 December 2002 23:19 (eighteen years ago) link

In ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya":
"Oooh baby I like it. RAAAAA!" like imitating a tiger noise, or something. But in fact, of course, it's "Oooh baby I like it raw!"

phil-two, Tuesday, 24 December 2002 09:31 (eighteen years ago) link

and that old Stranglers classic -
"..lays me down, with my machine gun.."

Fuzzy (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 24 December 2002 10:04 (eighteen years ago) link

For years I genuinely thought that "Killing An Arab" by F.Bob and the Boys contained the line "We terrorise Jews, it amounts to the same" until I saw the lyric sheet reading "whichever I choose" ..."

Darren, Tuesday, 24 December 2002 11:18 (eighteen years ago) link

didn't Manfred Mann actually change "deuce" to "douche" when he covered "blinded by the light"? if not, then i guess that's one of my misheard lyrics

anyone, my all-timer -- when i was a little kid, i used to think that the buggles' "video killed the radio star" was "vinnie, don't kill the radio star" (and listening to the song, it never made sense why "vinnie" wanted to kill the radio star)

and i used to think that the line from "le freak" by chic that goes "le freak, c'est chic" was "bo-beep, go sheep!"

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 26 December 2002 06:50 (eighteen years ago) link

First two lines of Labelle's 'Lady Marmalade':

'He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans/Struttin' her stuff for Mister Heath'

Fred Nerk, Thursday, 26 December 2002 11:38 (eighteen years ago) link

RE: Blnded by the Light ...
I don't know what Manfred Man sang .. but I thought Springsteen's version was "Cut Loose like a Deuce - another RUNNER in the night" .. and I don't know what that means... I think I've also heard live versions as "Let Loose like a deuce"

Also googled as:
"Wrapped up like a deuce"
"revved up like a deuce" (Seems to be the consensus on the Manfred Mann version.)

Wrapped up like a goose in the middle of the night
Held up by a ...deuce... another ruler in the night
Slapped up by a dude...
Knocked up by...

..From "The Straight Dope" :
"Bruce's lyrics were no paragon of clarity, but at least you could understand the words: "Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night." Some claim the "deuce" being referred to is the 1932 Ford Coupe beloved of hotrodders (cf. the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe"). Maybe, but when you're talking about a song whose opening line goes on about madman drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summer, I'm not making any definite claims.

The Manfred Mann's Earth Band ("Quinn the Eskimo") did a cover version of the tune in 1976. It became a hit, no doubt because the band made the lyrics even more opaque than they already were. They changed the line in question to "wrapped up like a deuce."

What's it mean? I'm barely on speaking terms with my own subconscious. Don't ask me to explain someone else's."

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 26 December 2002 14:11 (eighteen years ago) link

everyone's misheard "how soon is now," of course ... i originally thought that the opening lyric was "i am the sun and the air/of a shiner that is criminally vulgar." that is, that someone had punched Morrissey and gave him a black eye (or maybe that's me projecting?) what the "sun and air" had to do with getting a black eye, though, was an unsolved teenage mystery.

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 26 December 2002 20:23 (eighteen years ago) link

I initially heard the last part of the last verse of "Just Like Heaven" as "I found my self alone alone alone above the raging sea/That stole the only girl I loved/And drowned her deep in sorrow". I really thought it was cool that he broke the rhyming scheme for that image. Oops.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 26 December 2002 22:10 (eighteen years ago) link

A friend asked what the "Mancheerons" were in Golden Brown.
"with my Mancheerons"
"with my minds she runs"

Celeste (Celeste), Sunday, 29 December 2002 14:43 (eighteen years ago) link

'Ride a white swan' T Rex. I think I only ever understood the title line and a line that finished ' ... and in the morning you'll know who you are.' I'm even doubtful about that now!

pete porchos, Monday, 30 December 2002 13:53 (eighteen years ago) link

"Ants... rats snitch on one another for the ants..."

Everlast, watching the Discovery Channel.

jot eff pe, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 22:44 (eighteen years ago) link

"I'm a profiter"

(NERD - Provider)

man, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

"take me down to a very nice city" - g'n'r - paradise city

also an ex-gf thought that brand new heavies - you are the universe was "you are my unicorn".

michael wells (michael w.), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:45 (eighteen years ago) link

"But if you go carrying pictures of Germans now,
You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

Truer words were never misheard.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:27 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I just realized that this one Fred Neil song isn't "I've Got a Seabreeze..."

hstencil, Tuesday, 1 April 2003 19:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I was fucked up on acid once a long long time ago and listening to Workingman's Dead - I thought the words were "I was having a HARD time living the good life," which I thought was the most beautiful lyrics ever, then I found out it was "having a HIGH time" - not nearly as good. Bummer, maaaan.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 21:45 (eighteen years ago) link

four months pass...
to all of my ladies and my mens
and all my peoples in Depends

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Knee Deep in Doughnuts for "Lady Madonna" go ahead, listen to it...

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Eddy Money Two tickets to Paradise "I've got two chickens to paralyze"

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Friday, 1 August 2003 02:33 (eighteen years ago) link

I always thought the Mr Belvedere theme began:

Streets of China
Never met him before

And not

Streaks on the china
Never mattered before

Fuck Trump, cops, and the CBP (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:51 (two years ago) link

Silver Jews - Ablemarle Station

Bad roads, bad snow, bad bridges
Ted Turner wants Batman religious

(could turn a once bad man religious)

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:08 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

'Breathe' - Shaggy ft. Blu Cantrell

I've always always always heard the line as 'So what's that supposed to be, a bald lady?'

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:37 (two years ago) link

idk if this fits here but I've heard "Caribbean Queen" probably every day for the past two years and I still cannot understand why Billy weights it like "Carob Bean Queen"

It is ca-RIB-be-yan right? Not care-ob-BEEN? *does a google* what the fuck he recorded three versions of this song? European Queen? African Queen?

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:36 (two years ago) link

I would say something like CA-ro-BE-yan?

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:43 (two years ago) link

not much different to how he sings it I guess? I have heard people pronounce it Cuh-RIB-ian but that sounds non-standard

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:44 (two years ago) link

ah this is a UK vs American thing https://www.google.com/search?q=caribbean+pronounce

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:46 (two years ago) link

Ocean is English/Trinidadian

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:47 (two years ago) link

Also that's how it's pronounced in the Caribbean, isn't it?

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:06 (two years ago) link

How is it pronounced in Pirates of the Caribbean?

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:23 (two years ago) link

I've heard "Caribbean Queen" probably every day for the past two years

y tho

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:48 (two years ago) link

My boyfriend has two playlists, a daytime list and a nighttime list, Ocean is on both

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:51 (two years ago) link

Both pronunciations suggest four syllables, whether you're weighting on the rib or the care/bee. European is four syllables; does Ocean sing "Europe Peen" when he adjusts the origin story of his queen?

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:54 (two years ago) link

I'm gonna write a song called "Euripidean Queen"

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:55 (two years ago) link

He sings it with four syllables though? Admittedly I don't hear it every day.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:57 (two years ago) link

do you say you-ROW pee-an?

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:58 (two years ago) link

I hear it every day too because work and it's definitely 4 syllables

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:59 (two years ago) link

also here's a random fact I found out the other day: Billy Ocean sings backup vocals on Scott Walker's Track Three on Climate of Hunter

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:00 (two years ago) link

Nope I say YER-rope-EE-an, the opposite of fa-LOPE-ee-an.

It is four syllables? OK I'll take it. I guess it's more my own aesthetic barometer swinging more toward the melodious possibility of a "ca-RIB-be-yan QUEEN" over "CARE-ob-BEE-yan QUEEN". Having the phoneme "bean"/"BEE-yan" weighted heavily next to an also-weighted-heavily "queen" is unappealing to my ears? Bean Queen. Lots of 'ee' sounds.

Anyway "now our hearts they beat as one / no more love on the run" is a fabulous lyric, but I always like it when a lyricist names an object and then follows it with a pronoun, "our hearts, they..." "my father, he..." "my lover, she..." etc.

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:04 (two years ago) link

*a subject, rather, I guess

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:06 (two years ago) link

I keep hearing mentions to Felix Leiter in the "I’d be a fearless leader/I'd be an alpha type" lines in Swift's "The Man". I really liked the clever nod to Ian Fleming and addressing her own americanity.

cpl593H, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:08 (two years ago) link

That's Sean Paul, not Shaggy

kinder, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:35 (two years ago) link


When I am afraid, I put my toast in you (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:48 (two years ago) link

xp - oh yeah, course it is.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 08:58 (two years ago) link

Just remembered that when I first heard 'Motorcycle Emptiness' as a teenager at a local indie night, I heard 'Under neon loneliness' as something like 'La la-la la lovely boots' and now that's what it is

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 08:59 (two years ago) link

Bob Dylan - Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the judgment?
Are you ready for that Taylor Swift song?

For a moment I thought he was making a joke, but the recording is from 80

Frederik B, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 12:45 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Woah-oh, in a coupla days, they come and take me away
But the press let the story leak
And when they're outta Capri-Sun, they get me a release
We was all on the cover of Newsweek

Doctor Casino, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:02 (one year ago) link

I feed you dignity to stand with pride
Realize that all in all you stand tall
Go ahead, Mr. Window

papa stank (Neanderthal), Friday, 10 January 2020 16:08 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

From my mom:
"I always thought it was 'Hold me closer, Tony Danza.' "

Deflatormouse, Monday, 10 February 2020 03:43 (one year ago) link

look, mommy
there's an airplane up in the sky

oo - oo - oo - oo - oo
oo - oo - oo - oo - oo

did did did did you see the frightened ones?
did did did did you hear the falling bombs?

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 10 February 2020 03:52 (one year ago) link

Not sure ifI mentioned this but my French grandmother used to think the middle-eight in Paul McCartney's 'Just Another Day' was:

'Sau-sage / Sau-sage / Sometimes she feels sau-sage'

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 10:43 (one year ago) link

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas:

Has bad depression got a hold on me/Or is this the way love's supposed to be?

Has high blood pressure got a hold on me/Or is this the way love's supposed to be?

☮️ (peace, man), Friday, 21 February 2020 14:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Put that magic jump on me/Slap that baby, make him pee!

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:09 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Today I learned it's "Have you got it? Do you get it? If so, how often?" not "Have you got it together, if so how often?".

neith moon (ledge), Friday, 5 June 2020 11:05 (one year ago) link

Ooh, now I learned that today.

Eyeball Kicks, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 09:08 (one year ago) link

In Gorillaz 19-2000 they sing

"There's a monkey in the jungle
Watching a vapor trail"

turns out my wife has thought the monkey was "watching a baby drown" all these years

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:03 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Thursday, Understanding in a Car Crash

'Tis time 'tis time 'tis time 'tis time to go

It starts and stops and starts and stops again

peace, man, Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:42 (one year ago) link

hard to hear the words clearly when the singer is beating you over the head for 5 minutes

I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:30 (one year ago) link

Korea Korea Ko-Reverend Al Green

neith moon (ledge), Friday, 26 June 2020 13:09 (one year ago) link

hahaha up til this moment looking it up, i thought it was "reoccuring like the reverend al green"

Doctor Casino, Friday, 26 June 2020 15:56 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Kendrick Lamar, Money Trees

Heard: Everybody gon' respect the shoe/But the one in front of the gun lives forever

Actual: Everybody gon' respect the shooter/But the one in front of the gun lives forever

peace, man, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:51 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Black Sabbath

Heard: Can you help me? Thought you were my friend.
Actual: Can you help me occupy my brain?

peace, man, Friday, 18 September 2020 17:20 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

I figured out the right lyrics decades ago, but was reminded of it today

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy

Heard: the only cola that I support would be a union C.O.L. that costs your flaming allowance!
Actual: the only cola that I support would be a union C.O.L.A.(Cost Of Living Allowance)!

peace, man, Friday, 21 May 2021 16:36 (five months ago) link

not sure why that's tickling me so much, but bravo

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Friday, 21 May 2021 17:18 (five months ago) link

Maybe you only heard it on the radio but the lyrics came with the album so you could fully enjoy their hilarious po-faced politicisms. (I kid, slightly, but that one is a highlight.)

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Friday, 21 May 2021 17:36 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

I read a Christgau review of an early Emmy Lou Harris album a few months ago and then absolutely misheard it this morning as "I would rub my asshole / in the bosom of Abraham"

kermit the grouch (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 27 September 2021 14:52 (one month ago) link

Listening to New Order for the first time in years after reading Hooky's book and remembered this one:

"Oh Allah is like the flowers..."

visiting, Saturday, 9 October 2021 02:22 (two weeks ago) link

"Let me take you down"
"Because I'm going to!"

Mark G, Saturday, 9 October 2021 12:00 (two weeks ago) link

"And I wanna liquefy everybody gone by". Is it "gone by" or "gone dry"? I've always heard it as "gone by".

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Monday, 11 October 2021 06:33 (two weeks ago) link

My first exposure to 'Wild Horses' was hearing the Sundays' cover back in my teen years, and because enunciation wasn't always Harriet Wheeler's strong suit, I heard her sing something like

Oh, let's do supper
But don't ache and pain
A lovely disorder
Just like Lois Lane

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Monday, 11 October 2021 13:11 (two weeks ago) link

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