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Title: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: guihong on November 08, 2013, 12:46:19 PM
I was cleaning while listening to Music Channels and was trying to procrastinate thought that we hadn't had a misheard lyric thread for ages.  I was singing along, when something said, "That doesn't make sense".  Thanks to Google, I found THREE misheard lyrics that I'd held as gospel for *cough* at least 30 years  ::).

Elton John, "Rocket Man":
I hear: Rocket Man, wearing out his shoes up here alone
Real lyric: Rocket Man, burning out his fuse up here alone

Olivia Newton-John, "Have You Never Been Mellow":
I thought both the title and the lyric were "Have You Ever Been Mad, Love?"

Pink Floyd, Young Lust (never knew that was the name of the song, either):
I hear: Ooooooh, she's a magic woman
            Ooooooh, and I'm a magic guy
The Real Lyric: Ooooooh, I need a dirty woman
                        Ooooooh, I need a dirty girl

Anyone else?

Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: JenJay on November 08, 2013, 01:34:20 PM
Yay!!

My favorite from when I was a child - in Foreigner's Hot Blooded he sings "Come on baby, do you do more than dance?" My young and naive self heard "Come on baby, do you do modern dance?" because I had an older cousin studying dance.  ;D

My absolute favorite is DH's version of The Who's Pinball Wizard. For years I'd sit quietly by and enjoy listening to him sing "That deaf, dumb, black kid sure plays a mean pinball." Eventually I started to feel guilty for letting him continue, so one day I said "Hon? I think he's saying 'blind kid'. Don't you think?" He said "No, black kid, right?" I countered "But if that was the case couldn't he just see the game?" Cue major lightbulb moment on DH's face and "Holy crap!"  ;D
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: cwm on November 08, 2013, 01:37:47 PM
A favorite story of mine is my mom's misheard lyrics, which still torment her to this day.

The song is North to Alaska by Johnny Horton.

What she heard: North to Alaska, we're going north to Mexico

Real lyrics: North to Alaska, we're going north, the rush is on
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Team HoundMom on November 08, 2013, 01:42:22 PM
I used to think that AC/DC did "dirty deeds" in a "Dunder Jeep."  You know, like a dune buggy or something.

My old roommate's co-worker thought that Eiffel 65 were singing "I'm blue I'm in need of a guy."  I still sing it like that.

There's a commercial jingle on the radio for "Hitch City" (motorhomes) - I always hear a different word in my head.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: JenJay on November 08, 2013, 01:44:04 PM
Just remembered one from my youngest. He was about 8 and we're in the car. Breaking Benjamin's song Diary of Jane was playing and after several minutes DS asks, in this disgusted tone of voice, "Does he keep saying diarrhea Jane? Because that's gross!"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Thipu1 on November 08, 2013, 01:55:29 PM
Hooray for Mondergreens! 

Back in the 1950s, my mother was mystified by the song 'Only the Lonely'.  She heard the lyrics as 'Tony Boloney' and always wondered how such a pretty song got such a silly title. 

A friend also had a problem with 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'.  She heard 'the girl with kaleidoscope eyes' as 'the girl with colitis goes by'. 

Oh, we're gonna have fun with this thread!

Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: TurtleDove on November 08, 2013, 01:58:48 PM
My sister and I used to walk around singing, "I wanna be a woman, I wanna be a demon."  We later were corrected...it's "however do you want me, however do you need me."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: exitzero on November 08, 2013, 02:27:10 PM
My neighbor's little girl used to belt out, "Don't cry for me, Sargent Tina."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: TurtleDove on November 08, 2013, 02:37:09 PM
Oh - the Holiday classic, "Bernice, Nadia......I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas...."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Moonie on November 08, 2013, 02:38:04 PM
My grandson had a great one it was Taylor Swift's "Our Song"

Real lyrics:  Our song is a slamming screen door.

He heard:  Our song is as lame as creamed corn.  :)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: readingchick on November 08, 2013, 04:07:10 PM
Real lyrics: "Take me down to the paradise city...."

What I hear: "Take me down to the very nice city"

Real lyrics: "Ghostbusters!"

My version: "Goosemusters!"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Thipu1 on November 08, 2013, 06:21:56 PM
There's always the mystery about why a song about a forest creature with a cheerful name and a visual problem is sung in some churches---

Gladly the Cross-eyed Bear. 
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on November 08, 2013, 09:23:39 PM
A favorite story of mine is my mom's misheard lyrics, which still torment her to this day.

The song is North to Alaska by Johnny Horton.

What she heard: North to Alaska, we're going north to Mexico

Real lyrics: North to Alaska, we're going north, the rush is on
I always heard "to Russia's Own", which at least makes some sort of sense, since Russia used to own Alaska.  But MEXICO?!  Wrong direction!  Unless they're of the minority opinion that Alaska is a large island just southwest of Texas, of course...
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: amylouky on November 08, 2013, 10:07:04 PM
Well, there's my 6 year old's..

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.. heroes in a hash brown! Turtle Power!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Thipu1 on November 09, 2013, 09:55:36 AM
One of the classics is hearing 'Bathroom on the right' for 'Bad moon on the rise'. 
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: baglady on November 10, 2013, 09:02:11 AM
Bagman used to hear that line in "Rocket Man" as "burning all the shoes off everyone."

I once misheard a friend's rendition of the old song "Lullaby of the Leaves" as "Goodbye, Ed Levine." As it happens, there really is an Ed Levine who opened a couple of businesses in our area that failed after a few years.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Pen^2 on November 10, 2013, 10:02:10 AM
The song "Paradise" by Coldplay always has me giggling. I constantly mishear the chorus bit as, "And then a parrot dies! parrot dies! parrot dies! PARROT PARROT PARROT DIES!"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Thipu1 on November 10, 2013, 12:07:07 PM
When I was a child, an influential local politician was Tom McGowan.  He would be present at the school holiday program.  Until I was old enough to be in the school choir, I thought that a song was sung in his honor. 

Hey, it's easy for a little kid to mistake 'Tannenbaum' for 'Tom McGowan'. 
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on November 10, 2013, 01:05:33 PM
Not a mishearing, but a misinterpretation.  As a kid, I hated that Christmas song that begins
"Up on the Housetop, Reindeer pause..." because it was so dumb.  Everyone knows that reindeer have HOOVES, not PAWS!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: DaisyG on November 10, 2013, 02:49:56 PM
Can I please add 3 church songs? Sorry if you've heard these before.

The well-known change from : "Come on and celebrate, celebrate, celebrate and sing"
To: "Come on and sellotape, sellotape, sellotape and string"

My cousin's change of another song: "Antiseptic, I'm a gibbon"
Original: "I'm accepted, I'm forgiven, I am fathered by a true and living God"

And a misinterpretation - from the song 'Everlasting God' - "You're the defender of the weak"
Except I could only hear it as "the defender of the week" and wonder if there was going to be another defender next week.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: mime on November 11, 2013, 01:19:17 PM
From "Africa" by Toto...
I thought it was "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengetti"
Real Lyrics: "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti"
A little Googling tells me I am not alone!

From my DH, a They Might Be Giants song, "Road Movie to Berlin":
He heard: "So sneak out this glass Suburban and we'll go"
Real Lyrics: "So sneak out this glass of bourbon and we'll go"
In all fairness, with TMBG, you never know what they'll put in those songs...

From my son, from Frosty the Snowman
He heard: "With a corn cob pipe and a butt and nose and two eyes made out of coal"
Real Lyrics: "With a corn cob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal"


Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Delia DeLyons on November 11, 2013, 04:43:52 PM
Haha, mime, I can see the Frosty the Nowman one because, after all, doesn't everyone use a carrot for a nose? I mean really...
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiskeytangofoxtrot on November 11, 2013, 04:49:20 PM
"Thousand Miles from Nowhere"- Dwight Yoakum

Actual lyrics: I got heartaches in my pocket,  I got echoes in my head...
What *I* hear:  I got heartaches in my pocket,  I got pickles in my head...

Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: esposita on November 11, 2013, 04:54:58 PM
The song "Paradise" by Coldplay always has me giggling. I constantly mishear the chorus bit as, "And then a parrot dies! parrot dies! parrot dies! PARROT PARROT PARROT DIES!"

This parrot is no more! It has gone to meet its Maker. It is an ex parrot!!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: kckgirl on November 11, 2013, 04:59:32 PM
And a misinterpretation - from the song 'Everlasting God' - "You're the defender of the weak"
Except I could only hear it as "the defender of the week" and wonder if there was going to be another defender next week.

We sing this song at my church. I'm sure I'll probably think of you from time to time!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: kckgirl on November 12, 2013, 03:04:02 AM
I thought of one that my fourth-grade self sang: Michael, row the bonus shore.

What's a bonus shore? I wondered back then, too. ;)




Real lyrics: Michael row the boat ashore.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Julia Mercer on November 12, 2013, 10:55:29 PM
DSIL first heard The Band Perry's song Better Dig Two, and thought the line "tell the grave digger he better dig two" said "tell the big (slang term for a black person) I'm better than you", we don't let her live that one down, lol
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: squashedfrog on November 13, 2013, 02:44:15 AM
A tv programme called never mind the buzzcocks spoiled wuthering heights by Kate bush for me. They had to guess the song lyrics. Now all I hear is:

Out of the winding, windy moor,
Sweet Roland fall in Brie.
I had distemper,
Like my jealous eel,
Too fat and greedy.

Also, "halo" by Texas.

She had a halo,
We nailed her to a door (meant to be we really do adore)
She had a halo
Hairy nachos. (??????)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: SCMagnolia on November 13, 2013, 09:12:23 AM
Quote
My grandson had a great one it was Taylor Swift's "Our Song"

Real lyrics:  Our song is a slamming screen door.

He heard:  Our song is as lame as creamed corn.

Having worked for the first radio station to play a Taylor Swift song, (and then having her all but shoved down our throats because our head programming guy claimed to have "discovered" her and was obviously friends with her family,) I can't begin to tell you how absolutely hilarious I find your grandson's interpretation of those lyrics!!!

On road trips when Sissy and I were kids, my dad always like to listen to oldies.  One of his favorite oldies tapes (yes, this was back in the days of cassettes) had a song called "The Great Pretender."  When it came on, Sissy announced that she was sick and tired of the "great green teddy bear."  We still tease her about that one!

And the other night, I had the oldies station on the radio (apparently Dad's taste in music has rubbed off  :o  ) and heard the song "Secret Agent Man."  I could've sworn he was singing "Secret ASIAN Man." 
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Thipu1 on November 13, 2013, 10:06:49 AM
I don't think anyone has yet mentioned the classic Jimi Hendrix line.

'Scuse me while I kiss the sky'

Often becomes

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy'
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiskeytangofoxtrot on November 13, 2013, 10:51:03 AM
There's actually a website called "Kiss This Guy", dedicated to misheard lyrics. :D

http://www.kissthisguy.com/
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: SCMagnolia on November 13, 2013, 12:32:25 PM
My friend just emailed me a video of her little girl singing Jingle Bells....   "in a one horse open sleigh" is now "in a one horse SMOKIN' sleigh."

Friend's husband is a race car driver.  I think the little one gets it honest!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on November 13, 2013, 02:57:48 PM
And the other night, I had the oldies station on the radio (apparently Dad's taste in music has rubbed off  :o  ) and heard the song "Secret Agent Man."  I could've sworn he was singing "Secret ASIAN Man."
A friend of mine says it's about him, because he IS a "secret Asian man."  His mother is Chinese, his father white.  He has no Asian features at all.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: readingchick on November 13, 2013, 05:17:56 PM
From "Africa" by Toto...
I thought it was "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengetti"
Real Lyrics: "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti"
A little Googling tells me I am not alone!


I always thought it went "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a lepress above the Serengeti".
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Kimblee on November 13, 2013, 07:13:32 PM
From "Africa" by Toto...
I thought it was "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengetti"
Real Lyrics: "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti"
A little Googling tells me I am not alone!

From my DH, a They Might Be Giants song, "Road Movie to Berlin":
He heard: "So sneak out this glass Suburban and we'll go"
Real Lyrics: "So sneak out this glass of bourbon and we'll go"
In all fairness, with TMBG, you never know what they'll put in those songs...

From my son, from Frosty the Snowman
He heard: "With a corn cob pipe and a butt and nose and two eyes made out of coal"
Real Lyrics: "With a corn cob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal"

I thought it was "rises like a leopardess above the Serengeti"

Until.... About 45 seconds ago.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: baglady on November 13, 2013, 09:56:48 PM
I wonder if that glass Suburban is the same one the Rolling Stones sang about:

"I'll never be your big Suburban ...."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiterose on November 14, 2013, 11:31:23 AM
I misheard Carrie Underwood's "Before he cheats" as "Carved my name into his limousine"

The original says "carved my name into his leather seats".
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: cwm on November 14, 2013, 11:39:46 AM
I misheard Carrie Underwood's "Before he cheats" as "Carved my name into his limousine"

The original says "carved my name into his leather seats".

I always heard "Carved my name into his legacy", which made perfect sense to me. Because a car can get handed down to kids, stay in the family, and gain status as a legacy vehicle.

Growing up, I always heard CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" and couldn't figure out why they were telling people where to go pee. Because "There's a bathroom on the right" is what I heard every single time.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: lilfox on November 14, 2013, 01:55:59 PM
From "Africa" by Toto...
I thought it was "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengetti"
Real Lyrics: "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti"
A little Googling tells me I am not alone!


I always thought it went "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a lepress above the Serengeti".

That's what I hear every time.

DD picks up lyrics from the radio and sings them later in the bath, it's pretty hilarious.  There's a station that has been playing a Notorious BIG song where part of the chorus goes "I just love your flashy ways", which she thought was "I just love your flappy wings".  Another current song has a chorus that goes "I should be over all the butterflies, I'm into you, I'm into you" - DD's version is "I see the first ti-i-i-ime, I'm angry too, I'm angry too"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on November 14, 2013, 02:28:07 PM
One of my little girls heard the song  from the Music Man that starts off "76 Trombones", and thought it was "76 Strong Bones."

I have to give little kids a pass on things like that, but don't adults wonder at all about ridiculous things like "bathroom on the right" instead of "bad moon on the rise"? ???
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: readingchick on November 14, 2013, 04:50:59 PM
ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Man"

What I hear: "I don't need a reefer eye"
Actual lyrics: "I don't need a reason why"

It took watching an episode of Duck Dynasty with the closed-captioning on for me to figure out what the heck the lyric was!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiterose on November 24, 2013, 12:03:12 PM
"Steamboats walking down the streets
With the brim down say hello
Ain't no sound but the sound of speed
Machine guns ready to go"

But at least I did hear the chorus right. I must have cried and rolled on the floor due to my very loud laughing at all the misheard versions of "Another one bites the dust" on AmIRight.com!!!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on November 24, 2013, 03:07:11 PM
"Steamboats walking down the streets
With the brim down say hello
Ain't no sound but the sound of speed
Machine guns ready to go"

But at least I did hear the chorus right. I must have cried and rolled on the floor due to my very loud laughing at all the misheard versions of "Another one bites the dust" on AmIRight.com!!!
"Ain't never gonna buy a Datsun."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on November 24, 2013, 11:56:04 PM
I wonder if that glass Suburban is the same one the Rolling Stones sang about:

"I'll never be your big Suburban ...."

I hear "I'll never leave your pizza burnin'"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: crella on November 25, 2013, 02:25:41 AM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiterose on November 25, 2013, 06:56:04 PM
"Sore, would you just get the door?
I'm a loser baby
So why don't you cure me"

This one I have no good excuse to mishear since, well, Spanish is my first language.

"Monday morning, mean mean stride, today's Tom Sawyer, mean mean ride"
"No worries, no worries, love and life are deep, maybe as his skies are wide"

I did not find out the right lyrics until I attended the Time Machine concert!
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Post by: Giraffe, Esq on November 26, 2013, 10:20:47 AM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")

I...don't get it?  Could you explain?
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Team HoundMom on November 26, 2013, 10:30:25 AM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")

I...don't get it?  Could you explain?

"Parson" is another name for "minister" or "priest" or "chaplain".  They would build a snowman, pretend it's the minister who's last name is Brown, the snowman will ask "are you married" and they'll say "no man, but you can do the job when you're in town." Like he can marry them next time.

The little girl figured that "parson" was a shade of brown because she hadn't heard the old-timey word "parson" before.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: CrochetFanatic on November 26, 2013, 05:23:01 PM
You know that song "Venus" sung by Bananarama (I think at least one other band sung it too, I'm not sure who did it first), with the line, "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire at your desire"?

Yeah...My grandfather, the first time he heard that song (he and my dad were driving in my dad's van, going on a hunting trip, I believe), sort of squinted in confusion and asked my father, "Did they say 'I'm your penis'?"

I don't know how my dad was able to keep a straight face.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: baglady on November 26, 2013, 08:22:01 PM
For years I thought it was "I'm your Venus, I'm your bundle of joy, yes I am."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: TurtleDove on November 27, 2013, 02:12:13 PM
I thought it was "I'm your penis, I'm your fire, your desire," for a very long time.  I was so shocked it got radio play with lyrics like that.
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Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on November 27, 2013, 03:53:38 PM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")

I...don't get it?  Could you explain?

"Parson" is another name for "minister" or "priest" or "chaplain".  They would build a snowman, pretend it's the minister who's last name is Brown, the snowman will ask "are you married" and they'll say "no man, but you can do the job when you're in town." Like he can marry them next time.

The little girl figured that "parson" was a shade of brown because she hadn't heard the old-timey word "parson" before.

I never knew that! Honestly, I always thought Parson Brown was someone famous way back when and they were talking about "marital duties" aka Scrabble. So no we aren't married, but when you're in town we'll *wink wink nudge nudge* and pretend we are married to you. Which I always thought was a bit dirty for a Christmas song but just went with it.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: tinkytinky on November 27, 2013, 04:30:17 PM
I'm a little embarrassed with this one: (I was about 4)

Away in a Manger:

Real lyrics: the little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head

My lyrics: the little orgy us......

ummm....yeah. When i asked what an orgy was, I can remember my parents laughing and I couldn't figure out what was so funny, this was a somber, sweet Christmas song, dang it! don't make fun of me!  ;D


Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: merryns on November 27, 2013, 04:41:03 PM
A nice song about Modegreens (called Lady Mondegren) ... https://play.spotify.com/album/7zV4S2t5cAP4FribQ6yXA5
 
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: zyrs on November 28, 2013, 12:45:23 AM
You know that song "Venus" sung by Bananarama (I think at least one other band sung it too, I'm not sure who did it first), with the line, "I'm your Venus, I'm your fire at your desire"?


Shocking Blue did it first. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LhkyyCvUHk)

My misheard lyric for this week ...

I came on like Oregano (something something) you rated me (something something) I used the force.

My only defense is it was noisy and I had never heard "Wrecking Ball" before.

edit:  You only need to know that "Shocking Blue did it first" once.
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Post by: Bethczar on November 28, 2013, 03:21:57 PM
And the other night, I had the oldies station on the radio (apparently Dad's taste in music has rubbed off  :o  ) and heard the song "Secret Agent Man."  I could've sworn he was singing "Secret ASIAN Man."
A friend of mine says it's about him, because he IS a "secret Asian man."  His mother is Chinese, his father white.  He has no Asian features at all.
DaVinci's Notebook does a song called Secret Asian Man. At a concert we went to, their singer was talking about how he felt like a secret Asian because no one could tell if he was Japanese, Chinese, of Korean.
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Post by: whiterose on November 28, 2013, 06:59:21 PM
Y'all are giving me a much needed laugh!

"I really, really, really wanna sing you this song!"

Hey, it makes much more sense than "zigazigah"!!!


Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: mathchick on November 29, 2013, 02:03:20 PM
"And little boys were drinking whiskey and rye...."

This was supposed to be, "Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye..." from American Pie.  I need to enunciate more clearly when I sing to the children.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Twik on November 29, 2013, 02:09:46 PM
From "Africa" by Toto...
I thought it was "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an empress above the Serengetti"
Real Lyrics: "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti"


I thought it was "rises like a leopardess above the Serengeti"

Until.... About 45 seconds ago.

You know, the thing is that Kilimanjaro is about twice the height of Olympus, so it's a bad comparison.

I think the above lines are *much* better. Toto, take note.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: gramma dishes on November 29, 2013, 07:44:42 PM
My youngest daughter, while listening intently to a record of famous people singing Christmas songs, got a very puzzled expression on her face.

5 year old daughter:  "Mommy, why is Candice standing in the window and why is Carol eating all the spinach?"

 ??? ??? ???

Real words to the song:  "For we need a little Christmas
                                         right this very minute
                                         Candles in the window
                                         Carols at the spinet  ...  "
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: crella on November 30, 2013, 06:08:38 PM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")

I...don't get it?  Could you explain?

"Parson" is another name for "minister" or "priest" or "chaplain".  They would build a snowman, pretend it's the minister who's last name is Brown, the snowman will ask "are you married" and they'll say "no man, but you can do the job when you're in town." Like he can marry them next time.

The little girl figured that "parson" was a shade of brown because she hadn't heard the old-timey word "parson" before.


Yes, and thank you! I have been a bit busy this week and didn't get back to this thread, I'm sorry!

Sis got ribbed for years whenever she bought a brown piece of clothing.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Giraffe, Esq on December 06, 2013, 02:55:23 PM
My sister, piping up from the back seat of the VW when she was about five, after listening to Walking in a Winter Wonderland-

"What color is Parson Brown?"

("in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown...")

I...don't get it?  Could you explain?

"Parson" is another name for "minister" or "priest" or "chaplain".  They would build a snowman, pretend it's the minister who's last name is Brown, the snowman will ask "are you married" and they'll say "no man, but you can do the job when you're in town." Like he can marry them next time.

The little girl figured that "parson" was a shade of brown because she hadn't heard the old-timey word "parson" before.


Yes, and thank you! I have been a bit busy this week and didn't get back to this thread, I'm sorry!

Sis got ribbed for years whenever she bought a brown piece of clothing.

Thanks -- I didn't get from the story that she thought "parson brown" was a color itself.  I guess I learned pretty early what a parson was, so I thought she was asking what color the person "Parson Brown" was...   ::)

And my recent misheard lyric:

"With every act of love, we..."

My brain heard, "With every atom of, we..."  And I kept thinking, every atom of what?!?
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on December 06, 2013, 03:08:21 PM
Baby It's Cold Outside:

Real lyric: My maiden aunt's mind is vicious

I heard: My main man's mind is vicious.

Which always made me think she was out with this guy when she had a steady boyfriend, and while it was just friendship, her "main man" would think she was up to no good.

Apparently I have a really twisted view on Christmas songs. By the way...didn't figure this one out until a few years ago.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whatsanenigma on December 06, 2013, 03:24:00 PM
Oh, I have so many I could post about here...let's start with this one.

What I hear: He's found a dime
Actual lyric: Eastbound and down

My parents are baffled that anyone could mishear that, but I swear that is what it sounds like to me even though I know the real words and know what the song is about.

One more...sort of.

I know darn well that the lyrics to a certain song include the line "Have you ever seen the rain?" but one day I was on a long car trip with my brother in law and sister and I had fallen asleep, and woke up while that song was on the radio and could have sworn it was "Have you ever seen Lorraine?". 

An emergency coffee stop was, in fact, deemed necessary and taken, when I started laughing and told them what it had sounded like for a minute.  :)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Hillia on December 06, 2013, 04:11:19 PM
I've just started listening to Adele.  'Chasing pavements' turned into 'chasing penguins'.  I have no clue.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: OSUJillyBean on December 13, 2013, 07:24:50 AM
"Parson" is another name for "minister" or "priest" or "chaplain".  They would build a snowman, pretend it's the minister who's last name is Brown, the snowman will ask "are you married" and they'll say "no man, but you can do the job when you're in town." Like he can marry them next time.

The little girl figured that "parson" was a shade of brown because she hadn't heard the old-timey word "parson" before.

I am 30 and did not know that.   :-[  I assumed Parson Brown was a celebrity back in the day whenever this song first came out and that older people who'd been alive then obviously knew exactly who that was but younger ones did not. 



My all-time favorite misheard lyrics is Fall Out Boy This Ain't A Scene It's a <expletive> Arm's Race":

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLucfKdukf10&ei=MQqrUtCpEcWh2QXP1ICgCQ&usg=AFQjCNFgJBfwyKIgvvoXQhq_kOvZnEKihg&sig2=0k0k9FFQ38jgAW7g2cl5Jg&bvm=bv.57967247,d.b2I

Real Lyric:  Oh so intricaaaaate!  Oh so intricaaaaate!

What I (and many othe rpeople hear):  I'm also into caaaaats!  I'm also into caaaaats!!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Bethczar on December 13, 2013, 05:35:18 PM
I'm surprised that so many people didn't know what a parson was. I thought it was a fairly common term.

Of course, I thought that "Haste, haste, to bring him laud" in What Child is This was "Haste, haste to bring him lard. And why wasn't that in the Bible with the gold, frankincense and myrrh?
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Elfmama on December 13, 2013, 10:29:07 PM
I'm surprised that so many people didn't know what a parson was. I thought it was a fairly common term.

Of course, I thought that "Haste, haste, to bring him laud" in What Child is This was "Haste, haste to bring him lard. And why wasn't that in the Bible with the gold, frankincense and myrrh?
I've noticed that newer recordings of that use "praise" instead of "laud,", probably for that very reason.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Dawse on December 14, 2013, 08:19:02 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Y2hv-3UCM

This was the background music for an advert when I was about six or so, and I have never, ever been able to listen to it with without hearing 'me ears are alight' instead of the proper words.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: OSUJillyBean on December 18, 2013, 09:12:39 AM
I'm surprised that so many people didn't know what a parson was. I thought it was a fairly common term.

Of course, I thought that "Haste, haste, to bring him laud" in What Child is This was "Haste, haste to bring him lard. And why wasn't that in the Bible with the gold, frankincense and myrrh?

I heard it as "Haste, haste to bring him love".  Apparently I need to pay more attention or get my hearing checked!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: daen on December 30, 2013, 01:15:09 PM
Me: "I don't want to come to your bar mitzvah."
Actual: "I don't want to come back down from this cloud."
(Bush, This cloud)


My mother: "Sunlight is bad light."
Actual: "Turn out the spotlight."
And...
My mother: "You're kool-aid yourself, you know."
Actual: "You're fooling yourself, you know."
(Amy Grant, Always the Winner)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whatsanenigma on December 31, 2013, 01:32:32 PM
I'm surprised that so many people didn't know what a parson was. I thought it was a fairly common term.

Of course, I thought that "Haste, haste, to bring him laud" in What Child is This was "Haste, haste to bring him lard. And why wasn't that in the Bible with the gold, frankincense and myrrh?
I've noticed that newer recordings of that use "praise" instead of "laud,", probably for that very reason.

This is not really a "misheard" lyric one but maybe more like a "misunderstood" lyric one.

I always knew the line was "to bring him laud".  But I only recently found out what that meant.  I thought it was an old-fashioned word related to "lard", and the lyric was a reference to "killing [and serving] the fatted calf" or "the fat of the land", basically meaning that we will bring him the best of what we have.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Bethczar on December 31, 2013, 05:15:22 PM
I'm surprised that so many people didn't know what a parson was. I thought it was a fairly common term.

Of course, I thought that "Haste, haste, to bring him laud" in What Child is This was "Haste, haste to bring him lard. And why wasn't that in the Bible with the gold, frankincense and myrrh?
I've noticed that newer recordings of that use "praise" instead of "laud,", probably for that very reason.

This is not really a "misheard" lyric one but maybe more like a "misunderstood" lyric one.

I always knew the line was "to bring him laud".  But I only recently found out what that meant.  I thought it was an old-fashioned word related to "lard", and the lyric was a reference to "killing [and serving] the fatted calf" or "the fat of the land", basically meaning that we will bring him the best of what we have.
In my case, it was definitely misheard. I was 6, and I knew quite well what lard was (it's what Grandma fries her donuts in!), but had never heard the word laud.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: gramma dishes on December 31, 2013, 06:53:07 PM

In my case, it was definitely misheard. I was 6, and I knew quite well what lard was (it's what Grandma fries her donuts in!), but had never heard the word laud.

That brings up such a cute little image in my mind of a teeny baby Jesus lying in his manger all smiling and happy thinking "Oh boy!  Oh boy!  Grandma's sending doughnuts!!"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Nikko-chan on December 31, 2013, 08:04:15 PM

In my case, it was definitely misheard. I was 6, and I knew quite well what lard was (it's what Grandma fries her donuts in!), but had never heard the word laud.

That brings up such a cute little image in my mind of a teeny baby Jesus lying in his manger all smiling and happy thinking "Oh boy!  Oh boy!  Grandma's sending doughnuts!!"

Okay that is definitely cute!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Bethczar on January 01, 2014, 10:35:16 AM

In my case, it was definitely misheard. I was 6, and I knew quite well what lard was (it's what Grandma fries her donuts in!), but had never heard the word laud.

That brings up such a cute little image in my mind of a teeny baby Jesus lying in his manger all smiling and happy thinking "Oh boy!  Oh boy!  Grandma's sending doughnuts!!"
Grandma's donuts were so good, they were worthy of the baby Jesus!  ;D
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Delia DeLyons on January 02, 2014, 06:53:54 PM
Not misheard but just a naive kid - when I was little, at least 10 and younger, anytime the word Baby was in a song, I took it at face value and figured they meant a baby.

Specific example that made me think of this is Ace of Base's 'All That She Wants' (is another baby...) I felt so bad for 'she'... Where's her little baby go??
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Cricket on January 05, 2014, 02:32:21 AM
And to add to the massacre of religious songs, I offer up this prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Howard be thy name ...

I seriously hope the dear Lord has a sense of humor :D

And from my hubby: In Australian schools during the 1950s and 60s it was common to sing the national anthem at least once a week at assembly, but usually daily. At that time, our anthem was God Save the Queen.

Real Line: Send her victorious, happy and glorious
DH sang: Santa's victorious, happy and glorious

and tells me he always wondered why he never questioned why Santa was mentioned in the national anthem.

In the song Ol' Time Rock'n'Roll, I thought the line said, Call me a rabbit, call me what you will and I'd think Ok, you're a rabbit and then I'd wonder if it was really insulting in America to call someone a rabbit. How about we try, Call me a rebel, call me what you will.  ::)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Delia DeLyons on January 06, 2014, 04:52:26 PM
Oh, I thought it was 'Call me a relic, call me what you will.'
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: XRogue on January 06, 2014, 06:04:49 PM
In my case, I was 2 or so, and it was a Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Door to Door. What it said was,
"This stuff will take the stain out if you use it loosely wadded."

What I sang along was, "This stuff will take the stain out if you gooseta-gooseta-whaddit."
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Cricket on January 09, 2014, 09:43:12 AM
Oh, I thought it was 'Call me a relic, call me what you will.'

You're right, it is. I've had the song, "He's a Rebel" stuck in my head since I heard it on New Year's Eve and I didn't even notice the mistake (read what I thought I'd written, not what I actually had written)  ::)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: zyrs on March 09, 2014, 09:37:05 PM
Today I realized that the song that I have thought was saying "Medieval Woman" was saying "E  e e vil woman" (Evil Woman).  Changed the whole song for me.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Bethczar on March 10, 2014, 05:00:58 PM
Today I realized that the song that I have thought was saying "Medieval Woman" was saying "E  e e vil woman" (Evil Woman).  Changed the whole song for me.
I thought that for the longest time, too. My husband still makes fun of me.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whatsanenigma on March 10, 2014, 05:53:48 PM
Today I realized that the song that I have thought was saying "Medieval Woman" was saying "E  e e vil woman" (Evil Woman).  Changed the whole song for me.
I thought that for the longest time, too. My husband still makes fun of me.

I always heard "medieval woman" too, though I realized that could not possibly be right.  I kept thinking that it made no sense, but I couldn't figure out what it really was.  Apparently he's just singing "evil" in a strange way.  Glad I wasn't alone!

On a similar note, I have been reading misheard lyrics sites for a while now, and a very popular one is in the song "Blinded by the Light".  The line is "Revved up like a deuce" but everybody always hears "wrapped up like a douche".

Just a few days ago, I actually heard the song for the first time, and...no wonder! The singer is putting a "sh" sound in "deuce" for some completely unknown reason and that's the word it ends up sounding like.  I seriously don't know how anybody could hear that as the correct lyric who hadn't read about it online first.

And to jump back to the misheard lyrics in religious songs, up until a few years ago I thought that "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands" was "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lambs".   As a kid, I was going with the "Jesus as sheep herder" thing and so I imagined that the "joyful noise" in question was all the lambs baaing.  I actually think I like it better that way, though-oh well.    :)

Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: daen on March 11, 2014, 01:11:40 PM

<snip>

And to jump back to the misheard lyrics in religious songs, up until a few years ago I thought that "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands" was "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lambs".   As a kid, I was going with the "Jesus as sheep herder" thing and so I imagined that the "joyful noise" in question was all the lambs baaing.  I actually think I like it better that way, though-oh well.    :)

Well, we had a song in Sunday School with the words "Have no fear, little flock," - the Jesus as sheep-herder thing coming into play. At least one of my compatriots heard it as "Have no fear, little fox." Her mother couldn't figure out why we were singing about foxes in Sunday School.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiterose on March 15, 2014, 05:59:47 PM
When my brother and I first heard "Bringing in the Sheaves" sung in The Simpsons, we both misheard it as "Bringing in the Sheep".

Hey, it makes sense, given all the shepherds and sheep in religious imagery.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: blueyzca01 on March 28, 2014, 12:49:42 PM
Def Leppard’s song Animal

What I hear:  I gotta feel it in my blood whoa oh
I need your touch on me down low

What they sing:  I gotta feel it in my blood whoa oh
I need your touch don't need your love whoa oh

I mean, it's not completely crazy...it could make sense.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: whiterose on April 22, 2014, 03:23:40 PM
In "Always" by Bon Jovi:

I misheard one line as "it's nothing but some peanuts"

instead of

"it's nothing but some feelings"

I could tell from the beginning that those lyrics made no sense and thus could not be right. But I had to look up the lyrics in order to figure out the true ones!!!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Flibbertigibbet on May 02, 2014, 07:37:25 AM
One of Peter Kay's sets focussed on this - I can't listen to Sister Sledge's 'We are Family' without thinking that when they sing 'Just let me state for the record' they are actually saying 'just let me staple the vicar' now.

Also, I always, for some reason, hear the words 'Anna Friel' (a british actress) when Madonna sings 'And I feel' in Ray of Light.

Both of them ruined for me, ruined I tell you! ;)
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Mal on May 15, 2014, 09:07:46 AM
When my brother and I first heard "Bringing in the Sheaves" sung in The Simpsons, we both misheard it as "Bringing in the Sheep".

Hey, it makes sense, given all the shepherds and sheep in religious imagery.

Oh dear... up until right now, that was still what I thought the lyrics actually were...

Mine's not quite as innocent, though in my defense, I misheard this way back when I was a child and had no idea what it might imply.

Listening to Tina Turner, I was sure she sang:
"What's love but a second hand in motion?"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: zyrs on June 03, 2014, 06:08:05 PM
today as my wife and I were driving - Royals by Lorde came on.

And my wife heard; "You can call me green bean" instead of "you can call me queen bee"

Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Esther_bunny on June 04, 2014, 09:32:53 PM
Band: Foreigner
Song: Dirty white girl

Friend of a friend heard, "thirty watt bulb" instead of "dirty white girl,"
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Morticia on July 02, 2014, 04:39:05 PM
My favourite misheard lyric continues to be "Dirty deeds done to sheep" (done dirt cheap).
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on July 29, 2014, 07:46:32 PM
Morticia I always heard it as "Thirty thieves and the Thunder Chief".

I was flummoxed as to what that meant, but that's definitely what I heard.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: readingchick on August 04, 2014, 10:11:13 AM
My favourite misheard lyric continues to be "Dirty deeds done to sheep" (done dirt cheap).

that's what I've heard too!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Hollanda on August 11, 2014, 04:55:14 PM
Aka is Morisette "One Hand in my Pocket" I heard "...and the other one on my hot dog". Still not sure where that came from.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: suzieQ on August 11, 2014, 06:54:01 PM
When DS was young, he asked me "what's a hosanoo?". He thought the song was Sing, Hosanoo! Instead of Sing Hosanna.
He also thought it was "Hark the Hairy Angels Sing".
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: Mal on August 12, 2014, 11:25:57 AM
He also thought it was "Hark the Hairy Angels Sing".

Oh the pictures in my head!!
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: readingchick on August 13, 2014, 05:35:18 PM
what I hear: "drop a dollar when Auburn plays on Sunday"

actual lyric: "drop a dollar in the offerin' plate on Sunday" ("Voices" by Chris Young)



Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: parrot_girl on August 25, 2014, 04:50:45 AM
Listening to the Tracey Ullmann song Terry:

I heard "Terry's as tough as my umbrella..."

I said "What? That's an unusual metaphor!"
Husband, quite indignantly:
"Terry's as tough as Marlon Brando!!"

I suppose that makes more sense, yes.
Title: Re: Time for a misheard lyric thread!
Post by: LadyStormwing on August 25, 2014, 09:10:41 PM
Disney's "The Little Mermaid"

Part of Your World
My parents hear: "Buxom women, sick of swimmin', ready to stand...
(and argue how this could possibly be in a children's movie for the next several years)
The real lyric: Bright young women, sick of swimmin'...