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Misheard Song Lyrics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by AndyWan Kenobi, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. Piggy The Frog

    Piggy The Frog Well-Known Member

    When I was little, I thought Chapel of Love was about getting married at Halloween. I heard "Going to the Jack O'Lantern, gonna get married" instead of "Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married".
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm reminded of this epic fail as kid from "Cabin Fever".

    Correct: "I'd like to get my hands on whoever wrote the script"
    Misheard: "I like to get my Hanes (underwear) on whoever rode this trip"
  3. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace

    The mondegreen (misunderstood lyric): Brother, what a night the Beatles saw,
    Brother, what a fight the Beatles saw, Yes indeed

    Actual lyrics: Brother, what a night the people saw,
    Brother, what a fight the people saw, Yes indeed
  4. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised this one hasn't come up yet:
    The Eagles- "Hotel California"

    Misheard: "On a dark desert highway, Cool Whip in my hair"
    Actual: "On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair"

    And one that still defies description, Steve Miller - "The Joker":
    "And I speak of the pompitus of love"
    I think the jury is gonna be out a long time on that one...
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I was told he actually made the word up and that really is what he's saying :s
  6. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    The Kingsmen- "Louie Louie".

    After the first line, drunkenly slurred,
    "Louie Louie, whoa baby, we gotta go, yeah yeah yeah", you're on your own.

    But buried in there, you can actually hear,
    "Every night at ten, I *** her again".

    Almost 50 years after being recorded, and many cover versions later, it's doubtful this song was ever performed sober.
  7. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    Jack Ely was the lead singer on the Kingsmen's version of Louie, Louie. During the recording session, the studio personnel wanted the song to sound like a live performance, so Ely had to lean back and sing to a microphone suspended from the ceiling. He was also wearing braces at the time, which resulted in the slurred vocals.

    As a result, many different, unofficial bootleg interpretations came about, and varied greatly based on what the listeners thought they allegedly heard.

    The FBI obtained a copy of the recording, and after investigating, concluded that the recording could not be interpreted, it was unintelligible at any speed, and could not find any conclusive evidence of obscenity.
  8. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I thought it was Mary Dear before I realized it was very dear!
  9. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I thought the Queen of Trash in Elmo in Grouchland was singing something very different....
    Real lyric
    Your point of view
    Misheard lyric-
    Your boy loves you!
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Two from Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive"

    Correct: "Sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that you drink"
    Misheard: "Sometimes you tell the day by the Bible that you bring"

    Correct: "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride"
    Misheard: "I'm a cowboy, on a stale ol' horse I ride"
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Apparently I did it again, this time with one of my favorite Counting Crows songs (it was actually other covers that made me realize it): "Big Yellow Taxi"

    Correct: "They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot."
    Misheard: "The day paradise put up a parking lot."
  12. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Joan Jett's I Love Rock And Roll

    "So put another dime in the jukebox baby"

    I misheard it for:

    "So put another dime in the juicebox baby"

    (Of course I was around seven or eight years of age, haha.)
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  14. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I'm baffled at how those seem so forced. I mean, half of them are the actual name of the song. HOW DO YOU GET THAT WRONG?
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've often wondered about certain song titles though...

    Getting back to Counting Crows' "Big Yellow Taxi"... why is it called that? Throughout the whole song, a big yellow taxi is mentioned only once, the chorus of the song is "Don't it always seem to go/ that you don't know what you got till it's gone/they paved paradise and put up a parking lot." The song is basically a bunch of metaphors for losing a girlfriend, but still, "Big Yellow Taxi" seems like a fairly random title.
  16. HeyButtahfly

    HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    I thought "Big Yellow Taxi" was about environmentalism, especially seeing how it was written by Joni Mitchell.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Maybe I misinterpreted it or something; I know we have this verse:

    "They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum, and charge the people a dollar and a half to see them"

    Still, with the repeating of, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone", the last verse being, "Listen late last night, I heard the screen door swing, and a big yellow taxi took my girl away", and knowing some of Counting Crows' other songs, that's just the way I took it. I mean, it always seems like whenever someone loses a loved one, or goes through a breakup, or something along those lines, the phrase, "You don't know what you had till it's gone" seems to come up a lot, so yeah, that's how I came to interpret it.
  18. misspiggy5260

    misspiggy5260 Well-Known Member

    I always thought that "Baby" by Justin Bieber was like
    REAL LINE: I'm like baby,baby,baby, OHHHHHH
    THE LINE THAT MY HEAD INTERPRETED: I'm like maybe,maybe,maybe OHHHHHH
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The fact that you had that song repeating in your head in general, you have my condolensces.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So, I heard Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By the Light" on the radio today, and...

    Well, just Google that song, and read what the common mishearing of the lyrics is, then you'll have what I heard... :o

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