I have been a music lover all my life, I’m 40 currently, and one of the best things about music is the interpretation we the listener takes from the artist. A song that one person feels is a rousing call to arms is another persons’ call for a straight razor and the location of the correct artery in the wrist. The other interesting thing to me is the complete failure by some people to comprehend the intended lyrics.
There are many web sites dedicated to this very topic, so after a bottle of eye drops and a couple of bowls of smokeable giggles, here are my ten favourite misheard lyrics.
Manfred Mann “Blinded by the Light”
Real- Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night
Not so much- Wrapped up like a douche, a little odour in the night
There are so many misheard lyrics for this song it was hard to choose just one, but here’s my fave. This is a very telling mishearing; I guess it all depends on your life experience.
The Clash “Rock the Casbah”
Real- As soon as the Shareef had cleared the square, they began to wail
Not so much- As soon as the shadow had cleared the square, baby got away
I’m a big Clash fan so it’s always interesting to me when people are so far off base with the lyrics, but I guess everyone else had better things to do than sit around the turntable and play the same album over and over and over and over…
Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
Real- ‘cos I’m hot, so hot, sticky sweet
Not so much- ‘cuz I’m hot, stinkin’ sweet
I’m not much of a fan, but to me the wrong lyric is better.
Peter Gabriel “Games Without Frontiers”
Real- Jeux sans frontiers
Not so much- She’s so popular
So thanks to my grades 4 to 9 French education I never knew the correct lyric until I got to college.
David Bowie “Blue Jean”
Real- I’ve got to get the faculty together
Not so much- I’ve got to get this fucking thing together
The very pretty Celine in grade 5 got me into Bowie, and I have loved the Thin White Duke since. But the rewrite on this lyric is (although more crass) just as effective
The Who “Behind Blue Eyes”
Real- Nobody knows what it’s like to be the bad man
Not so much- Nobody knows what it’s like to be Batman.”
If you think about it both are true. Given the choice I’d choose Batman!
ABBA “Dancing Queen”
Real- See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen
Not so much- See that girl, watch her scream, kickin’ the dancing queen
You know the extra lyrics we all put to Mony Mony, I would like to suggest that from now on when you’re at a wedding and this song is played, sing these rewrites at the top of your lungs !
Blue Oyster Cult “Don't Fear The Reaper”
Real-Seasons don't fear the reaper
Not so much- Jesus don't fear the reaper
The misheard lyric creates a 70’s style grindhouse commercial in my head. Picture Jesus in full robes kicking in the door of a smack house with pump action 12 gauge in hand and a voice over saying “it’s the second coming and Jesus don’t fear the reaper!)
|Santana “Evil Ways”
|Real-The house is dark and my thoughts are cold
|Not so much- The house is dark and the pots are cold
I had to put this in because until I started the research for this list I thought the lyric was ‘the pots are cold’. D’oh!
|Beatles “Get Back”
|Real-Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner
|Not so much- Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a woman
I just love the Beatles to me they are the most influential band of all time, I’m not saying best I’m saying influential. I still like singing ‘thought he was a women’ and giggling like a kid!