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Old 10-28-2015, 04:29 PM
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"One Headlight": For the longest time I thought it was

The incinerator
Will pull it all together


I still hear that when I hear the song.

"Silver Bells": When I was a kid, for my school holiday program, the teachers got together onstage and sang this song. Their diction was not very clear. For the opening lines, I thought I heard

City cyborgs,
Busy cyborgs,
Dressed in holiday style ...
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:31 PM
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"...when I'm six feet four."
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:57 PM
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Golden Earring - "Twilight Zone"

Actual: Place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned
Misheard: Feelers(?) in the house, feels like being blown.

Dion - "The Wanderer"
Actual: With my two fists of iron, but I'm going nowhere
Misheard: With my two vista vine, but I'm going nowhere
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:27 PM
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I hear morning bros whistling...
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What are the actual lyrics?
There's a repetition later on in the song that makes it clearer that it's morning birds whistling.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:55 PM
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Don Henley's "Boys of Summer"

Real lyric: "I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac"
I hear: "I saw a dead head sticking out of a Cadillac" (yikes!)
I used to hear that song a lot on the radio when I was a teenager, and I didn't know the real title of it for a long time. I thought it was "Poisoned Summer". Which made the lyric "my love for you will still be strong / after the poisoned summer has gone."
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:07 PM
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Sufragette City:

"Don't lean on me man cause you can't afford the ticket back from Sufragette City"

I heard
"You're a mean lonely man cause you can't afford to check it, back in Suffragette City"
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:35 PM
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Rod Stewart - "Maggie May"

Actual lyrics:

Or steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing pool

For a while I heard it as:

Or steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing fool
Wow. I have always heard him singing "Or steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of praying fools."

I like my version better.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:47 PM
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There's a repetition later on in the song that makes it clearer that it's morning birds whistling.
Thanks. Morning Bros is kind of funny though.
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Wow. I have always heard him singing "Or steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of praying fools."

I like my version better.
So, televangelist.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:37 PM
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Has this one been mentioned yet? Rolling Stones' "Far Away Eyes", the line about listening to gospel music on the <something> radio station. I still can't tell if he is saying "college" or "colored". They both kind of make sense.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:02 PM
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Not so much misheard as misinterpreted -- when I was little

Did you ever see a lassie
A lassie
A lassie
Did you ever see a lassie
Go this way and that?

called up a mental image of a dancing border collie.

I also thought of St. Mary in "Silent Night" as really fat, because, you know, "Round yon virgin."
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:31 PM
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I just discovered I've been mishearing "Rolling in the Deep"

Actual lyric:
You had my heart inside of your hand

What I heard:
You had my heart and soul in your hand
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:00 PM
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Just discovered one today:

Rush: 2112

V. Oracle: The Dream

They left the planet long ago
The elder race still learn and grow
Their power grows with purpose strong
To claim the home where they belong
Home to tear the Temples down...
Home to change!


Where it says "Their power grows..." I thought it was "A flower grows..." which is quite a difference from intergalactic travellers.

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Old 11-07-2015, 06:08 PM
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That reminds me; for a short time I heard,

We are the priests
Of the Temples of Syrinx

as

We are the beasts
Of the Temples of Syrinx
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:01 AM
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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


for decades I thought it was

'Like a leather messiah.'

Today I learned it's

'Like a leper messiah.'
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:14 AM
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A Leopard Messiah might be quite good.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:31 AM
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Who are you
Lyric: Who are you?
Heard: Blue orange

My wife watches some TV show that apparently uses this for its theme song, and after hearing it for a week or so I finally asked her WTF?
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:51 AM
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Who are you
Lyric: Who are you?
Heard: Blue orange

My wife watches some TV show that apparently uses this for its theme song, and after hearing it for a week or so I finally asked her WTF?
That's CSI: Las Vegas. Song is by The Who.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:11 PM
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Has this one been mentioned yet? Rolling Stones' "Far Away Eyes", the line about listening to gospel music on the <something> radio station. I still can't tell if he is saying "college" or "colored". They both kind of make sense.
Well, but the Stones don't give a rip about college radio.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:48 PM
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For the holiday season, I always heard:

Later on, we'll perspire
As we dream by the fire
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:48 PM
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As a kid, I always thought the title of "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps was actually "It's Going Vinyl".

As in a record. Meaning the song would eventually make it to vinyl records.

Clearly I was not a very bright child.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:48 AM
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Mine:

Boston's "Peace of Mind," actual lyrics:

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind

What I heard:
I don't care about the FBI
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Someone else's:

Duran Duran's "Girls on film," actual lyrics:
Girls on film, Two minutes later

Mis-heard: Too many Taylors
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Recently I heard "Tear You Apart" by She Wants Revenge on the radio for the first time in forever. So yesterday I watched the YouTube video and something didn't sound quite right. So I Googled the lyrics. Turns out when they sing

Soft breath, beating heart

I was always hearing it as

Soft breasts, beating heart
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:28 PM
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Drops of Jupiter by Train

Lyric: And heaven is overrated
Heard: Van Halen is overrated

I still think mine is better.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:58 PM
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For the holiday season, I always heard:

Later on, we'll perspire
As we dream by the fire
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Gloria in eggshells this dayo. True story.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:07 PM
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Real lyrics: "Sundown, you better beware"
What I heard: "San Bernardi-i-i-no"
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:04 PM
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For the holiday season, I always heard:

Later on, we'll perspire
As we dream by the fire
I actually sing this as "Later on, we'll perspire / As we sit in the fire."
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:28 AM
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Guess Who's American Woman: I thought it was "colored lights can hit the skies." Nope. "Colored lights can hypnotize."
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Rita Coolidge - "We're All Alone"

What I heard

Close the window
Come alive

Last year or so I decided to look up the lyrics, turns out it's

Close the window
Calm the light

I've never heard that phrase before (but I know what it means now) so I'm guessing that's why my brain changed it into something I'd understand.
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:42 PM
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Me too. And in the same song:

Lyric: I'm not talking about movin' in
Misheard: I'm not talkin' 'bout Meridian.
I know the correct lyrics now, but I still hear it as "not talkin' bout The Living"... which gave it a weird zombie-vibe.
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Flashdance (What a Feeling)

misheard:

"Take your pants off, and make it happen"

lyric:

Quote:
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:41 PM
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What I heard

Close the window
Come alive
That's NOT the lyric?!

Quote:
Lyric: I'm not talking about movin' in
I heard: I'm not talkin' about the limit
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:48 PM
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Coola nd The Gang's "too Hot":\what they sang:
"It's too hot, too hot, gotta run for shelter, gotta run for shade"
-What I heard:
"it's two o'..gotta run the bunker, gotta mess we made"clock, two o';clock
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These aren't really misheard lyrics, but misunderstood lyrics. In elementary school we had singing for 15 - 30 minutes. Those songs still pop into my head from time to time. I don't know what this first one is, but it seems it was sung around Christmas so I think it's a song about Jesus.

His eyes were black
As black as a jet


Growing up near NAS Miramar, I could tell you jets were definitely not black! They were light grey on top and white on the bottom with barred roundels on the sides and wings, and cool artwork on the tails. I had no idea, nor was it ever explained, that 'jet' in this context meant a certain kind of rock, which is black.

This is from Stephen Foster's Some Folks:

Some folks long to die,
But that's not me nor you.


How did he know how long I have before I die? I was rather offended. I wanted it to be a very long time before I died! 'Long', meaning 'desire' was well out of general use before I got to elementary school.
I thought of another misunderstood lyric.

Oh, the man who has plenty of good peanuts
But giveth his neighbour none
He won't get any of my peanuts
When his peanuts are gone


As a child I took it as meaning that the greedy man was too proud to ask for any of my peanuts, not that I would punitively withhold peanuts from him.
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Do, a deer from The Sound of Music

Lyric: "Tea, a drink with jam and bread"
Heard: "Team a drink with Jan and Fred"
Yeah. I was a kid when everyone on every variety show sang this song. I thought it was Janet Blair.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:54 PM
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A couple more:

Reach Out by The Sweet
Lyric: Just look over your shoulder!
Misheard: Tecalote show!
(I lived near Tecalote Canyon when I was a child.)

Whip It by Devo
Lyric: Try to detect it
Misheard: Tattoo detective
In reality, I may only be wishing I'd misheard it that way. Too long ago to remember.
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:38 PM
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When I was a kid, I thought the Peter Gabriel song "Shock the Monkey" was about a monkey named Jacques.
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:46 PM
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Amanda Marshall's "Birmingham."

I thought for sure that the chorus was "Shining Like an Allegheny Moon." Have a camping trip planned to Allegheny state park in a bit, I thought I'd be cute and put it into a road trip play list.

I was completely baffled when I couldn't find the song by searching for those lyrics. Widening my search terms showed me that the lyrics are "Alabama moon."
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Looking at a Youtube comment I may not have been the only one, but in The Yardbirds "You're a Better Man than I" instead of the correct lyrics:

Mister You're a Better Man than I

For a long time I heard it as

Misty You're a Better Man than I
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Duran Duran's "Girls on film," actual lyrics:
Girls on film, Two minutes later

Mis-heard: Too many Taylors
There are a lot of really good one's here but this in particular has me giggling, seeing as when this song was recorded 3 out of 5 members of the band had the surname Taylor.

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Flashdance (What a Feeling)

misheard:

"Take your pants off, and make it happen"

lyric:
Hilarious and much better than the real lyrics.



From Love the One You're With:

Actual: There's a rose in the fisted glove . . .

Misheard: There's a road in the distance, love . . .
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:54 PM
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As heard and sung a zillion times:
You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille,
with four hundred children and a crop in the field . . .

Correct:
With four hungry children and a crop in the field . . .
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:58 PM
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I used to hear that song a lot on the radio when I was a teenager, and I didn't know the real title of it for a long time. I thought it was "Poisoned Summer". Which made the lyric "my love for you will still be strong / after the poisoned summer has gone."
in I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco, "A sense of poise and rationality" sounds like "a sense of poison rationality".
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Nice to know I'm been hearing the same wrong things as others all these years...

One I didn't see mentioned was Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"

Correct Lyrics: "Annie are you OK, are you OK Annie?"
What I hear: Eddie are you walkin', are you walking Eddie?

Even knowing what the correct lines are, I still hear eddie walking.


But of course, the most misheard lines are in "O Fortuna". Everybody thinks its' in Latin, but... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIwrgAnx6Q8
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"Im a Believer"

Correct lyric:
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

I heard:
Disappointment hot air on my dreams
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Yeah. I was a kid when everyone on every variety show sang this song. I thought it was Janet Blair.
I thought it was German bread but with a British accent.
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Aerosmith's Dream On. This was one where I would have bet a very large amount of money on the 1st line of the chorus being the former:

Sing woman, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears


During my vacation, I both heard it somewhere and saw it mentioned here in another thread. Googling the lyrics for the hell of it, I was shocked to the core to find out that it's apparently:

Sing with me, sing for the years

I mean, this is a song that I've heard on classic rock radio for decades. Seemed to make perfect sense to me, he's urging his love on to sing her soul out. Now it just seems like just another trite, redundant, and lazy lyric.

And now it shows up in the lyric game thread......

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Old 08-30-2016, 07:59 PM
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Aerosmith's Dream On. This was one where I would have bet a very large amount of money on the 1st line of the chorus being the former:

Sing woman, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears

I always heard:

Sing with me, sing for my Yiya
Sing for my (indistinguishable) and sing for my Tia


I figured he was singing about family members, including his Spanish Aunt (as a kid in California, I was used to hearing about people's tias mans tios). I wasn't sure what an "yiya" was, but assumed it was another family term.
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Snow's Informer:

Sang:
"...... use it once to call my lover"

Heard
"......now they call me Lamar"




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From the Beatle's "The Long and Winding Road".

Lyrics: You left me standing here, a long time ago...

What I heard: You let me spank you, so long time ago...
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She got electric boobs, an old hair suit, ya know I read it in a magazine...
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