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Old 08-07-2015, 08:35 AM
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The Clash, "Rock the Casbah." I heard "Doctor Jazz Bo."
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:49 AM
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Michael Jackson's"Wanna Be Startin' Something":

Real: Mammase mammasa ma makousa
Me: Imma sing on the side of a mountaintop
Your way is considerably better.

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oston] Boston: Peace Of Mind

Lyric: All I want is to have my peace of mind

Heard: All I want is to have a piece of pie
Ditto

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"A kiss from a rose on the grave."

Not gray, dammit; I know what I heard, and it's what the lyric should be.
I know! Makes much more sense

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Rush "Limelight."

Actual "Living in a fish-eye lens...."
Heard "Living in the fish islands..."
Who didn't think this

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CSN, Southern Cross

Line: We got 80 feet of the waterline, nicely making way.
Heard: Nice Jamaican waves.
I thought it was "nicely making waves".

Not only that line; I've loved this song since the first time I heard it but only looked up the lyrics for the first time a few year ago. It cleared up quite a few things, such as

" . . .and the downhill run to Papeete"

I had never heard Papeete pronounced so I spent many years trying to decide if it was "Coppperhead Bay" or Pappahay Bay"

"In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you"

I heard this lyric correctly and incorrectly thought he was talking about the town on Catalina Island. At that time there was only one big bar in Avalon, and to this day I picture - not Stephen Stills, mind you, but David Crosby because his was the face I was most familiar with - the singer dressed in his sailing gear, standing at the pay phone of that bar.

". . .You will survive being bested"

I thought he was singing "vested", a term which I had a vague idea had something to do with tenure or job security. Or something.

And the line in the chorus

" (I've been around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl"

I always heard it correctly but convinced myself it was "looking for that one girl" because "woman girl" is just stupid.

My sincerest apologies to Mr. Stills.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:59 AM
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Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall":

Lyric: "No dark sarcasm in the classroom"

I heard: "No dogs of hazard in the classroom"
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:07 AM
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Probably a common one:
Heard: the sky's in love with you
Actual: this guy's in love with you

Herb Alpert, '68
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:42 AM
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The Who - Baba O'Riley

Lyric: "Teenage wasteland"

I heard: "Teenage whistling"
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:33 PM
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England Dan and John Ford Coley, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight":

Lyric: But there's a warm wind blowin', the stars are out...
Heard: But there's a warm wind blowin' the stars around...

Frankly, I like my version of the latter better than the real one
I always heard it your way, too.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:57 PM
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I always heard it your way, too.
Me too. And in the same song:

Lyric: I'm not talking about movin' in
Misheard: I'm not talkin' 'bout Meridian.
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Lyric: I'm not talking about movin' in
Misheard: I'm not talkin' 'bout the linen.
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Year of the Cat (Al Stewart)

The first verse said:

"On a morning from a Bogart movie,
In a country where they turn back time,
You go strolling through the crowd like Pete Telari
Contemplating a crime...."

I never gave Pete Telari much thought, just figured it was some guy from movies or novels that I'd never heard of.

I was in my forties when someone kindly informed me about who Peter Lorre was.



Too Much Heaven (Bee Gees)

The real lyrics:

"When you are to me, the light above
Made for all to see our precious love"

What I heard:

"What you are to me, a mynah bird,
Let the roaches sing our precious love"

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In Superdude's Obligatory Counting Crows reference, from their song "Rain King," the actual lyric is:

"I belong...in the service of the queen."

My ears heard:

"I belong...in the cervix of the queen."
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Old 08-08-2015, 01:03 AM
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What I HEARD is very, very racist, and I did a literal double take. Thought I was hearing those racist lyrics for quite some time and then it dawned on me what they were REALLY saying, and boy did I feel stupid.
The first time I heard Charley Patton's "Jesus Is a Dying Bed Maker"--dubbed from a scratchy old 78--I was quite startled by what sounded like a refrain of "Jesus is a giant big nigger!"
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In Andy Gibb's song 'Love is Thicker than Water,' he very clearly to me says 'the fish dreamer' instead of 'this dreamer' one of the four times he says those words. No one, ever, that I have mentioned that to can hear it, but it's plain as day to me.

0:19 This dreamer
1:01 The fish dreamer
2:09 This dreamer
2:19 This dreamer
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I started a SDMB thread on a misheard lyric. Here is my opening post:

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AC/DC's Highway to Hell. Did Bon Scott sing a racist verse?

Every time I hear it, I swear he sings the following:

Livin' easy
Lovin' free
Sees a nigger on a one way ride


I looped through this verse over and over just now, and I am convinced he is not singing "Season ticket on a one way ride."

Am I delusional? Crazy? I dunno. But I did a quick google search and it appears I am not alone on this.
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Most of mine have been covered here.

"Blank Space" I heard "I want a lonely Starbucks lover". So she likes guys who hang out in coffeehouses.

"Southern Cross" I still swear it's "Nice Jamaican waves", never mind it's the wrong part of the world.

My biggest one and most recently discovered I was wrong is Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain". For years I thought it was "I'm just a fool waiting on the wrong blonde". Made some sense, he's standing in the rain waiting on a girl who stood him up again. He realizes another girl is the right one for him and he goes running to her. The line "ain't the first time, believe me baby" even backed up my misheard lyric.

Then one day I suddenly heard that line correctly. "Just a fool waiting on the wrong block". Oh. Kind of changes the meaning of the song. I almost think I liked my misheard version better.
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In 'Uptown Funk' I was convinced the lyrics were:

Girls eat you hallelujah
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Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson;

Keep on, with the force, don't stop
always sounded to me like
Keep on to the Post Office

I've only just now googled to find out what it should have been.
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:43 PM
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In Andy Gibb's song 'Love is Thicker than Water,' he very clearly to me says 'the fish dreamer' instead of 'this dreamer' one of the four times he says those words. No one, ever, that I have mentioned that to can hear it, but it's plain as day to me.

0:19 This dreamer
1:01 The fish dreamer
2:09 This dreamer
2:19 This dreamer
I hear it. It sounds to me like he is saying "The this dreamer" and they left it in the final mix.

In the Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" George gets mixed up between saying "seems" and "feels" at 2:21 in this link, so it comes across as "it seels like years since it's been clear." They probably were on their 100th take and just thought "fuck it. No one will notice."
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"Summer Breeze" (Seals & Crofts)
Lyric: "...blowing through the jasmine in my mind."
Heard: "...blowing through the jazz man in my mind."
For me that was "...blowing through the chasm in my mind."
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I've always heard "wrapped up like a douche." What is it really, "revved up like a deuce"? Not clear.
Ditto.

John Fogerty is a good one for mishearing. For years I hadn't a clue what he was singing in "Lodi": "If I only had a dollar / For every song I've sung / Every time I had to play / While people shsmumblemum." Then I heard Emmylou's version - and I couldn't understand that line when she sang it, either! I finally ended up asking my wife, who told me it was "While people sat there drunk."
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"Stairway to Heaven (Led Zep)"

Lyric: "...And as we wind on down the road..."
Heard: "...And there's a wino down the road..."
I do hear the laughter! It's me!
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Pinball Wizard. Not The Who version (which I'd never heard), but, ahem, the Elton John version (on his GH V2 album):

Lyrics: That deaf, dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball.
I heard: You can't stop a blind kid -- Sean plays a mean pinball!
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From Robert Plant's "Burning Down One Side":

heard: tried Zabamin, tried Zahmaine
lyric: try as I might, try as I may

I had no idea what those places in the mishead lyric might be, maybe some hippie reference I was too young to understand, so I went with it.

Twenty-five years and the actual lyrics made themselves clear....
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Obscure song: 3x2 = 6 by Vanity 6. I've broken the link because some of the images border on NSFW.

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=P9gZak_0KXo

Without cheating or opening the spoiler box, what is she saying at 1:07?

I heard, which makes absolutely no sense,
SPOILER:
Male Makers, Girl Takers, A girl's best friend's her pride.


The actual lyric:
SPOILER:
My made up name is Vanity, 'cause a girl's best friend's her pride.
Also, I could make out about half the other words in the song without having seen the lyrics.
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Another Elton John, but not a mishearing, just a misunderstanding my 9yo self had in the song Tiny Dancer:

Sung: Jesus-freaks, out in the street
Understood: Jesus freaks out in the street

Same words, different meaning!

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Old 08-09-2015, 09:10 PM
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Ditto.

John Fogerty is a good one for mishearing. For years I hadn't a clue what he was singing in "Lodi": "If I only had a dollar / For every song I've sung / Every time I had to play / While people shsmumblemum." Then I heard Emmylou's version - and I couldn't understand that line when she sang it, either! I finally ended up asking my wife, who told me it was "While people sat there drunk."
The Creedence Song "Down On The Corner" had totally incomprehensible lyrics to me until I heard a cover of it at a restaurant. Until then, it sounded like:

Down on the corner
Out here in the street
Wifdklshfsdfkjdskjhin
Bring a nickel, happy feet.


And you still can't convince me the line isn't

You don't need a pinhead
Just to hang around

He is NOT saying "penny". No way.
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Sammy Hagar, Heavy Metal.

Lyric: Headbangers in leather, sparks fly in the dead of night
Misheard: Ten fingers in leather, sparks fly in the middle of the night

Edit: Actually, now that I look up the lyrics, there's a bunch of them I got wrong.





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Eagles. "Life in the Fast Lane"
For years, due to sub-par radio in the VW that I owned at the time, I still parse the chorus lyrics as "Eat my jar of Vaseline".
I blame it on youth, commonly available psycho-active drugs, and that damn radio.
When I hear it now, I still use those lyrics. My daughters have the roll-eyes down pat whenever that song comes about.
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"Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple.

lyric: C'mon, c'mon, c'mon space truckin'.
heard: C'mon, c'mon, c'mon space monkey.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:29 AM
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In Andy Gibb's song 'Love is Thicker than Water,' he very clearly to me says 'the fish dreamer' instead of 'this dreamer' one of the four times he says those words. No one, ever, that I have mentioned that to can hear it, but it's plain as day to me.

0:19 This dreamer
1:01 The fish dreamer
2:09 This dreamer
2:19 This dreamer
I don't remember this particular example but I'm sure you're not making it up because Andy Gibb pronounced the "ess" sound as "esh" in several of his songs. One that comes immediately to mind is from I Just Want to Be Your Everything :

"Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be
The things you are to me and not some puppet on a shtring"


I'm cracking up at some of these but mostly I can't believe that other people hear the same nonsense lyrics as I.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:28 AM
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Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson;

Keep on, with the force, don't stop
always sounded to me like
Keep on to the Post Office

I've only just now googled to find out what it should have been.
I always heard "keep on, to the bus stop, don't stop..."
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I always heard "keep on, to the bus stop, don't stop..."
I thought it was "keep on, when the fun starts."
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Not me, personally, but a friend of mine insisted that Lipps Inc.'s Funky Town was really "Country Time," and another heard the Go-Gos' Our Lips Are Sealed as "Olives or Seals."

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Ah, I just recalled the one I was thinking of earlier. "Bring Me a Higher Love" by Steve Winwood. I could have sworn he was singing "Ricky and Oliver."

(I guess the name of the song was actually just "Higher Love.")
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The Who's "Pinball Wizard"

Actual: "His disciples lead him in"
Heard: "He slides the nickel in"

Prince's "1999"

Actual: "2000, zero, zero/Party's over, oops, out of time"
Heard: "2000, zero, zero/My deodorant's out of time"

Given that the song came out in 1983, my thought was "You got 16 years out of that deodorant. Why complain?"
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Another Elton John, but not a mishearing, just a misunderstanding my 9yo self had in the song Tiny Dancer:

Sung: Jesus-freaks, out in the street
Understood: Jesus freaks out in the street

Same words, different meaning!
Eagles, The Last Resort:

Heard: and jesus-people bought 'em
Lyrics*: and, jesus, people bought 'em


*According to a words and music book of Eagles tunes I saw.
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For years and years and years, I thought the chorus to Van Halen's Panama was "round and round," not Panama (don't ask why -- I just did). Now, keep in mind I didn't know what this song was titled or who sang it, so I couldn't figure out the error that way. Over time this was just the 'round and round' song that I liked which occasionally popped up on the radio.

Now, there's another song that does have 'round and round' in the chorus -- Round and Round by Ratt. I don't like this song, and as the Internet grew I discovered I could track down those mystery songs I liked by searching for snippets of lyrics. Sadly, since the only lyrics I could keep in my head was 'round and round,' my searches kept bringing up the Ratt song.

I didn't figure out I was mishearing the lyrics until the movie Superbad came out.
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The one I still hear incorrectly is 'Til Tuesday's Voices Carry. Instead of hearing "voices carry" I always hear "this is scary". I think it's because she pronounces the oi in voices like a short i sound rather than a oy sound. Even if I listen really hard, I hear visses carry rather than voices carry, with visses rhyming with kisses.
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"I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett:

Real lyric: "I saw him standing there by the record machine"
I heard: "I saw him standing there by the wrecking machine"

Same with Van Halen's "Jump":

Real lyric: "I got my back against the record machine"
I heard: "I got my back against the wrecking machine"

...I pictured them hanging around scrapyards.
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The one I still hear incorrectly is 'Til Tuesday's Voices Carry. Instead of hearing "voices carry" I always hear "this is scary"
Speaking of "Voices Carry"...

Actual: "Hush, hush, keep it down now, voices carry"
Heard: "Hush, hush, even downtown voices carry"
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"I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett:

Real lyric: "I saw him standing there by the record machine"
I heard: "I saw him standing there by the wrecking machine"

Same with Van Halen's "Jump":

Real lyric: "I got my back against the record machine"
I heard: "I got my back against the wrecking machine"

...I pictured them hanging around scrapyards.
I never misheard "record machine" but I can understand why you would; what a stupid way to refer to a jukebox. To me it comes off like someone calling a tv "the talking box" or something.
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Two more " " moments...

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Prince's "1999"

Actual: "2000, zero, zero/Party's over, oops, out of time"
Heard: "2000, zero, zero/My deodorant's out of time"
Until this very moment I thought it was "2000, zero, zero/party overloops, out of time."

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For years and years and years, I thought the chorus to Van Halen's Panama was "round and round," not Panama (don't ask why -- I just did).(
Just last night I learned that the chorus to Rob Zombie's "Dragula" does, in fact, say "dragula" -- not "jagged edge."

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And, apparently, per the thread on the song 2525, I have spent my life mis-hearing the lyrics:

Real: In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find...

Heard: In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may FLY...

Oh, the things I learn on SDMB...
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Same with Van Halen's "Jump":

Real lyric: "I got my back against the record machine"
I heard: "I got my back against the wrecking machine"
That's exactly what I thought for a long time too.

My entry, Stevie Nicks - "Edge of 17". I know there have been a few mondegreens for this line, but I haven't read any that matched what I heard.

Actual lyrics:
Just like the white winged dove

What I heard
Just like the one we love
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I heard:

Just like the one-winged dove...
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I heard:

Just like the one-winged dove...
Me too. I always pictured it flying in a circle.
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That's exactly what I thought for a long time too.

My entry, Stevie Nicks - "Edge of 17". I know there have been a few mondegreens for this line, but I haven't read any that matched what I heard.

Actual lyrics:
Just like the white winged dove

What I heard
Just like the one we love
You're not alone; I thought the same thing until I "realized" it was "one winged dove".

It's called enunciation, Ms. Nicks; look into it.
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You're not alone; I thought the same thing until I "realized" it was "one winged dove".
I thought it was "wild winged dove" and pictured a white bird with racing flames on the wings.

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I thought Hall & Oates were singing "Friday night I'm watching you" - it's "Private eyes are watching you."

When I was really little I couldn't make out Elvis's "I'm All Shook Up" - I thought he was saying a woman's unique name, "Amoshica." (Kind of a cool name, if you ask me.)
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The Who - Baba O'Riley

Lyric: "Teenage wasteland"

I heard: "Teenage whistling"
..."they're all whistling"

lol, that would make no sense at all.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:45 AM
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Real: In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find...
Huh. I thought it was 'they may thrive', because it rhymes with twenty-five, alive, and survive.
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