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Old 09-09-2015, 09:48 PM
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From Radar Love by Golden Earring
Actual lines: We've got a thing that's called radar love / We've got a wave in the air
What I heard: We've got a thing that's called red-hot love / We've got to wave in the air...
I heard "red-eye love." I wasn't sure what it meant, but I assumed a lot of partying.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:25 PM
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Haven't read the whole thread, but I doubt that my examples came up yet, because no one else is such a doofus:

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (NOT Slight Return, the slow, long version on Electric Ladyland)

Original:

"Well, mountain lions found me there waitin'
And set me on an eagle's back
Well, mountain lions found me there
And set me on an eagle's wing
(It's the eagle's wing, baby, what did I say?)
He took me past to the outskirts of infinity
And when he brought me back
He gave me a Venus witch's ring"

I heard:

"...
He gave me a penis which is red"

Then I thought for a long time that J. J. Cale sang "They Call Me The Priest". No, they called him the breeze.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:30 PM
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"Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann

lyrics:
Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night

misheard:
Blinded by the light,
wrecked up like a douche
I know a runner in the night
This is covered by Cecil Adams in one of his better-known essays. I'll let you look it up.
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UB40: "Red Red Wine you make me feel so fine, I feel like Abdullah when you're just in arms".

Of course it's not Abdullah, but a million dollars.

The Kinks "All Day and All of the Night" sounds to me like "Olay and all of the night, Olay...".
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:57 PM
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Van Halen's version of "You Really Got Me"

Actual lyrics:

You got me so I can't sleep at night

I thought Dave was singing:

You got me so I kiss you at night
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The Beatles - Oh Darling

I heard that a hundred times on the radio at the time and I thought Paul was singing "Oh Johnny". The Beatles were breaking up when it was released, and I heard it as Paul's lament that John was the cause of it ("When you told me you didn't need me anymore") and his own reaction to it ("I nearly broke down and cried"). When I finally found out what he was really singing, I couldn't believe how one misheard word changed the entire context of the song.
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This one's not as interesting as some, but Heart's Crazy On You has a verse:

I was a willow last night in a dream
I bent down over a clear running stream
Singing a song that I heard up above...

Now, there's nothing wrong with that lyric. Except, I wondered why Ann pronounced it "sangin' a song". Is that some regionalism?
It's known as the "Seattle twang". Those Seattleites are nothing but hicks from the sticks.
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Ricky Skaggs lyric:
Don't get above your raising...

What I heard:
Go get a bloody razor



I blame that damnable hillbilly bluegrass twang.
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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!)
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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!)
For real or that's just your take on it because you don't like the song?
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For real or that's just your take on it because you don't like the song?
I love that song. I seriously heard "dead head sticking out of". Like a dead body in a Cadillac with the head hanging out a window. It made sense with the next lyric "Don't look back, you can never look back."

Same song: "Your brown skin shining in the sun"
I hear: "Your breath is shining in the sun" (could never figure that one out.)
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I heard this for years when listening to the Beatles classic:

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a take the back right turn.

I was most chagrined to eventually learn that it's Paperback Writer!

in my defense, I didn't really listen to the lyrics save for the chorus

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Old 09-15-2015, 11:21 AM
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Speaking of The Beatles, I always heard 'Help me get my beans back on the ground' in Help.

But then, I was only three years old.
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In Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", the line is "I can't hesitate no more" - but I always heard it as "I can't get sauteed no more". Which made sense, because I'd get tired of being fried in oil with assorted vegetables pretty fast.
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Van Halen's "Running with the Devil"

Actual: "Ain't got no love, no love you'd call real"

Heard: "Ain't got no love, no love in Korea"


Parliament's "P-Funk Wants to Get Funked Up"

Actual: "Let my funk be P-Funk"

Heard: "Let my funky people go"
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:06 AM
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The Who's "Did You Steal My Money?"

Lyric: did you steal my brasso / nick my gelt you asshole
Misheard: lick my gouging asshole
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:02 PM
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Van Halen, Everybody Wants Some

My lyric: You can't get a medic on a subway line
Actual lyric: You can't get romantic on a subway line

Actually, either one makes sense. I'll probably keep mine.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:55 PM
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I don't mean this to be snarky, but how can you mishear lyrics when it's the title of the song? Many of these are amusing and some really funny, but when you mishear the lyric and it's the title of the song

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I don't mean this to be snarky, but how can you mishear lyrics when it's the title of the song? Many of these are amusing and some really funny, but when you mishear the lyric and it's the title of the song
Because you don't always know the title of the song. It's kinda hit-or-miss whether they tell you the song title or artist before or after the song on the radio.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:26 PM
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From Invisible Touch by Genesis:
Actual line: She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
What I heard: She seems to have a busy butt, touch it.
What I heard was "She seems to have a physical attraction."
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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
Add me to the list of those who heard it your way. And prefer our alternate version.
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Boston, More Than a Feeling

Actual lyric: "I see my Marianne walkin' away"

What I thought it was until just a few months ago: "I see that derriere walkin' away"


I was watching an episode of The Middle and the father is singing the song loudly while at a stop light. I couldn't figure out why they substituted the word "marianne" for "derriere". I asked my husband about it and he was highly amused.
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A couple of strangely urine-related ones:

Royal Blood's Figure It Out:

Lyric: Nothing here to see/Just a kid like me/Trying to cut some teeth/Trying to figure it out
Heard: Nothing here to see/Just a kid like me/Trying to piss in your tea/Trying to figure it out

U2's Even Better Than The Real Thing:

Lyric: Give me one last dance, we'll slide down the surface of things
Heard: Give me one last dance, we'll slide on a surface of piss

Frankly, I think my versions are better, at least for the imagery invoked.

Just to prove I'm not totally fixated on bodily waste, for years as a kid I used to think the line in Motörhead's Ace of Spades:
I don't share your greed
was
Eyebrows shaved clean

I dunno. I guess I just thought that hard rocking, fast living gambling types used to shave their eyebrows off or something.

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Old 09-29-2015, 10:35 AM
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I just looked up the lyrics for Dion's hit Abraham Martin and John to use in the succinct lyric thread game. All my life I've been singing the last part "Some day soon you're gonna be wondering" And that is wrong.

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, it's gonna be one day


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The Johnny Rivers TV theme song for the 1966 US version of the British series Danger Man - 'Secret Asian Man'.
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Van Halen, Everybody Wants Some

My lyric: You can't get a medic on a subway line
Actual lyric: You can't get romantic on a subway line

Actually, either one makes sense. I'll probably keep mine.
For me, this same lyric has been:

"You can't alter magic on a Sunday lie"

I thought Dave was getting mystical
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Boston, More Than a Feeling

Actual lyric: "I see my Marianne walkin' away"

What I thought it was until just a few months ago: "I see that derriere walkin' away"
Up until this very moment that's what I thought it said too.

Olivia Newton-John's "Physical":

Real lyric: "I want to get animal, animal"
When I was little I heard: "I want to get Panama, Panama."

(I also got in trouble for singing it to myself in the car one day because of the "rude" lyrics. But Mom, it's about exercising. Working out at the gym. What else could it be about?)
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Got one more, just when I saw that this thread was bumped, I heard "Big Spender" on the TV. I used to think it was about a guy named "Bix Bender". To my excuse, I first heard it as a kid when I hardly knew a word of English.
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I just found a new one. In "The Thunder Rolls" I always heard

As the storm blows all
Out of control


But it's actually

As the storm blows on
Out of control


Not a big difference but it does change the meaning a little bit, especially in the second verse.
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I just got lunch in our cafeteria, and the song playing was The Police's "Canary In a Coal Mine." For an embarrassingly large part of my life, I thought the song was "canary in a coma."

(When I first heard it I wasn't familiar with the "canary in a coal mine" concept, and it took forever for me to see the title in writing/hear the song and have the actual lyrics finally click.)
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I hear morning bros whistling...
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I hear morning bros whistling...
What are the actual lyrics?

A couple of days ago I heard the Bee Gees "Jive Talking". I decided to look up the lyrics because there was a part I knew I always heard wrong.

Actual lyrics: Telling me lies yeah

My misinterpretation: Telling Elijah
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I can't really hear any lyric at all. I need the lips & the context to hear what is being said. When you say something random like in singing, I can't quite capture it. It doesn't matter though. I have no trouble at all in everyday-life. No one talks to me by singing.
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ABC's Poison Arrow

Lyric: Shoot that poison arrow...
Heard: She's got poison eyebrows... (I was 9 years old when the song came out)

Also, as I mentioned in a similar earlier thread, I originally thought that Queen's Another One Bites the Dust was actually called Another One Rides the Bus, long before anyone had ever heard of Weird Al Yankovic.
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Just had another one happen to me. The song is Steely Dan's Sign in Stanger, from the 1976 release Royal Scam.

Actual Lyric: Do you have a dark spot on your past? Leave it to my man he'll fix it fast.

What I've been hearing for almost 40 years: Do you have a dark spot on your pants? Leave it to my man he'll fix it fast.

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Mine is the Rod Stewart / Faces song "Stay with Me."

The lyrics are

You won't need too much persuading
I don't mean to sound degrading
But with a face like that
You got nothing to laugh about

Red lips hair and fingernails
I hear you're a mean old Jezebel
Let's go up stairs and read my tarot cards

But I always heard that last line as

"go upstairs and be my powder puff"

And I like my lyric much better, it has an affectionate raunchiness that fits the song.

PS- My apologies if I posted this in this thread earlier, I thought I might have but I scrolled through the thread a few times and didn't see it. There are a lot of similar threads in this forum.

PPS - Lyrics websites really suck
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I always thought it was a "Long Cool Woman in a Red Dress." Googling it for a Baker's Dozen thread, I find out the dress is BLACK?

I don't care. It sounds red to me.
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Another thread about songs reminded me of this one.

REM's "The One I Love"

Real lyric: "A simple prop, to occupy my time"
I heard: " A simple prop, to help you tie my tie".
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My weirdest one is one where I'm sure my version is better than the real one.

On Dark Side of the Moon there is a voice (I thought it was an old bum, but apparently it was a roadie or someone coming by the studio who agreed to be interviewed) who I heard say:

"I certainly was in the race..."

The actual line I found out recently was "I certainly was in the right..."
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I always thought it was a "Long Cool Woman in a Red Dress." Googling it for a Baker's Dozen thread, I find out the dress is BLACK?

I don't care. It sounds red to me.
I always though it was "Long cool woman and a bad man".

drad dog I too thought it was "I certainly was in the race".
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I heard Bush's "Glycerine" on the radio just now and I still keep thinking it says "kiss the rain."
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Until recently I've never really used any herbs and spices, and never really gave them any thought, so for years whenever I heard Simon & Garfunkel singing "Scarborough Fair" I heard the line, "Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme," as, "Parsley, sage, rosemary and time."
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I believe "thyme" is indeed pronounced as "time"...
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I once heard that STP's Scott Welland got the line 'flies in the vasoline [sic]' from mis-hearing 'life in the fast lane'.

EDIT: I found a citation.
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Songfacts: [Meat Puppets] Curt Kirkwood told me a pretty funny story. He said he was once speaking to you about songwriting and you told him that you came up with the lyric "Flies in the Vasoline" because you heard your parents listening to "Life in the Fast Lane" by the Eagles, and you thought that's what they were saying.

Scott: Yeah. That's where the initial line came from and that sort of sparked the whole idea of the song.




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I believe "thyme" is indeed pronounced as "time"...
Thank you. That makes me feel a little better now.
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This is one of the threads that don't die, and while I'm listening to the Who's Quadrophenia, I'm noticing another misheard lyric from Cut My Hair, the last line is:

"My fried egg makes me sick first thing in the morning"

I thought it was:

"My Friday makes me sick first thing in the morning"
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Until recently I've never really used any herbs and spices, and never really gave them any thought, so for years whenever I heard Simon & Garfunkel singing "Scarborough Fair" I heard the line, "Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme," as, "Parsley, sage, rosemary and time."
When I was a kid, I misheard it as 'partially save Rosemary in time', which seemed kind of mean to poor Rosemary...save her all the way, guys! Geez!
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I got heartaches in my pocket
I got pickles in my hair
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Rollerskating to "Gloria" by Laura Branigan:

Real lyric: "I think they got the alias...that you've been living under"
I heard: "I think they got your area....that you've been living under"

Which also kind of makes sense.
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These aren't really misheard lyrics, but misunderstood lyrics. In elementary school we had a 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.
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