D'oh! Misheard lyrics in an oft-heard song

Case in point: “Hold On Loosely”. This 38 Special classic came out in 1981. Given that I was an avid listener to Top 40 radio and Kasey Kasem’s American Top 40 (to both the Saturday 8-12 show and the Sunday 1-4 show, during which I taped on my cassette player the favorite songs from Saturday, because I knew when they would be played…Seasons in the Sun was one and probably Escape (The Pina Colada Song) as well), I have probably heard this song ::scribble, carry the two, a BAZILLION times, if not a GAZILLION.

It wasn’t until last night that I realized he’s not saying

Hold on loosely Don’t let go
If you cling to darkness
You’re gonna lose control


Checking the lyrics, “when your feelings are such/To overprotect her, to love her too much” doesn’t sound quite familiar either. :o

I got past “I’m not talkin’ 'bout the linen” and I’ll get past this, but D’OH!

I think my Mom has the all-time funniest ‘Kiss this guy’–You know the song “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty? Admittedly, he does drawlingly stretch out the “good” in “Good love is hard to find”, but “Silly willy love is hard to find”?

I always thought the Jim Croce song, he was singing “I’ve Got It Made”. Until fairly recently, even.

Croce’s “Operator” was always “Arboretum” to me until fairly recently since I never bothered to listen to the lyrics that would have made it clear as a bell.

Not talkin’ bout the linen… lolz.

What I came to say.

I’ll add: you can call it thunder (“Go Your Own Way”)

When I was a kid, I thought it said “A burrito.”

For many years I thought it was “I’m not talking 'bout believing”.

*Are you reeling in the ye-eeeeeast?
Stowing away the ti-iiime?
Are you gathering up the chee-eeeese?
Have you had enough of mi-iiine?
Man, the 70s were trippy.

I always thought the Georgia Satellites were singing “I’ve got a hard hat made out of railroad steel.”

And then later in the song “It don’t take chop suey to make me sing!”

In the song “Skid Row (Downtown)” from “Little Shop of Horrors” I just in the last week realized that the guy didn’t sing “Downtown, where they cast on stock” but actually sings “Downtown, where the cabs don’t stop.”

In an old Petula Clark song, she isn’t singing “Well you’ve heard of the Klan, that’s where it began” but “Well you’ve got a good plan, that’s where it began.” Which makes somewhat more sense than what I thought I heard but still isn’t the most coherent rhyming couplet ever.

Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
I smell sex and candy here
Who’s that lounging in my chair
Who’s that casting devious stares
In my direction

What I heard:
I smell sex and candy here
Who’s that lounging in my chair
Who’s that casting devious stares
At my erection

These are called Mondegreens and the concept has been around for over 50 years. Plenty of them in that link.

“There’s a bathroom on the right”

This has me laughing almost too much to post.

And of course, remember to excuse Jimi Hendrix while he kisses that guy. :wink:

Oh, I just thought of my own. Here it is:

So, while I’m too young to remember when it came out, I’ve always enjoyed Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” whenever I caught it on the radio, though I could never understand all the lyrics. Eventually I found Cake’s excellent cover of that song, which I love for its inventiveness while keeping the original feelings from the song. In Cake’s version, it is much easier to make out all the lyrics, so I was able to finally get them all. Imagine my surprise when I realized that Gaynor sings “I should have changed that fucking lock”! I guess radio censors have been making the same mistake I did for so long (that she sang “stupid”, not “fucking”), and thus let it slip through for radio play. That was sure a surprising one.

This will probably seem much less funny in the morning.

You mean it’s not ? :eek:

I’m totally serious here - what are the real words?

Are you living in the east?
Stowing away the time?
Are you gathering up the years?
Do you have a diamond mine?

I have to assume you’re thinking of:

You can call it a-nuuuuuthuh lonely day

PerditaX, this is it.

Yellow Ledbetter

My favorite (albeit deliberately) misheard lyrics.

The first time I heard Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” I thought she was singing “Climb Every Woman”.

Made me giggle.