The Misheard Song Lyrics Thread : "Come kiss the dogs..."

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Postby ~Fíriel~ » Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:51 pm

Listening to the local rock station here driving around today, I heard the song "Here I go again" by Whitesnake (I think) the line in the song goes...<BR><BR>"...Like a drifter I was born to walk alone..." <BR><BR>I remember always hearing..<BR><BR>"...Like a twister I was born..."<BR><BR><BR>I have no idea where that came from. Must have been a lot of tornadoes around that time or something! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby ElaraElendil » Mon Jun 02, 2003 7:56 pm

LOL!!! I used to think it was the same thing.<BR><BR>Basically, anything from CCR...<BR><BR>"There's a bad moon on the rise..."<BR>--I hear only "there's a bathroom on the right"<BR><BR>"Stuck in Lowdye (sp?) again"<BR>--I have always hears "Stuck in a low die up in"<BR><BR>I have always sung the worng words to every Def Leppard song.<BR><BR>My sisters used to make fun of me b/c I thought the lyrics to "Rocket"<BR>were:<BR>"Rocket! Yeah! Staying the night alone" when they are actually "Rocket! Yeah! Satellite of Love"<BR><BR>And...does anyone know the words to Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" without looking them up? The man sounds like he's singing with a mouth full of marbles.
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Postby melianndoriath » Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:56 am

I am STILL laughing about "take a load of fanny" in place of take a load off Annie. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR>Many years ago when Huey Lewis and the News were on the radio,my aunt asked us kids why someone was singing about playing bingo. She thought Huey was singing " hit the B square" instead of "it's hip to be square."<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0><BR>Even now we tease her and say Let's go hit the B square. She really hates that,so we keep it up.
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Postby Berhael » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:00 am

*bump*ing for vison... I knew this thread existed, but I couldn't find it in the Search either. :)
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Postby Harvestar » Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:25 pm

Thanks Berhael! I was thinking of this thread a while ago.

That Dido song "This Ship" - I thought the lyrics said, "I will go down with fishes" instead of "I will go down with this ship". I said so to my boyfriend and he thought I was nuts - he never hears lyrics wrong apparently. :(
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Postby eborr » Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:28 am

My dear children used to sing the line from Suffragette City


as Can't afford the chicken

should have been Can't afford the ticket
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Postby JewelSong » Tue Oct 12, 2004 7:30 pm

Kaimelar wrote:I used to think "Take a load off Annie" by The Band, was "take a load of Fanny" I was about 10 when I bellowed it out in the car with my dad, he started laughing uncontrolably and had to pull over.


Is this the song "The Weight?"

Because it IS "take a load off Fanny." NOT "Annie."

Fanny = a name. Not...the other.

Here, look it up!
http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrel ... /1374.html
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Postby the_elf_friend » Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:16 pm

Haha. I also thought it was 'you need Kool-Aid' in Whole Lotta Love. (I still sing it like that.)
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Postby Curumo_the_Faithful » Sun Oct 24, 2004 12:33 am

For the longest, in the song "Born in the USA" I thought he was singing "born in East LA"
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Postby Alcanielle » Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:15 am

Funny thread :lol:

The first couple o' times I heard "This Love" by Maroon 5, I thought the chorus was:

"This love is taking it's toll on me
She said goodbye too many times before
Her heart is breaking a door on me
I have no choice cos' I won't say goodbye anymore."

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Postby bab5nutz » Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:58 am

Until very recently, I too thought that the song "There's a bad moon on the rise" was "There's a bathroom on the right". Glad to see that I wasn't the only one who thought that.

When I was a kid, there was a song around called "Spaced Invaders". I thought that it was "Squashed Tamaters"

"Then there's the line - I can't remember the song - You came to be on a summer breeze". I heard it as "You came to me on a submarine"

And then there is this song "I'm your Venus" For a long time, I thought that it was a word that rhymes with venus, and is a TOS violation!
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Postby Dunwen » Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:53 pm

Firiel, I heard the exact same thing!

Also, in Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Neil Young, it says "I have a friend I never see, he hides his head inside a dream" and I heard "hides his head inside a tree".
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Postby Aerin » Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:25 pm

"Bad moon on the rise" has been translated by my Dad as, "baboon on the right/rise/ride". I don't know if he was kidding or not.

Also that oldies song, "Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the muuuuusiiiiiic!" I thought it was "Salad break! Salad break! etc". :D

And yeah, in "Drift Away" (originally by Dobie Gray - sp? - and redone by Uncle Kracker ft Dobie Gray), I always thought it was "Give me the Beach Boys and free my soul".
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Postby Singingfox73 » Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:39 pm

Aerin, I always hear it as "There's a bathroom on the right" :P
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Postby Harvestar » Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:44 pm

So my fiance actually had one the other day (he usually looks at me weird for hearing songs wrong) - in "Land Down Under" by Men at Work - "and the wind will blow and men chunder"

In other verses it's clearly "thunders" at the end, but one verse is kind of different. odd...
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Postby Prince_of_the_Halflings » Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:53 am

That's "where beer does flow and men chunder"

in the other verses it's "women glow and men plunder". All very strange

How about:

"Get your car from Orlando Honda
A minestrone wonder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take a bus....




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Postby Gilaglar » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:52 am

I have loads of these. The ones I remember off the top of my head are:

Paint it Black -- The Rolling Stones

No more will my green seagull turn a deeper blue...


My Insatiable One -- Suede

On the escalator, the ship I received him on...


Also, in Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana, I hear the word "Jackdaw" in the chorus instead of "Dirty Diana". Quite where Corvus monedula fits into that song, nobody will ever know.

But the all-time best instance of mis-heard lyrics (or a spoof pretending to be a mis-heard lyric) was on Top of the Pops in the UK. Dexy's Midnight Runners performed their cover version of Van Morrison's Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile). The image on the screen behind them was Scots Darts Legend Jocky Wilson. My how we laughed. :roll:
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Postby Im_the_Mary27 » Sat Apr 02, 2005 4:58 pm

I heard Dido singing...."and I won't poke my eyes out in surrender" when if fact she "won't put her hands up in surrender." either way...she's not going to surrender.
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Postby Ulugz » Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:10 pm

Until I saw it spelled out, I was certian Innagadadavida was "In the Garden of Eden" I never could understand why my friends laughed like rabid hyeans whenever I sang along with the radio.
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There was also a smarmy pop-song that the actual lyric was something like "..he'll lift us up where we belong,..." As a ski-nut I thought the verse was "..The lift goes up where we belong..." and happily sang the wrong lines as I scraped and waxed my old K-2s.

I still like my version better.
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Postby JudyA » Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:46 am

I've packed up laughing over several of these. I, too, have had lots of trouble with The Police songs, and with Australian Crawl (other Aussies will attest that James Reyne is clearly singing a foreign language).

I NEVER understood that line from Macy Gray. To me it sounded like:
"I go goo-goos when you are not there" (As in, I turn into a baby)


I've also never understood the lyrics in the chorus of Michael Jackson's Don't Stop till you get enough.
It sounded to me like:
Come on to the bus stop (or post op)
Don't stop till you get enough.


Apparently the real words are:
Keep on with the force, don't stop
Don't stop 'til you get enough.


Clearly this guy needs some English lessons...


Aeons ago there was a Supertramp song called Breakfast in America, where it sounded like he was singing:
"Am a weiner, amasina" not that I knew what this was. Then I discovered the words were "I'm a winner, I'm a sinner". :roll:
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Postby GoodSam » Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:15 pm

A rather slow friend of mine in High School thought War's
Why can't we be friends was
I got weazy pains
One day after swimming practice he started singing it and we all had tto sit down we were laughing so hard!

My wife used to think that Neil Diamonds Forever in Blue Jeans was Reverend Blue Jeans. She figured it was a song about a very informally dressed pastor, but couldn't figure out what the rest of the song had to do with that.
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Postby Harvestar » Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:44 pm

So we were listening to a Sting CD last night and I could have sworn he sang "Over Caesar Salad..." and I was thinking the song must be about a dinner date or something... but no. It was really "Over Seas I've followed" or something like that.

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Postby TheInfiniteSadness » Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:57 am

How about Escape by Enrique Iglesisas

"You can run you can hide, but you can't escape my love" -real lyric

What is heard by me for a giggle...

"You can run you can die, but you can't escape my love" - not the real lyric :wink:
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Postby minyacaliel » Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:45 am

"You can run you can die, but you can't escape my love"
Oh dear, Enrique seems pretty persistant.... :lol: :lol: :lol: I always manage to hear songs wrong, I can´t think of anything... Well, my brother misheasr "Eye of the tiger" as "Eye of the thai-girl"... :)
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Postby fascination_street » Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:54 am

my brother was singing along to Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine";

"your love is like love genocide"

the real lyrics are:

"your love is like bad medicine"

It took me a while to convince him that bon jovi never sang anything about love genocide in that song too.
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Postby elf-maiden » Sun Apr 24, 2005 1:12 pm

I sing "Sometimes I wish someone would pillow fight me"

They sing "Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me"

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Postby MithLuin » Sun Apr 24, 2005 1:37 pm

Firiel, I have always heard "twister" instead of "drifter" in Whitesnake's Here I go again on my own as well. I guess the path taken by a tornado is as unpredictable as that taken by a hobo ;).

From "Smoke on the Water:"
some stupid with a paint-gun, burned the place to the ground

they really had a flare gun ;)

If you listen to the rest of "Bad Moon on the Rise", the song sounds like it should be for a goofy horror movie - so I've never had any problem understanding the title (just think "werewolves" and it all makes sense).

But I do think "Lodi" sounds like "stuck here in old Die-Young (or Dion). "

I hear Elton John as saying "hold me close, I'm tired of dancing" instead of hold me close, tiny dancer (which makes just as much sense, really...)

I have misheard some other lyrics, but it was at least partially intentional...

Enya's "Memory of Trees" doesn't have any lyrics, but she says something like "eo-path" throughout it. I would annoy my sister to no end by claiming it was "jingle bells". Well, it has the right number of syllables...

Likewise, I've thought the song "Say a prayer for me" was really "Celebrimbor" - but this was before I knew that the initial "C" should be pronounced like a "K" - so, try it...sel-e-bri-im-bor...say-a-pray'r-for-me...sorta kinda?
I don't know who sings that song, but they did play it on the radio in the late '90's (that line is the refrain).

In both cases, I knew what the lyrics were supposed to be, but I had fun playing with them a bit.

Oh, and welcome to TORc, Infinite Sadness!
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Postby TheFiend79 » Wed May 04, 2005 12:10 pm

Tossing foreign phrases into English songs always throws me off.
Beck's "Loser" of course has:

Soy un perdidor

which was "So... I'm at the door" for years in my head.

The Pixies' "Debaser" has:

I am un chien, andalusia!

which was "I am moonshine, and I lose ya!" as far as I was concerned.


AC/DC's song "Dirty Deeds'" chorus was not "Dirty Deeds and done dirt cheap," but rather "Dirty Deeds and the Thunder Chief." I'm not sure who the Thunder Chief was, but I knew I didn't want to mess with him.
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Postby minyacaliel » Sat May 07, 2005 7:42 am

Only yesterday I found that Aerosmith sings in Cryin`
"Love wasn´t much a friend of mine", I had always heard it
"Love was just a state of mind"
What a moment of realization...... :P
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Postby Old_Tom_Bombadil » Sat May 07, 2005 4:49 pm

Back in the mid '70s the BeeGees recorded a song called "Jive Talkin'". One of my brothers thought it was "Jive Turkey"

It's just your jive talkin'
you're telling me lies, yeah
Jive talkin'
you wear a disguise
Jive talkin'
so misunderstood, yeah
Jive talkin'
You really no good...
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