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Misheard Lyrics (musical mondegreens)

Discussion in 'The Musiquarium' started by Spastic Minnow, May 4, 2011.

  1. Spastic Minnow

    Spastic Minnow bringing kawaii back

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    Misheard Lyrics

    Contribute your own favorite or most embarrassing mondegreens

    I don't want to step on everyone's toes by listing the famous ones, so I'll start off with a list of songs from my favorite artist that isn't exactly well known.
    These are some of the best XTC mondegreens. Ones of theirs that even people unfamiliar with the band might appreciate.
    You don't have to follow this pattern but I thought I'd use this format to list them:
    (artist and) song
    original lyric
    misunderstood lyric

    XTC:

    Rocket From a Bottle
    "Like a rocket from a bottle shot free"
    "Like a Rock n' Roll Barbershop freak."

    Senses Working Overtime
    "1,2,3,4,5 senses working overtime"
    “1,2,3,4,5 says she's working overtime”
    “.I've got work to finish off, says he's working overtime"
    I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
    "I can't see her well touched teats"

    No Thugs in Our House
    Reports of Asians who've been so badly kicked"
    "three quarts of Asians who've been so badly picked".

    Deliver Us From the Elements
    “Oh lord deliver us from the elements.”
    “Oh lord deliver us from the elephants.”

    Dear God
    "...And all the people that you made in your image, still believe in that junk, it's true"
    "...And all the people that you made in your image, still believe in that Chunky Stew..."

    That Wave
    "I was in heaven, address cloud eleven"
    "I was in heaven, dressed up in leather..."

    River of Orchids
    "I heard the dandelions roar in Picadilly Circus"
    "I heard that daddy was born in Picadilly Circus."
    "I heard the Dandy arsehole in Picadilly Circus".
    “I heard the dandy lads roaring: ‘Pick a deli, suck-@ss!’”


    Fruit Nut
    Spraying my buds, spraying my buds - gotta keep away diseases"
    "Spraying my butt, spraying my butt, gotta keep away diseases"
    A man must have a shed to keep him sane"
    A man must have a sh*t to keep him sane"

    Harvest Festival
    "Amish Festival"

    The Wheel and the Maypole
    “ Maypole, you spun me round and knocked me off my axis mundi”
    “ NAPALM, you spun me round and knocked me off my axis mundi”

    In another life
    "Ah,but in another life"
    "A Hobbit in another life.."
     
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  2. Nel_Annette

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    Good ol' Tina Turner is the first one that comes to mind.

    "White slugs got to do with it, got to do with it. White slugs is a secondhand emotion!" :D
     
  3. Michael24

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    Like I said over in the What Are You Listening To thread, when I was a kid I thought Van Halen's "Panama" was "Cannonball." :D Even listening to it today, I can still hear it if I think of that just as they "Panama."
     
  4. Lord Dalek

    Lord Dalek Uncreative Hack

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    The classic...

    Jimi Hendrix Experpience - "Purple Haze"

    " 'scuse me, while I kiss the sky"
    'scuse me, while I kiss this guy.
     
  5. Darklordavaitor

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    Nearly as classic

    "Ambition makes you look pretty ugly"
    "This shirt makes you look pretty ugly"

    And a classic from Cobain that I must be the only one to do.

    "We don't have to breed"
    "I'm free of STDs"
     
  6. defunctzombie

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    I've seen people on the internet get confused over David Bowie's Dance magic from Labyrinth. There's one line, "slap that baby, make him.." Depending on who you ask, the next word is either "Free" or "pee".

    Guess what, it's both. :p In the movie they say "pee", while on the CD soundtrack they say "free".
     
  7. Mr. Pedro

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    The big one that comes to mind is during the chorus of "Swallowed" by Bush.

    I've apparently always heard "I'm with everyone and yet not" as "I'm with everyone in Vietnam."
     
  8. droosan

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    I used to date a girl who seriously thought the refrain to Falco's Rock Me Amadeus went,

    Hot potatoes, Hot potatoes
    HOT potatoes!

    Hot potatoes, Hot potatoes
    HOT potatoes!

    Hot potatoes, Hot potatoes
    whooaa -- HOT potatoes!


    I still hear it that way, to this day. :sweat:
     
  9. Sketch

    Sketch not like those other old guys

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    I lost a great deal of appreciation for Linkin Park's song "Faint"

    When I realized the lyrics were "I can't feel, the way I did before" and not "I can't fail, the way I did before"

    It's like it went from awesome to weepy in that instant.

    I heard a comedic once joke about "Bad Moon Rising" thinking the lyrics was "there's a bathroom on the right"
     
  10. Michael24

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    That's a pretty well-known one, actually, so much so that John Fogerty has even been known to it in himself while performing live. :D
     
  11. Spastic Minnow

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    I'll have to pull out my Scuse me while I Kiss This Guy paperback to list a few more of the big hits.

    And of course there's that Joe Cocker video, I think the rules here mean I'm not allowed to post a link to it but it's a treasure trove of misheard lyrics. Just search for "Birthday Greeting from JOe Cocker" and enjoy.
     
  12. Mandouga

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    "Ain't nothing gonna break-a my spine..."
    (Ain't nothing gonna break my stride...)

    Oh yeah, the "a" isn't really supposed to be there, it just sounds like that sometimes. Also, the former is the misheard lyric, while the latter is the actual one.

    "You're the wuh-du-du-wuh.."
    ("You're the one that I want")

    Well, it can sound like to some people anyway.

    There's another one, too. In the song Someday by Mariah Carey, one lyrics sounds like "...you leaving me in spite of any oh-whoa-whoa-whooooa-whoa". It actually goes "...you leaving me inspite of any o-o-o-o...ther" (other).
     
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    Thanks to Family Guy, I occasionally hear "I'm a tumor".
     
  14. Spastic Minnow

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    Okay, s'more classics - I switched my order around, I like this order more

    Clown Control to Mao Tse-Tung
    Ground Control to Major Tom
    David Bowie, "Space Oddity"

    I want to Rock n' Roll all night, and part of every day
    I want to Rock n' Roll all night, and party every day
    KISS, "Rock n Roll All Nite"

    You need Kool-Aid, I ain't foolin'
    You need coolin', I ain't foolin'
    Led Zepplin, Whole Lotta Love

    Sweet dreams are made of cheese
    Sweet dreams are made of these
    Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams"

    Wake up, I might sit on you
    I've got my mind set on you
    George Harrison, "I've got my mind set on you"

    Slow motion Walter, fire-engine guy
    Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
    Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"

    I am a rock, I am an onion
    I am a rock, I am in Thailand
    I am a rock, I am an Island
    Simon and Garfunkel, "I am a Rock"

    I believe in milkin' cows
    I believe in miracles
    Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing"

    My anus will fix it, you're addicted to love
    Might as well face it, you're addicted to love
    Robert Palmer, "Addicted to Love

    Sweet, sweet, vasectomy
    Free, free, set them free
    The Police, "If you Love Somebody Set Them Free"
     
  15. Peter Paltridge

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    These can't be mondegreens that you've heard yourself? Because I rarely understand music lyrics.

    Here's something from "Sweet Home Alabama" that's always puzzled me:
    "Russell Schultz has got the Swampus."
    Is The Swampus some kind of backwoods disease? What are they actually saying?
     
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    The line is actually "Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers". Muscle Shoals is a town in Alabama, and the Swampers refers to a group of musicians that hails from said town.
     
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    I forgot the name of the song, but the lyrics go, "Come on Barbie/lets go party/ooh, ooh yeah."

    However, as a kid, I heard it like this: "Come on Barbie/let's go potty/ooh, ooh yeah.":sweat:
     
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    Paul Simon-50 Ways To Leave Your Lover " No Need To Be Corduroy"- real words-"No Need To Be Coy, Roy".
     
  19. Dr.Pepper

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    Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
    I have a friend named Cheese Sause
    I have a friend in Jesus

    Message in a Bottle (The Police)
    A Year has passed since I broke my nose
    A year has passes since I wrote my note
     
  20. Kiddington

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    Not gonna lie; as a kid, I always used to think the lyrics to Living Colour's Cult of Personality sounded like "I'm a coked up personality".

    Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhh... well, hey, at least I'm not alone here. A simple Google search yields results showing a lot of people have also made this mistake. It happens.
     

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