Thursday, May 20, 2010



As a teenager, I was singing along with the latest hit single, "My Boyfriend's Back"; my little niece asked, "Why is she singing about HER boyfriend's BACK? Who wants to hear about somebody's back?"

There's a website devoted to "misheard lyrics":

The title of the website comes from the most famous "misheard lyric": a person who thought Jimi Hendryx sang: "excuse me while I kiss this guy" instead of: "Excuse me while I curse the sky";

Here are some other examples:

"BAD MOON ON THE RISE": a person thought Fogerty sang "there's a bathroom on the right" instead of "there's a bad moon on the rise".

"BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY": someone thought the lyric was "scallaboosh, scallaboosh, will you do the banned tango?" instead of Queen's real lyric: "Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?"

"AFRICA": Someone misheard: "I left my brains down in Africa" instaead of the Toto's true lyric: "I bless the rains down in Africa"

"DESPERADO": Someone misconstrued: "You've been outright offensive for so long now" instead of the Eagles' real lyric: "You've been out riding fences for so long now."

"SO GOOD": The person heard: "So good, so good, I got in here" instead of what James Brown sang: "So good, so good, I got you."

Any additions?


Sue's News said...

My nephew Allen responded:

"My goat knows the bowling score"
INSTEAD OF "Michael, row the boat ashore"


"Dirty deeds done with sheep" INSTEAD OF
"dirty deeds one dirt cheap"

Sue's News said...

Arminta's addition:

On Carly Simon's "Youre So Vain": "Your scarf it was half-way tied" INSTEAD OF: "Your scarf it was apricot."

Mona Lisa said...

from REM: "Let's pee in the corner, let's pee in the spotlight". The real lyrics: "That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight."