Songs where you misheard the lyrics and like your version better

Started by Kishi the Bad Lampshade, April 10, 2015, 02:30:14 PM

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buttgammon

"Don't go Jason Waterfalls" is a moving appeal to prevent a crap-named early 90s footballer from leaving Scunthorpe United.

iamcoop

An ex work colleague once asked me what a minesheerun was after Golden Brown came on the radio.

'....Lays me down, with my minesheerun...'

I told him it was probably some sort of persian opium pipe.

non capisco

Ce Ce Peniston - 'Finally it has happened to me/Right in front of my face/Monkey lips can't describe it.'

another Mr. Lizard

Quote from: Technique on September 19, 2015, 10:00:16 PM
The Jam - That's Entertainment.


A a teenager in late-1970s Derbyshire, I was thrilled when 'Strange Town' was released as a single. Not only The Jam's best record, in my opinion, but complete with Weller barking out a tribute to a renowned aspect of Midlands farming life by yelling the words "Dry Stone Wall!" right in the middle of the song.

Or "it's nice and warm now", as he apparently actually says.

phantom_power

As I am going through one of my regular David Bowie obsessions I have been listening through his albums and then trawling the internet for information. As I am currently on Diamond Dogs the following mishear has shown itself to me. What is actually

"With your silicone hump and your ten inch stump
Dressed like a priest you was
Todd Browning's freak you was"

I have always heard as

"With your silicone hump and your ten inch stump
Dressed like a freak you was
Fall down the streaky walls"

which I think is better. Not much, but a bit

chand

Not a mishearing, but the way Lenny Kravitz sings the 'ours' in Fly Away:

QuoteLet's go and see the stars
The milky way or even Mars
Where it could just be ours

Made me think of the word 'arse', which got me to thinking I would like the song more if the line was "If I could just be arsed". I like the idea of a song about a man who yearns to escape the mundanity of existence and promises his lover that one day they would soar above the earth, revelling in the glory of God's creation as they leave their workaday troubles behind them, if only he could be bothered to do so. I feel that such a song would speak to me.

daf

Bohemian Rhapsody :
'Spare him his life for this one sausage-ee'

I'm thinking this is some sort of mini sausage - possibly on a cocktail stick.  [nb]pineapple and cheese chunk optional[/nb]

Jockice

It's not really a mishearing but  every time I hear Crowded House's Weather With You, I always translate the chorus into 'everywhere you go, you always take Vic Feather with you.' Because life isn't complete unless you're accompanied by a 1970s union leader.

KennyMonster

When Smokey Sings by ABC

I always thought is went "When Smokey sings I hear Violence" rather than 'hear violins'

my version didn't rhyme as well and violins but it had a cold harshness to it that i preferred.

Johnny Yesno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daNYG2hsiBA

I thought the sample in Boards of Canada's Energy Warning was:

QuoteEnergy is becoming one of our country's greatest concerns. If we don't start working on energy conservation, there may not be enough energy to go around by the time I'm a pimp.

I was impressed by that kid's ambition, but apparently the word is 'parent'.

"I'll be your plastic toilet"

Such a kind offer from The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Just Like Honey'.

Natnar

When i was a kid i thought the backing singers on Fame by Irene Cara were singing "Bring a nut, bring a nut, bring a nut" instead of "Remember, remember, remember".

doppelkorn

Roasanna by Toto has a few:

"All I wanna do when I wake up in the morning is theorize."

"Michu all the way [ba-da-da] Rosanna, yeah." (Michu is a Spanish footballer)

Stoneage Dinosaurs

Zane Lowe's fighting in the dance hall

Also in the same song "Mickey Mouse has blown up a cow"

Nobody Soup

hot dogs, jumping fun
but I want cookie

turns it into a song about a man categorising his favourite junk food.

TheMonk

George Harrison: "Wake up, I might sit on you,
Wake up, I might sit on you," etc....

Crabwalk


Chriddof

Another Bowie one. When I first heard "Modern Love", I really liked the bit of the chorus that I thought went:

Modern Love
Terrifies me
Modern Love
Makes me vomit


Because as someone who suffers from anxiety at the slightest thing, I thought that getting to the church on time to have a wedding or something would be really stressful and you'd feel sick with nerves. Also I assumed that it was a deliberately slightly off-colour phrase in the style of the "Time falls wanking to the floor" thing, made particularly impressive by sneaking it in a big single that got played loads of times on the bland wastelands of 1980s pop radio. But no. It is actually:

Modern Love
Terrifies me
Modern Love
Makes me party


Seriously, what? What is that?

chocolate teapot

There'll be knocks
rings
lettuce through your door - Postman Pat theme of Postman Pat.

Years I thought that was right. Don't particularly like it better though.

Crabwalk

For years I thought the chorus to 'Hard to Handle' was:

'Pretty little thing let me light your chemicals,
Mama I'm sure hard to handle now, yes I am'

I still prefer it as making a woman's chemicals explode is sexier than just lighting her candle, and would also make you harder to handle.

Jockice

Quote from: Crabwalk on November 11, 2015, 11:16:56 PM
For years I thought the chorus to 'Hard to Handle' was:

'Pretty little thing let me light your chemicals,
Mama I'm sure hard to handle now, yes I am'

I still prefer it as making a woman's chemicals explode is sexier than just lighting her candle, and would also make you harder to handle.

I thought that too!

Dr Trouser

The Stereophonics described beautifully 'travelling through eternal understeer' which succinctly summed up my life during that period.

Disappointed many years later when in fact they were blathering on about 'a tunnel under the sea', welsh twats.

EFB

Blur - Song 2

Woohoo
Well I feel heavy metal
Woohoo
And I'm pins and I'm needles
Woohoo
Well I lie and I'm easy
All of the time well I never know why I need you
Is there any jam?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSbBvKaM6sk

Go listen and try telling me that he's not asking for jam. After hearing it this way, I saw an NMTB episode where they "misheard" it in exactly the same way. No no no, we did not mishear. He is asking for jam.

Mini

There's a line in Midnight at the Oasis by the Brand New Heavies that sounds like "racist robots in our hair." It's actually "traces of romance in our heads." Apparently.

NurseNugent

I always thought Alanis Morissette was singing "You know how Saskatchewan girls can be" at the start of Forgiven and I used to think to myself, ah she does understand irony because most people's knowledge of the differing cultures of the various Canadian provinces is probably quite sparse.
I was disappointed to realise the lyrics were "You know how us Catholic girls can be."

MoonDust

Bump for Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes.

Always thought "working for the black cats" was "working for the fat cats". The latter would have been more apt if the song is to be interpreted as capitalism vs communism.

Ah well.

Urinal Cake

'No Diggity'. Thought the lyric was 'By no means avarice' but supposedly it's 'By no means average'. I think mine makes more sense in  the context of the song.

buttgammon

Quote from: MoonDust on January 01, 2016, 01:55:57 AM
Bump for Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes.

Always thought "working for the black cats" was "working for the fat cats". The latter would have been more apt if the song is to be interpreted as capitalism vs communism.

Ah well.

At least your mishearing makes sense. Mine was "working for the black death!"

MoonDust

Listening to Bowie's Life on Mars? and the line:

QuoteNow the workers have struck for fame
'cause Lennon's on sale again.

I always misheard it as "Lenin", not "Lennon".

But to me, Lenin works better, because the previous line has me thinking of 70s Britain when there was lots of industrial action (the workers have struck for fame - me thinking "struck" here is the past tense for "strike", as in going on strike), and thus socialism and the hard left - particularly in the Labour party and unions - was back on the agenda. Hence "because Lenin's on sale again."

Lennon doesn't make sense here, at least not to me.

phantom_power

Quote from: buttgammon on January 01, 2016, 10:52:46 AM
At least your mishearing makes sense. Mine was "working for the black death!"

I thought it was "black gas"