* KidzBop is a series of cover albums sung by little kids. The lyrics are changed to be more kid-friendly. An egregious example is the cover of Music/LadyGaga's "Born This Way", which [[GetBackInTheCloset edits out all references to people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community]], making the song utterly meaningless.
** Some of the edits actually make the songs sound dirtier than before, like "Wrap it up / Can't stop 'cause it feels like it's really close" (Wrap it up / Can't stop 'cause it feels like a overdose," from Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor") or make no sense in the context of the song, like "And you out when you ain't got anyone" ("And you wild when you ain't got nothin' on / haha," from B.o.B. and BrunoMars' "Nothin' On You").
** In the new Kids Bop 23, "Gangnam Style" was edited to change "Hey, sexy lady..." to "Hey, pretty lady..."
** Averted possibly by accident on the same Kidz Bop "Gangnam Style" was on. In their cover of "50 Ways to Say Goodbye", they keep the word "crappy". Crap isn't really considered a swear word anymore (though there are times it will get edited like one because it's still considered rude, similar to how "sucks" and "screwed" can be edited if used in the rude or mildly risque sense) at least in America, however.
* Like KidzBop, the soundtracks for the recent ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' movie series change some lyrics to the songs they cover. For instance, the Chippette version of Single Ladies leaves out the lyrics in the middle of the song, Trouble removes references to drugs, and We'll Be Alright changes "Our middle fingers in the air" to "We wave our tails in the air".
* The animatronic shows at Main/ChuckECheese will alter lyrics to song covers to remove sex and drug references. For instance, during their cover of Music/RunDMC's "It's Tricky" "These girls are really sleazy/All they say is please me" was changed to "My name is Chuck E. Cheesy/You're all right here to please me" and "They offer coke and lots of dope/But we just leave it alone" became "We will take hugs, instead of drugs/And that is fine with me". Changes to Music/BowlingForSoup's "1985" included turning "One Prozac a day" to "One workout a day" and "She's gonna shake her ass" to "She's gonna shake it right." The "1985" changes may be due to the lyrics being based off of the radio edit of the song.
** Ironically, Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling for Soup, is the current voice of Chuck E. Cheese.
* Music/{{Adele}}: "Rolling In The Deep" officially has a line that goes, "Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your '''''ship''''' bare." Except the "ship" sounds more like "[[PrecisionFStrike shit]]" (which, knowing Adele, was probably the intended word in the first place.) In any case, when the song appears on radio, the possibly-offending word is played backwards, and when Adele sang it at the Grammys in 2012 she replaced "ship" with "stuff."
* Bob Carlisle's album ''Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)'' has a song called "It Is Well with My Soul" (not the hymn), that borrowed a few lines from a well-known JamesBrown song for the bridge. Problem: Carlisle's mostly Christian audience (at the time) likely wouldn't have appreciated the term "sex machine". So the lyric becomes: "Get up (get on up)/Stay on the scene/Aww, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre you know what I mean]]."
* Music/KanyeWest's "Power" originally had a second verse that started with a somewhat unwarranted TakeThat against ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and a much-needed TakeThat against Kanye himself:
---> "Fuck SNL and the whole cast
--->Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass
--->More specifically, they can kiss my asshole
--->I’m an asshole? You niggas got jokes
--->You short-minded niggas’ thoughts is Napoleon
--->My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goalies in
--->Now I embody every characteristic of the egotistic
--->He know, he so, fuckin’ gifted
--->I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts
--->Got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault
--->My childlike creativity, purity and honesty
--->Is honestly being prodded by these grown thoughts
--->Reality is catchin’ up with me
--->Takin’ my inner child, I’m fighting for it, custody
--->With these responsibilities that they entrusted me
--->As I look down at my dia-mond-encrusted piece"
** Naturally, when Kanye West was chosen as the musical guest for the season 36 episode hosted by Bryan Cranston, the entire second verse had to be changed. One would expect the ''SNL'' TakeThat to be altered and some of the profanity to be replaced with euphemisms, but instead a completely new verse was written. The new second verse goes like this:
--->"The brown hero, live from Ground Zero
--->Machine gun flow, made her get a Ross Perot
--->And this is disestablishmentarianism
--->With my night goggles on, got military vision
--->And it’s still a very Christian way to think about livin’
--->When you prayin’ for freedom ’cause your mind been in prison
--->‘Cause they tryin’ to control every single big decision
--->You ain’t effin’ the system, then why the eff is you livin’?
--->Look, dawg, you can cop whatever suits you on
--->Three-piece, cuff links and the accoutrements
--->They been feedin’ us ish without the nutrients
--->So I’m back with another hit to let the truth be known
--->And your boy still fresh with the Gucci on
--->Them Italians sure know how to make what the moodies want
--->And they really can’t take what Doobie on
--->But I be on the same thing ’til you prove me wrong."
** "Gold Digger" replaces "She ain't messin' with no broke niggas" to "She ain't messin' with no broke broke".
* Some stations edited the reggae-rap bridge from {{Sugarland}}'s "Stuck Like Glue", either because it was mildly suggestive ("Whoa-oh, whoa-oh, feelin' kinda sick / Just a spoonful of sugar make it better real quick"), because it was so bizarre sounding, or both.
** Many also take out the part near the end in which Jennifer Nettles sings with AutoTune.
* Averted in the GreenDay album "21st Century Breakdown". Wal-Mart attempted to get Green Day to record a censored version of the album, as the store does not sell explicit albums. The band refused.
* Canadian music video channel [=MuchMusic=] has a history of censoring references to suicide. While it is unsurprising that the word "suicide" was removed from Papa Roach's "Last Resort," more surprising was the removal of the word "resort", despite being ''part of the title!'' Guess the [=MuchMusic=] censors didn't like the expression "last resort" in association with suicide.
** On a related note in the past, when they did outright ''ban'' a video, they aired it as part of a late-night special called ''Too Much 4 Much'', which also featured panel discussions on why it should or should not have been banned.
* "No News" by country music band Music/{{Lonestar}}: "Joined a cult, joined the Klan" became "Playing guitar with the band".
* "Alright Guy" by Todd Snider. In at least the official music video, the line "Now maybe I'm dirty, and maybe I smoke a little dope / Hey, it ain't like I'm goin' on TV and tearin' up pictures of the Pope" silenced the word "dope". Later on, "Hey, I was only kidding when I called them a couple of dicks" (which works as a DoubleEntendre, as "dick" [[HaveAGayOldTime used to mean a police officer or a police detective]], and now means either "penis" or "someone who is mean or morally repugnant") reverses the word "dicks".
** And when Gary Allan covered the song, the "pope" line was changed to "This one time for medicinal purposes, they forced me to smoke some dope / I'm pretty sure I can still be the President / But I don't think I'll ever get to be the Pope". Changing the second half is at least justifiable to remove the now-dated reference to Sinéad O'Connor's controversial performance on a 1992 episode of ''SaturdayNightLive'' (similarly, "that new book with pictures of Madonna naked" becomes "that old book"), but that first half is rather egregious. Even more strangely, Gary left the "dicks" line unchanged.
* Rock and roll songs from the 1950s were considered menacing enough by the (non-teenage) audiences of the day [[note]](mostly because rock and roll songs were sung by black people, meaning the so-called claims of rock and roll -- or, as it was called back then, "race music" -- being a bad influcence on the youth could just be a thinly-veiled excuse to cover up the fact that most people protesting rock music were, in fact, prejudiced against black people)[[/note]] that, for a while, Pat Boone was able to become very successful by recording bowdlerised covers of popular songs.
** Boone wasn't alone. Elvis recorded a notably toned-down version of Big Mama Thornton's raunchy "Hound Dog", and Bill Haley & His Comets adjusted the lyrics to Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle and Roll" to be more palatable to mainstream listeners (though either through ignorance or a conscious attempt at GettingCrapPastTheRadar, they kept the song's most sexually explicit line intact: "I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a seafood store).
* When {{Moby}} covered Mission Of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver", it was changed to "That's When I Realize It's Over" for MTV due to MTV's rules against mentioning anything associated with guns, gunfire, and gun violence (and, yes, that rule applies to most rap songs).
* Some editions of The Lemonheads' ''It's A Shame About Ray'' change the title of "My Drug Buddy" to "Buddy". The ''lyrics'' receive no editing whatsoever though.
* Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks held a contest on their website to determine how their single "Senator" would be bowdlerized: The original line was "what the senator wants is a blow job" and the winning entry was "what the senator wants is a corn dog".
* KidRock and SherylCrow's "Picture": "I've been fueling up on cocaine and whiskey" is either changed to "water and whiskey", or just mutes "cocaine".
** Speaking of KidRock, he also parodied this in the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPOQE_LUESs "Cowboy"]].
-->"Curse like a sailor/Drink like a mick/My only words of wisdom are/<''RADIO EDIT''>"
** Speaking of ''that song'', many stations blank out some or all of the second part of the line "lock me up and snort away my key", as well as the word "white"[[note]]as "white" in this context refers to semen[[/note]] in the phrase "I'mma paint his town red, then paint his wife white!"
* Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" has all the gun references (mostly the words "bullet" and "gun") removed from radio edits and the rare times it appears on a music video channel.
* TheNotoriousBIG's "Gimme The Loot" includes a line about robbing a pregnant woman at gun point. Apparently, this was considered beyond the pale by either album producer Sean Combs or someone at the record label, because even the otherwise uncensored version of the song still censors that line. It's somewhat bizarre to listen to a song that's full of cursing and violence and realize you've just heard the word "pregnant" bleeped out. "Machine Gun Funk" also {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s out the phrase "the blue suits" with police sirens for unknown reasons, though the line is so relatively innocuous that this might have even just been done [[RuleOfCool because it sounded cool]].
* Music/NickiMinaj's "Superbass" is a victim of this. However, no two stations can seem to agree on what is and isn't acceptable to air on the radio, resulting in no two stations airing the same cut of the song. You might as well listen to the uncut version and save yourself the headache.
** "Starships" had "We're higher than a mother fucker!" in its chorus, which actually went uncensored for a while because, if anything, it sounded more so like she was saying "mother......ker!" (because of the large amount of pitch-shifting during said vocal), until stations began to catch on, blurring it out so the line sounds like, "We're higher than a (record scratch)!"
* In TobyKeith's "Red Solo Cup", the line "And you, sir, do not have a pair of testicles / If you prefer drinkin' from glass" changes the word to "vegetables". The word "ass" is also censored in the next line, even though Toby notoriously said that word uncensored in "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue" 10 years prior.
** And in between, "American Ride" changed "Daddy works his ass off" to "…can off" for the radio edit.
* Trace Adkins' "Rough & Ready" changes "'what are you lookin' at, asshole' smirk" to "'what are you lookin' at, pretty boy' smirk" and "That's a bitch, it makes me itch" to "It don't fit, it makes me itch" (in reference to a suit) on the radio edit.
* The band Kick Axe contributed two songs to ''TransformersTheMovie'' - because executives deemed their band name inappropriate for young audiences, the soundtrack album credited them as Spectre General instead.
* A radio edit for PanicAtTheDisco's song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" censored "god" but not "damn" from "goddamn" (a word frequently used in the song). In fact, the music video also lampshades the need to censor it by having Brendon Urie cover his mouth on "god".
* BlakeShelton's "Drink on It" changes "Man, he sounds like such a prick" to "Man, I'd like to bust his lip".
** A year later, "Boys 'Round Here" changed "don't take no shit" to "don't take no lip".
* The radio edit of ''[[Music/{{Disturbed}} Down with the Sickness]]'' cuts out the whole "Every night I dream..." part because of implied child abuse and [[ClusterFBomb massive use of the F-word]]. In ''RockBand 2'', the solo is left intact, but the lyrics are removed.
* The radio edit of RageAgainstTheMachine's ''Killing in the Name'' removes the entire "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!" part and immediately cuts to the end. The cover in ''GuitarHero 2'' simply changes the lyrics to "Now you're under control, I won't do what you tell me!" and "UNDER CONTROLLLLLLL!!!".
* After Lee Hazelwood threatened to sue them over their lyric changes, the only way Music/{{Megadeth}} could include their cover of "These Boots" on subsequent releases of ''Killing is My Business... and Business is Good!'' was to censor every changed lyric, resulting in a remastered version with about half the words being bleeped out, which makes their version seem much filthier than it actually was.
* NWOBHM band Tank have an odd subversion. The booklet in the 2005 reissue of ''Honour and Blood'' blatantly changes the lyrics of many of the songs to remove violent or controversial content. However, the actual audio remains unaltered aside from the remastering, leading to numerous situations where what the booklet says is clearly not what Algy is actually singing. While some of the changes may well be a case of the people making the booklet [[CriticalResearchFailure trying to write out the lyrics by ear instead of looking them up]] and ending up with a {{Mondegreen}}, others definitely seem to be deliberate, such as the removal of all references to Islam in "The War Drags Ever On" (which plays the "all Muslims are terrorists" card so hard that many people would be shocked to learn that it was written over a decade and a half before 9/11). For example, the lyrics for the first verse of the song are actually:
--> A war is raging that we don't understand
--> And I doubt that we can
--> There's no mistaking the mad sons of Islam
--> As they spill blood on the sand
--> A strange religion that destroys through the Koran
--> Freedom's lost in this land
--> Hades or Heaven, they're under its command
--> Whatever rights had a man
** But according to the booklet, what he's singing should be heard as:
--> A war is raging but we don't understand
--> And I doubt that we can
--> There's no mistaking the terms of this land
--> As they spill blood on the ground
--> A strange religion spreads through the crowd
--> Put them out of this land
--> Hades or Heaven, they're under their command
--> Whatever rights have a man
* Brazilian comedy group Casseta & Planeta has a song that the chorus roughly translates to [[LyricalDissonance "I am so sad/I am a fucking wreck/I'm in the shit/Became a card out of the deck"]]. The G-rated version featured on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9sjR1I6Xcw this televised performance]] has an impressively funny array of bowdlerization. Said chorus is translated first to a quite risqué version (I am a goddamn wreck/I [[BlackComedyRape got down to pick up]] [[SlipperySoap the soap]]), another alludes the original line "eu me fudi" ("I've fucked myself") with "I've made a fondue", and the final one is a StealthPun lampshading that they're running out of words to replace the cuss word "caralho" ("I bought a dictionary, couldn't find a word that rhymes with baralho").
* According to TheOtherWiki, LilyAllen, while performing the song "Not Fair" on The Graham Norton Show in 2009, changed the lyric "I spent ages giving head", to instead "I spent ages kneading bread". Yeah, I don't get it, either.
** Another censored version played on radio simply blanks out that entire line.
** For her song "Fuck You", the radio edit quite creatively censors all instances of the word "fuck" with various animal noises. They only appear after the initial "f-" sound, so it's still quite clear what word's being censored.
* Oddly, the lyric sheet to the self-titled album by {{OKGO}} has a line in "Don't Ask Me" listed as "Don't waste my blasted time" instead of "Don't waste my ''fucking'' time". The actual song isn't censored though.
** {{OKGO}} have covered "Oliver's Army" by ElvisCostello live - instead of singing it's one NWordPrivileges-averting section ("All it takes is one itchy trigger / one more widow, one less white nigger"), they repeat a line from a previous verse ("If you're out of luck or out of work / we can take you to Johannesburg")
* {{Invoked}} in the video for Raghav's "Top Of The World", in which he covers his mouth in the line "you would think that I'm fucked, but I'm not" (the offending word is blurbed out as well, and only the edited version is available on iTunes).
** "We go burn this shit down" is also blurbed in "Fire".
* 3OH3's "Don't Trust Me" originally had the line "don't trust a ho" in the chorus, which became something like "don't trust her".
** "I'm a vegetarian and I'm not fucking scared of him" also becomes "I'm a vegetarian and I'm not [DRUMBEAT] scared of him".
* The radio version of House of Pain's "Jump Around" is heavily censored due to the large amount of expletives and violence references; e.g. "If your bitch steps up I'm smackin' the ho" becomes "If your girl steps up I'm smackin' her" [[note]]though the edited line still implies violence against women, whether or not said woman is called a "girl" or a "bitch"[[/note]] and many words or phrases were silenced.
* The chorus of Black Grape's "Kelly's Heroes" was originally written as "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men snort cocaine" - it ultimately got recorded as "Don't talk to me about heroes / most of these men sing like serfs"[[note]]originally it was going to be "most of these men sing like ''Smurfs''", but was changed for legal reasons[[/note]]. The band sang "most of these men snort cocaine" whenever they played it live, even on television performances where this was censored via cutting out audio anyway.
* Again {{invoked}} in the video for the clean version of Marianas Trench's "Desperate Measures", in which Josh Ramsay covers his mouth in the blurbed portion of the line "payback is a motherfucker".
* The music video version of KanyeWest's "All Falls Down" censors "white" in the line "And a white man get paid off of all of that" due to racist connotations.
* Some radio edits of Music/{{Korn}}'s "Here To Stay" replace the lyric "This shit's gone way too far" with "This crap's gone way too far".
** When "A.D.I.D.A.S." was released as a single, the radio edit changed "all day I dream about fucking" to "all day I dream about humpin'".
* When Music/{{Weezer}} covered GreenDay's "Worry Rock" for a tribute album, they changed the line "fucked without a kiss again" to "''hugged'' without a kiss again". Their cover wasn't released as a single, so this was apparently just an issue of the band themselves not wanting to use that kind of language.
* The radio edit of Music/WhiteZombie's "More Human Than Human" plays all the swears in reverse.
* The radio edit of [[BlackEyedPeas Boom Boom Pow]] replaces the swear words with jittered versions of the words said previously, or replaces them with new words entirely.
* Whenever Busted's ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Are Go'' was played on the Big Toe Radio Show on [=BBC7=] in the UK, the first 2 lines of the second verse were cut out, presumably to remove the word "ass".
* Early pressings of Music/TheDoors' self-titled debut omits the phrase "high" from "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and Morrison's ClusterFBomb from "The End". Subverted during their performance on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', which, like the Rolling Stones example above, tried to alter the lyrics to "Light My Fire" - specifically the "girl we couldn't get much higher" line. The band refused and kept the line intact, leading Sullivan to sever the deal for the Doors to perform on the show again.
* The concert film ''Larger Than Life'' was released with the intention of being all-ages friendly, in spite of the fact that one of the songs performed by Gogol Bordello in the film is "Think Locally Fuck Globally." In addition to being part of the title, the word "fuck" is featured heavily in the lyrics. This leads to awkward moments when the band members are clearly saying something but there's no sound coming out (not even a bleep). Even more confusing is that the song is one of two chosen from what was clearly a full set performed by the band. Why didn't the editors simply choose to include a different song?
* Bad Ronald's single "Let's Begin" had several lines censored or altered in the radio edit. "Smoke good weed get a long lasting high" became "Smoke good ''trees'' get a long lasting ''vibe''"[[note]]not much of an improvement since "trees" and "weed" are euphemisms for marijuana -- and "vibe" means the same thing as "high"[[/note]], "pass the shit around" became "pass it around", and a line about "lickin' Larry's johnson" was cut off after "lickin'". The chorus also had an incidence of 'weed' changed to 'trees', and shortened 'shit' to 'shh'.
* The version of "My Old Kentucky Home" sung at the Kentucky Derby changes "darkies" to "people". Either way, the lyrics "the darkies/people are gay" [[HaveAGayOldTime still sounds funny to modern ears]].
* Subverted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Rather than change references to "Ol' Massa whippin' the darkies" in "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," the legislature retired the old state song and held a contest for a new one.
* The Cole Porter song "I Get a Kick Out of You" is commonly performed in one of two {{Bowdlerise}}d versions, which remove the reference to cocaine and replace it with "perfume from Spain" or "a bop-type refrain."
* "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" is often sung using the standard edition with all the {{Double Entendre}}s removed when not performed as part of ''Pal Joey''. One would need to {{Bowdlerise}} far, far more than this song to make a clean version of ''Pal Joey'', a feat which ''was'' accomplished in the film version.
* Music/TheRollingStones had to record a special version of "Let's Spend The Night Together" to play it on BBC radio because it implied sex. The bowdlerised version was called "Let's Spend Some Time Together". They were also forced to play this version when they appeared on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' in the United States, but Mick expressed his displeasure with this by rolling his eyes and giving the camera exaggerated looks of disgust while singing.
* D12's ''Purple Pills'', a song about drug use, was rewritten to ''Purple Hills'', a song about travelling while engaging in drug use. ("Blue and yellow purple hills?" ''Yeah'', they're high either way.)
* After the 9/11 terror attacks, several songs that mentioned bombs and war were censored -- among them was Electric Six's "Gay Bar", which included the lyrics, "Let's start a war, start a nuclear war!" In the United Kingdom, the offending words were replaced by the sound of whips cracking. In the American radio edit for alternative and college radio, however, the lyrics were replaced entirely with [[LampshadeHanging "Let's do an edit, do a radio edit!"]]
* Rapper Styles P's song ''Good Times Pt. 2 (I Get High)'' has two versions, a milder version with slightly different lyrics that goes with the music video and the more explicit version on the CD (the drug use remains constant throughout both versions). The mild version is arguably of higher quality, as the hardcore version uses profanity and references to violence [[DarkerAndEdgier to sound 'gangster']] but the music video version flows better with more assonance and consonance. (For example, "I get high 'cuz I ride, what's better to do/ and I'ma always stay live, 'cuz I'm better than you" rhymes better than replacing the second line with the explicit version's "and I never give a fuck, 'cuz I'm better than you".)
* The Clear Channel version of ''[[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/everlast/whatitslike.html What It's Like]]'', by Everlast, replaces all "objectionable" words -- including "Chrome '45"[[note]]which is a type of gun[[/note]] -- with humorous sounds (well, the music execs probably find them humorous, at any rate).
** Who else found the way they'd changed "Like cutting off his balls" to "Like cutting off his -" followed by the sound of a very loud pruning shears to be ''a lot more painful'' than the uncensored line?
* Creator/DrDemento has been known to use [[SoundEffectBleep duck calls and other funny noises]] to drown out obscene words in some songs, such as over the repeated refrain of "What the fuck?" in The Fools' "Psycho Chicken".
** He has also been known to cut-n-paste parts of songs to remove "offensive" material. The version of Dr. Hook's "Freaking at the Freaker's Ball" broadcast on the program, for instance, had the line "All the fags and the dykes are boogyin' together" electronically replaced with a copy of "White ones, black ones, yellow ones, red ones" from later in the song.
** He also took out a brief snippet from "Ti Kwan Leep/Boot to the Head" where [[ButtMonkey Ed Gruberman]] complains, "All this faggy stuff is starting to piss me off!"
** The funniest Dr. Demento version is FrankZappa's "Titties and Beer," in which most of the song is bleeped out, including the title, which Dr. D introduces as "Beepers and Beer." This hasn't kept the song from being a perennial Funny Five favorite.
* The song "Closer" by Music/NineInchNails is a complete subversion. Aside from removing the word "fuck" 4 times, the song is left completely unedited when played on the radio. This may be because most MoralGuardians are scared shitless of Trent Reznor. There is an occasionally aired version that also cuts out "penetrate" (as in "you let me penetrate you"), though evidently "violate you" and "desecrate you" are still okay.
* Music/{{Tool}}'s "Stinkfist" has no individual profane words in it, but it is frequently referred to as "Track #1". The line "[=finger/knuckle/elbow/shoulder=] deep within the borderline" is also often edited to remove the body part.
* Music/TheBlackEyedPeas re-wrote "Let's Get Retarded" as "Let's Get It Started" to be Creator/{{ABC}}'s theme song for the 2004 [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA Finals]]. This version ended up becoming so popular that it got released as its own single, was made a bonus track on a re-release of the Elephunk album, and you can find many people that don't even know there's different lyrics! This wasn't an uncommon occurance at the height of the song's place in the public consciousness either. The "clean" version has almost CoveredUp the original by the ''same artist''.
* The popular song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels has the final line where Johnny says "I told you once, you son-of-a-bitch, I'm the best there ever been." On the radio it usually plays as "son-of-a-gun." Not too noticeable considering the song is otherwise clean.
** Even better, when this song was put in ''GuitarHero III'', it was censored... even though the '''official soundtrack CD''' has the line as "son of a bitch".
** This particular edit seems to [[UnfortunateImplications completely change the tone of the song]]. "Son of a Bitch" in the correct tone shows complete contempt, but no matter how you say "Son of a Gun", there's a feeling of affectation in it.
** Then there's Charlie's song "Long Haired Country Boy" where the line "but I will take another toke" is replaced by "but I will tell another joke".
** Charlie Daniels bowdlerized many of his own songs after becoming a born-again Christian.
* Radio Disney edits many of the songs they play. Some of the edits are rewrites, and others have lines ''completely removed''. One example: Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away" had the line "So before you point your finger, Get your hands off of my trigger" removed as well as an entire verse between the last two choruses for sexual connotations.
** So did AllstarWeekend's "Not Your Birthday" when played there: "Quit your bitching" was changed to "Stop complaining."
*** In the same song, "Before the drinks are gone" was changed to "Before the night is gone," and "Nobody gives a damn" was changed to "Nobody really cares."
** Music/DestinysChild's "Jumpin' Jumpin'" changed from a song about clubbing at 11:30 PM to a song about partying at 5:00 PM.
** The original second verse of Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" describes waking up from a hangover with a strange tattoo which he doesn't know how he got, that "kinda looks just like you/mixed with Zach Galifianakis". The Radio Disney Edit has it so the narrator is on a plane with a pilot looking "just like you/Zach Galifianakis" instead. Interestingly, "my girlfriend went & cheated on me" from the song's beginning is left intact.
** SelenaGomez' "Hit The Lights" has two separate verses ending in with [[PrecisionFStrike Precision D Strikes]]. The edited version replaces "too damn scared to fly" and "too damn scared to try" with "toooooo...scared to try/fly".
** In the Radio Disney version of AshleyTisdale's "He Said She Said," the lyrics "Baby I can see us movin' like that (like that)/Baby I can see us touchin' like that (like that)/Baby I can see us kissin' like that (like that)" become "Baby I can see us bein' like that, (like that)/Baby I can see us dancin' like that (like that)/Baby I can see us chillin' like that (like that)."
** And though the girl the boy falls for in the same song remains "so Creator/JessicaAlba fantastic," she goes from "blowin' your mind with her asset" to having "got everything, you can't pass it."
** In the Radio Disney edit of Music/{{Pink}}'s song "Get the Party Started", the line "I'll be burning rubber, you'll be kissing my ass" is removed (whereas other radio edits would replace "kissing my ass" with "watching me pass" or cover "ass" with a SoundEffectBleep[[note]]like a car horn or the sound of tires screeching as a car peels out into traffic[[/note]] or a computerized voice saying, "Radio Edit").
* When the Eels album ''Daisies Of The Galaxy'' was released, Dream Works Records requested they record bowdlerized lyrics to "It's a Motherfucker" for an edited version of the album to be sold at Wal-Mart. E complied, in a tongue in cheek WriterRevolt sort of way, by changing it to "It's a ''Monster Trucker''", complete with unintelligible CB radio speak during instrumental breaks.
* Songs with potentially offensive references to Jesus in their title frequently have it omitted. For example, "Trip with Jesus" by The Union Underground is frequently just referred to as "Trip...", and some playings shorten the line "trip with Jesus" to "trip...". Not so bad? British metal band Orange Goblin has a song called "Jesus Beater" (it isn't actually as offensive as the name would make you think). It got bowdlerised, though... into "Wife Beater". Sure, that's also another term for a tank top shirt, but it's easy to take the wrong way.
* The official edited version of the Beastie Boys album ''Ill Communication'' has some rather perplexing Bowdlerizations. (Many would also find the very concept of an "edited version" perplexing, but that's beside the point.) Aside from being poorly done in general -- portions of the entire finished mixdown are reversed instead of just altering the vocal track -- there are edits to completely innocuous words such as "shifting" and "funky". But the most humorously misguided edit on the album would have to be in "Get It Together", when the word "crack" is edited out of the line "Never ever ever smoking crack." So instead of getting a nice anti-drug message, the hypothetical listener of this family-friendly album now has to wonder exactly what it is that the Beasties will ''never ever ever'' smoke. (The same song has the word "shit" unedited in one lone instance.) A later song also has the word "Cheeba" (a slang term for marijuana) edited out of the line "I stopped smoking Cheeba, that was part of the key."
** The later ''To The Five Boroughs'' also has an edited version, but it's ''much'' less of a hack job, as almost all of the songs actually have alternate vocals recorded to mask the offending words. Hearing the edited version of "Ch-Check It Out" on the radio, for example, you would never guess just how profane the song really is. "Wait a minute, all you Klingons in the ''fucking'' house? Turn this ''motherfucking'' party out? Where'd all this come from?"
* "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba goes from "pissing the night away"[[note]]"pissing" in this case being British slang for drinking[[/note]] to "KISSING the night away."
* In ''Karaoke Revolution 2'', the Boys II Men song "I'll Make Love To You" is edited to say, "Throw your rose on the floor / I'm gonna take my rose off too," which makes absolutely no sense in a song that's about having sex.
* Another Cole Porter example: it's unlikely you'll hear singers nowadays launch into the first chorus of "Let's Do It" as it was originally written: "Chinks do it, Japs do it / Up in Lapland little Lapps do it..." (The replacement lyrics about birds, bees and educated fleas were taken from one of Porter's later choruses, but they spoil the nationality theme of the first refrain.)
** Likewise, the line "Roosters with a doodle and a cock do it" was changed to "Even little cuckoos in their clocks do it".
* Spoofed in "Oh Susie" by German singer/comedian Frank Zander, in which ''all'' the (still quite obvious) "dirty" words are replaced with random noises ostensibly due to ExecutiveMeddling.
* Some radio stations completely replace the second verse of the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" because of the repeated use of the word "faggot." Their greatest hits CD also has the edited version.
** Mark Knopfler himself changed the word to the slightly less offensive "queenie" in an MTV concert performance and on the ''On The Night'' live album.
* No one mentioned "I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio"? It's a [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Monty Python]] song entirely about this where there are very odd and obvious bleep sounds every few words about profanity censorship. And yes, it has been played on the radio.
** Apparently, the B-side had the "un-censored" version.
* The song "Seasons in the Sun" is a highly bowdlerised version of a French song "Le Moribund" ("The Dying Man") by Jacques Brel. Both are about a dying man saying goodbye to his friends and family, but in the original, it becomes pretty clear that all the people that the narrator is saying goodbye to were people his wife was having an affair with.
* When Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" was originally released in 1967, a lot of radio stations objected to the line "Making love in the green grass" because of the sexual connotations, so the record company issued a version that poorly edited in the line "Laughin' and a-runnin', hey hey" (from earlier in the song) over the other line. That version was quickly forgotten and the uncensored version became the standard one over the years. Then, for reasons unknown, the censored version was included on the popular 1990 ''Best of Van Morrison'' comp.
** Incidentally, both versions are available on iTunes, [[OrwellianRetcon and not marked as "clean" or "uncensored".]] So, best of luck...
*** The song was also originally called "Brown-''Skinned'' Girl", [[ValuesDissonance but radio stations refused to play it like that.]] Morrison had to change all references to brown skin to brown eyes instead.
* The song "Almost" by Bowling for Soup, a title quite appropriate in that after the edits it's [[IncrediblyLamePun almost]] a different song. For example:
-->I almost got drunk at school at fourteen
-->Where I almost made out with the homecoming queen
-->Who almost went on to be Miss Texas
-->But lost to a slut with much bigger breastses
** ...became...
-->I almost got punked at school at fourteen
-->Where I almost got a hug from the homecoming queen
-->Who almost went on to be Miss Texas
-->But lost to a girl who sewed her own dresses
** Then we have this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNbOr0ylYZk little number]]. Note the omission of "Drunk" and "fourteen" but the distinct presence of "slut with much bigger breatses". Seems like a stupid place to draw the line.
* The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk" originally had the line "we'll be making love under the boardwalk" in the chorus, but radio stations objected, so it was changed to "we'll be falling in love." The Bowdlerized version has become the standard, although some oldies stations have started playing the original.
* Mocked in Desorden Público's song "El día que prohibieron la violencia y el sexo en la tele" ("The day where sex and violence were banned from TV"), which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about what the title says]]. The result: all the programming is screwed, since everything Newscasts to {{Soap Opera}}s is damaged when not outright off air, people stops watching TV at all since there is nothing to watch; and to appeal to those yearning for the lost things producers use those media not affected by the ban, so now people "can hear [[BangBangBANG gunshots]] and [[TheImmodestOrgasm moans]] on the radio".
* The single version of "My Name Is" by {{Eminem}} featured substantially rewritten lyrics. They're generally either just slightly toned down or so intentionally ridiculous that you can easily figure out the original content anyway ("I just drank a fifth of ''kool-aid'', dare me to drive?"), but a couple of lyrical substitutions are different enough for the real words to be a little surprising when you're used to the radio version. Even knowing his reputation, it can be kind of jarring to find out "If you see my dad, ask him if he's bought a porno mag and seen my ad" is actually "If you see my dad, tell him ''I slit his throat in this dream I had''".
** Another crazy censored line in 'My Name Is': 'Well, since age twelve, I've felt like a caged elf who stayed to himself in one space chasing his tail.'
** Other Eminem songs, such as "Stan", were censored simply by muting half the song's lyrics, including the entire verse in which Stan throws his girlfriend in the trunk of the car and drives it into a river (most of the misogynistic insults and the references to violence against his girlfriend [tossing her in the trunk, not slitting her throat, and binding and gagging her] have been edited).
* The version of Music/AliceInChains' "Man in the Box" played on MTV contains the altered line "buried in my ''pit''" (and later "shove my nose in spit"). Radio stations, which had actually been playing it uncensored previously, also switching to this version post-Nipplegate. Thankfully, they've now started just cutting the word short rather than using the rather silly alternative.
** Presumably for the sake of the singers among us, ''RockBand 2'' uses the version that replaces the instances of "shit" rather than removing them.
** And let's not forget the edit of "Heaven Beside You", which included the line "that's ''fracked'' up".
** Which is extremely ironic, considering that the song is about censorship in mass media.
* The MTV version of Tom Petty's "You Don't Know How It Feels" censored the line "Let's roll another joint" in an odd way, by just playing the offending word backwards (it sounded something like "let's roll another t'nohj"). Amusingly, when Tom Petty accepted an MTV video music award for the video, he couldn't help noting that whenever he saw his video on TV, there was one word of the song he could never make out.
** Some radio stations present the lyric as "let's '''''hit''''' another joint," [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar which could still mean what Petty wanted it to mean and isn't an improvement over "roll"]].
* In the ''{{Nickelback}}'' song "Rockstar", the radio version bleeps out the word "drugs" in the line "The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap." The bleep, of course, only makes it sound [[CensoredForComedy worse]] (and redundant, because the bleep in the second line in relation to the "girls come easy" line that came before it could translate to either "whores" or "pussy" by a naive, filthy, misogynistic mind who's ''never'' heard of the original version with the "drugs" line and likes to fill in the blanks on bleeped-out songs).
* The "clean" version of "Baby Got Back" has the infamous intro removed (with the {{ValleyGirl}}s talking about a black girl's butt and saying she looks like a rapper's girlfriend), and "walking like hoes" changed to "walking like Flo Jo"[[note]]The nickname of Florence Joyner, a famous black female runner who died at an early age of an epileptic seizure[[/note]].
* Music/TaylorSwift has had this happen twice. "That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" in "Picture to Burn" became "That's fine, you won't mind what I say." In a somewhat weirder case, "I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny" in "Teardrops on My Guitar" was changed to "just so funny" on some stations.
* When Music/JimmyBuffett plays "all ages" shows, his staple "Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" gets bowdlerised. Most noticeably the title line gets changed to "Why don't we get lunch in school?", though a number of other "family friendly" changes are made to the other lyrics as well.
* When DaVincisNotebook sang "Another Irish Drinking Song" in concert, a line about a Catholic priest who dropped dead "underneath the altar boy" was abandoned. Instead, they sang, "In respect to all our Catholic friends, we won't sing this line tonight."
* Radiohead's song, "Creep," has a radio edit in which the line, "I wish I was special/You're so fucking special" is replaced with "I wish I was special/You're so very special." This is retained in the Rock Band version of the song. In one acoustic version performed for a radio session, Thom Yorke lampshaded it by deliberately croaking out "very" in a very different tone of voice from the rest of the song every time the line came up.
* An example where the title was bowdlerized, but the song remained intact, involved {{Nirvana}}'s ''In Utero.'' Wal-Mart would not stock the CD until the cover art was changed (because, to them, medical drawings of the female body are offensive) and the title of "Rape Me" was changed on the cover to "Waif Me." No attempt was made to censor the song itself.
* The DresdenDolls song "Coin Operated Boy" has two versions:
-->"I can even fuck him in the ass!"
::vs.
-->"I can even take him in the bath!"
** Hilariously, the music video uses the second line, but uses the video (complete with a back scrubber and facial expressions) to imply the first (though "take" can and has been used to mean to make a sexual partner out of someone, so either way, the sexual undertones are there, whether or not anal sex is mentioned at all). Apparently Amanda's known to roll her eyes when performing live and being made to use the edited version line.
* One band name that was bowdlerized was the Music/ButtholeSurfers. When they hit the Top 40 with "Pepper," many radio stations called them the "BH Surfers." Their name is even rendered as "B****h**** Surfers" on the clean version of the album ''Electriclarryland''.
** Speaking of "Pepper," three words were censored from the radio edit: "bullet", "shot", and "rapist".
** Christian parody band [=ApologetiX=] did a parody of "Pepper" (titled "People") - because the band name wasn't appropriate for their audience, they credited the original to "The Buttonhole Surfers".
** In one of the SNES "Play it Loud" commercials, they played their song "Who Was in My Bed Last Night", but bleeped the "hell" part of the song. "Who the *bleep* was in my bed???"
* When Music/AliceCooper had a Top 40 hit with "Only Women Bleed," Casey Kasem introduced the song on ''American Top 40'' simply as "Only Women."
* When Sawyer Brown covered Dave Dudley's SignatureSong "Six Days on the Road," "I'm taking little white pills" became "I'm passing little white lines" because the CountryMusic audience of the late 1990s was presumably less accepting of a drug reference (though "white lines" also refers to cocaine, meaning that the edited version is more of a drug reference than the uncensored version).
* When it first became a hit, Bush's "Everything Zen" generally got the line "Should I fly to Los Angeles, find my asshole brother?" by uncensored, but now more often it's replaced by "...find my ''in-law's'' brother", or else the word "asshole" is just played in reverse.
* Music/{{Weezer}} had to re-record "We Are All On Drugs" as "We Are All In Love" in order for it to get played on MTV. Despite the fact that it wasn't a pro-drug song, and in fact wasn't even about taking drugs in the literal sense. Oddly, in the video itself, Rivers Cuomo is seen reading a newspaper with the headline clearly reading "WE ARE ALL ON DRUGS", and this goes completely uncensored.
** That wouldn't be Weezer's first experience with censoring on MTV. Their 2001 hit "Hash Pipe" had the first word edited out from the song and the title, referred to on the network as "H*** Pipe" or just "Pipe". The same was done with radio airplay of the song, as well.
* The 1979 Music/DavidBowie song "Boys Keep Swinging" has the lines "When you're a boy/Other boys check you out" in the first chorus. When Bowie performed the song on ''Saturday Night Live'' later that year, censors muted that second line, and the vocal remains muted on the Season 5 [=DVD=] release. At least he got to perform the song -- [=RCA=] chose [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_Keep_Swinging not to release it as a single in the U.S.]] (also counts as ValuesDissonance, as it was not subjected to this in the U.K.).
* The Song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is a supreme example of this, in its original form it was about a hobo convincing a young boy to follow him with tales of mountains made of candy, who he then forced to "sit on his peg". The original ending of the song even went like this:
-->I've hiked and hiked till my feet are sore
-->And I'll be damned if I hike any more
-->To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore
-->In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
** In that same song, the chorus once contained the line "Oh the buzzing of the bees in the cigarette trees." After smoking became less socially acceptable, the line was changed to say sycamore trees instead.
* On some radio stations the line "Praying to a God that I don't believe in" in the song Breakeven by the Skript was changed to "Praying to a God that I barely believe in", changing it from an atheist reference to merely agnostic (and therefore, better...?). Other stations will repeat the line from later in the song, "But no wise words gonna stop the bleeding."
* Music/GreenDay's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," has two edited versions for the line that says "Read between the lines, what's fucked up and everything's alright," one says "what's messed up" which makes sense, and one substituting "what's freaked up" which just sounds absolutely ridiculous in the context of the song.
* The radio edit of "In One Ear" by Music/CageTheElephant naturally cuts short the refrain's repeated references to "people talking shit", but more interestingly the line "the crowd will only like me if they're really fuckin' drunk" becomes "the crowd will only like me if they're all smacked up". That's right, the band got rid of the f-bomb, but also turned a reference to alcohol into a reference to heroin, apparently just for the sake of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* The single version of MarilynManson's song "The Beautiful People" has the rather awkward line "There's no time to discriminate/Hate every mother hater that's in your way." Almost makes you long for a melonfarmer.
** For their performance of "Dope Show" at the Video Music Awards, MTV insisted they alter a lyric mentioning "cops and queers" (which MTV also censored out when playing the music video itself). The band complied... by changing it to "the pigs and the fags", which was apparently okay (even though it means the same thing as the objectionable line, and these days, "fag" is considered so objectionable as a homophobic slur that it's subject to being bleeped on television. "Queer" isn't as strong a homophobic slur as it once was, but no one really uses the word much anymore because it's fallen out of favor).
** In fact this does make it more offensive, as queer is used affectionately by many gay people and their straight friends to refer to themselves. It's very rare for fag to be anything other than self-deprecating, if not always an insult.
* It was of course completely inevitable for this to happen with Music/CeeLoGreen's "Fuck You". There are actually two different radio edits, "Forget You" and "F You" - the latter at least has the same amount of syllables. Some versions even have "Fuck You" changed to "Fox News".
* Some editions of Lady Gaga's "[[LadyGaga The Fame Monster]]" have all instances of the word "bitch" truncated into "bit".
** Temporarily averted in the case of her breakout hit "Poker Face" -- Gaga herself admitted to being amused that nearly no one noticed that the exact words in the chorus were "P-p-p-poker face, F-f-fuck her face" except for someone at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. It's usually censored now.
* ''Theatre/TheMikado's "Punishment Fits the crime" song used to have a vain lady "blacked like a nigger/With permanent walnut juice". These days, she is more usually "painted with vigour".
* [[CensoredTitle The title of Snoop Dogg's "Sexual Eruption" is changed to "Sensual Seduction" for radio and MTV versions]]. The words, however, are not changed.
* Sean Kingston's song "Beautiful Girls" has the word "suicidal" blanked out of the chorus when it plays on more family friendly stations such as Radio Disney, which makes the chorus incomprehensible, because instead of going "You'll have me suicidal, suicidal/when you say it's over" it is "You'll have me ''(silence)'', ''(silence)''/when you say it's over". Other times, it may be substituted with "in denial".
* AlanJackson's "I'll Try" opens with the line "Here we are, talkin' bout forever / Both know damn well it's not easy together". Even though it wasn't his first time swearing in song, and "damn" usually goes uncensored even in country, the "damn" became a "too" on the radio edit.
* In "Runaway Love" by Ludacris, the word high in the line "Momma's on drugs, gettin' high up in the kitchen" is cut out, but that whole verse is about a girl who is being molested by her mother's boyfriend, and in general the song is about runaway teens.
* Comedian Billy Connolly's parody version of the song "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." contained a line about the singer's wife calling him "an F-ing C". This was beeped out on the single.
* P!nk's song "F**kin' Perfect" was changed for the radio, obviously. The lyrics change from
--> Pretty pretty please, don't you you ever ever feel
--> Like you're less than, f**kin' perfect
--> Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel
--> Like you're nothing, you're f**kin' perfect, to me
to
--> Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
--> Like you're less than, less than perfect
--> Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel
--> Like you're nothing, you are perfect, to me
** May cause quite a surprise for fans searching for this song online.
** In addition to that, the title was shortened to "Perfect". And don't even get me started on the music video.
** The version on Now That's What I Call Music 38 sounds like the original with the F word removed, but no gap between words because of it. Strangely the track listing lists the song as "F**kin' Perfect". Coincidentally, this was the same Now Album to feature both "Tonight I'm Loving You", and "Forget You".
* The admittedly ContemptibleCover of RoxyMusic's ''Country Life'' features two women in transparent underwear standing in front of a forest. A version made for stores that otherwise wouldn't carry it cuts the girls out altogether, leaving a picture of a forest.
* "Smoke a Little Smoke" by Music/EricChurch contains the line "Dig down deep, find my stash / Light it up..." twice. To skirt the drug reference, the first one becomes "Dig down deep, find my glass / Fill it up..." (which fits nicely with the last line, "break out the wine, forget again") and the second, "Dig down deep, strike my match". This makes it a common example of a lyric-swap that doesn't dilute the original meaning.
** This struck again with "Creepin'", which changes "Your cocaine kiss and caffeine love" to "caffeine kiss and nicotine love".
* The ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'' performance of [[Music/TheAquabats Pool Party]] changed the verse "Girls so cute! / In their swimming suits!" to "Wear your swimming suits! / They're a hoot!" This was most likely because ''Yo Gabba Gabba'' is a toddler's show, and parents probably would have thought the original lyrics were risque.
* Music/KennyChesney's "Reality" changed the line "Yeah, some days it's a bitch, it's a bummer" to "…it's just bad, it's a bummer" for the radio edit.
* Speaking of Chesney… when Montgomery Gentry CoveredUp his "Some People Change", they turned "Can't trust that colored fella" to "that other fella". Although the line is reflecting the opinion of a narrow-minded individual who changes his mind, the original line still probably wouldn't have gone over well on radio.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzL2sJKnAaM clean version]] of A$AP Rocky's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liZm1im2erU Fuckin' Problems]]" has so much cut out that it makes absolutely no sense.
* From the song ''Bye Bye Babylon'' by former ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' promoter band Cryoshell, the line "Or you can wish me hell" was replaced by "Be sure I will be there" (from a later verse) when {{LEGO}} released the song on their site and on one of their DVD animated movies.
* The radio edit of "I Love It" by Icona Pop changes "You're from the 70's, but I'm a 90's bitch" to "...but I'm a 90's chick". Which ''just'' barely manages to still rhyme with "we gotta kill this switch". The word "shit" in "I threw your shit into a bag and pushed it down the stairs" is also changed to "stuff", which stands out a little less because the offending word isn't rhymed with anything.
* "Redneck Crazy" by Tyler Farr changes "I'm gonna get my pissed off on" to "…my redneck on" for the radio edit.
* ThirtySecondsToMars' Up in the Air has a lyric-swapped version with "fucked up our life" replaced with "This is my life". Interestingly enough, all instances of "I'll wrap my hands around your neck" in that version were replaced with "I'll wrap my hands around ''your heart'', which is arguably just as bad if not worse than your garden variety neck strangulation and made even more glaring when compared to the other edited version of the song. That version just takes out "fucked" and doesn't censor the neck bit at all.
* The album version of "I Like My Bike" by Chicken Damage has [[LoopedLyrics a single verse that gets repeated three times]] and a TitleOnlyChorus. The radio version bowdlerizes the last line of its lone verse a bit differently on each repetition: "here's my dick, why don't you suck it?"[[note]]used as a PainfulRhyme for "pocket", "rocket" and "knock it"[[/note]] becomes "here's my toe why don't you suck it?", "Here's a gun, why don't you cock it?" and finally "Here's my love, why don't you hock it?". They ''may'' have been GettingCrapPastTheRadar with that second one, since in a different context "cock" would be a slightly more offensive synonym for "dick".
* Music/JakeOwen's "Eight Second Ride" has a rather egregious and inexplicable one: "Climb on up, but honey, watch the cup that I'll be spittin' my dip inside" became "…my dip tonight" on the radio edit, thus causing "tonight" to rhyme with itself. Exactly what was wrong with "spittin' my dip inside", besides the dodgy grammar, remains unknown.
* Another inexplicable one in Music/LadyAntebellum's "Lookin' for a Good Time" changes "Would you get the wrong impression if I called us a cab right now" to "if I asked you to dance right now." To prevent "dance" from appearing twice, "you shouldn't dance like that" in an earlier line becomes "move like that." This change is particularly baffling, as the whole song is about a one-night stand, and many of the lyrics are far more suggestive.
* When the original ''JesusChristSuperstar'' RockOpera was released in 1970, Judas's first song, "Heaven On Their Minds," was released as a single. On the album, the song is Judas's critique of Jesus's growing role as Messiah. In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvvD3NO9O0Q single,]] seemingly half of the words are changed ("If you strip away the myth from the man" becomes "If you strip away the sleep from your eyes," for example). It also adds background singers for some reason. May or may not be deliberate Bowdlerization, when you take into account the pattern of {{Rewritten Pop Version}}s of songs from other shows by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
* A version of Music/TheBeatles' "The Ballad of John and Yoko" distributed to American radio stations in 1969 blipped the word "Christ" from the line, "Christ, you know it ain't easy."
* Subverted in M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes". What initially seems to be SoundEffectBleep is, in fact, the official, er, lyrics, to the song. Those noises (a gun shooting then cocking and a cash register noise) have themselves been censored into less offensive noises, like a dull popping sound.
* [[TheBBC BBC Radio 1]] played a censored version of the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" during Christmas 2007, blanking the words "slut" and "faggot". They received complaints from angry listeners, from the Pogues, and from the late Kirsty [=MacColl=]'s mother, and generally attracted much more attention than if they'd just played the song uncensored in the first place and garnered anti-indecency groups who objected to the misogynistic and homophobic slurs. They quickly apologized and played it unaltered later the same day.
* Music/PinkFloyd's ''Money''. Heard on the radio in New York, "do goody good bullshit". Heard on the radio in North Carolina, "do goody, good, bull". Early in their career, they performed a song called "Let's Roll Another One" on stage, but when they wanted to release it as a single B-side, the record company forced them to take out all drug references. It became "Candy and a Currant Bun" instead.
* The Stories' "Brother Louie", a song about the joy and pain of an interracial love affair turned marriage proposal, lost its unique punch when a brief spoken word interlude representing the fathers of the fated couple was cut out from the original Hot Chocolate version that it was a cover of. White voice: "No spook in the family." Black voice: "No honk in the family."
* Wheatus' song "Teenage Dirtbag" was censored on UK radio by blanking words out of one verse:
-->Her boyfriend's a [[spoiler:dick]]
-->He brings a [[spoiler:gun]] to school
-->And he'd simply kick
-->My [[spoiler:ass]] if he knew the truth
** On MTV in America, "dick" and "ass" were left in, but not "gun." Either this was because of the Columbine shooting, or the fact that MTV has a rule against showing guns (even going as far as to edit out words associated with guns, like "bullet" or "shot"). Or both.
** The song was released on a music CD tie-in for the anime ''Beyblade V-Force'' in the UK - the only word edited from that release was 'gun'.
* NWA -- ''Boyz In The Hood'': "Jockin' the bitches, slappin' the hoes" changed to "Jockin' the freaks, clockin' the dough", among other obligatory changes (despite that, in black slang [at least in the 1990s], a "freak" is a misogynistic -- yet more acceptable than "bitch," somehow -- term for a woman who is into sexually deviant acts [read: anything that's not the missionary position]. However, kudos to the radios for not keeping in the "slappin' the hoes" line and finding a substitute line that actually fits with the GangstaRap aesthetic).
* The BBC edit of "Respectable Street" by {{XTC}} censored out all off-color references, which makes the song incomprehensible. In the line about "which sex positions pleases her old man", "sex position" is replaced by "preposition", while "Saturday I saw him retching over our fence" becomes "...''stretching'' over our fence".
* The band James subverted this with the video for their biggest hit, "Laid". The third line of the song, for both the radio and album version of the song, is "She only [[TheImmodestOrgasm comes]] when she's on top." In the video, the line is changed to "She only ''sings'' when she's on top" -- except the singer is quite obviously singing the original lyric, and the word "hums" appears on screen. Also, it's not quite clear why mention of a female orgasm had to be edited on MTV when the radio didn't bother editing it at all.
* "Toes" by Music/ZacBrownBand was hit hard with this. The first line in the chorus get changed from "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand..." to "...toes in the sand" and "ass in the lawn chair, toes in the clay" at the end of the song to "toes in the water, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment toes in the clay]]" on the radio edit. The line "roll a big fat one" also had "fat one" silenced. Other edits just silence the occurrences of "ass"; still others use "toes" for "ass" but leave in "fat one"; still ''other'' stations just play the song uncensored.
** Interestingly, the countdown show ''Radio/BobKingsleysCountryTop40'' always played it completely uncensored when it was climbing the charts, but now censors it to "toes in the sand" whenever it's used for a retrospective.
* Another odd example from ''Country Top 40''. When it was on the charts, Jerrod Niemann's "One More Drinkin' Song" had the line "marga-daiquiri-screw-olada on the beach" censored to "…chill-olada" for no real reason.
* Music/JasonAldean's "Johnny Cash" has several edits as well. The album version has a spoken "screw you, man" in one verse; depending on the station, this was changed to "I'm outta here," silenced or played as-is. Some versions also delete "Hear that train a-comin', rollin' around the bend / The man in black gonna rock your ass again" at the end.
* Speaking of Music/JohnnyCash, "A Boy Named Sue" notoriously beeps "'cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you Sue." At the end, he says "And if I ever have a boy, I think I'm gonna name him... [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion Bill or George, any damn thing but Sue]]!" The "Damn" is just snipped out of the radio version.
** Another JohnnyCash example is in his cover of Nine Inch Nails' ''Hurt'', where the line "crown of shit" is changed to "crown of thorns", as with the official radio edit. However, the change also adds [[TropesAreNotBad important religious symbolism]] to the song too, as Cash was also a devout Christian.
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "Become A Robot" has the lyric "here's hoping you don't harbor a death wish", which the lyric sheet to ''Then: The Earlier Years'' lists as "here's hoping you don't harbor a wishnik" - after some confusion among fans about what the actual lyric was, it turned out that the band themselves censored the printed lyric out of concern that it might be disturbing to children.
* Music/SteveEarle's "Guitar Town" changed "Everybody told me you can't get far / On $37 and a Jap guitar" to "…cheap guitar" for the radio edit.
* Both Akon's "I Wanna Fuck You" and Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight I'm Fucking You" replace "Fuck" with "Love" for radio play, for obvious reasons.
* "[[WizKhalifa Young]], [[BrunoMars Wild]], and [[SnoopDogg Free]]": The line in the chorus "So what we smoke weed" is changed to "So what we don't sleep" on radio broadcast. Oddly, all other marijuana references are left mostly intact.
* MaroonFive's "Payphone" changes "full of shit" to "full of it" and "one more fucking love song" to "one more stupid love song" in its chorus for radio airplay. Wiz Khalifa's "Man, fuck that shit!" distorts the two swear words.
* [[OneHitWonder Eamon's]] "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)". The entire chorus is a ClusterFBomb. It was heavily censored for radio airplay, in which all uses of "Fuck" and "ho" were left silenced, making the entire chorus incomprehensible.
* Some radio stations, such as KDWB, censor the words "skeet blanket" (a blanket males use to have ADateWithRosiePalms) from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop".
** "Cock" is invariably replaced with a rooster crowing.
** "Fucking awesome" is censored as [[BleepDammit "____ing awesome"]]
* The clean version of Bruno Mars' "Treasure" completely takes out the opening computer voice saying "Baby squirrel, you're a sexy motherf--ker." The MTV version of the video keeps the opening line but blanks out "f--ker".
** There are at least two different edits of "Gorilla": one that changes "Give it to me motherfucker" to "Give it to me like you wanna" and one that concludes the line with the sound of a hollering gorilla.
* The KDWB version of Olly Murs' "Troublemaker" removes the words "damn" and "hell" from Flo Rida's rap. Oddly, other songs get the green light for saying those words.
* will.i.am's song "Scream & Shout" (featuring Music/BritneySpears) sometimes has the line "Britney, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]]" censored by adding an echo to the word "Britney" to fill in the gap caused by removing the word "bitch". Other times, the line as a whole is replaced with the line "Bring the action" from earlier. Also, the line "You're gonna turn that shit up" is changed to "You're gonna turn it, turn it up".
* When Lloyd Price performed his version of the song ''Stagger Lee'' on AmericanBandstand in 1958, DickClark had him change the entire song. It went from being a story of Stagger Lee arguing over the roll of the dice while gambling with a man named Billy, so he goes home, gets his .44, comes back to the bar, and shoots Billy (while he begs for his life), to a story about Billy stealing Stagger Lee's girlfriend then feeling guilty about it so he gives her back to him and they remain friends. Compare: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCPutYaGFlE Original Version]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bk_dUPKKKY Bandstand version]]. Bonus points for [[PainfulRhyme Painful Rhymes]] like
-->Stagger Lee and Billy never fuss or fight no more,
-->Because he got back his girlfriend and Stagger Lee was no more sore.
* When Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat" was released as a single, the line "Kiss my ass/I bought a boat" was changed to "Adios/I bought a boat".
* "Moves Like Jagger" by MaroonFive often has the lines in "My ego is big/I don't give a shit" altered in one of two ways: either the "shit" will be cut short so it sounds like "sh-", or the lines from the second verse ("I'll make you believe/That I've got the key") will replace them. ''VideoGame/JustDance 4''' [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]] and censors it to "I don't give a ''spit''"
* One of the best subversions came from VisualKei. The original version of ''Stab Me In The Back'' by Music/XJapan was about oral and anal IntercourseWithYou between men. This obviously wouldn't fly on the radio in the late 1980 s or even on the major label album ''Jealousy'' in its production in 1990, so Music/YoshikiHayashi rewrote the lyrics... to be something even more taboo in Japanese society, ''doing drugs.'' The RefugeInAudacity worked, and the drug version of ''Stab Me In The Back'' became a track on ''Jealousy'' at its 1991 release.
** Some ''fans'' did bowdlerize the lyrics of the original version when they posted them online (either out of prudery or trying to avoid trouble with their [=ISPs=] or spammers), leading to a short-lived fandom meme about "lick pens erect."
* Music/VioletUK's ''Blind Dance,'' as mentioned in its entry on the BleachedUnderpants page. One version is GothicMetal IntercourseWithYou BDSM. The version most people have heard is the commercial/radio edit, which is ''much'' shorter and an ambient sound pastiche ApocalypticLog.
* One radio edit of "We Can't Stop" by MileyCyrus censors "Everyone in line in the bathroom / trying to get a line in the bathroom" by cutting off the second use of the word "line" (since it's a double entendre about cocaine use). But oddly enough, this same edit leaves in "Dancing with Miley", which sounds way too much like "Molly", a slang term for MDMA.
** During Miley Cyrus' infamous 2013 [=VMAs=] performance, the word "Miley" was replaced by a brief moment of DeadAir.
** There is a politically correct version of the infamous "Wrecking Ball" videoclip. It's just a close up of Miley's face singing for the whole video.
* "Shakin' the Blues Away" (1927) by Music/IrvingBerlin. The original version (popularized by Ruth Etting) contains the lyrics "Every darkie" and "Do as the darkies do", which are changed to "Everybody" and "Do as the voodoos" do in later versions, such as the JukeboxMusical ''Easter Parade'' and Doris Day and Ann Miller's versions from TheFifties. Irving Berlin's "Abraham" had its lyrics altered similarly.
* Similarly, the lyrics ''{{Showboat}}'''s "Ol' Man River" (written by Jerome Kern and [[RodgersAndHammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II]] in 1927)have also been changed multiple times due to ValuesDissonance. The line "niggers all work" was changed to "darkies all work" in the 1936 film. Other versions change it to "colored folks all work" (in TheForties), "here we all work", or omit the line completely and replace with something completely different. Some versions change the line "white man boss" to "rich man boss". The lyrics that mention getting drunk and being sick of living were also changed in one of singer Paul Robeson's versions.
* It's very unlikely you'll find the third verse of the 19th-century hymn "All Things Bright And Beautiful" in modern hymn-books, due to ValuesDissonance as regards the class system:
--> The rich man in his castle,
--> The poor man at his gate,
--> God made them high and lowly,
--> And ordered their estate.
* Certain edits of "Rock Your Body" by JustinTimberlake cut out the line "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song", replacing it with an earlier part of the refrain. Thus: "No disrespect, I don't mean no harm / I can't wait to have you in my arms / Hurry up 'cause you're takin' too long / I can't wait to have you in my arms". A little repetitive perhaps, but at least "long" and "arms" come somewhat close to still rhyming.
* "Follow Your Arrow" by Music/KaceyMusgraves censors the word "joint" in the line "Roll up a joint, or don't / Just follow your arrow wherever it points". The line was also censored when she sang it at the Country Music Association awards in November 2013.
* "Here I Go Again" by ''Music/{{Whitesnake}}'' has the line everyone knows as "Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone", which is actually the censored version - the original has "Like a ''hobo''".
* Near the end of "Look It Up", Ashton Shepherd says the word "asshole". This was edited out of the radio version.
* The 7" single version of Music/{{Marillion}}'s "Garden Party" replaced the PrecisionFStrike with "I'm miming," breaking rhyme with the preceding "I'm rucking." When performing this version on ''TopOfThePops'', Fish shut his mouth for the edited bit, pointed towards his shut mouth and winked at the audience.
* Another victim of MTV's 90s policy of censoring drug references was "Scooby Snacks" by FunLovinCriminals. The chorus is "Running around robbing banks all wacked off of Scooby Snacks", with Scooby Snacks as a slang term for Valium. The MTV version cut out "wacked" and just left a pause there, which if you weren't familiar with the song led you to think they were censoring a more profane word.
* In the ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Plato's Stepchildren," the music Alexander Courage wrote for Spock's flamenco dance is called "Spick ''(sic)'' Spock" ("spic," if you're wondering, is an American derogatory term for people of Hispanic descent). When La-La Land issued their 15-disc set of music from the series, this track was understandably renamed "Dancing Spock" (thankfully, this was the only title to have to be changed).
* "Carry On" by Pat Green changed the line "Billboards and bullshit got her down" to "Billboards and BS got her down" for the radio edit.
* Hilariously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsSEI2Le-so the censored version of "Jizz In My Pants"]] by Music/TheLonelyIsland replaces the word "jizz" with... [[CrossesTheLineTwice orgasm sounds]].
* OneHitWonder country music singer Ray Kennedy, who had a Top 10 hit on the country charts with "What a Way to Go" in 1991, changed the line "I got hogtied by a hooker in Ohio" to "redhead in Ohio" for the radio edit.
* "Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice. The radio edit changes the first lines of the chorus ("Ready set let's roll, ready set let's ride / Get your little fine ass on the step, shimmy up inside") to "little fine ''self''".
* Music/SarahMcLachlan's "Building A Mystery" includes the lyric "You're so beautiful / a beautiful, fucked up man" - the radio version either changes it to "a beautiful, but strange man" or just renders that line incomprehensible, and in on-air performances for TV or radio, she has sung the lyric as "a beautiful, messed up man".
* Music/DierksBentley's "Drunk on a Plane" sometimes has the line "I'll call her up and tell her kiss my ass" censored near the end. ''Radio/BobKingsleysCountryTop40'' changes it to "Kiss my… yeah", and some stations just cut the word out themselves.
* Surprisingly averted with "Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson, which somehow snuck the line "I'm here for the beer and the ball-bustin' band" past the notoriously conservative mainstream country audience.
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