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Misheard Song Lyrics:

 1 Meeble, Tue, 25th May '10 9:48:13 AM from the ruins of Granseal
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I'm sure that we have all misheard a song lyric — thinking the singer says one thing, when he actually is saying something completely different. Sometimes this leads to an "A-ha!" moment when you hear the correct lyric. Other times you mishear the lyric for so long (or your version of the lyric is so much better) that you actually prefer it to the actual lyric.

This thread is to catalogue the most memorable misheard song lyrics for all of the tropers. Please post the actual song lyrics (if you know them) as well as what you thought the lyrics were at the time.

To get things started, here are a few among many of my own.

Everything Zen by Bush

They sang:
Try to see it once my way/Everything Zen, everything Zen/I don't think so
I heard:
Trashy was my wife/Everything Zen everything Zen/I don't think so

Machine Head by Bush(?)

They sang:
I've got a Machine Head/Better than the rest/Green to red//Machine Head
I heard:
I've got a Mushy Head/Better than the rest/Green to red//Mushy Head

Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy

They sang:
I'll be your number one with a bullet/A loaded God complex, cock it and pull it
I heard:
I'll be your another one with a bullet/A loaded gun complex, cock-eating bullet

Stupify by Disturbed

They sang:
I get stupified/It's all the same you say/Live with it but I don't get it...
I heard:
I get stupified/It's all the same you say/Whippa dippa I don't get it...

That's all I'll post for now. Anyone else have any you want to share? grin

edited 25th May '10 9:52:16 AM by Meeble

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 2 Meta Four, Tue, 25th May '10 11:01:34 AM from the house of bread and battle
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"Do Not" by John Reuben.

He sang:
Do not, tell me what I can and cannot do when I rock.

I heard:
Do not, tell me what I can and cannot do in Iraq.
Insert political joke here.

"Spy Hunter" by Project 86.

They sang:
We caught you plotting murder, and now the tide is turning. We'll light our souls, heat our bones, upon your empire burning.

I heard:
We're cartoon party murder, and now the tide is turning. When light up stones will eat our bones, and stop the hip-hop hurting.

"Old" by Starflyer 59.

They sang:
Is this a training ground? They all passed us by.

I heard:
We're such a jaded crowd, they all passed us by.

"When I Learn to Sing" by Starflyer 59.

The liner notes say that he's singing:
Because of my genes, a problem I don't need. It's not the same when I try, it's just a bad lullaby.

But when I listen to the song, this is all I hear, to the extent that I wonder if the liner notes were incorrect:
Because of machines, that burn the life out of me. It's not the same when I try, it's just a bad lullaby.

"Thin as a Needle" by Starflyer 59 features some wordplay that no sane person would catch without reading the lyrics sheet. And there were no lyrics, until an official fakebook was published.

They sang:
The biggest son, 5'4", three to one.

Which sounds identical to:
The biggest son, five four three two one.

edited 25th May '10 12:41:43 PM by MetaFour

 3 Mike K, Tue, 25th May '10 11:24:10 AM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
Trashy was my wife/Everything Zen everything Zen/I don't think so

I think you very much weren't alone on that one - it's partially because of Gavin Rossdale's accent turning "way" into "why" and partially because he kind of squishes "try to see it" into two syllables in order to not throw the rhythm of the song off.

Some I can think of:

Devo - "Girl U Want"

They sang:

she sends out an aroma of undefined love, it drips on down in a mist from above

I heard:

she sends out an aroma of undefined lust, it drips on down and I missed-a my bus

The logic being that... he was so distracted by her sexiness that he missed the bus that he was supposed to catch, I guess? I'm glad I wasn't right, because that wouldn't be a very good lyric.

At The Drive-In, "Quarantined"

They sang:

Have trigger, will travel! Have trigger, will travel!

I heard:

Have chicken with jello! Have chicken with jello!

Going by that song's shoutbox on last.fm, I'm definitely not alone. Yes, ATDI lyrics are weird, but not quite that weird. It's a little funnier if you've actually heard the song, because it's part of the chorus and it's screamed very passionately.

edited 25th May '10 11:32:40 AM by MikeK

 4 Mike K, Tue, 25th May '10 11:41:55 AM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
Oh, also:

cartoon party murder

Is it just me, or would this be A Good Name for a Rock Band?

edited 25th May '10 11:42:29 AM by MikeK

 5 Meeble, Tue, 25th May '10 11:46:14 AM from the ruins of Granseal
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I whole-heartedly agree. cartoon party murder and I missed-a my bus were both fantastic, by the way.
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How to forget...

She shoots my blog beyond main door/Full moon is on disguise and he's on a man/And it moans/See the chainsaw in my cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCsCAeMtgmQ As a non-native english speaker, and knowing the original lyrics, this made me laugh a lot.

edited 25th May '10 12:03:20 PM by htfcuddles

La-la-la la-lala-laaaa
 7 Exaggeration 17 A, Tue, 25th May '10 4:00:55 PM from the castle in the swamp
CHARACTER LIMIT EXCEEDED
"The Bird and the Worm" by The Used

They sang:
He crawls like a worm from a bird

I heard:
He crawls like a red rubber bug

Given that I heard the opening line "He wears his heart safety pinned to his backpack / His backpack is all that he knows" perfectly, I decided that anything was possible for the rest of the song.

"I Am the Highway" by Audioslave

...You know what? The lyrics are different every time I listen to it.
Logged: The commanding officer is aboard. XO Pressley stands relieved.
 8 Zeether, Tue, 25th May '10 7:50:40 PM from Mahora (I wish)
Knight of Legend
Oh, you want misheard lyrics? Eurobeat has a ton.

Example: The Race Is Over by Dave Rodgers.
What you hear:
The race is over, time to discover / Brand new spices

What it's really:
The race is over, time to discover / Brand new spaces

edited 25th May '10 7:51:43 PM by Zeether

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could drink you under the table~
 9 Ozbourne, Tue, 25th May '10 9:01:22 PM from the x on a treasure map Relationship Status: I-It's not like I like you, or anything!
8luh 8luh.
"Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" by Nine Days.

Actual lyric: "...when you look in the mirror/So how do you choose?"

I heard: "...when you look in the mirror/Say hi to your shoes."
The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.
 10 Mike K, Tue, 25th May '10 9:04:24 PM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
I heard that too, I thought maybe they meant she was insecure about her looks and every time she passed a mirror she'd look down at her feet to avoid seeing herself.

edited 25th May '10 9:06:19 PM by MikeK

 11 Happy Duck, Tue, 25th May '10 9:35:09 PM from Redneckville, VA
Give me your sooouuul
"Icky Thump" is nigh-incomprehensible unless you listen to it non-stop.

What Jack was singing:
"Red-head senorita lookin' dead
Came and said 'Need a bed?' en Espanol"

What I thought he was singing:
"Red-head singin' Rita lookin' dead
?????

Looking up the lyrics helped a ton.
 12 Rottweiler, Tue, 25th May '10 11:41:39 PM from Portland, Oregon
Dog and Pony Show
My favorite is Glorified G by Pearl Jam. He sings:

Glorified version of a pellet gun

But you hear:

Glorified virgin on a pelican
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 13 Meeble, Wed, 26th May '10 4:26:18 AM from the ruins of Granseal
likes the cheeses.
Argh, that one ^ almost made me spit yogurt all over my monitor. Thanks for that. ^_^
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Doublepost....

edited 26th May '10 8:36:17 AM by KitsuneInferno

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt." - Some guy with a snazzy hat.
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Bleed it Out by Linkin Park:

  • Actual lyric: "Shotgun, I pull, lock and load"
  • I Heard (and Prefer): Shotgun opera, lock and load"
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt." - Some guy with a snazzy hat.
 16 Meeble, Thu, 27th May '10 7:01:10 AM from the ruins of Granseal
likes the cheeses.
I wouldn't mind seeing a shotgun opera. Would that be anything like a space opera? wild mass guess

Another one of mine:

Over You by Daughtry

They sang:
I'm slowly getting closure/I guess it's really over/ I'm finally getting better// And now I'm picking up the pieces/ I'm spending all of these years/ Putting my heart back together

I heard:
I'm slowly getting closure/I guess it's really over/ I'm finally getting better// And now I'm picking up the pieces/ I'm spitting on the dishes/ Putting my heart back together

edited 27th May '10 7:03:46 AM by Meeble

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 17 Rottweiler, Thu, 27th May '10 8:36:34 AM from Portland, Oregon
Dog and Pony Show
This one's really vulgar, but what the heck. The swing number Jump, Jive and Wail by Louis Prima. The chorus goes:

You gotta jump, jive and then you wail

I hear:

You gotta jump, vagina, then the whale
“Love is the eternal law whereby the universe was created and is ruled.” — St. Bernard
Polite smartass.
Oh, I've got a good one from one of my mum's old friends. Jimmy Hendrix's Purple haze:

Excuse me while I kiss the sky

Which became:

Excuse me while I kiss this guy
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 19 Flanker 66, Thu, 27th May '10 2:59:38 PM from The Cockpit of a Celestial Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
Manei Domini
I remember mishearing this one when I was 11 or so; however, since it was the only time I've heard it, I don't know what the original was like:

On the [Something] Express, /I'm-a gonna k-i-i-ck your ass, /under the old bum tree!/ YEAH!

What made this especially hilarious is that it sounded like a stereotypical American trucker was singing it, and it didn't help that he seemed to be a large ham.
Locking you up on radar since '09

Sing to the ocean in the afternoon haze,

Up the iron pillars, rise in the waves
 20 Mike K, Thu, 27th May '10 4:30:08 PM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
This is probably the earliest one I remember having, for Amy Grant's "Every Heartbeat":

Every heartbeat bears your name
->
Beverly Harvey, there's your name
Guess I thought she was throwing a gratuitous shout out to some friend of hers in the chorus or something.

Oh, I also just remembered a couple for "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows:

Mr. Jones and me, stumbling through the barrio
->
Mr. Jones and me, storming through with Mario

Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with this black haired flamenco dancer
->
Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with this black haired flamingo dancer

In my defense I had no idea what a barrio or flamenco dancing were at the time.

edited 27th May '10 4:31:06 PM by MikeK

 21 Yon Troper, Fri, 28th May '10 5:22:30 AM from [DATA EXPUNGED]
Dropout w/ bong in hand
To the person who mentioned Pearl Jam above, I have some for "Even Flow".

The actual lyrics are:
  • Even flow
  • Thoughts arrive like butterflies
  • Oh, he don't know
  • So he chases them away

What I heard was:
  • Even though
  • Clothes are wrong, my butterflies
  • Oh, eaten road
  • So he chases them away

edited 28th May '10 5:23:34 AM by Yon Troper

Insert vaguely inspirational quote here.
 22 yukijin, Fri, 28th May '10 6:25:16 AM from behind the scenes
Discussed this last night at her gig, on Buttons by Sia, she sings:

I am no good for you, I'm seeing ghosts in everything I do

My mate knows this but only hears
I'm seeing goats in everything I do

But then, goats are funny.
...is out to lunch.
 23 Rottweiler, Fri, 28th May '10 11:26:34 AM from Portland, Oregon
Dog and Pony Show
^^ I hear "Oh he don't know" as "Oh evil gnome".

Here's a famous one, Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven:

  • And as we wind on down the road / Our shadows taller than our soul

But I hear

  • And there's a wino down the road / I should've stole his Oreos
“Love is the eternal law whereby the universe was created and is ruled.” — St. Bernard
 24 Mike K, Fri, 28th May '10 4:26:25 PM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
I had almost forgotten about it, but I have some fond memories of reading through this book full of mondegreens as a kid. The illustrations were generally pretty funny - I remember they had "Sunday monkey won't play piano song" from "Michelle" by The Beatles illustrated with a monkey dressed up for church standing by a piano and looking indignant as someone tries to hand him sheet music for "Sympathy For The Devil".
 25 Rottweiler, Fri, 28th May '10 4:33:36 PM from Portland, Oregon
Dog and Pony Show
That's hilariously cute. Everything's Better with Monkeys!

edited 28th May '10 4:34:05 PM by Rottweiler

“Love is the eternal law whereby the universe was created and is ruled.” — St. Bernard
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