Songs that you "misunderstood the lyrics to"

stone193
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February 8th, 2018, 10:29 pm #1

OK guys you mention it?

And I have to say that's a fun one.

I'll start with this song by Mr Mister - Kyrie



I thought they were singing "Carry a laser down the road...."  LOL
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February 10th, 2018, 11:05 pm #2

OK - no other takers?

Here's another.

It's the late 60s, I believe and I hear this on the radio:



Thought it was a commercial for Canada Dry.  When I realized later that it was the song "Kind of a drag" (thought they were singing Canada dry...) - Canada Dry ginger ale was very popular in NYC - in fact - Ray on "Everyone loves..." drinks it all the time.
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February 14th, 2018, 3:46 pm #3

Hey Mike, thanks for grabbing the reins and starting this thread, 
which as you mentioned in your opening was an idea mentioned 
in this thread here:  
the-turntable-in-your-head-t259.html  

Just to recap, you'd admitted there that you'd heard Rock the Casbah 
as "Rob the cashbox," and we admitted we'd heard another line in that 
Clash classic as "Sharia don't like it" (consonant, we still say, with the 
narrative and gist of the lyrics, but of course it's "Shareef [Sharif] don't 
like it").  And we conceded that the line, "Then I told you 'bout our kid: 
now he's married to Mabel," from Badge, by Cream, was long heard here 
as "Then I told you 'bout our kid: now he's not a tomato," which obviously 
is pretty stupid, but Clapton does kinda slur and the mix is a little dense.  
"Carry a laser down the road," though, is a winner, and we sorta like it 
better than the actual Kyrie Eleison lyric, since "kyrie eleison" isn't a 
verb.  

We've misheard a lot of lyrics over the years and we'll try to think of more 
(we have no hesitation admitting we're stupid since it's generally obvious 
to one and all anyway).  Hopefully others will chime in here with some 
lines they've misheard (it's okay to blame the singer...  sometimes).  
We'll skip the most famous one, from the Bob Dylan classic:  "The ants 
are my friends / they're blowin' in the wind."  One of the wives here 
remembers a high-school friend of hers mishearing Freddie Cannon's 
1961 hit, Transistor Sister, as "Franciscan sister," which maybe wasn't 
all that odd a misinterpretation given that the friend had gone to Catholic 
school and lived directly across the street from St Aloysius Church...  
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February 14th, 2018, 4:44 pm #4

Those are some whoppers guys!
I enjoyed reading.

I'm stationed in St Louis and it's 1980-something and Madonna comes out with La Isla Bonita and the opening line:  Last night I dreamt of San Pedro.



I thought she was singing:  "Last night I dreamt of some bagels"  



(funny emoji for emphasis)
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February 19th, 2018, 4:58 pm #5

Har!  Good one, Mike!  That had us laughing for hours, and we'll 
never hear that song again without immediately thinking of bagels!  

The only tune we've been able to think of that we misheard (for years!) 
isn't nearly as funny a misinterpretation as yours, maybe not even funny 
at all, and there are surely others we'll eventually recall having misheard, 
but tell us we're alone in not getting "Bohemian Rhapsody" quite right -- 

"Bismillah, we will not let you go..." sounded to all of us (folie a trois!) like 
"We still laugh! --will not let you go," and just a few lines later, we were sure 
"Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me" was actually 
"Beelzebub has a devil for a son -- poor me!"  

C'mon, those were entirely plausible!  
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February 20th, 2018, 8:54 pm #6

Some more good ones gents.

On the BR song - I thought they were singing Lusmila - didn't even hear the "B".

Now onto another. 

Again, it's 1980 something and I hear England Dan and whatever...I'd Really Love to see You Tonight...
in the chorus they sang - "I'm not talking about movin' in..."
I thought they were singing - I'm not talking about "meridian" - ya gotta love anyone who has way too much "wax" in their head!

So I'm thinking - who the hell is "Meridian?"

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February 23rd, 2018, 3:31 pm #7

Heh, a solid choice there, Mike -- right after we posted, one of us remembered 
that same lite-rock ballad as another we all failed to interpret correctly back when 
it was playing every half-hour or so on the radio in '76 (ah, it was kinda sweet 
and at least it was a relief from disco).  The best we could make of it was 
"I'm not talkin' 'bout Movannon," like maybe his ex-girlfriend was Rhiannon's 
Welsh-witch sister or something.  Hey, prose lyrics or music lyrics, ya gotta 
put the em-phass-sis on the right syl-lahbb-ble...  
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February 23rd, 2018, 9:07 pm #8

I'm sure glad I was not the only one who had trouble with lyrics!



Here we go again.

It's 1970-something and I'm riding in my and I turn on the radio (a la Pointer Sisters)... My car has the cheapest radio speaker on the planet - probably part of the problem and AC/DC comes on  with:  "Dirty Deeds..."

I'm listening as hard as I can but the best I can come up with that they're singing "dirty deeds in their dungarees"   
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February 25th, 2018, 9:34 pm #9



Heard this on the radio and brought back memories!

I like the Searchers.

Was 1960-something and Love Potion #9 comes the radio.
But, at first, I thought I heard:  "but when I kissed a 'cow' down on 34th and Vine..."

Was unceremoniously corrected by girlfriend with laughter.  Oh well, I "was" only around 16?  If that's an excuse?  
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March 1st, 2018, 2:48 pm #10

Hey Mike -- ah, the perils of AM radio!  Does anyone today under the age of 45 or 50 
even know what a "transistor radio" is?  Clarity of sound then not quite up to today's 
standard...  
We recall a very good female stand-up comic (sorry, can't remember which one) 
confessing that as a teenager, she heard the lyric in the Kiss classic "I Wanna 
Rock 'n Roll All Night" as "and part of every day," which she thought was a pretty 
ambitious desire in any case...  
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March 1st, 2018, 9:34 pm #11

"and part of every day,"

At my age - it really wouldn't matter.

If I "had" to rock "all nite?"

I'd need the "day" to recuperate.  

Another good one!
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March 4th, 2018, 1:34 pm #12

BaseballGamesBKW wrote: Heh, a solid choice there, Mike -- right after we posted, one of us remembered 
that same lite-rock ballad as another we all failed to interpret correctly back when 
it was playing every half-hour or so on the radio in '76 (ah, it was kinda sweet 
and at least it was a relief from disco).  The best we could make of it was 
"I'm not talkin' 'bout Movannon," like maybe his ex-girlfriend was Rhiannon's 
Welsh-witch sister or something.  Hey, prose lyrics or music lyrics, ya gotta 
put the em-phass-sis on the right syl-lahbb-ble...  
oops -- instead of not talkin about movin in, i thought the lyric was not talkin bout millenia -- oops -- made sense for a little while.
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