Best Misheard Lyrics

  • dan
  • January 02, 2014
  • 8 Tracks
Everyone, and I mean everyone, has had the moment where they are singing at the top of their lungs with others around and only to be told what you have been passionately recounting for years as your fave lyrics are, in fact, completely, and utterly wrong. And these are some of the best known... that have made many a list and mixtape throughout the interwebs. Which ones did we miss? Comment below! For even more fun with misheard lyrics, visit kissthisguy.com
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This whole song is completely misheard. To isolate one set of lyrics as my favorite would be a disservice to how much Eddie Vedder mumbles throughout it. For all the crazy misunderstood lyrics in this one, Vedder himself has stated that it's actually a song written during the Gulf War and said "it's an anti-patriotic song, actually."
Bruce Springsteen sold this song off to be recorded by another artist. I am sure he wasn't happy when they completely mangled the chorus. Wrapping up a douche, whether during the day or at night, just doesn't seem like something to discuss in a pop rock song.
"There's a bathroom on the right..." is one of the best misheard lyrics of all time. Period. End of story. The best part of it to me is that the name of the song clearly denotes what the lyrics are, but so many still hear what they want to!
The genesis for the aforementioned kissthisguy.com, Purple Haze is one of Jimi Hendrix's best known songs. If the guitar hook didn't catch your attention, his politeness sure should have. "Excuse me, while I kiss this guy." Go right ahead Jimi, we ain't stopping you.
"Hold me closer, Tony Danza" Even if you know the actual lyrics, you've had a few too many drinks at some point and sung to the great star of Who's The Boss? Long before Friends made it famous, Tony Danza was inserted as the protagonist of this song. I just wonder what Angela would have to say about it.
This one is just because I was the one who completely misheard the chorus. I was young! For some reason I always heard it as "I don't care what they say about Seward's folly." I somehow came to think that they were talking about the annexation of Alaska and in the context of the Buddy Holly bit, they were talking history... They were not. My brother took great joy in pointing this one out to me.
Maybe it was just because it was Madonna, but the mishearing of these lyrics seem to say that no one believe she was a virgin. "Like a Virgin, touched for the thirty-first time." Sounds about right Ms. M.
This G N' R track looses a bit of its luster when you mishear the lyrics to be "Take me down to the very nice city." I don't think that was Axl Rose's intended imagery for the song.
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