In honor of the Destiny’s Child discussion, what’s your favorite misheard song lyric?


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  1. My college roommate Liz was the worst for these. For example, you know the song “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star? I caught her singing it once and noticed that instead of “Strange you never knew” she sang “Strange you loooo-ooove me”. I laughed myself silly. She refused to believe that her way was wrong. I even looked up the lyrics for her, and even then she just claimed that “you can’t believe everything on the Internet”. Another one of her famous ones was the song “I Wanna Come Over” by Melissa Etheridge. There’s this bit that goes: “I wanna come over. To hell with the consequence.” Liz sang it as “To hell with the cop’s advice.” When we pointed it out to her, she admitted that she had this whole little explanatory backstory in her head, about how the narrator had been warned by the cops not to go back to the abusive partner or something. HILARIOUS.

  2. Also, another fave with Lizzie is how she thought Natalie Merchant’s Carnival went a little something like this: “I’ve FOUGHT BEASTIES, in a carnival…” Yeah, um, Liz, it’s actually “I’ve walked these streets, in a carnival.” To explain this one, she claimed that maybe the carnival’s sideshow or house of horrors had “BEASTIES” in it, that she would need to, ya know, FIGHT. Ok, Liz, get those ears checked…

    But, the best one is definitely Crawf hearing this in Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car: “I remember we were driving, driving in your car, the speed so fast I felt like I was drunk. City lights lay out before us, and your ARMS AND LEGS wrapped ’round my shoulder.” Wait, what, arms and legs around shoulders? I’d like to get a ride in THAT car…

  3. for all your misheard lyric needs.

  4. Hahaha… I forgot those Kel. I love how Liz always justifies hers with some insane story.

  5. My friend seriously thought Elton John was singing “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” instead of “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”…he he!

  6. I believe in miracles,
    Wear a bra, (should be Where you from?)
    You sexy thing.

    From that song that featured heavily in “The Full Monty”. Can’t remember the artist or the title.

  7. “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate. I got the soundtrack. 🙂

  8. i’ve had two lyrical malaprop moments recently…can’t think of any others off of the top of my head

  9. I talk about this all the time- it may even be in my stand-up act soon. You guys, I am also the worst at this. You wouldn’t even believe mine. But I’ll leave you this one from my Mom:

    Flashdance/ “What a Feeling”
    …”Take your pants do-wwn / and make it happen…”

    (Take your passion, people! PASSSION!)

    I was like, eight, and jamming – she was like, turn this satan music off! What are we listening to? Oh, I love that story.

  10. I always heard that too! (Flashdance)
    I remember watching the film with my dad when I was about eleven or so and turning a distinct beetroot shade every time the song came on.
    If you think about it, it actually makes more sense though.

  11. Jann – it’s good to know you are out there. I feel it, man! It does sound like that. Wasn’t it embarrassing as a child to “hear” something foul around your p-s? 🙂

  12. So embarrassing. If we were watching a movie or something and I knew a “bad” part was coming up, I’d deliberately start talking and stuff to try to distract them from it.

    Back to the lyrics thing – I remember being so embarrassed (and yet happy) when Eileen, my freshman year roommate, informed me that Beck was singing “Soy un perdador” in that Loser song. I had no idea, so I’d always just kind vocalize it as “Soy… oooo-pen the door!”

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