You know that feeling when you are hooked to a song so bad that you put it on loop and listen to it 24/7, you sing along to it while you take a shower and in public only to find out that you misheard the lyrics and all this time you were making a fool out of yourself singing the wrong lyrics? Yes, nothing can be more awkward than that. This phenomenon actually has a name by the way, ‘mondegreen’. While any song can get the better of you, here is a list of 10 misheard lyrics of famous songs.
10. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
The original metal band released this classic of their’s in 1970. Not only is it memorable because of its guitar riff but also because of it’s misheard lyrics.
Here are the misheard lyrics: I tell you to end your life, I wish I could but it’s too late
And the correct lyrics are: I tell you to enjoy life, I wish I could but it’s too late
If the lyrics weren’t already dark enough, the misheard lyrics are just evil. As a matter of fact the lead vocalist of the band Ozzy Osbourne had to come out and defend the lyrics and clear the misinterpretation after two law suits had been filed against the band that blamed their lyrics for suicide incidents.
9. Bad Company by Bad Company
The song is famous because of its use in pop-culture particularly in the famous long running TV series Supernatural.
Here are the misheard lyrics: Bad company, today I die
And the correct lyrics are: Bad company, till the day I die
8. Zombies by The Cranberries
Arguably one of the most famous protest anthems. The video shows British troops in Ireland and this was one of the talking points about the song. But it’s the misheard lyrics that gets our attention here.
Here are the misheard lyrics: When the violins cause silence
And the correct lyrics are: When the violence causes silence
Somehow, ‘violence’ does make more sense in the context of the song. Listeners usually blame the Irish accent for the mistake.
7. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
The magnum opus of the greatest guitarist ever, Purple Haze’s riff cuts through the mix like a laser beam through fog. Everybody knew Jimi Hendrix was tripping on LSD all the time, so he actually decided to name this song after the drug. Some people also think the lyrics of the song exhibit Jimi’s homosexual tendencies.
Here are the misheard lyrics: ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy
And the correct lyrics are: ‘Scuse me while kiss the sky
No, Jimi wasn’t gay, he was just high.
6. Come As You Are by Nirvana
Along with Smells like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are rocketed Nirvana to stardom and Kurt Cobain as one of the greatest lyricist of his time. Known for it’s lyrics, and still people misheard it.
Here are the misheard lyrics: And I swear that I don’t have a gun
And the correct lyrics are: And I swear that I don’t have a girl
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
This song defines 80’s hard rock music scene. This is also happens to be Def Leppard’s most famous song.
Here are the misheard lyrics: C’mon take my money, shake it up
And the correct lyrics are: C’mon take a bottle, shake it up
4. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
One of the greatest songs ever and arguably the greatest guitar solo ever played. The lyrics actually tell the story of the band’s bassist and principle lyricist Roger Water’s experience when he was injected with tranquilizers for stomach cramps shortly before a Pink Floyd gig.
Here are the misheard lyrics: My hands felt just too huge
And the correct lyrics are: My hands felt just like two balloons
Needless to say, Roger Waters and his audience were not on the same page.
3. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
The American band’s most famous song is inspired by a movie and lyricist John Fogerty claims that the song tells the story about the ‘apocalypse’. The song has been used in a number of movies and TV Shows (Supernatural, Sweet Home Alabama). The song is also used by fans when supporting Argentina’s national football team and the lyrics are changed that mock their bitter rivals Brazil.
Here are the misheard lyrics: There’s a bathroom on the right
And the correct lyrics are: There’s a bad moon on the rise
Impending Apocalypse? Make sure you know where the closest bathroom is.
2. Dancing Queen by ABBA
Widely considered as one of the greatest songs of all time.
Here are the misheard lyrics: See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
And the correct lyrics are: See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen
A disco song of the 70’s with such dark lyrics that condone violence admit it or not does make for a quite a hilarious scene.
1. Desert Rose by Sting
The video features Sting taking a trip in his Jaguar through a desert. Very classy. The lyrics are derived from Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. Sting himself states that the song is about ‘longing, romantic longing’.
Here are the misheard lyric: I dream of god to save the desert sand
And the correct lyrics are: I dream of gardens in the desert sand
How can you possibly think that those were the lyrics? It doesn’t even make sense!
These were just few of the many songs whose lyrics people mishear. Instances like these should be good enough to convince you to take a trip to the Otologist . Unless you’re listening to Nicki Minaj or Rihanna doesn’t matter what you hear I am pretty sure you’ll make more sense than the actual lyrics anyway, but really, do check the lyrics from the internet before you go on start singing away your favourite song in public so that you can avoid the awkward moment.