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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top 10 Most Misquoted Song Lyrics

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Most songwriters take their lyrics very seriously, so it's painful when a listener hears them differently from the way they're written. Spotify recently came out with a list of their top 10 misquoted song lyrics after a fan survey. Here they are:

1. Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" - 56%
What they hear: "Blinded by the light..wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin in the night."
The real lyric: "Blinded by the light.....revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night."

2. Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" - 19%
What they hear: "Scuse me, while I kiss this guy."
The real lyric: "Scuse me, while I kiss the sky."

3. The Clash's "Rock The Casbah" - 14%
What they hear: "Rock the cat box."
The real lyric: "Rock the Casbah."

4. Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" - 13%
What they hear: "Hold me closer Tony Danza."
The real lyric: "Hold me closer tiny dancer."

5. Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" - 12%
What they hear: "There's a bathroom on the right."
The real lyric: "There's a bad moon on the rise."

6. Guns n' Roses' "Paradise City" - 10%
What they hear: "Take me down to a very nice city."
The real lyric: "Take me down to Paradise City."

7. Van Halen's "Panama" - 9%
What they hear: "Animal."
The real lyric: "Panama."

8. Far East Movement's "Like A G6" - 8%
What they hear: "Like a cheese stick."
The real lyric: "Like a G6."

9. TLC's "Waterfalls" - 7%
What they hear: "Don't go Jason Waterfalls."
The real lyric: "Don't go chasing waterfalls."

10. Macy Gray's "I Try" - 4%
What they hear: "I blow bubbles when you're not there."
The real lyric: "My world crumbles when you're not near."

So the next time you write a lyric, remember that someone might be hearing something different, even if it's in the title!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many of these (primarily the older songs) are commonly known by the writers of these songs and even are accepted by some.

For example Bruce Springsteen (writer of "Blinded by the Light") Acknowledges that people hear the lyric in Manfred Mann's version wrong in interviews.

There was a popular commercial on American TV about the misheard lyrics for Rockin' the Casbah

"Hold me closer Tony Danza" was a joke on the TV show FRIENDS

CCR has performed Bad Moon Rising live and purposely used the line "Bathroom on the right"

And finally, I've watched video of Hendrix kissing Noel Redding on the cheek after singing the line "Scuse me, while I kiss the sky/this guy"

Misheard lyrics are often funny, and also often accepted by the artists. Just my 2 cents to add some information to this article.


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