You may think you know the lyrics, but what are they really saying?
Next time you won’t be caught wondering why Elton John would want to be held closer by Tony Danza. Or would he?
Everyone has had a moment where they are singing along with a song and belt out what they think are the correct lyrics, only to be embarrassed when someone corrects their mistake.
There are websites (AmIRight.com, Kissthisguy.com) devoted to it, there are shows based on it (Don’t Forget the Lyrics), and annoying friends who like to point out your mistakes.
“Wrapped up like a douche” a common mistake when singing Manfred Mann’s “Blinded by the light” to which the original lyrics are “revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”.
A hilarious collection of misheard lyrics on video
Some other classic mistakes
- The Beatles – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
“The girl with colitis goes by.” (Real lyric: “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes”)
- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
“Olive, the other reindeer.” (Real lyric: “All of the other reindeer”)
- Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In the Wind
“The ants are my friends, they’re blowing in the wind.” (Real lyric: “The answer is blowing in the wind”)
- Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
“There’s a wino down the road.” (Real lyric: “And as we wind on down the road”)
- Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
“In a glob of Velveeta, honey.” (Real lyric: “In-A-Gadda Da Vida,” a.k.a., “In the garden of Eden”)
- Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back
“Go hippie, go hippie, go.” (Real lyric: “Go ahead, be gone with it”)
- The Clash – Pour Some Sugar on Me
“Pour some shook-up Ramen.” (Real lyric: “Pour some sugar on me”)
- Elton John – Tiny Dancer
“Hold me close, young Tony Danza.” (Real lyric: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”)
- Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
“Here we are now, in containers.” (Real lyric: “Here we are now, entertain us”)
- Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters Theme Song
“Who you gonna call? Those bastards!” (Real lyric: “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!”)
- Michael Jackson – Beat It
“No one wants to see your fetus.” (Real lyric: No one wants to be defeated. Michael Jackson, Beat It)