Musicians agonize over their lyrics. They struggle for hours to pinpoint the perfect song lyrics to express what they feel, and to make us feel it, too. They irritably stare at a blank computer screen, as though the machine is withholding brilliant lyrics from them. They irritably stare at the ceiling, but the ceilings not telling them anything, either. Theyre surrounded by wadded up pieces of paper filled with lyrics that came close, but not close enough. They mutter. They mumble. They pace. They guzzle coffee. They wonder if theyll ever sleep again. Then, when leaping from the roof seems like an appealing option, it finally hits them: the perfect lyrics!
And, after all of this, what do listeners do? They misunderstand the lyrics!
Admit ityouve done it. Heck, weve all done it. Driving in the car, radio on, belting out the lyrics to a song at the top of our lungs, when our passenger laughs hysterically and asks, Is that what you think theyre singing? With all due respect to the songwriters, misunderstood lyrics can actually be hilarious. And some of them have become as famous as the real lyrics.
Here are a batch of misunderstood lyrics. You might just recognize a few and say, So, thats what the lyrics really are!
Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
This Hendrix classic tops the list of most commonly misunderstood song lyrics.
The real lyric: Scuse me, while I kiss the sky.
The misunderstood lyric: Scuse me, while I kiss this guy.
Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Another widelyand comicallymisunderstood lyric.
The real lyric: Theres a bad moon on the rise.
The misunderstood lyric: Theres a bathroom on the right.
Blowin in the Wind by Bob Dylan
The real lyric: The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind. The answer
is blowin in the wind.
The misunderstood lyric: The ants are my friends, theyre blowin in the
wind. The ants are a-blowin in the wind.
You Cant Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
The real lyric: Were gonna vent our frustration. And if we dont were
gonna blow a 50-amp fuse.
The misunderstood lyric: Were gonna vent our frustration. And if we
dont were gonna blow up 5th Avenue.
Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
The real lyric: It doesnt make a difference if we make it or not.
The misunderstood lyric: It doesnt make a difference if were naked or
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
The real lyric: A big-legged woman aint got no soul.
The misunderstood lyric: A pig-headed woman aint got no soul.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC
The real lyric: Dirty deeds and theyre done dirt cheap.
The misunderstood lyric: Dirty deeds and theyre done with sheep.
As long as musicians are writing lyrics, listeners will be mangling them. The songs may not remain the same, but fans love of themmisunderstood or notwill.