Sunday, February 6, 2011

Don't Forget the Lyrics!

I've been chatting with some friends about songs I or people I know have been singing wrong for years. Have any of you ever heard someone you know sing a song's lyrics so wrong you thought they were joking, or been the foolish culprit yourself? I'm going to list a few songs and the incorrect lyrics. I'll write the song and title, followed by the incorrect lyrics and who said them. These are some of my favorites. PLEASE SHARE YOUR STORIES ON THIS!

"In your head, in your head SOFTLY SOFTLY SOFT-LY-LY-LY"- Me
This is what I get for not knowing the titles of songs; had I known the title was ZOMBIE I would not have been saying SOFTLY for years. My aunt gave me this CD with no cover with the song titles, so it took me until JUST RECENTLY to discover the correct lyrics.

Rob Zombie- Spook Show Baby
"She's a killer! She's a thriller! MUCHO BUENA"- Me
Yes, I had been singing Spook Show Baby wrong for years; before I knew the title I had been putting random incorrect Spanish words into it when any person with common sense knows the lyrics just by reading the title. I had just been hearing it on the radio so I never knew the title...

Fugees- Killing Me Softly
"Strumin' my THANG with his finger..."- My Grandmother
My little old Grandma had been singing some rated-x lyrics for quite sometime before my mother finally called her out. Oh lordy what the hell was my grandma thinking.

Filter-Hey man, nice shot!
"Hey man, nice SHIRT!"- David Dewey (Co-worker)
My co-worker admitted to singing this song wrong and I about peed my pants when he told me.

Nelly Furtado- I'm Like a Bird
"I'm like a bird I'll like the waaaaaay."- My mother
I have no fricken clue how my own mother got this one wrong.


  1. ...damn it. In my quest to remember my embarrassing misheard lyrics (quite often i'd make non-sequitorial leaps which often made me depressed when I found out the real lyrics were quite drab in comparison, i.e. thinking Phil Collins's lyrics: "... well, if you told me you were drowning... I would not lend a hand. I've seen your face before, my friend; but I don't know if you know who I am. Well, I was there and I saw what you did... I saw it with my own two eyes. So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you've been--it's all been a pack of lies. And I can feel it coming in the air tonight... [sic]hold on. I've been waiting for this moment for all my life... [sic]hold on (should be "Oh Lord")" was in reference to a young child watching her/his parents die in front of them, and stalking the killers and later getting revenge on them... but... this is a love song?! Ugh... [ref: ])

    But, no. Thanks to drudging through my muck-brain, with added references to songs from years ago (zahhm-beEEE zahmbeeEEEE aka. crazy pitch&inflection) , I got stuck on NIN's "That's What I Get", and now have it happily stuck in my head at 0330 in the morning. I leave for work in 3 1/2 hours. >_<;

    Well, at least I'm in a good mood and a lot healthier now. Lol.

  2. Oh wow! I agree that your version is much more unique and entertaining. Glad you're feeling better!!! Good luck at work tomorrow and hopefully the song won't be in your head for too long ;3

  3. Man, I'm trying hard to think if I've goofed on lyrics, but I can't think of anything. My sister on the other hand...

    Nightwish - Wishmaster (Chorus)

    Master, Apprentice, Hard porn, Seven seekers
    Warrior, This I pull, In me, The Wishmaster

    She swore that's what it said. She was thinking it was some epic metal song talking about elves an sex or something. I had to get her to understand what the lyrics really were. Other then a few words, here and there, nothing else was too far off.

  4. There used to be fights over arguments about Queen lyrics among my friends and I.

  5. XD I get lyrics wrong like this all the time. Fortunately, I rarely sing in front of other people so my embarrassment is somewhat contained.

  6. I thought in the LaRoux song 'Bulletproof' she was singing "This time baby I'll be burning proof,' until I learned the actual title. I thought it was about some chick destroying evidence, perhaps of an affair, or maybe she was just working at AIG. Still like my version better.

  7. I lol'd so hard. This happens to everyone as far as I'm concerned, and catching it always causes eruptions of laughter.

    Good times..

  8. That show is pretty great, nice post!

  9. The Cranberries are wonderful, but the rest of their stuff is similarly... easy to mishear.

  10. Lol. There are some "wrong" lyrics that you can't unhear...

  11. Oh god, these made me laugh.
    There have been a few that I've messed up on, though I can't remember what I've said to make them wonky.
    Love this post though xD