At a recent family get-together, we were enjoying listening to some good music and having a bit of a sing-song. The kids were gently poking fun at our ‘old people’ music as we argued that at least the songs in our day had words you could sing along with. OK, apart from the punk and the metal … but neither genre is family party friendly anyway.
Eventually the teasing stopped and the kids realised we had a varied taste in music, proclaiming some of the tunes ‘epic’. That was when it happened … one of the younger children was trying to sing along to ‘We Built This City’ by Starship, but misheard the lyrics. Instead of singing ‘…we built this city on rock and roll…’ she sang, much to our delight, ‘…we built this city on sausage rolls…’.
That little gem led to a full blown debate on who always gets the words wrong when they sing and we all started to compare the wrong words we’d heard other people sing (we never get them wrong, of course!). The list was too good not to share, so here goes:
Abba – Dancing Queen
Misheard lyric: See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen.
Actual lyric: See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen.
Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
Misheard lyric: Money for nothing and chips for tea.
Actual lyric: Money for nothing and your chicks for free.
Adele – Chasing Pavements
Misheard lyric: Or should I just keep chasing penguins.
Actual lyric: Or should I just keep chasing pavements.
Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Misheard lyric: I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone.
Actual lyric: I can see clearly now the rain has gone.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Misheard lyric: It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not.
Actual lyric: It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.
Queen – We Will Rock You
Misheard lyric: Kicking your cat all over the place.
Actual lyric: Kicking your can all over the place.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Misheard lyric: All the lonely Starbucks lovers.
Actual lyric: Got a long list of ex-lovers.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Misheard lyric: There’s a bathroom on the right.
Actual lyric: Bad moon on the rise.
Toto – Africa
Misheard lyric: Ain’t nothin’ that a hundred men on Mars could ever do.
Actual lyric: Ain’t nothin’ that a hundred men or more could ever do.
Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
Misheard lyric: The ants are my friends.
Actual lyric: The answer, my friend.
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know?
Misheard lyric: I’m asking you what you know about bee stings.
Actual lyric: I’m asking you what you know about these things.
The Police – Message In A Bottle
Misheard lyric: A year has passed since I broke my nose.
Actual lyric: A year has passed since I wrote my note.
The Eagles – Desperado
Misheard lyric: You’ve been outright offensive for so long now.
Actual lyric: You’ve been out riding fences for so long now.
We hope these misheard lyrics gave you a giggle. Tell us your favourites in the comments – we’d love to mis-hear them with you!