Confessedly, I was sure that such thread would have already existed since there seem to be so many lists of misheard lyrics on the net. So I searched the forum and apparently there is nothing yet. Well now there is
I got this idea when I was reading through @CATMAN62 's “Guilty? Pleasure” thread and @SDKissFan mentioned Don Henley’s “The boys of summer”. I immediately thought, wait that’s not correct, it’s “Voice of summer” Turns out I misheard the lyrics of this song my whole life I still believe, however that “Voice of summer” sounds much more poetic
I have two more examples. One is Hot Chocolate’s “Sexy thing”. While I learned several years ago that they are not singing about chocolate (Milka) but miracles, it’s hard to hear the correct lyrics. Meaning every time I hear this song somewhere (luckily not often) I still hear them sing about Milka. This gives the song a different dimension, since Milka is also a valid first name for females here in Finland (and yes, every time I meet someone called Milka, I immediately associate her with chocolate …)
My last example is Leonard Cohen’s “Take this waltz”. I came across the song only this year, but was immediately fascinated by the lyrics. In the first verse I heard him sing about a tree, where dogs go to die.
I am a dog person, so I found this line very poetic. I literally saw old dogs (animals, not the old dogs here in the forum… ) walk towards an old, old tree located on a beautiful meadow. They would settle down there and die peacefully. I loved those lyrics and thought Leonard Cohen was indeed somebody who knew how to write song lyrics. At some point, I started thinking: Hmm, if there is really such tree, the area around it must not look nice anymore because of all the dog skeletons there. That made me check, whether I heard the song lyrics correctly. And I didn’t… He is not singing about dogs but “doves” Whereas that maybe makes the skeleton situation a bit better, for me it takes away from the lyrics. Thus, every time I hear the song I decide that I want to keep hearing him sing about dogs and not doves
Do you have similar experiences? Are there any song lyrics you have always misheard and maybe were disappointed when you found out about the real song lyrics?
Excuse me while I kiss this guy.
LOL, when I first saw the title of the thread it was the first thing that came to mind!
@hobart and @LunaRocket … Admittedly, I had google what is behind this, I wasn’t too familiar with the song lyrics of “Purple Haze”
That’s a good one Sounds so much more positive than “comfortably numb”
ELO - Don’t bring me down, Bruce.
I am hearing exactly the same . What are they actually singing?
Bohemian Rhapsody “Spare him his life for his pork sausages” - always gets a giggle from me.
OH, OH, Nichole! I have been misinterpreting rock and roll lyrics for almost 58 years. So numerous, and I would be SO embarrassed to repeat some of them, lol. I also will keep misinterpreting them, I assume, for years to come, though nowadays, it is easy to pull up most lyrics.
Don’t bring me down, groose… not sure what a groose is, though.
Back when that was a top 40s hit, hardly anyone put lyrics on the liner sheet & there was always a big debate going on in that cafeteria at school what the lead singer was saying when new songs came out.
ELO sparked at lot of arguments… American teens had a lot of problems understanding what Jeff Lynn was singing about!
A groose is ( …Nicole disappears down the Google rabbit hole and reappears not much more clever) according to some articles about ELO a made up word that happened to sound similar to the German word “Gruß” ( greeting). Does not make too much sense…
There’s a bathroom on the right. Bad Moon Risin’, CCR.
It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not
“I didn’t come this far to go to Tallin” - Jon Bon Jovi from the song “Janie, don’t you take your love to town”. What he actually says “I didn’t come this far to throw the towel in”.
That’s true, at least for us here in Finland it was the most normal thing on earth that they had a sauna at the festival where I was last Sunday. Of course you see random naked people while getting something to eat or drink in a break between gigs. But as you say " it doesn’t make a difference"
Bon Jovi as well?
Been listening to LA Women for 50 years and I still don’t know what Jim Morrison says in his intro! I refuse to google it:) Love the song btw.
It still sounds like that to me! What the heck ARE they saying?
ETA: Well, I see it was answered before I hit submit. Grouse? Weird.
Been waitin’ for the bus, olé!