What Did You Say?!


We’ve all been there. We’re singing a song at the top of our lungs in the car with a friend when that friend gives you a look of horror. What did I do? Do I need a breath mint? That look of horror quickly leads to some wheezing laughs. Okay, I might be projecting because that has definitely happened to me. What am I talking about? Misheard song lyrics. YUP. Here are some of my favorite misheard lyrics, with one or two I’ve been guilty of myself.

The song that makes me hang my head in shame is What’s Luv by Fat Joe ft. Ashanti. Looking back, I shake my head because really? Really?

What I heard:

She can be the awfulest sight but love to strip

What the actual lyric is:

She can be the office type or like to strip

I know, believe me, I know. Awfulest sight? I cringe too. My friend couldn’t talk for a good five minutes after hearing me sing it then she tried to tell me what it really was. Talk about wanting to go curl up and die of shame.

One of my favorite lyrics that is misheard is a classic. I don’t know too many people who haven’t heard of it, even if they don’t quite understand that it isn’t the actual lyric. It is, of course, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.

What we’ve all heard:

’Scuse me while I kiss this guy

What the lyric actually is:

Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Personally, I prefer the misheard version. What if I sometimes hum that while watching my OTPs? Judge me not.

Okay now, this one makes me cackle as I’m writing this. If you’re ever with me and this song is playing, be certain I am singing it the oh so very incorrect way. It’s the best, what can I say? The song is Tiny Dancer by Elton John.

What we’ve all heard:

Hold me closer, Tony Danza

What the lyric actually is:

Hold me closer, tiny dancer

*wheezes* I’m sorry, but Tony Danza is the one I want holing me, not tiny dancer. Sometimes I wonder how often Tony Danza has this song sang at him.

For the last one, sometimes I think it is a hidden message. No, I don’t really, but it does make me wonder at times. The final one is Message In A Bottle by The Police.

What we’ve all heard:

Massage in a brothel

What the lyric actually is:

Message in a bottle

I’m not sure about you, but massage in a brothel fits so much better with a band named The Police, just saying.

Now tell us here at Keysmash what some of your favorite misheard lyrics are! Share your personal misheard lyrics. I know we all have one.

Elle Keysmash

Elle Keysmash

Owner of a Gremlin and the forest fire friendly bear, otherwise known as two of the main reasons she'll forever be a cat lady. Her life is run by a boy band and consumed by (too) many fandoms. Live and breathe Yankees baseball; it’s in her blood, but not her location. Searching for what she wants to do with my life and meeting some of the best people as she does so.
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  • Sarah

    The main one that springs to mind for my self is Gala – Freed From Desire. I always hear

    My love has got no money
    He’s got his dungarees
    My love has got no power
    He’s got his dungarees

    When it’s actually

    My love has got no money
    He’s got his strong beliefs
    My love has got no power
    He’s got his strong beliefs

    I spent summer ’97 in Ibiza singing about bloody dungarees!

    But the one that will always make me is chuckle is one from my son. The song is Gwen Stefani – What you Waiting for. The bit where she sings ‘What you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting for’ When my son was about 3 or 4 he was amendment she was singing ‘Put your wellies, put your wellies, put your wellies on’ Now he’s almost 14 it’s fun to remind of this.

    • Liz Keysmash

      Totally going to sing “put your wellies on” whenever I hear that song now!

  • venivincere

    Ahaha! Believe me, laughing with you. My son practically laughed me out of the driver’s seat when I belted out the chorus to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” as “living on a square” in the car one day. I’d always heard it that way and still sing it that way. It’s habit now. 😀

    • Liz Keysmash


  • Okay, so not from an actual song, but from a commercial jingle. Up until I was like 13 or 14, I thought the Gander Mountain “Hunt Fish Camp” was “Hot Fresh Ham.” Obviously I had never been to Gander Mountain to know what they sold…..

    • Liz Keysmash


  • mouse555

    I am trying to think of common misheard lyrics, but my mind has gone COMPLETELY BLANK!

    Although, this isn’t really misheard but my verison of predictive lyrics. on the new One Direction album (the one we’d never heard before it was released), there’s a line “and the proof is in this song” – well, when I first heard it I truly expected them to sing “and the proof is in the pudding” do NOT ask me why, but now that is what I hear.

    Ah, just thought of a misheard lyric. One Direction, again, One Thing – “Frozen and can’t breathe”, but I heard ” frozen and Cadburys” and in tell me a Lie “Tell me I’m a screwed up mess” became “Tell me I’m a scooter mess” – Not quite sure what a scooter mess actually is…

    • Liz Keysmash

      Tell me why I expected them to sing, “And the proof is in this tweet?” WHO EVEN KNOWS HOW BRAINS WORK.

  • Fayemeadows

    Patrick Stump, man. He needs to ENUNCIATE.

    Actual lyrics: I’m a leading man / And the lies I weave are oh so intricate/ oh so intricate

    What I hear (and sing, top volume, all the time): I’m a little man / Also evil, also into cats/ doot doot doot


    • Liz Keysmash


  • ipreferaviators

    I’ve got two, and I honestly prefer my version of both…

    The first is Patrick Stump’s Spotlight. Dude DOES need to enunciate. And also look at his lyrical life choices.

    What I Heard: the silent days are over / and the beat is at my door

    Actual Lyric: the salad days are over / and the meat is at my door

    NO BUT REALLY PSTUMP. Those should be REVERSED. STOP SINGING ABOUT MEAT AT YOUR DOOR (unless by “meat” you mean “Pete”).

    The second is Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night. This one I do feel bad about, because I honestly thought this song was about prostitution for YEARS.

    What I Heard: I got some money / cause I just got laid

    Actual Lyric: I got some money / cause I just got paid

    Though I don’t really feel TOO bad, because the song suddenly takes on a whole new meaning if it’s basically the plot of Pretty Woman.

    • Liz Keysmash

      Bless, these are excellent.

  • razzles

    Two songs immediately come to mind but it’s not so much the misheard lyric as it is a funny lyric I made up. The first one is Dirty Deeds by ACDC the line is “dirty deeds done dirt cheap”, but i’ve always ALWAYS sung it “dirty deeds done with sheep.” *giggle/snort Those crazy lads from Sydney by way of Scotland.
    The second is Tom Petty’s Running Down A Dream. I sing it “running down the drain.” Which leads me into the tie in of misheard lyrics turning into parodies of songs.
    And Weird Al Yankovick is the KING of song parodies.
    I wouldn’t know any of the lyrics to Gangsta Paradise by Coolio but i know all the words to Amish Paradise. Never even heard of Coolio until i head Weird Al’s parody. Same with American Idiot by Green Day. (Although I had heard of GD before.) I seem to like Canadian Idiot a lot more.
    And lastly i’ve made up songs for my kids when they were little. It’s Hammer Time became It’s Pajama Time and Britney’s Oop’s I Did It Again was an ode to potty training. Mixing things up like that is the spice of life. Or as Mamma Gump would say, “You never know what you’ll get.”

    • Liz Keysmash

      I have actually said, “Stop. Pajama Time,” to myself many, many times.

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