I love to sing. I love to sing loud. In the car, in the shower, around the house… anywhere I can belt out a tune I will. Especially when no one else is around – then I can belt out a tune exactly how I think it goes without worrying that I’m pitchy or totally off base… to play around with harmonies (which almost always suck but hey, no one else can hear me right?) and imagine I’m a star for 4 1/2 minutes.
When I was younger, one of the main reasons I would buy the tape or CD of a band I liked was in hopes that the lyrics were posted in the little booklet. If they were, I would study them day in and day out until I knew them by heart. However, not every album came with lyrics attached so I was forced to learn them on my own. I have an awful short term memory so it takes me awhile to memorize anything, including lyrics. So over the years I’ve probably made up a few…
My newest hobby stems from this – I’ve started to take songs I enjoy belting out and I’m looking up the lyrics online. What I found were almost criminal (and slightly giggle-worthy).
Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child O’ Mine
What I sing: She’s got the eyes of the bluest skies, and if they thought of rain.
The real lyrics: She’s got the eyes of the bluest skies as if they thought of rain
LET OFF WITH A WARNING:
Abba, Dancing Queen
What I sing: See that girl, watch that scream, diggin’ the dancing queen.
The real lyrics: See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.
(Not really sure how you can watch a scream but I still totally dig that dancing queen).
Pearl Jam, Even Flow
What I sing: Even flow, it’s a lot like butterflies.
The real lyrics: Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies.
Manfred Mann, Blinded by the Light
What I sign: Revved up like a douche another runner in the night.
The real lyrics: Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.
(Apparently a deuce is a type of car… but if it were a BMW then ‘douche’ could work as well)
GUILTY AS CHARGED
Alanis Morissette, You Oughta Know
What I sing: It’s not fair to deny me, of the cross-eyed bear that you gave to me.
The real lyrics: It’s not fair to deny me, of the cross I bear that you gave to me.
(not quite sure how I didn’t know all these years that I was singing this one wrong… but a cross-eyed bear would probably be pretty humourous to see, even if it is an odd gift to give to someone).
Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
What I sing: Where the lights are, it’s distadrious.
The real lyrics: With the lights out, it’s less dangerous.
(distadrious???? I have no defense for making up a word. Death penalty might be in order here).
So fess up! Any misheard lyrics kicking around your playlist? Or does a friend/family member have one they always get wrong?