What song lyrics have you misunderstood?

Song lyrics I have misunderstood:

“Woke up this morning / got a boom-boom in your eye”

What Alabama 3 actually sings:  “Woke up this morning / Got a blue moon in your eyes”

“Hold me closer, Tony Danza”

What Elton John actually sings: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”

[apparently I am nowhere near the first person to have thought this. Phoebe on “Friends” thought it, and a quick search sees Web sites and even a book revolving around this misunderstood lyric]

“It was more than all your lousy love”

What Celine Dion actually sings: “It was more than any laws allow”

“The cleverest, ooh, the saucy, saucy”

What Fergie actually sings: “The glamorous, saucy, saucy”

(This wasn’t my misunderstood lyric; Chris and I were walking by a bar the other night and he started singing “The cleverest …”)

That’s all I’ve got for now (I’m sure there are many lyrics I don’t even know I’m misunderstanding), but there is an entire site dedicated to misunderstood lyrics, if you want more …

What lyrics have you misunderstood?

[Update: I remembered another misunderstood lyric I had:

“I don’t want to be married in a pet cemetery”

What The Ramones actually sing: “I don’t want to be buried in a pet cemetery”]






6 responses to “What song lyrics have you misunderstood?”

  1. Heather Avatar

    I know I’m not the only one who thought Jimi Hendrix wanted us to “‘scuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “the sky.”

    And in the Pretenders’”Middle of the Road,” all I can hear is “I was standing in the middle of life with my pants behind me”

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  2. Whitney Avatar

    Better than Ezra’s “Good” – I’ve always called it the “Nah-ah-ah-ah-uh-wah-aw” song because of the chorus. My husband insists that I’m pronouncing their gibberish incorrectly. I still sing it “my” way. 🙂

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  3. Avitable Avatar

    For many years, I thought the theme song for Caddyshack by Kenny Loggins was “Admiral”, not “I’m All Right”.

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  4. Todd Avatar

    Here’s one from a friend. In Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer he thought the line that is supposed to be “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not” was “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”. Not sure if anyone has been to http://www.kissthisguy.com but they have a lot of funny misheard lyrics.

  5. Crystal Avatar

    Tommy James & The Shondells “Here she comes now, say, Mony, Mony” that I always sang, “Here she comes now, say macaroni, duh duh duh”

  6. Melissa Avatar

    Here’s another one:

    Rolling Stones “I’ll never be your beast or burden”

    I always thought was “I’ll never be your big Suburban”

    Why the heck would I think anyone would want to be anyone else’s big Suburban?