Sunday Open Thread: Misheard Song Lyrics

From the “It could only happen to Kevin” dep’t…

I received an e-mail indicating that I’d gotten the lyrics wrong in my Donna Fargo . In the original review, I’d mistaken the line “This is no to time for apathy” for “This is no time for Applebee’s.” It made sense at the time!

Of course, that got me thinking about misheard song lyrics. My family still makes fun of me for when I was a very small child, and took a liking to Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning”, which was on the radio all the time back then. Apparently, I would sing along with the line “Just brush my cheek before you leave me.” In my toddler brain, the line really was, “Just brush my teeth before you leave me.”

But the hardest I’ve laughed in the past few weeks was when my friend’s fiancee sang along with the Grease classic “You’re the One That I Want.”    The real opening line: “I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying.”   Her version: “I’ve got shoes….”

Enjoy the original clip below, and share your funniest misheard song lyrics in the comments!


  1. So there’s a line in Phil Vassar’s “Love Is A Beautiful Thing” that says, “tie the cans to the back of that limousine”…but the first time I heard it I was taken aback because it really sounds like he’s saying, “tie the kids to the back of that limousine.”

    A small part of me wishes those could’ve been the real lyrics. Certainly would have made for a more interesting song!

  2. Dan, I still maintain that Paul Brandt’s version of that song is leagues better than Vassar’s.

    There are plenty of song lyrics that I’ve miss heard, but I can’t think of any funny ones yet. I have a friend who always hears lyrics incorrectly; I’ll have to think of some of hers, because they have been pretty funny.

  3. My mother swears that she hears “Let’s apple toast” instead of “Let’s have a toast” in Danielle Peck’s “Finding a Good Man”. Never mind the fact that it makes no sense at all, that’s the only way that she hears that line. We laugh about it every time we hear the song.

  4. On the song “don’t” The line is “Don’t. Don’t give up on TRUST”… but even to this day I still here “Don’t. Don’t give up on DRUGS” Catches me off guard everytime. LOL

  5. Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen”–I thought the first line of the chorus was “Just like the one-winged dove…”

    And, of course, it’s “white-winged dove.” I didn’t find this out until I was well into my 20s, when my sister heard me sing it in the car and almost peed herself laughing at me.

  6. My misheard line is from the Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone”
    Lookin’ out on a vacant field is the actual line and I thought vacant was bacon.

  7. How about one of the most misread lines in music history, taken from Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 classic “Purple Haze”: “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky”? Some thought they heard, “‘Scuse me while I kiss THIS GUY.”

  8. I can’t believe I forgot the Kentucky Headhunters.

    Every time I hear them sing, “Let’s all go down to Dumas Walker”, I think they’re singing, “Let’s all go down to do Miss Walker.”

  9. I hear my mom singing the wrong lyrics all the time. But sometimes I think it’s purposeful.

    Martina McBride’s “This One’s For The Girls” — instead of throwing pennies into the fountain of youth, my mom has them throwing PANTIES!

    Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” — instead of No Problems, my mom sings NO BRA ON! :)

  10. I think the Dumas Walker/do Miss Walker thing was intentional on the part of the songwriters…note that they never sing “WalkerS”, as they would if they meant “let’s all go down to Dumas Walker (‘s)

  11. The first two lines of the chorus of Jaydee Bixby’s Old Fashioned Girl are “She’s an old-fashioned girl / A little bit like mama”. I mistook the second line for “A little BIG like mama”.

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