random thoughts about songs and misheard lyrics

Posted: April 13, 2013 in Music, quotes

I’ve collected some – of the no doubt many – song lyrics that I mis-hear.

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. In the repeated line “can’t change my ___”, I’ve had no idea what the lyric was supposed to be, because I can only hear:

“I can’t change my mo. Mo, mo. Mo, mo, mo.”

Apparently, the line is supposed to be:

“I can’t change my mold. No, no. No, no, no.” OK, that makes more sense… but it’s not as cute, IMO. Mo, it isn’t. 😉

“Brass In Pocket” by the Pretenders. The line is

“Been driving
Detroit leaving”

But until I read the lyrics, I’d always thought the second part was:

“Dieter leaving”

(FYI, apparently I’m not the only one, because this is an entry at kissthisguy.com.)

“I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole. I didn’t notice this one until I heard only the chorus in some radio station’s commercial. The chorus says:

“I don’t want to wait
for our lives to be over
I want to know right now,
what will it be?”

But she sings the first part of the line quickly, and it sounds very much like


Which is so funny to me, as I picture the singer being all in earnest about the nonsensical lyrics as she is about the real ones. XD

“I Want You” by Savage Garden

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
Your crystal mind”

sounds to me like:

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
Your breath don’t mind”

which I knew was wrong, but I thought it was really:

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
You’re pressed on mine.”

Whoa – a doubly- misheard lyric! :O

“Life After You” by Daughtry. The singer pines that the night he left:

“burns like an iron in the back of my mind”

But at some point, I heard it as

“burns like an owl in the back of my mind”

And that’s sort of stuck with me. I really like the song, but usually, as I’m singing with the radio, I sing the song “my” way just to amuse myself. 😀

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