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“Blinded by the Light” Tops Misquoted Lyrics Top 10


 


By Craig Rosen | Stop The Presses! – Thu, Jul 11, 2013 5:18 PM EDT


It happens to every music fan without a lyric sheet. You think you know that words to that song, so you sing along, but often times you're just plain wrong.


 


Music-streaming service Spotify has taken note of the phenomenon and has released a survey of the 10 most commonly misquoted song lyrics.


 


But don't let these corrections crush your groove. We've always thought that feeling and passion are often more important than the actual correct lyrics, but for the record, here is Spotify's list with the misquoted lyrics and the correct words.


 


1.Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" got 52 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin’ in the night."


Correct lyric: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night."


 


2. Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" with 19 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "’Scuse me, while I kiss this guy."


Correct lyric: ‘Scuse me, while I kiss the sky."


 


3. The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" with 14 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyris: "Rock the cat box."


Correct lyric: "Rock the Casbah."


 


4. Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" with 13 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "Hold me closer, Tony Danza."


Correct lyric: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."


 


5. Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" with 12 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "There’s a bathroom on the right."


Correct lyric: "There’s a bad moon on the rise."


 


6. Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" with 10 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "Take me down to a very nice city."


Correct lyric: "Take me down to paradise city."


 


7. Van Halen's "Panama" with 9 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "Animal!"


Correct lyric: "Panama!"


 


8. Far East Movement's "Like a G6" with 8 percent of the vote.


Misquote lyric: "Like a cheese stick."


Correct lyric: "Like a G6."


 


9. TLC's "Waterfalls" with 7 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "Don't go Jason waterfalls."


Correct lyric: "Don’t go chasing waterfalls."


 


10. Macy Gray's "I Try" with 4 percent of the vote.


Misquoted lyric: "I blow bubbles when you are not here."


Correct lyric: "My world crumbles when you are not near."


 
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Lyrics from Prince, Little Red Corvette: "...And honey I say, Little red Corvette..."

I heard: "...And honey I say, [pay the rent, come on back]..."

 

I know, don't ask🤣

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@MaVolta  So he doesn’t say grave? Well,

that’s a surprise to me as well lol  😎

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Yep, it's grey!  Apparently another word for gloom.

 

Seal never disclosed the meaning of the song (according to Songfacts), only to say that it was about a relationship. I guess he wanted to leave it open to interpretation. But the more I read it, he may have been comparing a love for someone to love of a drug, as in being addicted, perhaps to both. Who knows? But the drug references are prevalent throughout the song.

 

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When he was a kid, my son misunderstood Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug" as "I want a blue truck."  He's 42 now; I still haven't corrected him.

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I just posted this song in another topic, but it reminded me of the misheard lyrics . . .

 

Kiss From a Rose  -  Seal

 

Song lyrics:

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey

 

I heard:

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grave

 

Always thought the song was about drugs (ref to snow), so "grave" seemed appropriate enough.

 

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1.Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" got 52 percent of the vote.

 

Not only do they get the lyrics wrong, many people also get the artist wrong.

 

This is a Bruce Springsteen song from his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@LouLit01  - 

You're right, I did not know it was a Springsteen song.

But it was Manfred Mann that I did not understand.  LOL

 

 

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The B-52s singing:

 

Roam if you want to

Roam round the world.

 

Me singing:

 

Go Nipsy Russell

Go round the world...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beast of burden  Stones. In my house it was always sang

as "I'll never leave your pizza burnin'" by my husband.

Cracked our kids up every time!

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Oh my it was and still is "Louie Louie"

   by The Kingsmen

We were always sure it was nasty stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCY0bAPLZ1w

 

The FBI even investigated the lyrics cuz parents

  worried that they were obscene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXascwDxu6I

 
 
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Bad Moon Rising  CCR

 

"There's a bad moon on the rise" was

always sang as 

"There's a bathroom on the right"

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@BeatleloverKT wrote:

Bad Moon Rising  CCR

 

"There's a bad moon on the rise" was

always sang as 

"There's a bathroom on the right"


LOL!  That was a good one. Even John Fogerty admitted he'd sing the line that way just for fun.

 

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I never could get the lyrics to several lines in this song - 

 

Billie Jean  - Michael Jackson

 

Michael had that unique inflection he'd put on some of the lyrics, and with the sycopated time, there were parts I never figured out. Once I read the lyrics, the best line was - 

 

The kid is not my son

 

But I heard -

The chances that I won  Cat LOL

 

 

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It came upon a midnight clear  The Johnny Mathis Version

 

"When with the ever circling years

Shall come the time foretold"

 

For YEARS I thought he sang Shall come the time for toys

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I remember listening to Free sing All Right Now and I swear when Paul Rodgers sang "Let's move before they raise the parking rate", I thought he was saying "Let's move before they raise the **bleep** rent".

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Herman’s Hermits:

 

Heard: “She’s a Muscular Boy”

 

Actual: “She’s a Must to Avoid”

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Five Magics - Megadeth

 

Actual lyric:

I master

five magics

 

Misheard lyric:

Thigh master

five fat chicks

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Misheard - (yep, I'm guilty)

Wheel go 'round in circles

 

Actual -

Will it go 'round in circles

 

from -

Will It Go 'Round in Circles - Billy Preston

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“Secret Agent Man” (Johnny Rivers)

 

”secret Asian man”

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Money for Nothing  - Dire Straits 

 

Heard:

Money for nothing and your chips are free

 

Correct:

Money for nothing and the chicks for free

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Misheard Sting



"Englishman in New York"



I'm an idiot. I'm a legal idiot



Real



I'm an alien. I'm a legal alien



"All This Time" 



 



Und warum?

Und warum, warum?

Und warum?



Real



One by one

One by one, by one

One by one.


'Und warum?' is German for 'And why?'


 


"Be Still My Heart"


I've been to evry single Bogart movie


Real


I've been to every single book I know


 

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Neil Diamond's FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS -

I went for a good number of years thinking that was REVEREND BLUE JEANS!

Also, The Moody Blues' NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN -

for a long while I had in my mind that it was KNIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN & actually envisioned a knight in armor, sitting upon his steed, whenever I heard that song mentioned or heard the song itself!
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In Response to Re: Misheard Lyrics:



Remember Elvis' "Return to Sender, address unknown"?? My sis & I thought it was: "Return to Cinder, address a note."



Posted by 4gamer16



There are so many of these!  that was a good one.



One of mine was;



Manfred Man's  Blinded By the Light

Wrapped up like a douche

Another rumour in the night



is: revved up like a deuce, 



another runner in the night

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Remember Elvis' "Return to Sender, address unknown"?? My sis & I thought it was: "Return to Cinder, address a note."

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King Of Rock is gone..but all of his songs will stay with us Forever.

You Ain’t nothing but a Hound Dog

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Thanks for resurfacing this thread from several years ago. I had not read it, but very interesting topic. Perhaps we can add more titles now. I agree with the choice Blinded by the Light as being the most misinterpreted lyrics ever!

 

Elton John songs often throw me for a loop. Never could get this one - - -

 

Rocket man burning out his fuse up hear alone

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Many, many years ago on the way to work I heard the "new" Beatles song on the radio as "Hey June".  I called my husband as soon as I got to work to tell him how thrilled I was that the Beatles had written a song with my name in it (obviously June).  What a total disappointment when I found out about 2 days later that the song was "Hey Jude".  But, I loved the song then and still do so all is good.  (and good grounding for the ego too):)



 

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Isn't that right sir?



from Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds



"the girl with kaleidoscope eyes"



"the girl with colitis goes by"



Taking Care of Business



Baking carrot biscuits



Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap



Thirty Thieves and the Thunder Chief

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What about the Boz Scaggs song Lowdown?  My sister's version was



"Does your dog eat dog food just as soon as you get home?"



Correct lyrics:  "This dog eat dog existence sure is getting old"

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