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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."
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.
I just posted this song in another topic, but it reminded me of the misheard lyrics . . .
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey
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.
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.
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
"Englishman in New York"
I'm an idiot. I'm a legal idiot
I'm an alien. I'm a legal alien
"All This Time"
Und warum, warum?
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
I've been to every single book I know
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!
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
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
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):)
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