Music Mishearing Lyrics

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Can you usually hear lyrics correctly when listening to music, or do you hear things they aren’t actually singing?
 

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Anytime I'm in a conversation about misheard lyrics, I have to link this. (There's another song that's even funnier but the vid has a picture of a ***** so I'm not posting that here lol)

For me, I hear individual words or sounds from the singer. I usually won't hear the right sentences but I can get like 50% of the words right in my head and then I make my own made-up lyrics to fill in the rest.
 

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You can't have a Misheard lyrics topic without mentioning one of the most misheard lyrics out there.
CCR's (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Bad Moon Rising.
The line "There's a Bad Moon on the Rise" is commonly misheard as "There's a Bathroom on the Right.
 

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My favourite one I've ever heard was someone mishearing "Incest Road" instead of "Insects grow" in the chorus of Big Fig Wasp by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Wasn't me, since I listened to that album with lyrics the first time through, but I thought it was hilarious.

I'm alright at distinguishing lyrics but most of the songs I listen to have lots of vocal distortion which makes it a challenge.
 

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I'm also one of the people who heard "Starbucks lovers" in Blank Space for the longest time until I finally looked up the actual lyrics
 

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Apparently, people misheard Pat Benetar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" as "Hit Me With Your Pet Shark"
Because people are stupid lol.
 

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Misheard lyrics, eh?

...I keep hearing "I have a nacho" instead of "I have a nice show" in hell to your doorstep/Count of Monte Cristo
 

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The biggest one for me is from Imagine Dragon's song "Demons". The words are "It's where my demons hide", but I heard them as "I'll wear my demon tie."


Obviously it's not correct and makes NO sense but my family still jokes about it heh.
 

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Tangentially related, but more often than not I hear the lyrics for the parody songs instead of the lyrics for the original when I'm listening to the original. Usually Weird Al lyrics, but sometimes it's minecraft parodies or some other type of parody. For instance when I listen to Royals, I hear the lyrics from Foil. Or Blank Page (a death note related parody) instead of Blank Space. A contributing factor might be that I only hear the originals on the radio and listen to the parodies far more often.
 

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KPOP misheard lyrics are hilarious af
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listening to this as a korean is hilarious af
 

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As much as I love the Persona soundtracks, the lyrics almost always get mispronounced by the singers. I don’t blame them as it isn’t their first language, but it can lead to many misheard lyrics.

“A riber in a drah land.”

“Young TV screen.”

“Petunias. Petunias. Full of happy.”
 

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I usually pick up on lyrics if I'm listening for them, but if I'm not directly paying attention to them my brain fills in the many gaps with whatever bizarre thing it comes up with. It's a lot of fun actually. I can't think of one right now, but I'm sure it'll come up quickly knowing me!
 

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I can't remember specific examples off the top of my head, but I do remember having this issue most often when listening to rap songs.
 

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One of my favourite misheard lyrics videos is Room 409.
 

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I don't know the actual name of Mainstream Garbage Song #32049, but whenever the singer says "clap my hands" I just hear "crap my pants". Or "let me be myself" as "let me pee myself".

Mishearing lyrics, or intentionally misinterpreting lyrics to alter the context of a song, are some of my favourite things to do. Especially when it ruins the song for someone else so that they cannot unhear my version of the words. I get sick of hearing these kinds of songs so often in my store that I've got to have some kind of fun with them, right?
 

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Oh yea, theres also one that I'm sure most people mishear -

"I'm blue babodedadodie" instead of "I'm blue if I was green I would die"
 

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~Are you reelin' in the yeast
Stole away the time
Are you gatherin' up the teeth
Have you had enough of mine~

Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years


I will never not hear these as the words.
 
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