We mishear lyrics all the time, and the results are often hilarious, especially when we sing them out loud. And when it comes to the funniest misheard lyrics of all time, nothing tops these songs!
Secret Asian Man
This misheard lyric is from Johnny River’s song “Secret Agent Man,” but what most people hear is “Secret Asian Man.” So, it raised the question, “Is he a man who appears to be non-Asian but is secretly Asian, or is he ambiguously Asian but acts in a secretive manner so people don’t know he is present?”
Hold Me Closer Tony Danza
“I still sing it like that,” confesses a user, and others have purposefully sang, “Hold me close, I’m tired of dancing.” However, the correct lyrics are “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.” The song is called “Tiny Dancer” and is sung by Elton John.
Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy
The lyric in Jimi Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze” is “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” but the sky was quickly replaced by a guy. “(Jimi) totally leaned into that during his shows too,” mentions a poster.
There’s a Bathroom on the Right
The misheard lyric is from the song “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Many adults wouldn’t believe the correct line is, “There is a bad moon on the rise,” because they got used to singing “bathroom.” Interestingly, a few fans hear, “There is a baboon on the right.”
Van Halen Is Overrated
Van Halen became famous for playing the tapping guitar technique during his performances. However, his name came up in the Train’s song, “Drops of Jupiter.” Rather than hear the actual lyric, “Heaven is overrated,” listeners picked up on, “Van Halen is overrated.”
The Girl With the Colitis Goes By
When the Beatles released the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” their intended lyric was “a girl with kaleidoscope eyes.” But people heard this as “the girl with colitis goes by.”
Every Time You Go Away, You Take a Piece of Meat With You
“One day in the car, my little sister said something about liking the ‘Butcher Song.’ My mom asked why she called it the Butcher Song, and she replied, “Because he gives her meat every time she goes away,” writes a 50-something-year-old. But, the song in play is “Everytime You Go Away,” by Paul Young, and the correct lyric is, “You take a piece of me with you.”
Big Old Jed Had a Light On
This misheard lyric is from Steve Miller Band’s song, “Jet Airliner.” And there’s no mention of “big old Jed had a light on” or “big old Jed had a lighter,” but “big old jet plane.”
Mama, Don’t Take My Chromosome
Paul Simon’s song, “Kodachrome,” was difficult for youngsters to sing along to, which explains this funny misheard lyric. However, he doesn’t mention chromosomes, but Kodachrome, a color reversal film. So, the line should be, “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.”
I’ve Got Two Chickens to Paralyze
This lyric is from Eddie Money’s song, “Two Tickets to Paradise.” However, the line, “I’ve got two tickets to paradise,” was misconstrued as “I’ve got two chickens to paralyze.”
Kiss From a Rose on a Grave
Last on this list is Seal’s song, “Kiss From a Rose.” Although some people hear “kiss from a rose on a grave,” the actual lyric is “Kiss from a rose on the gray.”
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