Sure, you might tell yourself you’re great at remembering lyrics.
But newsflash: your shower is unable to inform you that it’s actually ‘Scaramouche” and not “Scare a Moose” like you were head banging away to this morning in the tub.
Thanks to the fairly recent introduction of lyric websites we can now find out the real lyrics that we’ve been singing along to inaccurately all this time – and sometimes it’s amazing to discover just HOW wrong we were.
Following the announcement this week that for fifteen years (ugh, now we feel old) we’ve all been singing the lyrics completely wrong to JLo and Ja Rule’s hit, I’m Real, we decided to put together of some of the most commonly misheard lyrics out there.
Warning: Minds may be blown.
I’m Real by Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule
“Are you Elly?” or “Are you Ready”
Actual Lyrics: “R-U-L-E”
J-Lo is actually spelling out Ja Rule’s in response to him demanding “what’s my mother f*cking name?” Because who in the name of pink velour tracksuits is Elly anyway?
Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
“Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
Actual Lyrics: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”.
Admittedly, 1967 was the summer of love – but that doesn’t mean Jimi was running around kissing just anyone.
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
“Hold me closer Tony Danza”
Actual Lyrics: “Hold me closer, Tiny Dancer”
No, Elton John doesn’t want to be embraced by Italian-American actor and professional Boxer, Tony Danza. At least, not that we know of…
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
“I believe that the hot dogs go on”
Actual Lyrics: “I believe that the heart does go on”
Because they certainly weren’t serving foot longs on the RMS Titanic.
Blinded by the Light by Mann’s Earth Band
“Blinded by the light…wrapped up like a douche when you’re rollin’ in the night”
Actual Lyrics: “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”
Those wrapped up douchebags – self-absorbed, much?
We Will Rock You by Queen
“Kicking your cat all over the place”
Actual Lyrics: “Kicking your can all over the place”
No animals were harmed in the making of this music video. We will, we will…respect our felines.
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite by R.E.M
Actual Lyrics: ”Call me when you try to wake her”
Michael Stipes phone bill isn’t as high as we all thought it was.
Dancing Queen by ABBA
“Dancing Queen, Feel the beat from the tangerine”
Actual lyrics: “Dancing Queen, Feel the beat from the tambourine”
No rhythmic citrus fruits for these Swedish popstars.
Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival
“There’s a bathroom on the right”
Actual lyrics: “There’s a bad moon on the right”
That’s actually a closet, not a bathr….never mind.
Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons
“Oh man is a guinea pig”
Actual Lyrics: “Oh man is a giddy thing”
It appears Mumford and Sons weren’t talking about humans being experimented on after all.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
“A milano, an albino, a mosquito, my libido.”
Actual Lyrics: “A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido.”
Sure, a person of mixed black and white ancestry (aka ‘mulatto’) probably makes more sense than Nirvana singing about cookies…
Smooth Criminal By Michael Jackson
“Annie are you walking?”
Actual Lyrics: “Annie are you OK?
Whichever way you look at it, MJ was clearly very concerned about Annie’s wellbeing.