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Top 10 Most Misunderstood Music Lyrics
It is often very strange, albeit amusing, how misunderstood and butchered song lyrics can be. The past century has been laced with songs that have been twisted and interpreted according to the comprehension of the listener. It is therefore only right to share this list of top ten most misunderstood music lyrics.
10. “Waterfalls” by TLC
This famous American girl group will forever be known for their songs and strange sense of style but they will also go down in history for having one of the most misunderstood music lyrics of all times. Though this group was known for having spats with each other, and their management, it seemed that fans thought that this time was different. This time the group was having a bit of trouble with a love interest.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Don’t go, Jason Waterfalls.”
Actual Lyrics: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.”
It could have been that the fans genuinely misheard or they just wanted some juicy gossip.
9. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Water
This misunderstood song lyric came straight from the horse’s mouth. Unlike others who were misunderstood based on what was heard on the radio, on the television and from fellow fans, the misunderstood lyrics of this song came from lead singer of this group at a performance. While on stage, the fans clearly thought that John Fogarty was being gracious and helping those in need of the facilities to find their way. What makes this one even funnier is the fact that while saying it, he actually pointed in the direction.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “There’s a bathroom on the right.”
Actual Lyrics: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.”
8. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
A household name, Bon Jovi has made a reputation for himself as one of the best there ever was. His adoring fans would listen for every word that would grace them from his lips, but seemingly not close enough. Though the misunderstood lyrics are funny, it would not be extremely inappropriate considering that one, the title of the album was ??Slippery When Wet’ and two, the fans in those times were not exactly fully clothed.
Misunderstood: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not,”
Actual Lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”
7. “Panama” by Van Halen
Classically hilarious, this very famously misunderstood one word will remain legendary. Perhaps it is that Van should have enunciated a bit more or perhaps his fans just felt that he was trying to unleash the beast in them. Either way, is amazing how collective people can be in misunderstanding the intentions of artistes in their lines.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Animal!”
Actual Lyrics: “Panama!”
It would be fair to say that Van Halen’s passion for Panama was clearly mistaken for a passion for animals.
6. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
This one was not only misunderstood by the general populace but was also featured on television as well. In episode one of the third season of the popular TV series ??Friends’, Phoebe gave her opinion of the most romantic song of all time. The strange part was that she was not the one that believed that the song Elton wrote for the ??Who’s the Boss’ star was very heart warming.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.”
Actual Lyrics: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”
It seems like Elton was more interested in a dancer than a boss.
5. “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann
Getting its own feature on television after the misunderstood lyrics of this song went viral, as viral as it could have in the 90s that is, this song had to be broken down for the confused fans. It was not only just a word that was misunderstood but it was an entire line that was twisted and made into what the fans seem to have wanted to hear.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Wrapped up like a douche, another rumour in the night”
Actual Lyrics: “Revved up like a Deuce, another runner in the night.”
4. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
The image portrayed by Madonna would clearly coincide with the misheard lyrics of her very popular song. Going down in history as one of the most idolised performer/singers in history, Madonna has gotten herself more than just a few hit records. However, considering the words that were heard in the very popular “Like a Virgin”, it would not be strange to wonder what the source of her popularity was.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time.”
Actual Lyrics: “Like a virgin, touched for the very first time.”
This was the one that got Madonna to the top of the charts.
3. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles
Going down in history as one of the greatest bands to ever grace this Earth, the Beatles were infamous for getting a little ??help’ while writing their song lyrics. These were reflected in quite a few of their more popular tunes. It was therefore not inexplicably strange why it was that they would be singing about a girl with a colon that was inflamed.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “The girl with colitis goes by.”
Real Lyrics: “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”
While it would have been strange for them to be disclosing something of such a personal nature, the actual lyrics of the song are not so far from unusual either.
2. “Summer of 69’ ” by Bryan Adams
This one, while it was very understandable, was truly hilarious. This 1984 song by Bryan Adams quickly took the streets and became popular among the teen demographic. The song was distorted into one of a very sexual nature as fans, and their parents, completely misunderstood the opening line.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “I got my first real sex dream”
Real Lyrics: “I got my first real six-string”
The hilarity of this misconstrued lyric was made even more so after considering the lines that followed directly after. Apparently, Bryan had his first real sex dream “…at the five-and-dime”.
1. “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
This one has been one for the ages, the one that seemingly outed Jimi Hendricks before he had a chance to do so himself. Renowned as a great guitar player, Jimi has also been known for his often inspiring song lyrics as well. This one will have everyone laughing for at least an hour; even Jimi himself had to have a bit of fun with it.
Misunderstood Lyrics: “Scuse me, while I kiss this guy.”
Real Lyrics: “Scuse me, while I kiss the sky”
While it is not totally clear why Jimi would have wanted to kiss the sky, we are now pretty sure that he never actually wanted to kiss ??this guy’
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