Friday, September 30, 2011

Top 5 Lyrics That Nobody Knows

Misheard lyrics.  We've all been there...  You're driving along, singing with the radio.  Then when you try to sing that same song in the shower, you realize you don't know the actual words.  Here's a list with some lyrics  I'm pretty sure you won't know:

5. Purple Haze (1967, Jimi Hendrix) - Everyone hears: "'excuse me while I kiss this guy."  Jimi was progressive, but not that progressive.  It's actually, "'excuse me while I kiss the sky."  Okay, this one's a gimme.

4. 3 A.M. (1997, Matchbox Twenty) - "She thinks that 'happiness' is a mouse that sits on her doorway."  "Happiness" is actually a "mat" that sits on her doorway in the song, but I think the visual is cute, so it makes my list.

3. Rock the Casbah (1982, The Clash) - Everything in this song is misheard.  "Shout we don't like it!  Rock the cash bar, rock the cash bar" is really, "Sharif don't like it!  Rock the casbah, rock the casbah."  I know, right!   Really, there is almost nothing intelligible in this song.  But it's great, so we love it.

2. Blinded by the Light (1977, Manfred Mann) - You know it starts off, "Blinded by the light," but what happens next in the song is cause for debate.  Most commonly, people hear something about feminine hygiene: "wrapped up like a douche, another roller in the night."  Sure, it doesn't make any sense, but it does make you do a double take.  The real lyrics are: "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night."  Still doesn't make sense, but these are the real lyrics...  Or are they?  Go ahead, click the link above and listen again--we'll wait.

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991, Nirvana) - Another one where you can't make out a single word (other than "hello").  Thank you Weird Al for giving us an alternative version (which itself makes reference to the incoherent ramblings of Cobain in the original).

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  1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (Iron Butterfly). Supposedly a misunderstood "In the Garden of Eden."

  2. Hey kooz, on blinded by the.light, springsteen wrote that song. He explained it on episode of vh1 story tellers. The deuce is a deuce coupe, the car. You can probably that one online.

  3. Yeah, I saw that the Boss wrote it and I knew the real lyrics, but missed that it was a deuce coupe. So yeah, I take it back, it does make sense. Still sounds like "douche" though... Thanks Remi!