Say what?

I've been obsessed with lyrics ever since I was a kid. I remember always getting super excited when I'd get a new album, tape or cd and the lyrics would be on the inside. Often times they weren't included so I'd sit there and listen, pause, write and repeat until I had the whole song written down. I was never a great student and my dad used to get very irritated and say, "If you know all the words to every song how come you can't memorize your ____?" (times tables, spelling words, etc...). I never had an answer but I guarantee if my school day would have revolved around music, I probably would have done much better. 
That being said, I haven't always gotten the words quite right. Sometimes when you assume you know what is being said you never consider that you might have it wrong. Sometimes you go from being a kid to an adult and still have it wrong. And sometimes when you're in your 30's and finally realize what's actually being said you have a big laugh!
Today I'd like to share some of my "scuse me while I kiss this guy" moments. I'll start with my earliest mistakes-

Song- Bette Davis Eyes
Artist- Kim Carnes

Real lyric- She got Bette Davis eyes
mistaken lyric- She got potato eyes

Hahaha! This song came out in 1981, which means I was 3. That totally explains why I got this one wrong because it doesn't sound like "potato eyes" at all and since I didn't know who Bette Davis was it kinda makes sense. right? And yes, I realize I was 3 but I do in fact remember this. My husband always jokes that I remember my birth :)
Song- Fly Like An Eagle
Artist- Steve Miller Band

Real lyric- Shoe the children with no shoes on their feet
Mistaken lyric- Shoot the children with no shoes on their feet

I'm really embarrassed to admit that it was only a couple years ago that I figured this one out. I always wondered why you'd want to shoot kids because they didn't have shoes on. haha Wow!  I feel really stupid right now! Oh but I'm about to feel even more silly after you read the next one!

Song- Sleigh Ride

Real lyric-  Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling, "YOO HOO !"
Mistaken lyric- Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you Who.

Yep, until last year I always wondered why you'd call someone "Who". It's so ridiculous that my husband didn't believe me this morning when I told him that's what I thought it said.

Song- She Caught The Katy
Artist- Taj Mahal

Real lyric- She caught the katy
Mistaken lyric- She complicated

Ruben and I recently argued over this one and I lost big time! I was SO sure it did not say "She caught the Katy". Listen to it and tell me what you think.

Song- Latest Flame
Artist- Elvis

Real lyric- And Marie's the name of his latest flame
mistaken lyric- And the reasoning of his latest fling

It never made sense. Now I know why!

Ok, Ive embarrassed myself enough! Here's a recent song that I knew couldn't being saying what it sounded like it was saying.

Song- Blank Space
Artist- Taylor Swift

Real lyric- Got a long list of ex-lovers
Mistaken lyric- Starbucks lovers

My daughter likes Taylor Swift so when this song came out I heard it a couple times a day. I knew there was no way she was saying "Starbucks lovers" but it totally sounded like it. I asked Alex what the lyrics were and she said everyone at school also thought she said "Starbucks". Then I thought maybe she was saying "star crossed lovers". That would make sense. Nope. A quick web search revealed the true lyrics!

Alright, now it's your turn to share your "wrapped up like a douche" moments! If you were ever going to leave a comment here, this would be the time! 

♥ anne
Got a long list of ex-lovers


  1. My mom used to seriously rock out to the Indigo Girls on car trips.
    We all sang loudly: "The hardest to love was the meanest created."
    Real lyric: "The hardest to learn was the least complicated. "

  2. mmmmm, mine was "the lion and the coconut and drink them all up" - instead of LIME. I'm sure there has been more though! Yours are great, hehehehe. TEeny x

  3. Oh man, I am always looking up lyrics because I know I'm singing the wrong lines. But half the time (I am embarrassed to admit) I forget what the real lyrics are and keep singing the wrong ones anyway.

    Tori Amos is one of my favorite artists, and her song "The Beekeeper" on her album by same name is one of my favorite songs by her.

    Real lyrics: Wrap yourself around
    The tree of life and the dance of the infinity
    Of the hive
    Take this message to Michael

    My lyrics: Wrap yourself around the tree of life and the dance of the of the ages

    Okay, so how I could miss two whole lines is beyond me. Sigh. This is not the only lyrical mistake I make in this song either.

    Iron and Wine is another favorite of mine. It was a sad day when I realized how many lines I got wrong in my favorite song "Woman King".

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  5. Steve Miller song Jet Airliner The line is Oh big ol' jet airliner don't take me too far away. I sang it as a kid "Big old Jed & Lionel" and wondered who they were. Ha ha
    And I'm sure many more including Blank Space!! Sounds like Starbucks!

  6. Haha, these are pretty funny. I also have done this numerous times. My most embarrassing one would be with "Lay Lady Lay" by Dylan. When I was little I used to think he was saying "lay across my pumping brass bed' instead of "lay across my big brass bed"...pretty bad huh? Though I didn't realize it at the time. Even worse, my parents were the ones who corrected me as I was belting it out on a car trip.

  7. The Gentry's - Dancing and a Prancing
    I thought, "Keep on dancing like a frog man"
    Actually, "Keep on, Dancing and a prancing".

  8. The Gentry's - Dancing and a Prancing
    I thought, "Keep on dancing like a frog man"
    Actually, "Keep on, Dancing and a prancing".

  9. Whiskeytown song hard luck story. I used to think when he says 'I've got a bucket full of tears and a hard luck story' that it said 'I've got a bucket full of taters and a hard luck story'. Hah, still works for a country song though! I do this all the time actually, that one just stuck out in my head.


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