Friday, May 20, 2011

Misunderstood Lyrics

The other day I heard the old AC/DC song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and it took me back to my childhood, specifically our neighbor Christian, who swore it was called "Dirty D and the Dunder Chee." No amount of demanding to know what a Dunder Chee was could convince him otherwise.

Fast forward to high school and the Clash's "Rock the Casbah" which has been misconstrued in myriad ways, including "Rob the Cash Box," which is what I thought it was called for the longest time.

Fast forward once more to my son Sean, age 4 at the time, singing from his CD of nursery rhymes. When he got to "Little Jack Horner," he sang, "He stuck in his thumb and pulled out his lung," and I just about peed my pants.

It got me thinking about the potential bloggability of this subject. I Googled "misunderstood lyrics" and came across a Web site called, what else, Long after I should've started making dinner, I'm still crying with laughter at some of the misconstrued song lyrics.

Here are a few favorites:

Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall
No dogs are spazzin' in the classroom

, Losing My Religion
Let's pee in the corner, let's pee in the spotlight

J.Geils Band, Centerfold
My anus is the center hole

Bon Jovi, Bad Medicine
Your love is like bad venison

Madonna, Like a Virgin
Touched for the thirty-first time

Do you have any gems to add?


  1. For a number of years I thought Creedence Clearwater Revival were singing; "There's a bathroom on the right."
    Turns out the words are; "There's a bad moon on the rise." I was glad to learn, just a few years ago, that I was not the only one that had thought those were the lyrics. :D

  2. Almost Precious, now THAT is a gem!

  3. Lol..we always sang, "Dirty Deeds done with sheep" and on the last notes of the song sang "Baaaaaaa!" but were were naughty little grommets. I like the term "Chronic Lyricosis" My oldest son would get so mad at us when he was in highschool.."if you don't know the words..STOP SINGING" Sorry, not happening!

  4. My son at 2 (now 19) would sing Hakuna Matata from The Lion King. "It's my prolem free walosopee"
    I caught it on video in the bathtub. It still makes me laugh because he was so serious!:)

  5. Just to state the obvious in case someone doesn't know, the classic one is the name of the website you went to. It's from Purple Haze, where Jimi Hendrix says "scuse me, while I kiss the sky", which of course sounds like scuse me while I kiss this guy.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog.....the pizza boxes make selling and selling our products so much easier!!! I like this post......I can remember my friends yelling that's not how it goes and it was fun to see who was right......There is song by Tears for Fears that goes everyone gets old and grey....they played the song at a wedding and my husband and I were dancing and the young guys from the firehouse......would come close to us when the verse would go to that and they would sing real loud.....everyone wants to be Glen Gray........and one of the guys he worked with sang that to him too.....Made him feel like a rock star!!!!

  7. I used to think the name of the song "good lovin'" was "doodle-lang." lol I used to sing those words until mt dad pointed out the real lyrics. I like my version better.

  8. Ohmygosh! This brought back memories. A friend told me that her husband sang the lyrics to a Great White song wrong...Once Bitten Twice Shy...he sang...I want to spit into your shower babe. I have no idea how he misheard that!

  9. This is so funny. I remember hearing someone tell me that for years they thought that Van Halen song "Panama" was "Cannonball." :)


  10. Hahaha, I had such a great time reading those misheard lyrics and laughed my heart out!