The most commonly misunderstood song lyrics

Bad radio quality or just less-than-optimal listening conditions can result in misunderstood lyrics – sometimes to hilarious effect. 

Here are some of the top misunderstood lyrics, and what the songs ACTUALLY say.


Song: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana 

People heard: ‘Here we are now, in containers’.

The song actually said: ‘Here we are now, entertain us’.

Song: “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd
People heard: “No dogs in the chasm in the classroom”
The song actually said: “No dark sarcasm in the classroom”

Song: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
People heard: “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen” / “Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tangerine”.
The song actually said: “See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen”/“See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen”.

Song: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
People heard: “All the lonely Starbucks lovers”.
The song actually said: “Got a long list of ex-lovers”.

Song: “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
People heard: “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”.
The song actually said: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”.

Song: “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS
People heard: “I want to rock and roll all night and part of every day”
The song actually said: “I want to rock and roll all night and party every day”.

Song: “Chasing Pavements” by Adele

People heard: “Or should I just keep chasing penguins”.
The song actually said: “Or should I just keep chasing pavements”

Song: “We Built This City” by Starship
People heard: “We built this city of sausage rolls”.
The song actually said: “We built this city on rock ‘n’ roll”.

Song: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
People heard: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”.
The song actually said: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”.

Song: “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics
People heard: “Sweet dreams are made of cheese”.
The song actually said: “Sweet dreams are made of these”.

Song: “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC
People heard: “Dirty deeds and the thunder chief.”
The song actually said: “Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap.”

Do you know of other songs with frequently misunderstood lyrics? List them in our comment section!


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