Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Archive of Misheard Lyrics

I don't know if songwriters have a issue when they finally hit the big time with having their song recorded only to be misunderstood by a mish mashed vocal.

It's all in the ear of the beholder - as long as the royalty checks roll in, it may come with the territory.

There's even a database - The Archive of Misheard Lyrics

Some of my favorites:

Kenny Rogers "Lucille" / "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille. 400 Children and a crop in the fields"

Steve Miller Band "Jet Airliner" / "Ego Jan and the Rhino"

Sir Douglas Quintet "She's About A Mover" / "She's a Bottom Mover"

Billy Joel "You May Be Right" / "You make the rice, I'll make the gravy"

Jimmy Buffett "Margaritaville" / "Stepped on a Pop-Tart"

Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" / "We got the Flintstone Microwave Ovens"

Deep Purple "Smoke on the Water" / "Slow talkin' Walter, the fire engine guy"

Elvis Presley "Suspicious Minds" / "Calling a trout"

Police "Message In A Bottle" / "I'll send an SOS to a squirrel"

Elton John "Tiny Dancer" / "Hold me closer, Tony Danza"

Paul Young "Everytime You Go Away" / "Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you"

Steppenwolf "Born to be Wild" / "I like smoking ice cream"

Maria Muldaur "Midnight At the Oasis" / "Midnight after you're wasted"

Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising" / "There's a bathroom on the right"

Bachman Turner Overdrive "Takin' Care of Business" / "Baking carrot biscuits"

Temptations "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" / "And when he died, all he left us was a lawn"

Santana "Oye Como Va" / "I live on your block"

Merrilee Rush "Angel of the Morning" / "Just cross my feet before you leave me"

Merrilee Rush "Angel of the Morning" / "Just smash my jeep before you leave me"

Starland Vocal Band "Afternoon Delight" / "Pineapples in Flight"

MC Hammer "Can't Touch This" / "King Tut Says"

Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" / "Excuse me while I kiss this guy"

Van McCoy "The Hustle" / "Use the hacksaw!"

Bee Gees "More Than A Woman" / "Bald-headed woman"

Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes" / "She's got 30 days to die"

Bob Seger "Night Moves" / "Working on a knife wound"

J Geils Band "Freeze Frame" / "Flea Spray"

Who "Pinball Wizard" / "A pinball wizard's got suction cups for wrists"

John Travolta "You're the One That I Want" / "I got shoes, they're made of plywood"

Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" / "Good, good, good, goodbye raisins"

Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" / "Become a comedian"

Bruce Springsteen "Hungry Heart" / "Everybody's got a hungry horse"


John H said...

and my all-time favorite from "lucy in the sky with diamonds'...the girl with kaleidoscope eyes/the girl with colitis goes by..

Kerry Woo said...

John - missed that one!

jag said...

Police "Message In A Bottle" / "I'll send an SOS to a squirrel"