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We’re back for another round of “what’s that lyric?” where we share what songs we’ve flubbed the words to lately. Misheard lyrics often have hilarious results. Whether singing in the shower, holding a carpool karaoke session or showing off your vocal chops among friends, we all can relate to that moment when you’re not 100% certain that what you’ve sung is accurate.
These are just a few of our favorite recently misheard lyrics, as witnessed by Musicnotes employees and friends. Never ones to take ourselves too seriously, we’re offering these mondegreens (the official term for misheard lyrics) up for your reading, and sheet music playing, pleasure. Click on the song title to see sheet music for each of our misheard lyrics below, and learn the true words behind the songs. We’d also love to hear your funniest lyrical “oops” moments. Share your favorite mondegreens in the comments section below, and be entered to win one of three $10 (USD) Musicnotes.com gift cards! Scroll to the bottom for complete entry rules.
See if you know which songs these 12 misheard lyrics originated from!
1. “Baby can you breed… a cactus from Jamaica”
The lyrics become as blurred as the lines in “Blurred Lines” when Robin Thicke sings “baby can your breathe… I got this from Jamaica.” Given Jamaica boasts more rainforests than deserts, we’re guessing cacti isn’t a major crop for the island nation.
2. “Got a lot of Starbucks lovers”
Frappacino, macchiato, Americano, we personally know quite a few Starbucks lovers. However, our friend T-Swift isn’t making reference to the popular coffee chain in “Blank Space.” She’s instead referencing her also-all-too-well-documented “long list of ex-lovers” in the song.
3. “Pair a, pair a, pair a tights”
One of our very favorite misheard lyrics of late because, well, it’s just so ridiculous. However, next time you listen to Coldplay’s “Paradise,” just try not to think “pair a tights” when the refrain kicks in. (A close second from the Super Bowl performers is “I wanna buy you new arms” instead of “I wanna die in your arms” from “Speed of Sound.”)
4. “Grandpa thinks I’ve come to take you home”
Written following his departure from Genesis, Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” details the singer/songwriter’s heart going “boom, boom, boom” while directing “grab your things, I’ve come to take you home.”
5. “Some nights I stay up cursing in my bathtub”
We all need to blow off a little steam now and then, and nobody’s going to fault you for retreating to the tub for some late-night cursing. However, FUN.’s Nate Ruess is actually spending “Some Nights” “cashing in his bad luck” in the lyrics to this sleeper hit from 2012.
6. “Sweet dreams are made of cheese”
This is one case where we actually kind of agree with the misheard lyrics over those of the actual Eurythmics song. We are headquartered in Wisconsin, don’t cha know. In the real lyrics to “Sweet Dreams are Made of This,” the ‘this’ refers to fulfilling your dreams and finding motivation, which is great and all (but it’s no cheese).
7. “On a dark desert highway, Cool Whip in my hair”
We’ll chalk this one up to mistaken homophone, dessert vs. desert. If you were cruising down a ‘dessert’ highway on your way to the “Hotel California,” there’s a good chance some delicious whipped cream topping may end up in your locks. On a dark, desert highway you’re more apt to feel ‘cool wind’ in your hair.
8. “I just want a shot of half a Guinness”
Is it too late now to say “Sorry” to Justin Bieber for this misheard lyric? The reformed pop superstar is actually asking for “one more shot at forgiveness,” in this Skrillex-produced chart-topper.
9. “Now I’m four five seconds from whinin'”
One of Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” collaborators may be best known at this point for his penchant to gripe (ahem, first name rhymes with Lonye), but RiRi’s stripped-down vocals on the song state she’s “four five seconds from wildin’,” slang for losing her cool. Maybe some bathtub cursing would help?
10. “Focus, fire a gun”
It seems that focusing is a rather essential step prior to firing a gun, be it Nerf, water or what-have-you. But the Diplo-led DJ super group Major Lazer, is actually saying “blow a kiss, fire a gun” in the lyrics to their popular EDM sheet music hit “Lean On.”
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Now it’s your turn to share the misheard lyrics you’ve laughed at lately! Leave your strange/funny/ridiculous lyric in the comments below, and you could win one of three $10 Musicnotes Gift Cards to use on any sheet music you choose. We’ll pick one entry at random on March 7, 2016. Simply submit your comment by March 4, 2016 to enter the drawing.