The 17 best misheard song lyrics ever

Do you make up your own personal lyrics to hard-to-decipher songs? You're not the only one - here are some of Mumsnetters' best. Read more on the thread and have a listen to the sweet tunes on our vintage playlist.


1) "Should I give up or should I just keep chasing payments?" 

Chasing pavements on Make A Gif

"I thought Adele was a debt collector"sleepyhead

Listen to Chasing Pavements by Adele


2) "Don't go Jason Waterfooord"

Jason waterford on Make A Gif

"My mum thought 'don't go chasing waterfalls' by TLC was 'don't go Jason Waterford' and assumed he was a well-loved actor or author or something." - Doubtfuldaphne

Listen to Waterfalls by TLC


3) "Wash your back for good"

Wash your back on Make A Gif

"My friend thought the Take That classic went "I wash your back for good" instead of "I want you back for good". " - Tournesol

Listen to Back For Good by Take That


4) "Le-vel CROSSING"

Like a prayer on Make A Gif 

"The bit that goes - 'let the choir sing' in Like A Prayer, I always heard it as 'level crossing'. The fact that a choir appears at that point in the music video should have been a clue..." - HootyMcOwlface

Listen to Like A Prayer by Madonna


5) "You might as well face it - you're a dick with a glove" 

a0eQkn on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

Listen to Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer 


6) "My lover's got no money - he's got a strong valise" 

Free from desire on Make A Gif

 - "I thought it was my lovers not no money, he's got hisself some briefs" 

Spike notting hill on Make A Gif  

Listen to Freed From Desire by GALA


7) 'Excuse me while I kiss this guy'

Jimi Hendrix on Make A Gif

"I still love the very famous, commonly misheard lyric from Jimi Hendrix - 'excuse me while I kiss this guy' (kiss the sky)." - thecatneuterer

Listen to Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix


8) "Ooooo - second LADLE!"

Psy on Make A Gif

"My son sings 'ooooo second ladle' instead of 'sexy lady' in Gangnam Style." - Tournesol

Listen to Gangnam Style by Psy


9)"I was sick and tired of everything when I called you last night from Tesco"

abba on Make A Gif

10) "Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie, put your hands all over my body." 

Bill Oddie on Make A Gif

"A friend was convinced the lyrics to Erotica by Madonna were 'Hey Roddy, hey Roddy, put your hands all over my body!" - FauxFox
- "No no it's 'Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie, Put your hands all over my body' <shudders>" - PseudoBadger

Listen to Erotica by Madonna 

11) "New Yoooork - concrete jungle, wet dreams and mayo"

alicia keys on Make A Gif

"My husband seriously thought that Alicia Keys was singing 'New York, concrete jungle wet dreams and mayo' instead of 'New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of'...." - Mitchell2

Listen to Empire State of Mind by Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys


12) "We'll be together, with a roof rack over our heads."

roof rack on Make A Gif 

Listen to Is This Love by Bob Marley  


13) "Little Women must have damn near killed you"

little women on Make A Gif

"I thought Nicklebacks's How You Remind Me went 'Little Women must have damn near killed you.' It's 'livin with me must have damn near killed you'" - Madmammy83

(Ed -To be fair, Beth's death is pretty harrowing...)

Listen to How You Remind Me by Nickleback


14) "Who you gonna call? ...those bastards"

ghostbusters on Make A Gif

My husband thought that "Ghostbusters" was "Those bastards". - Loveleopardprint

Listen to Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. 


15) "I came in on a rocking horse"


Rocking horse on Make A Gif 

"I genuinely thought that Miley Cyrus 'I came in on a rocking horse'." - LemonMousse

Listen to Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus


16) "Oh oh - dyslexics on fire" 

Sex on fire on Make A Gif

"The first time I heard Sex On Fire, I was sure it said 'dyslexics on fire', which I found a bit odd and slightly offensive." - GimmeDaBoobehz

Listen to Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon 


And, finally...

17) "I can't believe you kiss your cock at night"

Shania Twain on Make A Gif

"My partner is convinced Shania Twain sings 'I can't believe you kiss your cock at night'. The more I listen to it the more I think it's possible." - santasballsackisnolonger

Listen to It Don't Impress Me Much by Shania Twain 




Last updated: about 3 years ago