Let’s talk misheard lyrics. When I was in middle school, Rick Astley had a big hit record with Never Gonna Give You Up. Anyone who’s ever been “Rickrolled” has heard it, or you’re like me and you couldn’t avoid it on the radio in 1988. When I first heard it (not knowing the title), I thought the lyrics were as such:
And we’re gonna give you up
Then we’re gonna let you down
And we’re gonna run around and desert you
Then we’re gonna make you cry
Then we’re gonna say goodbye
And were gonna tell you lies and hurt you
I was just sharing this story with my wife, and we got a good laugh out of it, because when you sing it in THAT context, it’s really a cruel song… which is exactly what twelve year old me thought when I first heard it.
My other favorite misheard lyric in recent memory was Take a Little Ride by Jason Aldean, when I, hand to God, thought he sang:
Slide your pretty little cellphone over.
Between his Georgia drawl, and as inane as some of today’s country lyrics can be (let’s get real here… goodbye shoes, praying knees, leavin’ dress, etc. I’m just sayin’.), “pretty little cellphone” seemed completely plausible, until an intern pointed out to me that I was wrong, and boy was I ever red.
Anyway, what are YOUR favorite misheard lyrics stories?