Misheard lyrics…we’ve all been there


Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)

I think we’ve all been there…

The moment you realize that all this time the lyrics you sing along to while alone in the shower or driving down the road are actually, very, very wrong. Understandable though if you’re trying to sing along to any song from Ozzy OsBourne. I remember for YEARS thinking the lyrics to Robert Palmer’s song Bad Case of Loving You were “the smell of juice on your lips”; actual lyrics are “Smile of Judas on your lips”.

Don’t worry though, we’re not alone, it happens to the best of us. Almost every day people will call me and request a song, but the are not sure who sings it, or the name of the song. My first question always is, do you know any of the lyrics? Sometimes they know at least enough to point me in the right direction, but mostly the answers I get end with both of us laughing hysterically at what the caller thought the lyrics were, and what the lyrics actually are.  

With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite famously misheard lyrics that are actually far more entertaining than the original lyrics!

Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze” 

Actual lyrics: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”


2. Bon Jovi – “Living On A Prayer”

Actual lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”


Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”

Actual lyrics: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

Here are a few more…


Misheard Lyric: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.”
Actual Lyric: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”


Misheard Lyric: “Wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night.”
Actual Lyric: “Revved up like a Deuce, another runner in the night.”


Misheard Lyric: “The girl with colitis goes by.”
Actual Lyric: “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”

I could go on forever. Thanks for reading this, and check me out weekday mornings between 5:30 & 10 on Cool 101.3. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom…do you know where it is?

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