'Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy': Music's 6 Most Misheard Songs
Wrong. Everyone notices. They may not know the exact words, but they know it's definitely not what you're singing. In fact, there's a word for this phenomenon. It's called "mondegreen," and it means "the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase, such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song." (There's a great website called kissthisguy.com that's named after the frequently misheard Hendrix song listed below and is dedicated to the cataloging of mondegreens.)
So now that you've been outed, here are a half-dozen favorite misunderstood lyrics. Who was it that said, "No one pays attention to the lyrics?" Well, here's the proof.
6. Tom Petty: "American Girl"
What people sing: "That Wonderbra that she was gonna keep."
The actual lyric: "She had one little promise she was gonna keep."
This is the second single from Petty's 1977 debut album. Frankly, Tom mumbles so much when he sings that one could be forgiven for misunderstanding him.
5. Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"