In the world of rock music it is easy to have your words misconstrued but more often it is easier to have your words misheard altogether. So, cottagemixtape.com is going to take a look at the lyrics everybody seems to get wrong and the ridiculous things they think they hear. So, clean the dirt out of your ears and let’s review the The 6 Most Often Misheard Lyrics In Rock & Roll!
1. Jimi Hendrix – “Excuse me while I kiss the sky…” from Purple Haze
Those iconic lyrics from Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 psychedelic smash hit, “Purple Haze“, are always getting twisted and are probably one of the most often misheard lyrics in rock and roll, as: “Excuse me while I… take this guy out for a nice dinner and a smooch.”
2. Elton John – “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” from Tiny Dancer
Moving along, even though the title of Elton John’s 1972 hit is explicitly “Tiny Dancer” people still insist they hear this person’s name: “Tony Danson”. You know my good friend Tony Danson… the chartered accountant from Waterloo, Ontario. He hasn’t been feeling well lately.
3. Dire Straits – “Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies.” from Walk Of Life
“Oldies, goldies” in the Dire Straits’ song “Walk Of Life” has been misheard by fans across Canada and particularly, Ontario as “go leafs, go!” Which is absurd. What are hell are ‘leafs’? The plural of ‘leaf’ is ‘leaves’. Also, no one cheers for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dire Strait’s “Walk Of Life” appears on Cottage Country Vol. 19:
4. AC/DC – “She was a Fast Machine” from Shook Me All Night Long
Besides keeping “her motor clean“, something which we are still coming to terms with, geriatrics everywhere, holding one of those big metal cones up to their ear and the other end to the radio, swear that Brian Johnson from AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long” is saying “She was a facts machine!” What in ‘hell’s bells’ is a “facts machine”? Does that mean she is like the internet. Because that is where facts come from, including this article.
5. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – “Blinded by the light. Revved up like a deuce…” from Blinded By The Light
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, scored an out-of-this-world hit with their classic Blinded By Light. But it seems that people are rather “deafened by the sound” when it comes to the lyrics. Listeners say they hear the line: “revved up like a deuce” as “rolled up like a ‘you know what’ in the (slide whistle sound)”. PS, I was taught sex-ed in Ontario.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s “Blinded By The Light” appears on Cottage Country Vol. 7:
6. The Doors – “The End”
Finally we come to ‘the end’ with The Doors’ long-ass, apocalyptic jam, “The End“. Jim Morrison (poet, musician, lizard) sings a twisted tale of spiritual revolution and, of course, reptiles. In this song, people swear Jim Morrison says:
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake, he’s long, seven miles
Ride the snake
He’s old and his skin is cold
No… this one is actually correct. Jim Morrison actually said all that shit. Also, he said something about having sex with his mama. Have a great weekend!