Most misunderstood song lyrics

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My friend used to make minor mistakes with Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. In the lyrics 'Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me', he mistook it for 'beware the cook has a devil put aside for me' and with 'thunderbolts and lightning' was '7 bolts of lightning'. Not very funny but i laughed.

I thought he said Gorgeous Gerbels in 'Street Fighting Man'

I guess im gonna have to find some odd lyrics now uhhh how about Guns N Roses - Garden of Eden. The song lyrics are hard to understand and have no real relevance at all...THEY DONT MAKE SENSE!!! ill give u a random sample from one verse.

"you got a glass jawed toothache
of a mental disease
and they be runnin round back
see em line up on their knees
cause the kiss ass sycophants
throwin penance at your feet"

Then the other verses have dont even follow on with the rest of the song....find the lyrics n u'll see what i mean
 
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I think weird al and his group have got to be among the best musicians out there. Now there music annoys the heck out of me after to much, but the way they can go from genre to genre in a blink of an eye has always impressed me.

As to funky lyrics, when I was younger, I though "The Who's" song "Who are you" was saying "Uhwarrie Ooh ooh, ooh ooh" which is the national forest I grew up nearby.

Remember the cheasy pop song "I want to be rich" My little cousin used to run around the house singing "I want to be a bi*ch".
 
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How about:

Kaun Hai Jisne Dubaara Mudke Mujhe Nahin Dekha
Who Is He? Oh My Gosh
Deewana Hai Dekho Bekaraar Woh
Sambhalo Sambhalo Na Pyaar Ho
Deewana Hai Dekho Bekaraar Woh
Sambhalo Sambhalo Na Pyaar Ho
Apna Bana Ke Dekho Dil Na Churale Woh
Aisa Kyon Lage Hai Bolo Na
Jhoom Chiki Chiki Jhoom Tum Bolo Hai Woh Kaun Jo
Baar Baar Yeh Dil Khota Hai Dekh Ke Usko
Jhoom Chiki Chiki Jhoom Tum Bolo Hai Woh Kaun Jo
Baar Baar Yeh Dil Khota Hai Dekh Ke Usko

Ok, I admit, I'm into Hindi music..
 
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Speaking of Mr. Vedder, I always thought the lyric from "Glorified G" that goes "glorified version of a pellet gun" was "glorified version of a pelican." Needless to say the song makes a lot more sense now.

edit: especially the "always keep it loaded" part.
 
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This, from weird Al:(1990s?)

What is this song all about?
Can't figure any lyrics out
How do the words to it go?


posted by Hypnagogue
reminds me of this, from the chorus of a song in Ruddigore by Gilbert and Sullivan: (1890s?)

This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter,
isn't generally heard,
and if it is ,
it doesn't matter
 
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Creedance Clearwater Revival:

"There's a Bad Moon on the Rise"

"There's a bathroom on the right."

The love theme song from the movie "Top Gun" has a line in it that is something like:

"Through the hourglass I found you, in time you slipped away..."

My wife always thought it was:

"Julio at last I found you..." (Which makes about as much sense!)
 
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When I moved to Oregon I was held at gunpoint and forced to listen to country music. Garth Brook's Shameless: It sounded to me like he was Shavin. Whenever possible I would sing along; I'm shavin! At least two people have complained that all they can hear now are my lyrics.

Also, this just occurred to me yersterday. I know a guy who loved Fleetwood Mac. He named his daughter after her song Rianna; he thought she said Riannan. Years later he was quite surprised to realize the mistake.
 
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It's Rhiannon.
 
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Originally posted by Njorl
It's Rhiannon.
Hah! So I got it backwards again. That's my wifes fault.


Edit: LOL. Now she's stomping her feet and saying that I screwed it up...
you get the idea.

Troublemaker.

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what gets me is how often people misunderstand these lyrics (sung forwards, not backwards):

Sacrificial Suicide by Deicide
Satanized, crucified, feel the warth of suicide
Incus fear of the sphere, angel darkness disappears
Covenant, blasphemous, open up unhollness
Father Satan, let me just unholy sins

Chorus:
Suicide sacrifice
Desrtuction of holy life
Blood of unholy knife
Satan I sacrifice

Behold the crucifix, symbol of sterility
I am crucifix - Satan
Suicide sacrifice, profeasting evil night
Lust into reality - Satan
Angel of the black abyss, Satan lord i hall
Insane blasphemous - Satan
Sacrifical suicide, Ritual to end my life
Behemoth incess my fate - Satan

Dammed to tell, end of my life
Warth of God - Satan
Sin my soul, blesses with fire
Throne of stone - Satan
I must die, in my wake
Seventh gate - Satan
Suicide, end my life
I must die - satan

Suicide sacrifice, thrust of evil deep inside
Lucifer never lies, take away thee mortal life
Demigod, Satan son, commend to body to the ground
Father Satan, I'll find peace when I am God

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Now, isn't that special.
 
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Originally posted by zoobyshoe
Now, isn't that special.
LOL!!! Don't do this to me, I've barely recovered from tribdog's comment in another thread (the other people in the library must think I'm a nut).
 
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Two TV Show themes come to mind. I put in bold the parts I think are hard to understand.

The Flintstone Theme
Flintstones... Meet the Flintstones,
They're a modern stoneage family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.

Let's ride with the family down the street.
Thru the courtesy of Fred's two feet.

When you're with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we'll have a gay old time.
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Those Were the Days
(from: All in the Family)
Boy, the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade
Guys like us, we had it made
Those were the days.

And you knew who you were then
Girls were girls and men were men
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

Didn't need no welfare state
Everybody pulled his weight
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great
Those were the days.
 
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Toto - Africa

Original: "I bless the rains down in Africa"

Misheard #1: "I miss the rains down in Africa"
Misheard #2: "I piss the rains down in Africa"
 
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Originally posted by sandinmyears
Two TV Show themes come to mind. I put in bold the parts I think are hard to understand.

The Flintstone Theme
Flintstones... Meet the Flintstones,
They're a modern stoneage family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.

Let's ride with the family down the street.
Thru the courtesy of Fred's two feet.

When you're with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we'll have a gay old time.
-------------------------------------------------------------


With the Flintstones thing, with the courtesy of Fred's two feet would be to do with the car. If you remember, the 'Flintstone-mobile' had holes in the bottom so that it could be driven by Fred running along! thats probably the reason for it even if the lyrics sound stupid
 
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I never had an inkling to Pink Floyds Another Brick In The Wall:

You can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat.
How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

I finally read it somewhere and now I can't imagine not being able to understand it.

So I would be interested in seeing how butchered up THOSE lyrics have gotten. Actually, they don't need to be butchered to sound DAMN FUNNY. They are hillarious on their own.
 
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It's a critical solution
And the east coast got the blues
It's a mass of confusion
Like the lies they sell to you

You got a glass jawed toothache
Of a mental disease
An they be runnin' round back
See 'em line up on their knees
'Cause the kiss ass sycophants
Throwin' penance at your feet

When they got nowhere to go
Watch 'em come in off the streets
While they're bangin' out front
Inside their slammin' to the cruch
Go on an throw me to the lions
And the whole damn screamin' bunch
'Cause the pissed-off rip-offs
'R' everywhere you turn
Tell me how a generation's
Ever s'posed to learn
This fire is burnin'
and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll

I read it on a wall
It went straight to my head
It said "Dance to the tension
of a world on edge"
We got racial violence
And who'll cast the first stone
And sex is used anyway it can be
Sometimes when I look out
It's hard to see the day
It's a feelin' you can have it
It's not mine to take away

Lost in the garden of Eden
Said we're lost in the garden of Eden
And there's no one's gonna believe this
But we're lost in the garden of Eden
This fire is burnin'
and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll
Suck on that

Looking through this point of view
There's no way I'm gonna fit in
Don't ya tell me what my eyes see
Don't ya tell me who to believe in
I ain't superstitious
But I know when somethin's wrong
I've been draggin' my heels
With a ***** called hope
Let the undercurrent drag me along

Lost in the garden of Eden
Said we're lost in the garden of Eden
And there's no one's gonna believe this
But we're lost in the garden of Eden

Most organized religions make
A mockery of humanity
Our governments are dangerous
And out of control
The garden of Eden is just another graveyard
Said if they had someone to buy it
Said I'm sure they'd sell my soul

This fire is burnin'
and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll
Lost in the garden of Eden
(An we ain't talkin' about no poison apple or some missin' rib ya hear)

Said we're lost in the garden of Eden
And there's no one's gonna believe this
Said we're lost in the garden of Eden
This fire is burnin'
and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll


Could it be that some crazed fool is trying to work out how Axl Roses mind works?

Does it matter what the lyrics to a song are if it sounds good?
 
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some crazed fool??? im not crazed...merely fazed! It doesnt matter whether we try to understand the lyrics of these artists just that they odd. not all lyrics are simple like 'i f**k like a beast' (courtesy of WASP) lol
 
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Well, for me, I'm more interested in the musical aspect of songs then the lyrics. I tend to listen to the voice as another instrument in the band, where others give the majority of there attention to the singer.

Whats cool about a musical note, is there is no misunderstanding or open interpretations. It is what it is. I think some of the best songs ever made have not one spoken word.
 
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I never had an inkling to Pink Floyds Another Brick In The Wall:

You can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat.
How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

I finally read it somewhere and now I can't imagine not being able to understand it.

So I would be interested in seeing how butchered up THOSE lyrics have gotten. Actually, they don't need to be butchered to sound DAMN FUNNY. They are hillarious on their own.
Those come all the way at the end. They're probably the easiest parts of the song to understand (since they're not really part of the song, just the random noices the bands likes to throw in)

And no one has said Louie Louie! The most famous "I have no idea what they're saying" song of all time. XD
 
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Originally posted by megashawn
Well, for me, I'm more interested in the musical aspect of songs then the lyrics. I tend to listen to the voice as another instrument in the band, where others give the majority of there attention to the singer.

Whats cool about a musical note, is there is no misunderstanding or open interpretations. It is what it is. I think some of the best songs ever made have not one spoken word.

I have to agree with that but i think that lyrics express the song. With most songs, they are written with lyrics in mind so the only way to explain the title and bring out the emotion and opinion of the song writer is to add words to it. But then again with some musicians eg, Slash or Yngwie Malmsteen, i could listen to them play guitar all day because their emotions are expressed through the guitar and each note means something, just like each word in a poem is written for a reason.
 
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Originally posted by megashawn
Whats cool about a musical note, is there is no misunderstanding or open interpretations. It is what it is.
You would think, but in actual practise there are a few famous singers who sing out of tune. You never can tell what note they meant to hit. Dylan, is probably the most famous example. My favorite is the great Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, who bent the pitches of his melodies slightly, not meaning to, but with beautiful effect. His song "The Girls On The Beach" is virtually atonal music, the way they performed it.
I think some of the best songs ever made have not one spoken word.
Just a note on terminology: a song is a piece of music with singing in it. You wouldn't expect to find any spoken words in a song. Music without the component of a human voice isn't, technically, a song at all. In popular music the best term for this would be an "instrumental".
 
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In classical music there is the "vocalise", a piece of music without words but sung with all the resources of the human voice, usually with orchestra accompaniment. Tastes differ but I consider the vocalise by Villa-Lobos to be very beautiful.
 
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Originally posted by Beren
Those come all the way at the end. They're probably the easiest parts of the song to understand (since they're not really part of the song, just the random noices the bands likes to throw in)

And no one has said Louie Louie! The most famous "I have no idea what they're saying" song of all time. XD
Well, I always thought (and SOMEONE out there had better jump in and say that THEY always thought it said this, too! - I can't be the only one with a dirty mind!!:wink:) that they were saying "I felt my bone in her hair". But, NO! The words are "I smell the rose in her hair".
 
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Originally posted by selfAdjoint
In classical music there is the "vocalise", a piece of music without words but sung with all the resources of the human voice, usually with orchestra accompaniment. Tastes differ but I consider the vocalise by Villa-Lobos to be very beautiful.
You get the same effect from listening to any music sung in a foreign language you don't understand. A couple times I've been disapointed when I read a translation of what they were actually saying. I would think it takes alot of discipline to write for the human voice without words.
 

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