One was from the Queen song "Don't Stop Me Now". The actual lyrics are "Two hundred degrees that's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit" and the
lyrics I always thought was sung was "Two hundred degrees that's why they call me Mr. Far Up High"
Another was from a Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start The Fire". The actual lyrics are "Starkweather, homicide, children of thalidomide" and I
always thought it was "Starkweather, homicide, children of the little mind"
An honest mistake, I think..especially since I had never heard of thalidomide or it's effects... Thalidomide
Heff, I am not familiar with that song, but yeah... that is EXACTLY what it sounded like he was singing to me, lol... even though I know it is
"misheard." (Have no idea what the words SHOULD be.) Very funny because it turns out nonsensical & very entertaining!
According to my mother, I used to sing Teddy Bear's picnic wrong. To this day, I want to say, "Catch them in their underwear"...the first real
song I learned all the words to was "Tide is High" by Blondie, not very appropriate for a 4 year old eh?
Before the Internet, determining the true song lyrics could be a real pain, especially since locally manufactured records and tapes often didn't
include the lyrics in the packaging.
Working out the music was sometimes easier than deciphering the song lyrics.
It's strange how the habit sticks, and still today some people prefer to sing along: "The ants are blowin' in the wind" to Bob Dylan, or "Livin' over
there" (to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a prayer").
However, the worst artist to understand was Michael Jackson.
Almost everybody will sing something to "Billie Jean" or "Smooth Criminal", but hardly anyone gets it right, even people who do great lip-synching and
Michael Jackson impressions.
So in homage to the Prince of Pop, here are some of the funniest misheard lyrics ever:
Despite the humor concerning mishearing nowadays, I recall reading somewhere that spelling mistakes and mishearing in the past are very important to
historians and linguists who are researching pronunciation before the first recording devices.
Ironically misspelling and mishearing are phonetic clues to how English was actually pronounced in previous centuries.
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