Before the Internet, we had album liners to teach us what our favorite artists were singing about. But before the album was released, the hits you heard on the radio may not have meant exactly what you thought they did.

Whether it was the singer’s fault for not pronouncing their words, or just happy accidents — misheard lyrics are a real (and hilarious) thing and we’re here to set the record straight on a few.


Bryan Adams – “Summer of ’69”

Misheard Lyric: “I got my first real sex dream”
Actual Lyric: “I got my first real six string”

We’re betting Bryan had his first sexy dream way before Jimmy quit and Jody got married.


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(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

Misheard Lyric: “Sometime, anytime, sugar these beets”
Actual Lyric: “Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet”

We have no clue what either version could mean. And from the looks of Def Leppard above, neither do they.


Madonna – “La Isla Bonita”

Misheard Lyric: “Last night I dreamt of some bagels”
Actual Lyric: “Last night I dreamt of San Pedro”

Either way, it’s a song about longing for what’s missing in your life!


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(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”

Misheard Lyric: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
Actual Lyric: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”

Kind of the same, when you think about it.


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(Sydney O’Meara/Getty Images)

The Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway

Misheard Lyric: “Singin’ them love songs, singin’ them straight to my hot sauce”
Actual Lyric: “Singin’ them love songs, singin’ them straight to my heart songs”

Scott Shannon’s producer Louie Louie was a fan of spicy foods from a very young age!


Dobie Gray – “Drift Away”

Misheard Lyric: “Gimme the Beach Boys and free my soul”
Actual Lyric: “Gimme the beat boys and free my soul”

When it comes down to it, we need some music right NOW!


Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

Misheard Lyric: “Hit me with your pet shark”
Actual Lyric: “Hit me with your best shot”

Please keep your aquatic pets away from Ms. Benatar.


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(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Tom Petty – “Free Fallin'”

Misheard Lyric: “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Cheez-its and America too”
Actual Lyric: “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus and America too”

To be fair, Cheez-its are pretty freakin’ good.

The Go-Go’s – “Our Lips Are Sealed”

Misheard Lyric: “Alex the Seal”
Actual Lyric: “Our lips are sealed”

It should be said that there’s no excuse for mis-interpreting the song’s title, but when it makes this little sense we couldn’t help but include it!


Backstreet Boys – “Larger Than Life”

Misheard Lyric: “That makes you want a better life”
Actual Lyric: “That makes you larger than life”

Both the misheard lyric and the actual lyrics are pretty much the same. But when you’re yelling them out at a concert, you’re gonna get looks.


The Beatles – “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

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

No, she didn’t have IBS… Lucy was on LSD.


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(Pongsak Chaiyanuwong/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

Misheard Lyric: “The chair is not my son”
Actual Lyric: “The kid is not my son”

When I was 10-years-old I had a fight with my cousin about these very lyrics: “HOW COULD THE CHAIR BE HIS SON?!?!?” No matter how you slice it way, it’s not Michael’s!


Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”

Misheard Lyric: “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
Actual Lyric: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”

We won’t complain about this one. Maybe Jimi was more progressive than we thought! Nah, it’s just another drug reference.


ABBA – “Dancing Queen”

Misheard Lyric: “Watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”
Actual Lyric: “Watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen”

There’s no reason to get violent. The night is young and the music’s high!


Baha Men – “Who Let The Dogs Out”

Misheard Lyric: “Who let the doors down”
Actual Lyric: “Who let the dogs out”

“When my son Jake was little, he used to sing along with ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ … but he’d sing ‘Who let the doors down.’ Made his mother laugh 🙂 ” ~Patty Steele


The Bee Gees – “More Than a Woman”

Misheard Lyric: “Bald-headed woman”
Actual Lyric: “More than a woman”

Thanks for the submission, Robert!


Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”

Misheard Lyric: “There’s a bathroom on the right”
Actual Lyric: “There’s a bad moon on the rise”

At one point we have to assume the band sang those exact lyrics during rehearsal. Too good!

Thanks to our Facebook friend John L. for the submission!


Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”

Misheard Lyrics: “Fart and a bistol no”
Actual Lyrics: “Come and get your love”

Thanks, Sharon. Great submission — Wow you were WAY off!

The Doors – L.A. Woman

Misheard Lyric: “Dig a little dog about an hour ago”
Actual Lyric: “Well, I just got into town about an hour ago”

Thanks for your submission, Andi! That was a great one!


Do YOU have any misheard lyrics that you’d like to share? Comment below with BOTH the actual and misheard lyrics so we can figure out what the heck you’re talking about!

Side note: We’ll never sing “La Isla Bonita” or “More Than a Woman” with the proper lyrics EVER again!!


–Joe Cingrana/WCBS-FM

Comments (3)
  1. Really ridiculous, but here it goes. Brian Hyland”s: ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI:
    For years, I thought it was: She sits like a LUMP ON THE SHORE” Correct lyric:

    1. Carol KB says:

      Lump on the shore….😂 😂 😂

  2. Carol KB says:

    My husband went to school at Glassboro State (now Rowan University). A freshman girl also attending was singing 🎤 in a nearby bar to “Tenth Avenue Freezeout” by Bruce Springsteen: “Dead devil in the freezer.” 🎷 🎸 🎹 .

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