"Wrapped Up Like a Douche" And Other Wrong Lyrics

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Way back in the '70s, there was a rock hit by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, whatever that was, and every time I heard it, I was convinced the lead vocalist was singing, "Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche..."

But it was "revved up like a deuce"! The only douche was me!

And by the way, the original version was by the song's author, Bruce Springsteen, and HE sang "cut loose like a deuce"!

Whatever.

Have there ever been song lyrics you grossly misunderstood? Any do you still not know what the hell the real lyrics are?


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SillyKids
SillyKids

My daughter sang AC/DC's "Dirty deeds Dunder Chief" instead of "done dirt cheap"

mlgordon75
mlgordon75

From "Beast of Burden": "All this sickness, I could suck a duck."

pod
pod

"four letter woman" for "more than a woman" by the Bee Gees. :)

Misspammy0107
Misspammy0107

When my son was little he heard "Everybody Plays the Fool" as "Everybody plays with food."  That still cracks me up!

Guest
Guest

He sings "wrapped up like a douche."

Slow it down, watch his lips (in the youtube video).

It's douche. period.

Josh
Josh

Jimi Hendrix has a line which says, "excuse me while I kiss the Sky." When I was a kid, I always thought the line was, "excuse me while I kiss this guy."

Sharita Sedanos
Sharita Sedanos

Researching this for some time now - i reckon luck is much more progressive than search engines...

Earnest Bazzanella
Earnest Bazzanella

amazing i just have always loved michael and his songs. He was naughty, the world will miss michael

cirocco jones
cirocco jones

My husband thought ..."the men all paused" in the song by Klymaxx 'Meeting in the Ladies Room' was actually ..."menopause"!

Mr T
Mr T

Groovin"

Life would be ecstacyYou and me and Lesley

always wondered who Lesley was??

SeeingI
SeeingI

The most famous of all, of course, are Hendrix's bi-curious "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" and Elton John's wonderful hit, "Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza."

CapitalCat
CapitalCat

When I first heard Merle Haggard sing "I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee" I thought he said, "I'm a brain-damaged, gun-fellating, neanderthal who should be anally raped by chimpanses."

You don't want to know how I interpreted God Bless America!

nicestdionysus
nicestdionysus

Are you reelin' in the yeast?Stowin' away the tide?Are you gatherin' up the cheese?Have you had enough of mine?

Helene
Helene

what I heard:"you don't have to say you love me, just because I ask."what they sang:"you don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand."

franco
franco

Part lyrics of the THE GO-GO'S - Our Lips Are Sealed

Hush, my darlingDon't you cryQuiet, angelForget their lies

Can you hear themThey talk about usTelling liesWell, that's no surprise

It doesn't matter what they sayIn the jealous games people playOur lips are sealed

Pay no mind to what they sayIt doesn't matter anywayOur lips are sealed

Our lips are sealedOur lips are sealed___________________________________________

Along with the purity/chastity rings, I'm surprised this ditty didn't become the signature tune and rallying cry for the Christian Girls Abstinence Program.

F. Packer
F. Packer

I was shocked and appalled that these guys were on mainstream AM radio singing: "Wrapped up like a douche..."

I couldn't believe it.

Los 80's
Los 80's

stu stu studio....stu stu studio by Phil Collins

Glamjack
Glamjack

a friend of mine sang a famous Latin song Guantanamera to me as "One ton tomato"

Dr. M
Dr. M

Manfred explained the angle of the head on the tape recorder was in a position so if they tried to correct it the lyrics would disapear. Manfred himself was tierd of the whole long recording process and said we just release it. Record compnay and himself thought it would be non acceptable for the radio stations and dont get any airplay especially in the "American Bible belt" with the vaginal references....but the reason it went to number one on the charts was that everyone bought it to listen if it was douche or duece....

Zazu Pitts
Zazu Pitts

Oldie alertWhen Petula Clark sang "Don't Sleep in the Subway" there was a line that actually is "Take off your cloak, lie down and close the door" I always thought it was "Take off your clothes,lie down and close the door"After all, that was what I always said to Rudy Vallee!!

Monica Breedlove
Monica Breedlove

I don't know why, but in the Temptations song, when Papa died, (Papa who was a Rolling Stone, that is) I thought the lyric ended was "all he left was was a loan" rather than "alone." A loan that they would then have to pay off, and be even more miserable than they were, now that Papa died.

I don't know why I felt like I had to complicate the financial and emotional lives of characters in songs, but ...

I always thought Sade's Smooth Operator was"School for the Red Eye." but I was deeply messed up in the clubs in which I heard that.

(her new song is very nice though -- and not at all confusing.)

DeafOldCoot
DeafOldCoot

The BeeGees "More Than a Woman" as "Bald-Headed Woman." Listen to it and tell me I'm wrong.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Someone I once knew - a Republican - was crushed when I pointed out that Elvis Costello was not singing "What's so fun about peace, love, and understanding" - but rather, "What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding."

windy
windy

Elton John:

"I can see the red tea lights.."

Dangerous Herbert
Dangerous Herbert

KC and the Sunshine Band's prescient advice on gay marriage: "Keep it common law" ("Keep it comin' love")

Cat Stevens by way of Rod Stewart: "First cousin of Jesus" ("First cut is the deepest")

and Elton's immortal "Hold me closer, Tony Danza" (Tiny Dancer)

Anonymous
Anonymous

And what is she actually singing?

Timmie
Timmie

I was convinced for almost a year that the hook in Madge's "Ray of Light" was "and I feel like a disco ball." I've been on those drugs too.

AJNeetsaii
AJNeetsaii

A friend of mine thought that the lyrics to Flashdance went "What a feeling! Take your pants down, and make it happen!"

Should be "take your passion, and make it happen"

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig

As for "Blinded by the Light", apparently someone else thought he was saying "douche". That word was edited out of the song when it played on AM radio - it was covered over with a blast of guitar music.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig

Actually the correct CCR line is "Hope you're not quite PREPARED to die". After all these years, I'm still hearing it wrong.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig

Zasu Pitts quoted a line from "Bad Moon Rising". When that song was new, my cousin misheard the following line:

"Hope you got your things togetherHope you're not quite afraid to die."

as "Hope you got your things togetherHope you're not quite the fairy type."

When I was a kid I heard this line from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues":

"Make me wanna holler"

as "Make me go to Harlem."

I've always had trouble with a line from Boston's "More Than a Feeling" which sounds like:

"When I'm tired of drinking Coke."

I still don't know what he's really saying.

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard

It is "Puppetance of Love", as in love can turn you into a puppet in the hands of someone you love so much. These lyrics were stolen from a jazz singer, incorrectly, by Steve Miller who use to listen to old time jazz singers. Miller translated it to "pompitance", meaning importance.

Barkley
Barkley

It's all about how close one gets to the mic in the studio and how one enunciates certain words while singing. You can either go for raw passion or reign it in and go for enunciation. I hate windscreens, they make me back up from the mic and I also think they screen out some nuance from the vocals.

M
M

I don't care anymore what you say

This is my wife....

Jon Mitchell
Jon Mitchell

My partner thought "I'll never be your beast of burden," was "I'll never be your pizza burnin'."

Either way - these are things I'll never be.

Daho
Daho

For the first year I heard it, Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" was "Hush hush, keep it down now, This is scary!"

UhOkay
UhOkay

When I was a kid, Deep Purple had a song called "Smoke on the Water" - I always thought the lyrics were "Slow coming down, girl" - which makes no sense - at least to a kid.

Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" - when he sings "I helped the blind to see" I thought he was saying "I helped her fly the scene"

Elton John's Daniel - "Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky" - I could never make this out - it sounded like "Daniel you're a star, in the faffle de sky"

I thought the Go-Gos were singing, not "Alex the Seal" but "s'long as I see you"

Any wonder I've been to the ear doctor?

gemma
gemma

In West Side Story, it sounds like "capuccino" but it's "Send for Chino."

Jonster
Jonster

I always heard "Wrapped up by a douche" too! NOW I understand - "revved up like a deuce" describes a two-barrel carbuerator, like the Beach Boys "Little Douche Coupe."

"Alex the Seal." I'm dyin here!!!

There's a good story behind the "Puppetude of Love" Look it up under that spelling.

MDTopdad
MDTopdad

"I don't know what a pompatice(sic) of love is but I'll take three to go!!"Actually according to Wikipedia, the word POMPATUS is made up. Used in a Steve Miller song" The Joker"

Zazu Pitts
Zazu Pitts

I don't know what a pompatice of love is but I'll take three to go!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What exactly is a "pompatice of love"?

Musto
Musto

Another one:

With Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," I always thought she was singing "cutie pie..cutie pie..." but it's "can't read my...can't read my..."

Barkley
Barkley

Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's said that when they played Australia the crowd was singing along and they were all: "Pay no mind to what they say, doesn't matter anyway, oh oh oh...Alex the Seal!"

Zazu Pitts
Zazu Pitts

I always heard CCR's immortal line "There's a Bad Moon on the Rise" as "There's a Bathroom on the Right!"and just when I needed one so badly. (God, I hate wearing Depends)

cmills88
cmills88

I used to hear it as "Everybody Plays THE Food." I think that was further reinforced by the fact that the name of the band was The Main Ingredient...

john
john

@Zazu Pitts Marilyn Manson's "the beautiful people" - as "the bitter potato"

"Claire" by Gilbert O Sullivan, "Will you marry me, Uncle Ray" as "Will you marry me, oh hooray"

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