Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been botching up and mishearing song lyrics. (Macy Gray, with her gravelly, low-pitched voice, was especially hard for me to understand back in the 5th grade when “I Try” was playing on every radio station.)
Though I must confess that the bulk of misheard lyrics on this list were contributed by me (because apparently I have the worst hearing out of everyone), I’m not the only writer for SF Weekly who has had difficulty hearing the correct lyrics in a song.
Check out some of our funniest interpretations, and comment below with your own misheard lyrics!
“Gold” by Kiiara
Misheard Lyric: “Caught up in my tea.”
Correct Lyric: “Gold up in my teeth”
“Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones
Misheard Lyric: “Gestapo, Gestapo, you never stop.”
Correct Lyric: “If you start me up, if you start me up, I’ll never stop.”
“Loser” by Beck
Misheard Lyric: “Born in ambulance / I’m hallucinating / So why don’t you kill me.”
Correct Lyric: “Soy un perdedor / I’m a loser baby / So why don’t you kill me.”
“Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean
Misheard Lyric: “A potato flew around my room before you came.”
Correct Lyric: “A tornado flew around my room before you came.”
“Big Tymin’” by Nef the Pharaoh
Misheard Lyric: “Fresh like mayonnaise”
Correct Lyric: “I’m fresh like Mannie.”
“The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani
Misheard Lyric: “Cuz I’ve been acting like someone in hell on the floor / Oxygenate the refrigerator.”
Correct Lyric: “Cuz I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor / It’s your fault you didn’t shut the…
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