Top 10 Most Misunderstood Song Lyrics

"Excuse me while I kiss this guy." Huh? Jimi Hendrix sang that? Not quite.

He actually sang "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."

Misunderstood lyrics are not only confusing, but also quite funny. conducted a survey of 1,042 people to find out the songs they most commonly hear other people singing incorrectly and from those answers assembled a list of what it deems the best of the lot.

The top 10 most misquoted and misunderstood song lyrics:

1. "Wrapped up like a douche/when you're rollin' in the night."
The correct lyric: "Revved up like a deuce/another runner in the night."
Artist: Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded by the Light"

2. "Excuse me while I kiss this guy."
The correct lyric: "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."
Artist: Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"

3. "Rock the Cat Box"
The correct lyric: "Rock the Casbah"
Artist: The Clash

4. "Hold me closer, Tony Danza."
The correct lyric: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."
Artist: Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"

5. "There's a bathroom on the right."
The correct lyric: "There's a bad moon on the rise."
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon Rising?

6. "Take me down to a very nice city."
The correct lyric: "Take me down to Paradise City."
Artist: Guns N' Roses, "Paradise City"

7. "Animal!"
The correct lyric: "Panama!"
Artist: Van Halen, "Panama"

8. "Like a cheese stick."
The correct lyric: "Like a G-6." Artist: Far East Movement, "Like a G-6"

9. "Don't go, Jason Waterfalls."
The correct lyric: "Don't go chasing waterfalls."
Artist: TLC, "Waterfalls"

10. "I blow bubbles when you are not here."
The correct lyric: "My world crumbles when you are not near."
Artist: Macy Gray, "I Try"

Where are we most likely to hear these mangled lyrics?

  • Concerts: 34 percent
  • Karaoke bars: 23 percent
  • Public transportation: 20 percent
  • The office: 18 percent

--From the Editors at Netscape

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