Farting carrots and other misheard lyrics

Misheard lyrics2I don’t know about you, but we like a little music when we’re out and about in Woody, whether it’s on the radio or from our own collection. I also like a singalong, but Mr Camperfun frowns on that, claiming I can’t sing (the cheek! I am perfectly in tune*).

Some years ago, in those dim and distant days before downloads, we had a compilation tape – known as The Tape – which we played so often we got to know most of the lyrics by heart. But one track – Sitting Down Here by Lene Marlin (don’t judge me) – had a bit that just didn’t make sense. We heard: “Not really hiding a mouth like a shadow”. We knew it was wrong, but after months of listening, those lyrics stuck and it became known as the Mouth Like A Shadow song. The real lyric is “Not really hiding, not like a shadow” but even knowing that, our own version still sticks.

I was glad to see in a survey** out this week that we’re not the only ones who mishear lyrics. In poll of 2,000 adults, more than three-quarters admitted singing the wrong words. My favourite – cos I’m base like that – is Selena Gomez’s hit Good For You, which has people singing “I’m farting carrots” instead of “I’m 14 carat”. And REM’s The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite doesn’t say “Calling Jamaica” but actually “Call me when you try to wake her” (Mr Camperfun always thought it was “Calling Cheryl Baker”!).

So here are the Top 40 Misheard Lyrics for your enjoyment (you’ll have to provide your own Top of the Pops music).

  1. “Money for nothin’ and chips for free”. Correct lyric: “Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free” from Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing.
  2. “Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”. Correct lyric: “Every time you go away take a piece of me with you” from Paul Young’s Every Time You Go Away.
  3. “Sue Lawley”. Correct lyric: “So lonely” from The Police track So Lonely.
  4. “We built this city on sausage rolls”. Correct lyric: “We built this city on rock ‘n’ roll” from Starship’s We Built This City.
  5. “Saving his life from this warm sausage tea”. Correct lyric: “Spare him his life from this monstrosity” from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
  6. “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”. Correct lyric: “See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen” from ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
  7. “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”. Correct lyric: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky” from Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze.
  8. “Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tangerine”. Correct lyric: “Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine” from ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
  9. “Sweet dreams are made of cheese”. Correct lyric: “Sweet dreams are made of these” from The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams.
  10. “Calling Jamaica”. Correct lyric: “Call me when you try to wake her” from R.E.M.’s The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite.
  11. “Or should I just keep chasing penguins”. Correct lyric: “Or should I just keep chasing pavements” from Adele’s Chasing Pavements.
  12. “All the lonely Starbucks lovers”. Correct lyric: “Got a long list of ex-lovers” from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.
  13. “I can see clearly now, Lorraine is gone”. Correct lyric: “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone” from Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now.
  14. “Gimme Gimme Gimme a man after midnight, take me to the doctors at the break of the day”. Correct lyric: “Take me through the darkness to the break of the day” from ABBA’s Gimme Gimme Gimme.
  15. “Poppadom peach”. Correct lyric: “Papa don’t preach” from Madonna’s Papa don’t preach.
  16. “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”. Correct lyric: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not” from Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer.
  17. “I’m farting carrots”. Correct lyric: “I’m 14 carat” from Selena Gomez’s Good for you.
  18. “Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her” Correct lyric: “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer” from The Monkees’ I’m A Believer.
  19. “I want to hold your ham”. Correct lyric: “I want to hold your hand” from The Beatles’ I want to hold your hand.
  20. “Kicking your cat all over the place”. Correct lyric: “Kicking your can all over the place” from Queen’s We Will Rock You.

Are your favourites on here? Or do other lyrics that fox you? Do share!

*May not be even slightly true

**Survey commissioned by Starkey Hearing Technologies



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This entry was posted on June 16, 2016 by in campervan.
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