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article imageMost misheard song lyrics in R.E.M's The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 21, 2010 in Entertainment
The band R.E.M has the number one song when it comes to people hearing the wrong lyrics, according to a recent survey conducted in the UK.
Four out of 10 reported they had trouble with the line ''Call me when you try to wake her'' in The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, thinking the words were ''Calling Jamaica.''
Three thousand people in the UK were questioned for the survey, which was carried out by Cerumol Olive Oil Ear Drops.
''Some of the misheard lyrics in this poll are really quite amusing, but I'm sure the songs weren't intentionally written to confuse fans,” The Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Cerumol as saying.
''Song lyrics and sounds in general can be interpreted in many ways and what one person hears can be different to the next.
''When you finally find out the true meaning of a song after singing it incorrectly for years it can be quite satisfying, although you may feel a bit foolish.''
Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix was second on the misheard list due to the line ''Excuse me while I kiss the sky.'' Many people thought it said ''Excuse me while I kiss this guy.''
''Dude looks like a lady'', by Aerosmith was mistaken for ''Do just like a lady", and ''Build me up buttercup'', in The Foundations song Buttercup, is often heard as ''Fill me up buttercup.''
The misheard words can completeley change the meaning of a line, as in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which came in at number 10. The line ''Spare him his life from this monstrosity'' was heard by many people as ''Spare him his life for this one cup of tea.''
Here is the entire top 20 list of most misheard lyrics:
1. REM - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Real lyric: ''Call me when you try to wake her
Misheard lyric: ''Calling Jamaica''
2. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Real Lyric: ''Excuse me while I kiss the sky''
Misheard Lyric: ''Excuse me while I kiss this guy''
3. Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like A Lady
Real Lyric: ''Dude looks like a lady''
Misheard Lyric: ''Do just like a lady''
4. The Foundations - Buttercup
Real Lyric: ''Build me up buttercup''
Misheard Lyric: ''Fill me up buttercup''
5. Adele - Chasing Pavements
Real lyric: ''Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements''
Misheard lyric: ''Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing penguins''
6. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
Real Lyric: ''It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not''
Misheard Lyric: ''It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not''
7. ABBA - Dancing Queen
Real Lyric ''Dancing queen, Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah''
Misheard Lyrics: ''Dancing queen, Feel the beat from the tangerine, oh yeah''
8. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - One That I Want
Real Lyric: ''You're the one that I want''
Misheard Lyric: ''You're the wobbly one''
9. Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Real Lyric: ''Here we are now, entertain us''
Misheard Lyric: ''Here we are now, in containers''
10. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Real lyric: ''Spare him his life from this monstrosity''
Misheard lyric: ''Spare him his life for this one cup of tea''
11. Johnny Nash- I Can See Clearly Now
Real Lyric: ''I can see clearly now the rain has gone''
Misheard Lyric: ''I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone''
12. Madonna- Papa Don't Preach
Real Lyric: ''Papa don't preach''
Misheard Lyric: ''Poppadom Peach''
13. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Real Lyric - ''Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango''
Misheard lyric: ''Scallaboosh, Scallaboosh, will you to the banned tango''
14. Bee Gees- Stayin' Alive
Real Lyric: ''Stayin' alive, stayin' alive''
Misheard Lyric: ''Steak and a knife, steak and a knife''
15. Prodigy - Out of space
Real lyric: ''I'll take your brain to another dimension. Pay close attention''
Misheard lyric: ''I'll take your brain to another dimension. Hey close the kitchen''
16. ABBA - Dancing Queen
Real lyric: ''See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen''
Misheard lyric: ''See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen''
17. ABBA - Mamma Mia
Real lyric: ''How can I resist you''
Misheard lyric: ''Have I got a sister''
18. Take That - Babe
Real lyric: ''Babe''
Misheard lyric: ''Dave''
19. Blue Oyster Cult- Don't Fear The Reaper
Real Lyric: ''Seasons don't fear the reaper''
Misheard Lyric: ''Jesus don't fear the reaper''
20. Annie Lennox- There Must Be An Angel
Real Lyric: ''Must be talking to an angel''
Misheard Lyric: ''Must be talking to a ninja''
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