Had a friend in college who we had to correct on a couple songs --Jim Croce's Bad Bad Leroy Brown -he thought was badder than a "whoopin' cough" (instead of old King Kong). And Kenny Roger's "Lucille" -she had "400 hundred children and a crop in the fields" (instead of 4 hungry children)...
In homage to the Favorite Song Lyrics Thread I thought this might be interesting.
My own personal one is as a kid I thought CCR Bad Moon Rising said "There's a bathroom on the right."
My favorite heard from someone else is Pearl Jam Glorified G misheard as "Four or Five Virgins on a Pelican". I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan and I can't listen to that song and hear anything else. (it's really "glorified version of a pellet gun").
Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Miller Band fans will enjoy the wiki regarding pompatus which I'm sure you've heard translated as all types of words...
I've also heard Bingo Jet had a light on.
I've heard the story behind "pompatus" and could never figure out why he just didn't use "properties" instead. I guess it was some what of a joke. Anyway, a girl at work is constantly singing "Shame, shame, shame, Shame of Fools (Chain of Fools) and Jackie Pooh (Jackie Blue).
Here's an more obscure one:
My younger brother when about 3 years old decided to perform "Venus" (by the Shocking Blue) at a family gathering. Instead of "I'm your Venus..." he sang "I'm your *****..." Never heard my very stoic aunt laugh so hard.
I once heard Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam explain that his favorite misunderstood song lyrics were courtesy of Mike McCready, lead guitarist from Pearl Jam:
"I...want to rock and roll all niiiiight...and part of every day".
From "Live at Benaroya Hall" after they play the acoustic version of Lukin. Which speaking of misunderstood lyrics try this on for size (I know the lyrics and I have no idea what Eddie is singing in a few spots of this one).
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TpMsCATNss&feature=related]Pearl Jam - Lukin (Pinkpop 2000) - YouTube[/ame]
In the Iron Butterfly song "In-a-gadda-da-vida", the actual lyrics were "in the garden of eden", but the lead singer (high on something probably) sang in such a mumbled tone that everyone heard it as "In-a-gadda-da-vida", so it stuck.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4QnVoH8omw&feature=related]The Simpsons In The Garden Da Vida - YouTube[/ame]
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