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Excuse me, while "I Kiss this Guy": 10 most misquoted song lyrics

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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'Kiss This Guy': Spotify's 10 most misquoted songs

Doug Gross, CNN
Excuse him while he does what? Jimi Hendrix's
Excuse him while he does what? Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" is among Spotify's songs most often misquoted.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spotify polled listeners for the songs whose lyrics they most often hear incorrectly
  • "Blinded By the Light" topped list with its mistaken line, "wrapped up like a douche"
  • Jimi Hendrix, the Clash and Elton John also made the list
  • Five percent of respondents said they never get lyrics wrong. Liars.

(CNN) -- There's no bathroom on the right, and Jimi Hendrix never asked to be excused so he could kiss a dude. And, no, no matter how blinded by the light you may have been, you weren't wrapped up like ... a feminine hygiene product.

But all those are among the world's most frequently misquoted song lyrics -- at least according to Spotify.

The popular music-streaming service conducted an unscientific poll to find the most commonly botched lines from popular songs.

(Of course, nobody had to fess up to getting the words wrong themselves. The poll, of 1,042 people, asked for the songs they most commonly hear other people singing incorrectly.)

Manfred Mann\'s Earth Band performs in 2012 in Cologne, Germany. We bet the crowd sang along incorrectly.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band performs in 2012 in Cologne, Germany. We bet the crowd sang along incorrectly.

The winner? By a long shot, Manfred Mann's Earth Band confused the most folks with "Blinded By the Light," the 1976 hit written and first recorded by Bruce Springsteen. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported hearing "Wrapped up like a douche/when you're rollin' in the night" instead of the correct lyric: "Revved up like a deuce/another runner in the night."

Listen: Spotify's top misquoted song lyrics

Jimi Hendrix took the second spot (19%) with his line "Excuse me while I kiss the sky," from "Purple Haze" being confused for the less abstract, albeit more open-minded, "Excuse me while I kiss this guy."

And in third place, 14% of respondents said they've heard "Rock the Casbah," by The Clash, mangled into "Rock the Cat Box."

We're not happy about these garbled lyrics, either.

Seventy percent of respondents said they get annoyed hearing other people sing lyrics wrong. They said the most common places they hear frustratingly mangled wording is concerts (34%), followed by karaoke bars (23%), public transportation (20%) and the office (18%).

Also ... hubris alert. Five percent of the people who responded to the poll said they "never" get lyrics wrong themselves. (Might we suggest some early R.E.M. to remedy that?)

No, Elton John didn\'t sing, \
No, Elton John didn't sing, "Hold me closer, Tony Danza."

Here's the rest of Spotify's top 10:

-- "Tiny Dancer," Elton John. "Hold me closer, Tony Danza." Actual lyric: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."

-- "Bad Moon Rising," Creedence Clearwater Revival. "There's a bathroom on the right." Actual lyric: "There's a bad moon on the rise."

-- "Paradise City," Guns N' Roses. "Take me down to a very nice city." Actual lyric: "Take me down to Paradise City."

-- "Panama," Van Halen. "Animal!" Actual lyric: "Panama!"

-- "Like a G-6," Far East Movement. "Like a cheese stick." Actual lyric: "Like a G-6."

-- "Waterfalls," TLC. "Don't go, Jason Waterfalls." Actual lyric: "Don't go chasing waterfalls."

-- "I Try," Macy Gray. "I blow bubbles when you are not here." Actual lyric: "My world crumbles when you are not near."

What are some of your favorite, or most cringe-worthy, lyric mistakes? Let us know in the comments.

Neon Washable Paint

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Cheese and Fries! Superstar!

Remember that song?

romalove
by Roma on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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In "You're So Vain" as a kid I thought it was "clowns in my coffee" instead of clouds lol.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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Hahaa! Think I'll go put some clowns in my coffee right now...Might help wake me up.

Quoting romalove:

In "You're So Vain" as a kid I thought it was "clowns in my coffee" instead of clouds lol.


Neon Washable Paint

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM
I used to think the song "Rudy Can't Fail" by the Clash was "oooh weeeee Darth Vader". My brother caught me singing the wrong words on a family road trip, he brings it up every chance he gets.
Bethsunshine
by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I used to think "Annie are you okay" from Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" was "Annie can you rotate?" LOL!!

I teach Zumba, and most of our music is in Spanish and I don't speak Spanish. One of the songs I used to have on my playlist sounded like "Monkeys messing around" in the chorus. I was listening to a song yesterday and it sounds like they'e saying "Two potatoes"

AlekD
by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Someone I know was singing "Just like a white ranger" instead of "white winged dove"

punky3175
by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM
I can't remember which songs I screw up but some of these made me laugh.
Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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Inngadadavida

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

My daughter is the queen of misquoting lyrics...sounding like she knows what's she's talking about.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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Blinded by the Light ... Has got to be the most misquoted song of all time.
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