“Blinded By the Light” Tops Spotify List of Most Misquoted Song Lyrics

"Scuse me, while I kiss this guy"

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Sir Elton John performs on stage during the 2013 Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on June 13, 2013 in New York City.

Sing-a-long time! “But oh how it feels so real, lying here with no one near, only you and you can hear me, when I say softly slowly, hold me closer Tony Danza…” That is how singer Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin’s 1971 platinum-selling love ballad goes, isn’t it?

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Umm, how to put this to those who’ve come to cherish the image of the Rocket Man wooing the guy who played a live-in housekeeper on a popular 1980s U.S. sitcom…no. But then we’ve all been there, right? Think of all the kids at Christmas singing “Now bring us some friggin’ pudding…”

In the interest of setting the record straight for at least a few of the worst offenders, Spotify has put together a playlist (after polling 1,042 listeners) of the 10 most misquoted song lyrics. If you want to groove along while reading, Spotify’s web playlist of the songs is embedded below.

1. “Blinded By the Light,” Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (52%)

Nope: “Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche when you’re rollin’ in the night”

Yep: “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”

2. “Purple Haze,” Jimi Hendrix (19%)

Nope: “Scuse me, while I kiss this guy”

Yep: “Scuse me, while I kiss the sky”

3. “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash (14%)

Nope: “Rock the cat box”

Yep: “Rock the Casbah”

4. “Tiny Dancer,” Elton John (13%)

Nope: “Hold me closer Tony Danza”

Yep: “Hold me closer tiny dancer”

5. “Bad Moon Rising,” Credence Clearwater Revival (12%)

Nope: “There’s a bathroom on the right”

Yep: “There’s a bad moon on the rise”

6. “Paradise City,” Guns N’ Roses (10%)

Nope: “Take me down to a very nice city”

Yep: “Take me down to the paradise city”

7. “Panama,” Van Halen (9%)

Nope: “Animal!”

Yep: “Panama!”

8. “Like a G6,” Far East Movement (8%)

Nope: “Like a cheese stick”

Yep: “Like a G6″

9. “Waterfalls,” TLC (7%)

Nope: “Don’t go Jason waterfalls”

Yep: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”

10. “I Try,” Macy Gray (4%)

Nope: “I blow bubbles when you are not here”

Yep: “My world crumbles when you are not near”

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17 comments
CurtisGoninon
CurtisGoninon

i always thought the more common misheard lyric for blinded light was the line 'and little early birdy gave my anus curly wurly and asked me if i needed a ride' ('And little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride')

BA
BA

Counting Crow's cover of Big Yellow Taxi.

"Don't it always seem to go. That you don't know what you've got til its gone. They paved paradise. And put up a f*ucking lot"

It's actually parking lot.

BoricuaEliz
BoricuaEliz

How about The Rascals' "Groovin'" singing "That would be ecstasy, you and me and Leslie Groovin'" (it's actually "you and me endlessly grrovin"...)

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

“I blow bubbles when you are not here”

yeah, well i blow bubbles whenever he's in town

geneven
geneven

The more sensible Creedence misquote is the political "there's a bad mood on the right," which always seem true. 

CinziaPiroli
CinziaPiroli

I was forever singing and still do if I hear it on the radio the song by Wings, Band on the Run as "Man on the run, man on the run.." which, if you think about it, makes way more sense.

RJ1968
RJ1968

Revved up like a deuce is Bruce Springsteens version I believe.

KapaluaMak
KapaluaMak

C'mon guys...if you are going to write an article about misquoted song lyrics...at least get the lyrics right.

The correct lyric for Blinded by the Light is "Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night."

Not, “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce when you’re rollin’ in the night”

SchmanthonyP
SchmanthonyP

Also yeah, how did you get the lyrics wrong on "Blinded by the Light". It's literally brought up every time too.

SchmanthonyP
SchmanthonyP

Most of these just feel like apocryphal things people were told when the concept of "misheard lyrics" gets brought up. No one actually hears "excuse me while I kiss this guy", they just know hacky schtickers brought that one up all the time when the topic was discussed, so they remember it.

Most of these are ludicrous because they're literally all mishearing THE TITLE OF THE SONG. These are jokes and they are BAD jokes.

I'm mostly gobsmacked by the fact that 7% of people surveyed somehow heard the name "Jason" in the song "Waterfalls". WHAT?

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

People have to try to mishear pretty hard to get some of these examples.

 I mean, how the heck do you get "cat box" from "kasbah"?

awesomesauceDan
awesomesauceDan

Doesn't Blinded by the Light go: "Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night"?

mattpeckham
mattpeckham

@RJ1968 Nope, Earth Band version. Springsteen version is "Cut loose like a deuce."

mattpeckham
mattpeckham

@KapaluaMak Nope! You're confusing it with the original Springsteen version, which does go "Cut loose like a deuce." The Earth Band version is indeed "Revved up like a deuce."

jessicaann82
jessicaann82

@SchmanthonyP I seriously doubt anyone thinks Elton John is serenading Tony Danza, especially since no one knew who he was when that song came out. It drives me crazy.

I will agree, though, that as a kid I really did think Van Halen was saying "Animal!"

geneven
geneven

@SchmanthonyP Absolutely. People start making up what they think are funny lyrics. Sometimes they are rebellions against lyrics that have been played too often.