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Lyrics: Interpreted!

I don’t listen to much screaming metal because I have a basic rule for the music I listen to: If I can’t understand at least 65% of the lyrics, and if the tune is not interesting enough to warrant me putting forth the effort of looking up the misheard words, I don’t care to listen to it. Lyrics, you may have guessed, are an important part of music for me :P.

However, some songs are great just because you can’t understand what the heck they’re saying, and what you force yourself to decode becomes some of the most fantastically ridiculous, hilarious song lyrics ever not actually written. I’ve seen this kind of “interpretation” and “translation” done with a lot of emo songs, but I can’t think of a genre that lends itself to this kind of fun better than screaming metal songs (warning: the finger, and also advertising):


What song lyrics have you misheard recently, or not so recently?

10 Responses to “Lyrics: Interpreted!”

  1. on 20 May 2007 at 8:16 am Erica

    As a kid, I always thought it was “Secret Asian Man” instead of “Secret Agent Man.” My parents waited years to correct me because they thought it was so funny to hear me sing along to it. 😛

  2. on 20 May 2007 at 11:49 am Luke

    You should look for Wishmaster: the misheard lyrics. It is hilarious.

  3. on 20 May 2007 at 7:30 pm Bunk

    My favorite is the Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love.”
    “…and now we’re
    goin’ to the jack o’lantern;
    gonna get ma-a-arried…”

  4. on 20 May 2007 at 8:50 pm Tim

    Ozzy’s “Suicide Solution,” enough said.

  5. on 21 May 2007 at 12:12 am Bunk

    Okay, Purple Haze. Jimmy Hendrix sang, “…’scuse me while I eat this fly…”

  6. on 21 May 2007 at 12:13 am Bunk

    And Elton John sang, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza…”

  7. on 22 May 2007 at 11:57 am Another Jake

    I love it when people botch lyrics. It’s just priceless. Makes my day.

    “Theeere is a bathroom on the right…”

  8. on 23 May 2007 at 1:27 pm Jacques

    Funny, this is the second time today I’ve pointed out a mondegreen. Unfortunately this time that other Jake beat me too it. At least my spell checker now groks mondegreen.

  9. on 23 May 2007 at 11:50 pm Red Pikmin

    You know the Green Day song “Good Riddence”? Here’s one way to hear it: “You’ve got to eat your vegetables, and in the end there’s rice”

  10. on 26 May 2007 at 5:10 pm CheeseDuck

    The real lyrics to that song:

    Woooooooah, RIGHT!

    Get me some division,
    called the dead by night,
    to the god allay the chaos!
    Chains to my last victim!
    Set up the lights on the way to the skies,
    Raising my sword to the lord!
    calling your death a black obsession,
    the only way OUT!

    So wait salvation,
    Come unto me!
    Life to the saint,
    Life for me!
    Your lord,
    smashed this bloody god on earth,
    its always by my side,
    take me to the place to die for you,
    and give me life in flames!

    It’s black after light Odessy of the end,
    A lord of chaos to be,
    Searching my dreams of the lives in my vision,
    night of war, yeah!

    son of the night was left to destroy.
    wait now to destroy…


    why this bloody god on earth,
    is always by my side,
    Take me to the place I die for you.



    The last song of hate,
    song to my heart,
    tonight’s gonna be,
    something wild!

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