SF Weekly‘s Funniest Misheard Song Lyrics

Because apparently we're all a bit hard of hearing.

Kiiara (Credit: Jimmy Fontaine)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been botching up and mishearing song lyrics. (Macy Gray, with her gravelly, low-pitched voice, was especially hard for me to understand back in the 5th grade when “I Try” was playing on every radio station.)

Though I must confess that the bulk of misheard lyrics on this list were contributed by me (because apparently I have the worst hearing out of everyone), I’m not the only writer for SF Weekly who has had difficulty hearing the correct lyrics in a song.

Check out some of our funniest interpretations, and comment below with your own misheard lyrics!

“Gold” by Kiiara
Misheard Lyric: “Caught up in my tea.”
Correct Lyric: “Gold up in my teeth”

“Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones
Misheard Lyric: “Gestapo, Gestapo, you never stop.”
Correct Lyric: “If you start me up, if you start me up, I’ll never stop.”

“Loser” by Beck
Misheard Lyric: “Born in ambulance / I’m hallucinating / So why don’t you kill me.”
Correct Lyric: “Soy un perdedor / I’m a loser baby / So why don’t you kill me.”

“Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean
Misheard Lyric: “A potato flew around my room before you came.”
Correct Lyric: “A tornado flew around my room before you came.”

“Big Tymin'” by Nef the Pharaoh
Misheard Lyric: “Fresh like mayonnaise”
Correct Lyric: “I’m fresh like Mannie.”

“The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani
Misheard Lyric: “Cuz I’ve been acting like someone in hell on the floor / Oxygenate the refrigerator.” 
Correct Lyric: “Cuz I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor / It’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator.”

“Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D.
Misheard Lyric: “We are, we are / You’ve got to let it shine.”
Correct Lyric: “We are, we are / Youth of the nation.”

“Negative Creep” by Nirvana
Misheard Lyric: “Ham and eggs and a drink.”
Correct Lyric: “I’m a negative creep.”

“Everybody Got Their Something” by Nikka Costa
Misheard Lyric: “Make you smile / Like you nearly bit a child.”
Correct Lyric: “Make you smile / Like an itty bitty child.”

“Is This Love” by Bob Marley
Misheard Lyric: “Jump rope on the bridge.”
Correct Lyric: “For Jah provide the bread.”

“Moods” by Sonny and the Sunsets
Misheard Lyric: “Moose baby / Moose baby.”
Correct Lyric: “Moods, baby / Moods, baby.”

“Davidian” by Machine Head
Misheard Lyric: “Legs free to break with a shotgun blast.”
Correct Lyric: “Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast.”

“Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea
Misheard Lyric: “Gonna lie to you / Like a black widdle baby.”
Correct Lyric: “Gonna lie to you / Like a black widow, baby.”

“Brand New” by Young Greatness
Misheard Lyric: “New car, new Jew, new shoes, new girl.”
Correct Lyric: “New car, new jewels, new shoes, new girl.”

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