Rock the cat box, and other misheard song lyrics (video)
This Spotify list of the top ten most commonly misquoted songs made us giggle—what are your worst lyrical slipups?
Thu Jul 11 2013
Photograph: Guiliano Bekor
We've all had that soul-crushingly embarrassing—or hilarious, depending on how you look at it—moment when we realize we've been belting out the words to our favorite jam completely wrong. Right? According to a Spotify survey, the most misconstrued lyrics—known as mondegreens—are from "Blinded by the Light," by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, with the chorus rendered as: “Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin’ in the night.” (The original lyrics read: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.")
Other misapprehended gems include "I blow bubbles when you are not here" from Macy Gray's "I Try," and the Clash's "Rock the casbah" as "Rock the cat box" (or "Lock the cash box"? is that just us?). Stream the full playlist to brush up on your lyrical prowess before your next karaoke session, and check out our own crucial additions to the list. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter (@timeoutnewyork)!
"Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time" (original: "Like a virgin, touched for the very first time")
"I get high, I get high" (original: “I can’t hide, I can’t hide," originally misheard by Bob Dylan)
“A year has passed since I broke my nose" (original: “A year has passed since I wrote my note")
“I got my first real sex dream" (original: “I got my first real six-string")
"Take your pants down, and make it happen" (original: "Take your passion, and make it happen")
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