[Staff Musings] Say What? The Chronicles of Misheard Song Lyrics

Misheard lyrics – the best thing to ever happen to music besides music itself. They provide endless hours of entertainment once you enter the internet rabbit hole of the topic.

One of my favourite personal creations is related to a Canterbury song, “All My Life.” It goes like this: I shut you out if you need convincing that I’m a legend. Now, if that isn’t the most egoistical statement ever, then I don’t know what is. However, it turns out the actual lyrics are “I shock you out if you need convincing that I’m electric.” Another one is cursing my government for not using my taxes to fill holes with more semen on “Tear In My Heart” by Twenty One Pilots. It’s not semen, guys, it’s cement! Well done, my beautiful self!

Speaking of Twenty One Pilots, alternative versions of their lyrics are gold. I hope that clown was properly killed and is not coming back for revenge. Although, being a Transformers-like locomotive could solve your case easily.

Not sure if the following was misheard or she made it up for fun, but TDL founder, Tina tweeted this recently and I laughed for hours. A good lunch saves even the worst of days.

*Editor’s note: I indeed found lunch in a hopeless place called Brooklyn where even my favorite pizzeria from my childhood is now overrun by hipsters & everything is smothered in kale, desperation and overly-priced pretentiousness. :p

According to the internet, Halsey is singing about tiny gay iguanas and an old man sitting on the floor. She also thinks there is a frog in her coat, you’re not a human bean, and that she’s a worn dress. How delightful!

When Bring Me The Horizon released Sempiternal back in 2013, things got incredibly funny with sandpit turtle memes going around. Still, my favourite thing ever.


You Me At Six hated Harry Potter so much, they went to such lengths of writing a song about it. What makes the story more interesting, their drummer had the hair style of a Malfoy at the time. 10 points for Slytherin!

5SOS are totally killing the game on their new releases. She’s Kinda Hot Dog is a song about how much we’re all rhinos, and they also reassure “we can all get some, we can all get laid” on another song. Alright, Los Angeles…

If I were Paramore, and you lived inside a cake, I wouldn’t feel sympathy for you either. For the sake of our sanity, let’s just hope the woman did not end up skinned for a cake.

Last but not least, we’re going down swinging because this post could not be complete without Fall Out Boy included. I am convinced the majority of misheard song lyrics are coming from them. Pure comedy.

Now it’s your turn! We’d like to laugh more, so share your favourite misheard song lyrics with us!

*Editor’s note: I’m quite partial to this one! 😀


Dóra Udvardi

Dóra Udvardi

Writer. Photographer. Admirer of Arts.