You’re guilty of it, but you’re not alone. Year after year, whether you’re cruising in your car or out at the bar, there is that one hot jam you just can’t stop singing… even when you don’t know all the words.
Some choose to sing only the chorus, others cleverly disguise their lack of lyrical knowledge by taking a sip from their drink, or by mouthing along convincingly. Others are less ashamed, and in spite of not knowing any words, they end up being the loudest backup singer at the bar. Didn’t know some of these misheard lyrics? Listen for them now, and you’ll never hear the song the same way again.
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Is really: “It’s like you’re my mirror/ My mirror staring back at me”
JT’s Grammy-nominated 2013 single is one of his best songs to date. There’s also the emotional, MTV Award-winning “Video of the Year,” but even that didn’t make the words easier to understand, and plenty of fan parodies abounded. Was he singing about pockets full of soap? And then there’s something that sounds like “if they could see the sand in my heart.” The real words? “‘Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul/ I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go [….] The vacancy that sat in my heart/ Is a space that now you hold [….] It’s like you’re my mirror/ My mirror staring back at me.”
Eiffel 65, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
Is really: “I’m blue da ba dee da ba die”
Has no one known the lyrics to this since ’99? The subtitle is “Da Ba Dee,” still everyone thinks the singer says “If I was green I would die.”