Misheard Song Lyrics

We’ve all been there: There’s a song on the radio, you’ve heard it many times before, and you love to sing along. It could be an old song or a new song, it really doesn’t matter, you love it, and something deep down inside you will NOT let you hear this song without belting out your own rendition. One day, you’ll be with friends or family and to your surprise and delight, this song will ring forth from the speakers and your urges will take over.

Perhaps you’ve heard “Build Me Up, Buttercup” wrong(really wrong. How could someone get the words SO wrong?!), and you, with all the gusto and conviction you can muster, sing out “Why do build me up Spartacus, baby…” at which point, everyone in the car will turn and look at you. Of course, once the guilty party has admitted that they weren’t saying this to be funny, but honestly believed those to be the lyrics, laughter is certain to ensue.

Likewise, if someone were to think that the women singing “doo-dah, doo-dah” were known collectively as “Count-down ladies”, as opposed to the more generally accepted “Camp Town ladies”, it might elicit laughter or chortling(the possibility of a snort is not to be counted out).

While I’ve had my share of embarrassing moments throughout my life, I’m happy to say that while I was present for both of these events, I was on the pointing-and-laughing side of these occurrences. That isn’t to say that I’ve never misheard lyrics, as I certainly have, but I’m not going to write about the dumb stuff I’ve done. I can’t prove it, but I’m fairly sure that Facebook pages exist where people gather, laughing and regaling each other with stories of my failings(okay, I don’t actually think such pages exist, though if one day I found out that they did, I wouldn’t be completely surprised. Now that I’ve said that, I’m thinking that I’ve planted ideas in people’s heads. If you’re thinking this is a good idea, I’d rather you didn’t, if it’s all the same to you. Thanks a bunch!)

Unlike most people, if he hears song lyrics incorrectly, Tevye will refuse to correct his ways, instead preferring to continue singing his own version just to drive me bananas. Since he’s adamant that this is how the song sounds better, I shall share these new and improved lyrics with you, my lovely readers(you’re loveliness is not contingent upon being a reader of this blog, just to clear things up)

Most people, I believe, are familiar with the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” meme. If you’re not, then let me enlighten you. There was an average lady who gave an average interview on an average news program, and for some hilarious reason, it spawned a craze. People turned it into being about things that they apparently didn’t have time for. It was even remixed into a wonderfully catchy song. Here’s the original followed by the remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waEC-8GFTP4 If you haven’t seen this then go and watch. You’ll thank me. I promise.


Okay, now that it’s stuck in your head(you’re welcome), Tevye, for some reason sings it as “Peanut Butter got time for that!”, and refuses to sing it any other way.

In the summer we purchased the newest Cat Empire album, and have enjoyed it over and over again. Tevye grew to greatly enjoy “Prophets in the Sky”(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPFy2_vhwcE). Of course, he will only sing it as “All that in the sky”. I tried many times to tell him the correct word, but when he gets his teeth sunk into something, he’s not letting go for love nor money.

So, you still may not know what the fox says, or even who put the ram in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong, but the next time you think that you just don’t have time to complete a particular task, you can rest assured that Peanut Butter has got your back, and has all the time in the world.

4 Responses to “Misheard Song Lyrics”
  1. Wait till there teens and spend hours making fun of you and get there friends to join. And any time the songs come on they sing them wrong (of course they have already told me the correct version). Wait a minute, they still do this as adults. It was really fun and still is!

  2. bakeri666 says:

    When I was young I used to refer to Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ as “The Window Cleaner Song” because I was convinced she was asking Heathcliffe to let her clean his window.
    Even admitting that, the Build Me Up Spartacus mistake is borderline genius!

    Loving that I can rely on Peanut Butter to have time to do my tedious tasks too…
    Thank You!!

  3. suzjones says:

    Oh dear, laughed out loud at this one. Of my children, only my daughters are famous for mis-hearing lyrics of a song.
    My now 28 year old used to love to sing the Australian national anthem out loud, and anywhere. One day I found her standing on a tree stump in our front yard belting out her version about “Australia’s golden ostriches” which when translated becomes “Australians all let us rejoice”. 😛
    The youngest used to dance and sing beside the radio I had on every day. When she was about 2 her favourite song was Bernard Fannings “Wish you Well” which when sung by her translated to “I just want a wishing well”. Don’t we all baby. Don’t we all. 😉

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