Yesterday was quite a lyrical day. I blogged about the enjoyment I derive from FOX's Don't Forget the Lyrics, and I gave a sacrament meeting talk about the influence of media in which I opened with the following anecdote:
I was nine or ten years old when I began listening to the radio a lot. One of the songs that was getting heavy airplay at the time was "Gyrlz, They Love Me" by the immortal Heavy D & the Boyz. At one point in the song, D is trying to set the appropriate mood for a date he's about to go on. He says, "turn on the radio, Anita Baker starts to sing." The first time I heard the song, and for many years thereafter, I thought he said "turn on the radio and eat a bacon-sausage thing." This seemed like something someone named Heavy D would do, so I didn't question it.
In my talk I made some contrived comparison to how we can get wrong or confusing messages from the media we consume, but I mostly just wanted to tell that story. (Speaking of sacrament meeting, I found it very amusing that we needed a letter from the First Presidency instructing us not to use visual aids in talks or ask people to look up scriptures.)
There are loads of funny lyrics out there, both imagined and real. This post's title is the logical follow-up line to "Cuz seein' is believin', and you best believe it" from Shaquille O'Neal's (yes, that Shaq) "Giggin' On 'Em." My friend David is well aware that, despite the above story, the biggest Heavy D-related laughs I get are from hearing the opening line from "Now That We've Found Love" (1, 2, tell me what you got--when a rapper counts in a song you assume it's because they needed to rhyme with something).
The aforementioned David has famously (among my friends, anyway) misheard lyrics ranging from ZZ Top to Huey Lewis and the News. Chris, the music programmer from my days working on the "Marie and Friends" radio show, told me some of his favorites: mistaking "I won't put my hands up" for "I will pull my eyes out" from Dido's "White Flag," and instead of "I'm gonna miss everybody" in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Crossroads" hearing "anonymous severed bodies."
There's even an entire website devoted to incorrect lyrics, named after a famous Jimi Hendrix mishearing (be forewarned before perusing, though: many of the "new" lyrics aren't particularly clean). If you have any funny misheard lyric stories, leave 'em in the comments.