WTF? The Most Famous Misheard Lyrics In Rock

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The popular song stylists of the 40s through the mid-60s prided themselves on crystal clear, state of the art recordings and live vocal performances. Then Rock ‘n’ Roll came along, and suddenly, being completely misunderstood became a badge of honor for lead singers just trying to be heard over all the racket. Here are some of the most notorious examples of misheard lyrics by some legendary mumblers, along with what they really meant to say…

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Bon Jovi

What you really heard: It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
What you think you heard: It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not
-Livin’ On A Prayer
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Madonna

What you really heard: Like a virgin, touched for the very first time
What you think you heard: Like a virgin, f**ked for the thirty-first time
-Like A Virgin
Actually, that one makes a lot more sense…
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Carly Simon

What you really heard: And raise a family of our own you and me
What you think you heard: And raise a family of our own human beings
-That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be
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Queen

What you really heard: Kicking your can all over the place
What you think you heard: Licking your cat all over its face
-We Will Rock You
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The Monkees

What you really heard: Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
What you think you heard: Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her
-I’m A Believer
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Elton John

What you really heard: Hold me closer Tiny Dancer
What you think you heard: Hold me closer Tony Danza
-Tiny Dancer
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The Rolling Stones

What you really heard: I’ll never be your Beast of Burden
What you think you heard: I’ll never eat your pizza burger
-Beast Of Burden
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Creedence Clearwater Revival

What you really heard: There’s a Bad Moon on the rise
What you think you heard: There’s a bathroom on the right
-Bad Moon Risin’
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Starship

What you really heard: We built this city on Rock ‘n’ Roll
What you think you heard: We built this city on logs and coal
-We Built This City
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Cat Stevens

What you really heard: Glide on the Peace Train
What you think you heard: Hide all the pee stains
-Peace Train
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