Wrapped Up Like a Douche: Funny Misheard Lyrics

Misheard lyrics, or mondegreens (yes, there’s an actual word for them), are the source of much hilarity and embarrassment – depending on whether you’re the one who overhears or delivers the jumbled verse. We recently asked our Facebook followers for the best mistaken lyrics they’ve overheard. The response did not disappoint.

There were the old favourites: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s mistaken line, “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” from ‘Purple Haze’ (there’s even a site dedicated to misheard lyrics named after this line); ‘There’s a bathroom on the right”, the oft mis-sung “There’s a bad moon on the rise” from Creedence Clearwater RevivalManfred Mann’s Earth Band being “wrapped up like a douche“; and of course the Elton John classic, “Hold me closer Tony Danza”.

A few ones that were new to us were Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ given a weird avian twist, a hammy version of The Doors ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’, and a 100% more delicious version of The Jam’s ‘The Eton Rifles’.

Check out some of our favourite misheard lyrics, as told by our Facebook followers:

Angel Of Death – Slayer

Slayer album cover, 'Reign in Blood' with misheard lyrics to song 'Angel of Death'

Original lyric: “Angel of death”

Rock And Roll All Night – Kiss

Kiss's single, 'I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night' with misheard lyrics on cover

Original lyric: “I wanna rock and roll all night, and party every day”

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's single, 'How Will I Know' with misheard lyrics

Original lyric: “How will I know”

Paradise – Coldplay

Coldplay's single, 'Paradise' with misheard lyrics overlaid

Original lyric: Para- para- paradise

Space Oddity – David Bowie

David Bowie, 'Space Oddity'

Original lyric: “This is Ground Control to Major Tom”

The Eton Rifles – The Jam

The Jam single, 'Eton Rifles' with misheard lyrics overlaid

Original lyric: “Eton rifles”

Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira

Shakira's single, 'Underneath Your Clothes' with misheard lyrics

Original lyric: “Underneath your clothes”

Mr Roboto – Styx

Styx single, 'Mr Roboto' with misheard lyrics overlaid

Original lyric: “Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto”

La Isla Bonita – Madonna

Madonna's single, 'La Isla Bonita' with misheard lyrics overlaid

Original lyric: “Last night I dreamt of San Pedro”

Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors

The Doors single 'Break on Through (to the Other Side) cover with misheard lyrics

Original lyric: “Break on through to the other side”

Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya

Enya's single, 'Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)' with misheard lyrics overlaid

Original lyric: “Sail away”

Heard someone get the words to your favorite song horribly wrong? Tell us your funny misheard lyrics!

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5 Comments
  • Feb 7,2017 at 12:30

    Haha oh man, that’s some good stuff

  • Feb 6,2017 at 15:49

    My Grandma always thought “Karma chameleon” was “comma comedian”, and she’d sing it out loud in public that way!
    And my lyric app thinks “I could use a little more than silence” is “i’ll give years and let out more than silence”

  • Feb 4,2017 at 18:00

    I had an ex-boss tell me that when he was a kid he thought the lyrics to The Lion Sleeps Tonight were ‘My weiners Wet, My weiners wet’.
    It’s supposed to be, of course, ‘A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh).
    i can’t hear that song the same ever again.

  • Feb 4,2017 at 05:03

    Eric Clapton—- Way Down South “Lay Down Sally” LOL

  • Feb 4,2017 at 00:49

    Bruce Springsteen “Blinded by the Light” – “Wrapped up like a douche” is actually “Revved up like a deuce.”
    Nirvana “Come As You Are” – “No I don’t have gum” is actually “No I don’t have a gun.”
    Pearl Jam “Yellow Ledbetter” – “I don’t know if I want a box or a bag” is actually “I don’t know whether I was the boxer or the bag.”

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