Misheard Words: The Mondegreen Quiz


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About This Quiz

What's a mondegreen, you ask? It's when we you mishear song lyrics and, well, make up your own. There are songs so many of us butcher the lyrics for, and these are the most common. Take this quiz to see what you know about mondegreens.

Many people think Jimi Hendrix crooned "excuse me while I kiss this guy" in what song?

The lyrics are actually "excuse me while I kiss the sky" in Purple Haze.


"And there's a wino down the road" is misheard in what Led Zeppelin song?

The actual lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven" are "and as we wind on down the road."


Elton John did NOT sing about Tony Danza in which of his hit songs?

Many listeners mishear the lyric "hold me closer, tiny dancer" as "hold me closer, Tony Danza."


Which Beatles song lyrics are misheard as the unfortunate line "the girl with colitis goes by"?

The Fab Four actually wrote "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" with the line "the girl with kaleidoscope eyes."


"Wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night"? Um no. A song by this English band is one of the most butchered.

The correct lyrics by in Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light" have nothing to do with feminine products. Instead they read, "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night."


Bryan Adams' ode to 1969 took on an unintended tone when many listeners misheard the opening lyric as what?

The song became sexual in nature when it was misheard as "I got my first real sex dream," when it really says "I got my first real six string."


In the Police's hit "Message in a Bottle," a year did NOT pass since I broke my nose. But a year has passed since what?

A year has passed since I wrote my note.


Queen's "scaramouch, scaramouch, will you do the fandango?" from what song is misheard as "will you do the banned tango?"

"Bohemian Rhapsody." Duh.


"Shamu is the mysterious whale" are NOT lyrics from this U2 song.

"She moves in mysterious ways" is the correct line from "Mysterious Ways."


The Bee Gees sang "it's alright; it's okay; you may look the other way" in what song?

Apparently these lines in "Stayin' Alive" are commonly misheard as "it's alright; it's okay; you make love the other way."


R.E.M. never sang about calling Jamaica in what song?

"Call me when you try to wake her" is often misheard as "calling Jamaica" in R.E.M.'s song "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight."


Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty has played along with the lyrical misunderstanding from which of his band's famous songs?

In "Bad Moon Rising," "there’s a bad moon on the rise" is commonly misunderstood as "there's a bathroom on the right," and Fogerty often sings that live in concert.


Madonna's first No. 1 hit includes a misheard lyric. What's the song?

Like a virgin, touched for the 31st time. Enough said.


Jesus don't fear the reaper. (He don't. Trust me.) What really does fear the reaper in this Blue Oyster Cult hit?

Seasons don't fear the reaper.


What Black Eyed Peas huge hit has two lines that are commonly misheard?

In "Boom Boom Pow," "gotta get get" is often confused as "gotta Kit Kat," and "sexy ladies extra longer" is often heard incorrectly as "textin' ladies extra longer."


"The ants are my friends, they’re blowing in the wind." Well, not really. According to Bob Dylan, what is really blowing in the wind?

The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind. No, ants are not your friends.


Which song is Bon Jovi's "it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not" from?

The line in "Living on a Prayer" is often misheard as "it doesn't matter if we're naked or not."


She didn't come in like a rainbow. What does Miley Cyrus come in like in her 2013 hit song?

Miley came in like a wrecking ball.


Complete this Queen lyric: "Spare him his life ___."

The actual line in "Bohemian Rhapsody" is "spare him his life from this monstrosity."


Guns N' Roses didn't sing about being taken down to a very nice city. What did they sing about?

The grass is green and the girls are pretty in "Paradise City."


Who was Annie Lennox talking to?

Annie Lennox must have been talking to an angel in her hit song "Must Be Talking to an Angel." Many listeners thought she was talking to a ninja.


Pink Floyd's hit song "Another Brick in the Wall" talks about NOT needing what?

Of course the lyrics say "we don't need no education." Apparently a lot of people thought they said "we don't need no sex vacation." Huh?


In what song did listeners think Ricky Martin sang "she smells like a flower, but she stinks."

The correct lyrics to "She Bangs" are "she smells like a flower, but she stings like a bee." Poor Ricky.


Lady Gaga never wanted you to poke her face in this song.

Of course it's "Poker Face," but a lot of people thought she was singing poke her face. Easy mistake.


Taylor Swift has a long list of these in her song "Blank Space."

Taylor's "got a long list of ex-lovers," apparently easily misunderstood as "long list of Starbucks lovers."


What huge Alanis Morissette hit has a butchered lyric about a cross-eyed bear?

The actual lyrics to "You Oughta Know" are "it's not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me." There's no mention of any cross-eyed bears at all.


So many lyrics were misconstrued in this song by Nirvana, but the most common is "here we are now, in containers."

That famously misheard line in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" really says "here we are now, entertain us."


"Let's drink pop" was the commonly misinterpreted refrain in what song by the Ramones?

"Blitzkrieg Bop" is often misheard as simply "let's drink pop." Totally what the Ramones were going for.


What band performed "Rock the Casbah," not "Rock the Cat Box," as many people heard it?

The Clash wrote the hit song "Rock the Casbah."


David Lee Roth and the boys in Van Halen didn't sing "animal"! What did they sing about?

Apparently a lot of people thought David Lee Roth was saying "animal" in the song "Panama." And with David Lee Roth, you never know.


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