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Kiss this guy? Kiss the sky? Forty-six years later, we're still not sure.
There's nothing more embarrassing for a music fan than belting out the wrong lyrics to a song. But, since it happens to almost everyone, Spotify has created a "Top Misquoted Song Lyrics" playlist to soundtrack those moments.
The music streaming service polled 1,042 people, asking listeners to submit the songs they hear people singing incorrectly. The results span the genres, from R&B to rock to pop, with the top honor going to Blinded By the Light. by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Here are a few of the best lyric screw-ups:
Cringe-worthy crooning: Yes, people actually think that Jimi Hendrix was singing "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" instead of "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" in the guitar god's classic Purple Haze. But that's not as bad as Blinded By the Light. While the real lyrics are "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce," more scandal-prone ears think they hear "Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a (pejorative word that rhymes with 'swoosh')."
Who's that guy?: Some listeners hear random names instead of simple lyrics. Elton John's Tiny Dancer titular lyric often gets confused with "Tony Danza," while TLC fans listening to Waterfalls think they hear "Don't go Jason waterfalls" instead of "Don't go chasing waterfalls."
But it's the title: Despite the fact that this Van Halen song is called Panama, listeners sometimes hear the single-word chorus as "Animal!" The same goes for The Clash's classic anthem Rock the Casbah: Fans hear "Rock the cat box." And Guns N' Roses Paradise City gets a tame twist, with fans hearing "Take me down to a very nice city" rather than "Take me down to the paradise city."
In addition to the playlist, Spotify also discovered that 34% of Americans said the most annoying place to hear incorrect lyrics is at a concert. Second and third place go to karaoke bars (23%) and public transportation (20%). In addition, 5% of Americans claim that they never get lyrics wrong, so they'll be able to listen to this playlist guilt-free.
Here's the full top 10:
1. Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Blinded By the Light (52%)
WRONG: "Blinded by the light ... wrapped up like a (pejorative word) when you're rollin' in the night"
RIGHT: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night"
2. Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze (19%)
WRONG: "Scuse me, while I kiss this guy"
RIGHT: "Scuse me, while I kiss the sky"
3. The Clash, Rock the Casbah (14%)
WRONG: "Rock the cat box"
RIGHT: "Rock the Casbah"
4. Elton John, Tiny Dancer (13%)
WRONG: "Hold me closer Tony Danza"
RIGHT: "Hold me closer tiny dancer"
5. Credence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising (12%)
WRONG: "There's a bathroom on the right"
RIGHT: "There's a bad moon on the rise"
6. Guns N' Roses, Paradise City (10%)
WRONG: "Take me down to a very nice city"
RIGHT: "Take me down to the paradise city"
7. Van Halen, Panama (9%)
8. Far East Movement, Like a G6 (8%)
WRONG: "Like a cheese stick"
RIGHT: "Like a G6"
9. TLC, Waterfalls (7%)
WRONG: "Don't go Jason waterfalls"
RIGHT: "Don't go chasing waterfalls"
10. Macy Gray, I Try (4%)
WRONG: "I blow bubbles when you are not here"
RIGHT: "My world crumbles when you are not near"