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15 Classic Lines From Misunderstood Song Lyrics

In the modern age of recorded music, there are more than a few classic mondegreens. Although the brain usually knows better, the near-homophony of these phrases is hilarious to behold. Here are a few choice favorites. Sign up for a free Rdio account to hear the entire song and compare for yourself!

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1. Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"

Although rumor has it he did actually say this one time during a live performance, it's not the official line Hendrix drops before that iconic riff.
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Although rumor has it he did actually say this one time during a live performance, it's not the official line Hendrix drops before that iconic riff.

Decide for yourself at 0:45.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon Rising"

At least you always knew where to take a leak at a CCR concert.
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At least you always knew where to take a leak at a CCR concert.

Pop over to 0:31 and see what you hear.

3. Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded By The Light"

Manfred Mann does have the distinct honor of performing a cover that's arguably more famous than the original. And the BOSS did the original. That's high praise.
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Manfred Mann does have the distinct honor of performing a cover that's arguably more famous than the original. And the BOSS did the original. That's high praise.

The infamous line drops several times, but first at 0:14.

4. Madonna, "Like A Virgin"

It's all about context.
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It's all about context.

Listen closely at 0:43.

5. Eiffel 65, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"

To be fair, this is more of an oronym.
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To be fair, this is more of an oronym.

The questionable lyric first kicks in at 0:33.

6. Led Zeppelin, "Stairway To Heaven"

Considering the fantasy elements of Led Zeppelin's music, this isn't exactly far-fetched.
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Considering the fantasy elements of Led Zeppelin's music, this isn't exactly far-fetched.

7. Bon Jovi, "Livin' On A Prayer"

Amen, Bon Jovi. Amen.
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Amen, Bon Jovi. Amen.

Listen up at 1:20.

8. Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"

A shameful stuffed secret.
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A shameful stuffed secret.

Drops in at 1:07.

9. Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"

It's a classic.
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It's a classic.

See what you hear at 2:33.

10. Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop"

These bad boys weren't afraid to crack a soda or two, no matter what the man said.
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These bad boys weren't afraid to crack a soda or two, no matter what the man said.

The carbonated battle-cry hits at 0:39 (OR DOES IT?).

11. The Clash, "Rock The Casbah"

Who knew, all this time, The Clash were really all about partying where cats go to poop.
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Who knew, all this time, The Clash were really all about partying where cats go to poop.

It happens quite a few times, but first at 0:44.

12. Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Kurt was very into Tupperware parties, did you know?
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Kurt was very into Tupperware parties, did you know?

Ponder what's said at 1:10.

13. Toto, "Africa"

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Start guessing at 1:26.

14. The Black-Eyed Peas, "Boom Boom Pow"

We've all been there.
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We've all been there.

Click and listen closely.

15. Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"

We're all your friends, Bob.
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We're all your friends, Bob.

Find out who Bob's friends really are at 0:33.

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