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Song lyrics are not friends of mine. I think I inherited my inability to understand what is being sung from my mother. I'm the second worst in the WORLD for understanding lyrics, because she is the worst.


I shall share some misheard lyrics with you:

Steve Miller Band, Jet Airliner

Jenna hears "Big armchair had a light on,"

Steve sings "Big old jet airliner"

Counting Crows, Omaha

Jenna hears "Holdin' my heart somewhere in middle America"

Adam sings "Omaha, somewhere in middle America"

Alanis Morrisette, Ironic

Jenna hears "An old man turned and he ate. He won the lottery..."

Alanis sings "An old man turned ninety-eight. He won the lottery..."

YOU GUYS, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT ONE UNTIL THIS SUMMER. I've been singing it wrong for twenty years. I couldn't figure out WTF was "ironic (Alanis-style)" about eating and then winning the lottery.


There are SO many more. Jimmy Eat World, some lyrics to "Ain't No Other Man" that I keep forgetting to look up, and basically every song with words. I wish I could remember what it was that initially inspired this...but it was some song I'd also been singing for like 20 years without knowing I knew ZERO LYRICS.

What song lyrics have you done this with?

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