Knowing Your Words

Songs are great, especially if you’re in the shower or car and can belt out your impressive(!) vocals to the max. The question is, do you know the words or are you just taking a wild guess? – because if yes, you’re not alone. From mixing up romantic phrases with verbal insults to thinking that Ariana Grande is singing about food, mishearing song lyrics and not caring happens to every single one of us.

 There are endless amounts of song lyrics that are sung wrong daily, but the experts at Absolute Translations have rounded up 15 of the best misheard lyrics. So take a read and see if your favourite track is on the list – you would be surprised to find out just how many you’ve always been singing wrong!

1)      Adele ‘Chasing Pavements’

Actual lyric: “Or should I just keep chasing pavements?”

What we hear: “Or should I just keep chasing penguins?”

2)      Rihanna ‘We Found Love’


 ‘love in a hopeless place”

What we hear: “We found dove in a soapless place”

3)      Bon Jovi ‘Living On A Prayer’



 ‘It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”

What we hear: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”


4)      Abba ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’


 Actual lyric: “Gimme Gimme Gimme a man after midnight, take me through the darkness to the break of the day”

What we hear: “Gimme Gimme Gimme a man after midnight, take me to the doctors at the break of the day”

5)      Grease ‘You’re The One That I Want’


 Actual Lyric: ‘You’re one that I want”

What we hear: “You’re the wobbly one”

6)      Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’

Actual Lyric: ‘Im gonna take my horse to the old town road”

What we hear: “I’m gonna take my horse to a hotel room”

7)      Selena Gomez ‘Good For You’



 Atual lyric: “I’m 14 carats”

What we hear: “I’m farting carrots”

8)      Ariana Grande ‘Thank U, Next’



 Actual lyrics: “Thank u, next, Thank u, next”

What we hear: “Bacon, eggs, bacon, eggs”

9)      Miley Cyrus ‘Party In The USA’

Actual lyrics: “They’re playing my song, and the butterflies fly away”

What we hear: “They’re playing my song, my underwear flies away”

10)   Fleetwood Mac ‘Say You Love Me’



 Actual lyric: “I’m begging you for a little sympathy”

What we hear: “I’m begging you for a little sip of tea”

11)   The Police ‘Message In A Bottle’

Actual lyric: “A year has passed since I wrote my note”

What we hear: “A year has passed since I broke my nose”

12)   Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way’


 Actual lyric: “Tell me why! Ain’t nothin’ but a heartache”

What we hear: “Tummy, why? Ain’t nothin’ but a fart, hey.”

13)   Robin Thicke ‘Blurred Lines’


  Actual lyric: “Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica.”

What we hear: “Baby can you breed a cactus from Jamaica?”

14)   Coldplay ‘Paradise’

  Actual lyric: “Para-para-paradise”

What we hear: “Pair of, pair of, pair of dice”

15)   Mike Posner ‘I Took A Pill in Ibiza’


 Actual lyrics: “I took a pill in Ibiza”

What we hear: “I took a pill and ate pizza”


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