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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese — Lyrics So Misheard It Hurts

Don't blame us for mishearing these song lyrics; we're not the only ones! These are some of the funniest and most commonly misheard song lyrics throughout music history.
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We all listen to plenty of songs that we can’t understand the lyrics to, but that doesn’t stop us from singing along. When we get to the lyrics that we can’t understand, our brain usually fills in the gaps for us.

Funnily enough, a lot of us hear lyrics in the same, inaccurate ways.

Throughout music history, there have been many songs that became notorious for having a line that people were mishearing left and right. One of the most recent was the “Starbucks lovers” line from Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” and that one’s not even the funniest of them all.

AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long”


What we heard: “She was a fax machine, she kept her motor clean.”

What he said: “She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean.”

Elton John – “Tiny Dancer”

What we heard: “Hold me close, I’m Tony Danza.”

What he said: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

What we heard: “Spare him his life from this warm sausage tea.”

What he said: “Spare him his life from this monstrosity.”

Paul Young – “Every Time You Go Away”

What we heard: “Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you.”

What he said: “Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you.”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

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What we heard: “Got a lot of Starbucks lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane.”

What she said: “Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane.”

Abba – “Gimme Gimme Gimme”

What we heard: “Take me to the doctors at the break of the day.”

What they said: “Take me through the darkness to the break of the day.”

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – “You’re the One That I Want”

What we heard: “You’re the wobbly one; you are the wobbly one.”

What they said: “You’re the one that I want; you are the one I want.”

Queen – “We Will Rock You”

What we heard: “Kicking your cat all over the place.”

What he said: “Kicking your can all over the place.”

Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”


What we heard: “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.”

What he said: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”

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Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”

What we heard: “I like big butts in a can of limes.”

What he said: “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

Sister Sledge – “We Are Family”

What we heard: “Let me just staple the vicar.”

What she said: “Let me just state for the record.”

Bee Gees – “More Than a Woman”

What we heard: “Bald-headed woman, bald-headed woman to me.”

What they said: “More than a woman, more than a woman to me.”

Honestly, most of these lyrics would be just as good–if not better–if they actually said what we thought they were saying. What lyrics have you misheard over the years?