We all love a good urban myth … like the one about the man who was picking his nose whilst driving his car, got shunted and ended up picking his brains instead. Completely untrue, of course, but that’s what makes these stories so very amusing.
Another subject that makes us chortle is misheard lyrics. I mean, you get up, you’re ready to blow them away with your show-stopping karaoke and then BAM, suddenly everyone is pointing and laughing. Your rendition of the Bee-Gee’s Bald Headed Woman did not go down as expected.
We’ve collected together a number of things that make us giggle, gawp and otherwise stop what we’re doing for a minute or two, including some of the more *ahem* family friendly misheard lyrics.
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
This album has, in fact, nothing to do with Satanism or a descent into chicken-related depravity … it was more a social commentary by members of the band when they were touring and attempting to break America as a market. It was a looooong and hard-working tour and Bon Scott, the then lead singer, felt this was akin to a Highway to Hell rather than a Road to Paradise.
I Tell You to End Your Life by Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath
The line in the classic rock track Paranoid reads as “I tell you to enjoy life” which makes much more sense, when followed by the next line “I wish I could, but it’s too late” but staunch haters and hard-of-hearing-yoofs have oft misquoted Ozzy as encouraging suicide. Hey, Paranoid, it’s a HAPPY song.
I Want to be Alone by Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo did not, in fact, vant to be alooooone; she merely wanted to have a little privacy in her personal life in order to find true love and her original comment was “I want to be left alone”. As in, she did not wish to be constantly harassed for leaving the house without make-up (or whatever awful thing beautiful movie stars of that day and age did to cause furore among the paparazzi).
Elementary, My Dear Watson by Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes never says “Elementary, My Dear Watson” in Conan-Doyle’s original tales. He does use the phrase “My Dear Watson” upon occasion and was given to depreciating expulsions, such as “elementary” when he felt something should have been obvious to others as well as himself.
Get off your Horse and Drink Your Milk by John Wayne
Get off your horse was NEVER said by John Wayne in a film role. There are rumours of advertisements and blooper reels which contained these mythical words, but, as with many misquotations, this was made famous by impressionists, rather than the original subject.
‘Scuse Me Whilst I Kiss This Guy by Jimi Hendrix
Jimi wanted to KISS THE SKY not snog some random bloke. Pretty sure he had far better things to do, like becoming one of the most influential guitarists of all time, not to mention most ground-breaking musicians ever. Might be a fan. We’re not sorry.
It’s Life Jim, But Not as We Know It by Leonard McCoy
Another “quote” made famous by impressionists and lovers of the show, as it was never actually used as a line in the original series. In 1987 The Firm brought us the eternally catchy ear-worm “Star-Trekkin’” (if you’re NOT singing that now, you’re either under 40 or went to sleep during the 80’s) which used the phrase to great effect. # Star Trekkin’, across the universe … #
Not a Lot of People Know That by Michael Caine
It was Peter Sellers, whilst doing a spot-on impression of Caine, who first uttered this immortal phrase, now most strongly associated with the Cider House Rules actor.
Train Arriving at a Station by the Lumière Brothers
We have long believed that the first public screening of a moving film picture caused panic, fleeing and fainting among the spectators. It may well be that the ultra-realistic SFX (black and white flicker footage of a steam-train) may have caused amazement, but that film was NOT the first film ever to be screened. So HAH. Take that myth-peddlars!
Luke, I am Your Father by Darth Vader
That little piece of oft-parodied dialogue does not actually occur in the Star Wars films. A conversation takes place, some deep breathing, lots of angst and then Vader states “No. I am your father” then probably more oxygen tank noises.
We could go on and on about misheard lyrics, for instance who hasn’t sung along to Starship’s We Built This City with “my pony plays the mamba” … or is that just us? For years, this DiscFlipper sang “Got my back against the wrecking machine” in Van Halen’s Jump. That’s why we’re not allowed to do karaoke any more.
Don’t forget you can send outdated or replaced discs, misquoted or not, plus your unwanted Xmas gifts etc. to us. Until next time, keep Flipping them Discs, Happy Holidays from the Disc Flipper Crew x