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Excuse me while I kiss this guy…

Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze contains some of the most famously misheard lyrics of all time. While he purportedly sings “excuse me while I kiss the sky,” these seven simple words have caused a great deal of confusion and even inspired an internet database of misheard lyrics:

Modern pop songs have continued this trend of ambiguous lyrics, which often give the song an entirely different meaning. Here are some more recent misheard lyrics that made me do a double take…

“We found love in a homeless place”

Rihanna and Calvin Harris, We Found Love

“You smell, I smell”

Justin Bieber, U Smile

Whoever is writing Bieber’s songs clearly hates him.

“Jell-O, Jell-O, Jell-O…is my drug”

Ke$ha, Your Love is My Drug

Talk about subliminal advertising…

“Is it that look in your eyes…or is it these dancing Jews?”

Bruno Mars, Marry You

Apparently it’s “dancing juice,” whatever that is…

“My lover’s got no power, he’s got his trampoline”

Gala, Freed from Desire

After fifteen years of thinking this was an ode to trampolining, I recently found out the real lyrics are “he’s got his strong beliefs.” I still think my version is better…

Who needs power when you can do this?


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