Nirvana once purposefully butchered Smells like Teen Spirit while performing live on the British TV show "Top of the Pops". The network forced them to play over a pre recorded tape which the band disliked. They proceeded to jokingly play their instruments and changed the lyrics of the song cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The band Cannibal Corpse appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective because Jim Carrey was a fan and wanted them. They declined at first because of a tour but agreed after production rearranged their schedule to accommodate them and when they met Jim "he rattled off lyrics to 'Rancid Amputation'." vice.com/en_us/article/6v…
Enya is a recluse who lives in a mansion with her cats and makes music with an elderly couple, the lyrics to which she sometimes sings in Sindarin and Quenya - elven languages JRR Tolkien invented for Lord of the Rings. pagesix.com/2016/04/26/in…
R.E.M.’s β€œMan on the Moon” lyrics repeat β€œYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”. Michael Stipe said his friend Kurt Cobain had a habit of placing "yeah" in Nirvana songs so Stipe wanted to outdo him by writing a song with more β€œyeahs” npr.org/sections/allsongs…
The MASH theme song "suicide is painless" lyrics were written by a 14-year old in 5 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
In 2014, Afroman made a remix of his 2001 song 'Because I Got High' where he changed the lyrics to reflect the positive aspects of getting high youtu.be/OY5q9ufbqJo
The Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written during the Great Depression and had lyrics telling those who were fortunate enough to give back to others and raise spirits. As such, the true meaning of the song is to be as charitable and kind as children believe Santa to be. youtu.be/kM_eWxvLGiM
Popular jock jam "Whoomp There It Is" was released two months before "Whoot There It Is", a separate song with the exact same chorus and lyrics by a different artist who was unaware of the similarities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces "poker face" with "fuck her face". Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repetition of the phrase during the chorus. ladygaga.fandom.com/wiki/…
The song Hook by the Blues Traveler is literally about nothing. The lyrics state that the words have no meaning and are completely random but the inflection and music bed is all that matters. It is a stab at producers wanting catchy $$$ making songs and in turn, became one. music.avclub.com/why-hook…
The lyrics to the music in the game Neir:Automata were invented by listening to songs in many languages and jumbling them up together and trying to imagine what they would sound like after 1000 years of drifting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The FBI investigated the song β€œLouie Louie” because people thought the lyrics were dirty. After three months, the FBI abandoned the investigation because it couldn’t make out the words. vault.fbi.gov/louie-louie…
The song that became the James Bond theme started with the lyrics "I was born with this unlucky sneeze" npr.org/templates/story/s…
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a cover of a 1939 South African song called "Mbube," recorded in Zulu by Soloman Linda & the Evening Birds. The original is now public domain, but "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," with additional lyrics in English ("In the jungle, the mighty jungle...") is under copyright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes was the first #1 song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to feature a curse word ("damn") in the lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The full lyrics of "Take me Out to the Ball Game" reveal the song was a feminist anthem about a woman wanting to go see a baseball game rather than go on a date to a show. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The person who wrote the lyrics for the second and third Soviet national anthems, Sergey Mikhalkov, also lived to write the lyrics for the current national anthem of Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In 2017 Glastonbury Festival had to add pineapples to their list of contraband following the success of Glass Animals and their song Pork Soda, which contained the lyric "Pineapples are in my head" and caused fans to bring the fruit to live performances en masse bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng…
The hit Paul Anka song My Way recorded by Frank Sinatra '69 and later Elvis Presley '73 was copied note for note from a French song Comme d'habitude(As Usual) by Claude FranΓ§ois '67 with the lyrics completely changed from the original love song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
When Weird Al Yankovic asked Kurt Cobain to parody 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' that Kurt asked him if it would be about food, and Al said it would be about how no one could understand his lyrics. Kurt found that extremely funny, and said absolutely. spin.com/2012/10/weird-al…
Chuck Berry wrote "Roll Over Beethoven" in response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when Berry wanted to play popular music. The lyric "roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news" refers classical composers rolling over in their graves to rock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
In 1964, when Bob Dylan first met The Beatles, he had misheard the lyrics to β€œI Want to Hold Your Hand” as β€œI get high” instead of β€œI can’t hide”, and showed up to meet them ready to smoke. He gave a joint to Ringo, who didn't realize he was supposed to pass it and smoked the whole thing himself liveforlivemusic.com/feat…
The evolution of Punk music in the 60's was primarily based on lack of traditional "training" of instrument and voice, giving freedom to experiment with sound and lyrics and therefore opening the floodgates for many successful genres of rock and roll music. liveabout.com/history-of-…
Today I learned about Mairzy Doats, a song with a reverse mondegreen - lyrics that seem gibberish that are meant to be interpreted a specific way en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
Many of the tracks to The Lord of the Rings score features choirs singing in Tolkien's fictional languages, such as Sindarin, Khuzdul and Rohirric, the lyrics of which often reflecting what is happening on screen, and usually written as a poem. lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.ne…
John Lennon was so fed up with people trying to over-analyze Beatles lyrics and trying to find a hidden meaning in them that he started purposefully putting in meaningless nonsense into songs like "the Walrus was Paul" just to confuse them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics for the Star Trek theme, never intending for them to be used. This got him 50 percent of the royalties. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
They lyrics of the Dire Straits song β€œMoney for Nothing” we’re almost entirely overheard comments of a delivery man in an appliance store. And Sting sung backup & the opening line. songmeaningsandfacts.com/…
Winslow, Arizona has the Standin' on the Corner Park, referencing a lyric from the song "Take It Easy". The park contains a statue of a man standing on the corner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Fat Bottom Girls and Bicycle Race by Queen were released together on a double A-sided single, and refer to each other. Near the end of Fat Bottomed Girls, Mercury shouts, "Get on your bikes and ride!" Bicycle Race reciprocates with the lyric "fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bic…
There were lyrics to Bonanza and Lorne Greene sang them. youtu.be/QUBgzSBMtpc
The lyrics to Phil Collin’s β€œIn the air tonight” were just the result of spontaneous thought. Whatever you think the song was about, or heard urban legend about, is wrong. youtu.be/k05t7GhvMW0
The lyrics to Sheryl Crow's "Fun" come from a brilliant poem by Wyn Cooper. Crow's producer found a used copy of Cooper's book, of which only 500 copies were printed, in a bookstore around the corner from the recording studio. poets.org/text/words-and-…
When the Beatles were performing 'Twist and Shout' live, John Lennon would change the lyrics to 'I'm pissed with gout', and due to the screaming crowds, no one ever noticed. getintothis.co.uk/2017/06…
There's a song for every state. Here's Iowa / Written by S. H. M. Byers in 1897 and adopted by Iowa State Legislature in 1911. The song is set to the tune O Tannenbaum and Byres' lyrics' theme is centered on his love and praise for Iowa youtube.com/watch?v=YCxkp…
David Bowie wrote "Life on Mars" as revenge against Frank Sinatra for not choosing his lyrics for "My Way" youtu.be/dd-b8GbOPKg
Elton John once composed and performed a song on the spot on TV. The lyrics were taken from a user manual for an oven. youtu.be/MLyUOWJEgn0
Today I learned of the song β€œprisencolinensinainciusol”. It topped the Italian charts in the 70s, despite the lyrics being absolute nonsensical gibberish. It was meant to illustrate what American English sounds like to non-English speakers. npr.org/2012/11/04/164206…
The original lyrics to β€œShoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me” contained the N-word. The lyrics were later changed to remove the offensive content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Robert Altman's 14-year-old son, Michael, wrote the lyrics to "Suicide is Painless" for his dad's movie M*A*S*H. When the movie was turned into a TV show, the song was used as the theme of the series and he earned over $1 million in royalties. genius.com/Suicide-is-pai…
The Big Rock Candy Mountain, a folk song that was adapted for children in 1949 (Burl Ives) was a song about a hobo's idea of paradise. Original lyrics included "cigarette trees" and "whiskey streams" and even potential references to sex (and pedophila). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Today I learned about Lucille Bogan, a 1930s 'dirty blues' singer known for her extremely sexually explicit lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
On American metal band Tool's 1996 album, Γ†nima, there's an aggressive and intimidation song sung in German titled "Die Eier Von Satan" ("The Balls Of Satan"). However, when translated to English, the lyrics reveal themselves to be a recipe for hashish sugar cookies. genius.com/2060698
The Andy Griffith theme song has lyrics. southernthing.com/andy-gr…
Earth Wind & Fire made a song called β€œDecember” that is basically β€œSeptember” with Christmas lyrics youtu.be/CjCWhwdnCd0
Although the lyrics to the Rush song The Trees are often interpreted as being anti-communist, lyricist Neil Peart denied there was any message at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The state song of Iowa is O Christmas Tree rewritten with lyrics about Iowa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about "Star Star" by the Rolling Stones. Inspired by his affair with Carly Simon and his background vocals on "You're So Vain," Jagger wrote the song with a more profane title. The record company changed the name to "Star Star" and had some of the lyrics distorted on the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Super Mario Bros. theme song has lyrics youtube.com/watch?v=hYlm_…
The song "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In On Christmas Day)" - no one's is quite sure what the three ships the song is referring to. The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles (32 km) away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Today I learned about "Word Painting" - a writing technique in music where the music reflects the lyrics, for example: the music pausing when the lyrics use the word "stop", or the notes in the melody going higher when the lyrics use the word "higher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The oldest known piece of music is a drinking song called the Epitaph of Seikilos. Its lyrics include the line "Life exists only for a short while, and time demands its toll." history.com/news/what-is-…
Inspiration for the "keep 'em separated" lyric of Come Out and Play, by The Offspring, came from Dexter Holland's experience in a laboratory cooling Erlenmeyer flasks full of hot liquids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
For his song, β€œAin’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but followed advice of other musicians to leave it, β€œI was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27…
The lyrics to the song that goes β€œWould you go to bed with me?” (Would You...? by Touch and Go) were taken from a psychological study conducted in 1978 elainehatfield.com/upload…
White Town's 1997 hit 'Your Woman' was a direct sample of Al Bowlley's 1932 non-hit 'My Woman'. The main riff is absolutely identical, but the lyrics were 'reversed' to be from a female POV even though Jyoti Prakash Mishr is a one man band, making it one of the few 'gender bending' hit singles youtu.be/Fi7NdeGxRt0
The power puff girls had an episode called the Beat-Alls where almost every line and plot point are lyrics from the Beatles. powerpuffgirls.fandom.com…
South Africa is the only country that has a national anthem with lyrics in five languages : Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The lyric β€œthey stab it with their steely knives” from β€œHotel California” by the Eagles is a nod to Steely Dan for the free publicity they gave them when the Eagles were mentioned in a lyric from Steely Dan’s song β€œEverything You Did” which goes β€œturn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Elton John answered an ad for a talent search. After failing the audition he told the person behind the desk that he can't write lyrics. He was handed an envelope with lyrics by another person who answered the ad and failed the audition Bernie Taupin, who then wrote the majority of Elton's songs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Even though the melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was created in 1893, and none of the early printed appearances of the melody and lyrics stated a copyright notice, Warner/Chappell Music managed to keep the song out of the public domain until a court ruling in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Union soldiers sang a modified version of "Dixie" with the lyrics changed to be biting and irritating to Confederates. youtu.be/gvjOG5gboFU
Today I learned that the music for Don Henley’s classic 1984 song, The Boys of Summer, was written by Mike Campbell, the guitarist for Tom Petty. Petty didn’t want to use it. Campbell played it for Henley who loved it and wrote the lyrics. It became a #1 hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Monsters Inc. won an Academy Award for best original song. "If I Didn't Have You". Music and Lyric by Randy Newman. Sung by Billy Crystal & John Goodman awardsdatabase.oscars.org…
The lyrics to Frank Sinatra's signature song "My Way" were written for Sinatra by Paul Anka. Sinatra grew to hate the song, it was so self-serving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Chuck Berry released β€œLady B. Goode” in 2017, written from the perspective of a rock star’s wife as he rises in fame. The song borrows heavily from 1958’s β€œJohnny B. Goode” both in structure, riffs, and lyrics spin.com/2017/05/chuck-be…
The lyrics behind the popular 90s song 'Closing Time' are actually a pun about being born. Semisonic front-man Dan Wilson says the song was partially inspired by the birth of his daughter, Coco. billboard.com/articles/co…
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, added lyrics to the theme music but never used them in the actual show's intro so he could get a 50% share of the royalties that would've gone to the original composer. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about the original folksong "Luna Mezzo Mare". Reborn as "Lazy Mary" it surfaced again in the 1950s with versions by Dean Martin and Louis Prima. Martin adlibed lines about spaghetti, macaroni and mozzarella in order to cover up the β€œdirty” parts, while Prima chose to make up jibberish lyrics. everything2.com/title/Laz…
Both George Lucas and Don McLean were fans of Weird Al Yankovic's "The Saga Begins" (a Star Wars parody of "American Pie"). McLean said that the parody's lyrics sometimes enter his mind during live performances and a Lucasfilm representative said "You should have seen the smile on Lucas's face." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
"Jesus Loves Me" is a Christian hymn written by Anna Bartlett Warner. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of an 1860 novel, in which the words were spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Scooby-Doo was originally going to be called "Too Much", but the name was rejected and one of the producers came up with the name Scooby-Doo after hearing the lyrics "doo-be-doo-be-doo" in Frank Sinatra's hit song "Strangers in the Night" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Today I learned of a song called Prisencolinensinainciusol, a song by Italian Pop Singer Adriano Celentano - The lyrics are gibberish and meant to sound like English. This is how non-English speakers perceive English. youtube.com/watch?v=-VsmF…
Today I learned about 'coon songs', a genre of music popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with lyrics revolving around stereotypes of black people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Similar to the Doors with Light My Fire, when the Rolling Stones appeared on Ed Sullivan they were forced to change their lyrics. "Let's spend the night together" became "Let's spend some time together" to which Jagger rolled his eyes each time when singing and slipped up a few times anyway. youtu.be/Lg4VT0x_NMg
That, as a favour, Frank Sinatra taped a personalised version of "The Lady Is a Tramp" for the birthday of Ringo Starr’s then-wife Maureen. The revised lyrics include the lines: "She married Ringo / And she could have had Paul / That’s why the lady is a champ” ibtimes.com/when-frank-si…
, that Joe Cocker's song titled 'With A Little Help from My Friends' was actually a cover of The Beatles' song, but this version used a radically different melody to go with it's near-identical lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
"Mondegreens" is a name for mis-heard song lyrics phrases.org.uk/meanings/m…
'Atomic Dog' was made by accident. A very tweaked George Clinton barged into a recording session demanding to be recorded. The engineer had to start over and reversed the track and confused George started spouting off about a dog. It sounded so good they kept both the lyrics and the track. youtube.com/watch?v=MZ5cU…
The inspiration of the song Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath is disputed. Geezer Butler states it is about Skinheads, but the guitarist Tony Iommi believes it originated with a hallucination. The original lyricist Ozzy Osbourne does not even remember personally writing the lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Pulp's Jarvis Cocker tried to impress a girl by hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of her 3rd storey flat. Unable to pull himself up, he fell, resulting in 6 weeks in hospital. He credits this incident with bringing his lyrics 'down to earth'. youtube.com/watch?v=qK84-…
A Dr's Office Receptionist had Called a HS student and heard his VM: 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and Heard the Lyrics "Shootin' Some B-Ball Outside The School" and Mistook them for "Shootin' Some People". The School was on Lockdown for an Hour. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Neither John Denver, nor the writers of "Take Me Home, Country Road", had ever been to West Virginia. The road that inspired the song is actually in Maryland, and the landmarks mentioned in the lyrics more aptly describe the western region of Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Eminem's mother created a rap CD called "Set The Record Straight" directed at her son in response to Eminem's many disparaging lyrics about her youtube.com/watch?v=0FKyR…
Today I learned of a Black Sabbath tribute band that dresses up in McDonald's character costumes and sing black sabbath songs with the lyrics changed to sing about food. They are called "Mac Sabbath". youtu.be/p7kFfLRcHjU
According to the Centre for Church Music, Baring-Gould reportedly wrote "Onward, Christian Soldiers" in about 15 minutes, later apologising, "It was written in great haste, and I am afraid that some of the lines are faulty." He later allowed hymn-book compilers to alter the lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onw…
The Lonely Planet travel guide series was named after a Joe Cocker lyric misheard by Tony Wheeler, the series' creator. The actual words are "lovely planet". lonelyplanet.com/about/st…
Allee Willis was originally bothered by the 'ba-dee-ya' lyric in song 'September'. "I just said, 'What the fuck does 'ba-dee-ya' mean?' And [White] said, 'Who the fuck cares?' I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sep…
The chimes the Big Ben plays both have a name, Westminster Quarters/Chimes, and lyrics: All through this hour/Lord be my guide/And by Thy power/No foot shall slide. pianoparty.com/single-pos…
The song "Superstar", best known for The Carpenters cover version, was originally titled "Groupie (Superstar)" and included the lyric "And I can hardly wait/To sleep with you again", which was changed to "And I can hardly wait/To be with you again." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
When you mishear or misinterpret the lyrics of a song, it's called a "mondegreen". This word, itself, is also a mondegreen. newyorker.com/science/mar…
REM's music video for "Imitation of Life" was only 20 seconds of video--the video is reversed and played forward, with the camera panning to different events, including actors singing the lyrics, both forwards and backwards news.avclub.com/r-e-m-s-i…
John Coltrane was canonized by the African Orthodox Church and the Church of Saint John Coltrane uses his music and lyrics in their services coltranechurch.org/
The Bee Gees sing the lyrics to β€œGhetto Supastar” in their cover of β€œIslands in the Stream” youtu.be/zumqwkSq9YA
A church in Sri Lanka accidentally printed the lyrics to Tupac's 'Hail Mary' Instead of the Prayer mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Ella Fitzgerald forgot the lyrics of "Mack The Knife" during a live performance in Berlin. She improvised after the first stanza and won a Grammy for the recording in 1961. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
"love" is the most common word in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs lyrics, appearing 1057 times in total. It's followed by I'm (1000), oh (847), know (779), baby (746), got (702), and yeah (656). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.