“Louie Louie” and 5 Other Misheard Lyrics

The Kingsmen classic “Louie Louie” was released on this day in 1963 and is best known for its unintelligible lyrics that caused such a stir the FBI launched an investigation on the suspicion that the track contained dirty lyrics.  (It didn’t.)

Of course, “Louie Louie” is far from the only song in classic rock with misheard lyrics.  In honor of the release of “Louie Louie,” here’s five of our favorite misheard lyrics.

The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie”

It’s about a guy on a ship trying to get back home to his girlfriend.

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Jim Hendrix – “Purple Haze”

It’s “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” not “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.”  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze (Live at the Atlanta Pop Festival)

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Elton John – “Tiny Dancer”

Look…we all loved “Who’s The Boss,” but the lyric is not, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.”  Just look at the song title!

Elton John - Tiny Dancer

Elton John in '71.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band  – “Blinded By The Light”

Why would anyone in the world have a song with the lyric, “Wrapped up like a douche?”  We all know by now it’s, “Revved up like a Deuce” and that this song was originally done by Bruce Springsteen on his debut album, but that Manfred Mann’s version is best.

Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light

Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light Midnight Special 1975


Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”

“Money for nothing and your chips for free?”  Ummmm…no!  That’s not it!  What fool would ever think that?!

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing music video (Good quality, all countries)

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The Police – “Message In A Bottle”

No…(insert eyeroll here)…Sting is not singing “A year has passed since I broke my nose.”  Obviously, it’s “A year has passed since I wrote my note.”

The Police - Message In A Bottle

Music video by The Police performing Message In A Bottle. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.