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13 Songs You've Been Singing Wrong Forever

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    So we’re all failures. A full 15 years after its release, we only learned this week that we’d been getting the lyrics to “I’m Real” terribly wrong.

    Are you ashamed? Because I am. (Although nothing we feel can compare to the disappointment likely radiating from J.Lo and Ja Rule, wherever they may be.)

    So why not continue our slide down this never-ending shame spiral? Why not (with “R-U-L-E” on our minds and J.Lo’s velour in our hearts) admit that this is far from the first time we’ve missed the mark and betrayed ourselves as bad listeners? Because we know “I’m Real” is no anomaly. Through history, we’ve misheard and mis-sung the greatest songs of all time, embarrassing ourselves and those within earshot in the process.

    Now, it’s time to acknowledge those moments. In the immortal words of Elton John, hold me closer, Tony Danza. (Just kidding. I barely know him.)


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    “Sweet Escape,” Gwen Stefani
    Wrong Lyric:
    Literally no idea
    Real Lyric:
    “‘Cause I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor / It’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator / Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been acting so cold”

    Thank you, James Corden. Had he not forced Gwen Stefani to slow down and sound it out during last week’s Carpool Karaoke, we would’ve continued doing what we do best: mumbling confidently, hoping the people we’re with aren’t going to ask what we’re saying and why.

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    “Pillowtalk,” Zayn Malik
    Wrong Lyrics:

    1. “So if we stop the neighbors”
    2. “In the better days, better days, better days”

    Real Lyrics:
    1. “So we’ll piss off the neighbors”
    2. “In the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day”


    Well, this song is about sex, so we should immediately know that “stopping” the neighbors makes no sense whatsoever, unless it’s in response to them filing noise complaints. As for “bed all day”? Of course they are. (Go outside, you guys.)

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    “Seasons,” Future Islands
    Wrong Lyric:
    TBH, I usually stop singing during the chorus and pretend I’m very into the music.
    Real Lyric:
    “As it breaks, the summer will wake / But the winter will wash what’s left of the taste”

    Seasons. I get it. Do you get it? The chorus is about summer and winter. The title of the song makes sense now. You know that feeling you’ve got right now? It’s realization, and it’s represented by
    this GIF.

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    “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
    Wrong Lyric:
    “Got a list of Starbucks lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane”
    Real Lyric:
    “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane”

    Honestly,
    considering Taylor Swift’s own mother thought it was “Starbucks lovers,” I’m going to vote that Taylor’s the one in the wrong here, and the lot of us are actually better at writing songs than she is.

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    “Bang Bang,” Jessie J., Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
    Wrong Lyric:
    “Bang bang into the womb”
    Real Lyric:
    “Bang bang into the room”

    While the fertility movement rightfully deserves an anthem, it sadly wasn’t delivered by three of pop’s biggest names engaging in various stages of choreography and high notes.