Surely, people have misunderstood song lyrics since the very first song was sung out loud.
Whether it’s the heavy Southern accents or…no, it’s probably the accents… country music is rife with misheard lyrics. It is the only genre whose artists sing with accents, even if they don’t naturally have them.
As lovely as words sound with a Southern twang, they can get confusing when put to music. Here are seven misheard song lyrics eliciting reactions ranging from “What the heck?” to “Wait, that’s not what he says?”
7. Dolly Parton, “9 to 5”
Misheard Lyric: And you think that I would daunt you
Actual Lyric: And you think about it, don’t you?
Dolly was born in Tennessee and has a pretty thick accent, so her “don’t” does sound a little like “daunt.” To be fair, it is actually a word, but it doesn’t make sense in this context.
6. Jake Owen, “Beachin’”
Misheard Lyric: White sand, cocaine
Actual Lyric: White sand, cold can
Jake Owen is from Florida, but he lays the accent on a bit thick in his hit, “Beachin’,” and it certainly sounds like he is singing about illicit drugs. If not for the following lyric, “koozie in my hand,” you would have to wonder about that “white sand.”
5. Josh Gracin, “Nothin’ to Lose”
Misheard Lyric: Breaker Breaker 1/9 she’s a big ole turd
Actual Lyric: Breaker Breaker 1/9 she’s a big ole flirt
Josh Gracin rattles off this song at an auctioneer’s pace. Although it doesn’t sound like something you would say about a girl you like, he certainly is making a “d” sound at the end of the word. So really, the lyric should be “Breaker breaker 1/9 she’s a big ole flird.”
4. Kip Moore, “Beer Money”
Misheard Lyric: I got a little bit of money
Actual Lyric: I got a little beer money
Although the correct lyric is in the title, Kip Moore somehow manages to shove a few extra syllables into the word “beer.” The ability to add extra syllables to monosyllabic words is actually a talent many Southerners possess.
3. Trisha Yearwood, “Real Live Woman”
Misheard Lyric: I don’t bother lines in magazines
Actual Lyric: I don’t buy the lines in magazines
Trisha’s Southern accent makes the opening line to her hit song a bit confusing. Both the misheard lyric and the actual lyric make sense in the context of the song.
2. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
Misheard Lyric: I carved my name into his legacy
Actual Lyric: I carved my name into his leather seats
Carrie Underwood is famous for using her powerful lung capacity to sustain notes, but the cadence in this lyric has confused some listeners. Whereas some men probably do consider their trucks their legacy, the actual words in this anti-cheating anthem are “leather seats.”
1. Garth Brooks, “Against the Grain”
Misheard Lyric: They’d like to F*** their sister
Actual Lyric: They’d like to buck the system
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *wipes away tears* Oh, thank you, redneck stereotypes, for this blessing of hilariousness.