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Quiz about Commonly Misheard Lyrics 3
Quiz about Commonly Misheard Lyrics 3

Commonly Misheard Lyrics 3 Trivia Quiz


How many of these commonly misheard lyrics do you know?

A multiple-choice quiz by DrLoveGun. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
DrLoveGun
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
391,911
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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320
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the chorus to Til Tuesday's biggest hit? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What's the first half of the chorus to Metallica's "Enter Sandman"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In Nirvana's "Come as You Are", Kurt Cobain swore that he didn't have a ... what? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which of the following is a correct line in "Hotel California"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which of the following is a correct line in Alice in Chains' "Would?"? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What did the Red Hot Chili Peppers sing near the end of their song "By The Way"? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What is the first word in KISS's "Watchin' You"? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What did Joni Mitchell sing in "Big Yellow Taxi"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What did Pearl Jam sing in "Even Flow", right after the title? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What did the Beatles sing in "I Want to Hold Your Hand"? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the chorus to Til Tuesday's biggest hit?

Answer: Oh, hush, keep it down now. Voices carry.

Til Tuesday are a one-hit wonder pop band from the 1980s. Their hit song is called "Voices Carry." That song and video is about a a rebellious girl and her abusive boyfriend. At the end of the video, they're at a concert together, and she can't take the abuse anymore, so she stands up and screams that he is a monster and everybody notices.

The lyrics to this song are commonly misunderstood because the singer's voice is difficult to understand, and because "Voices Carry" is not a common phrase. Plus, given the content of the lyrics "This is scary" would make perfect sense and the boyfriend's name could be "Josh." My kudos to anybody who knew exactly what Aimee Mann was singing without having heard the title of the song.
2. What's the first half of the chorus to Metallica's "Enter Sandman"?

Answer: Exit: Light Enter: Night

This one's a little tricky because the correct answer is a seldom-used phrase. Actually it's a phrase that I have never heard outside of the context of this song. I used to think it was "Exes fight and deny it."

Another commonly misheard phrase in the song is "Dreams of wars dreams of liars dreams of dragon's fire and of... things that will bite." which some people mishear as "Baked apple pie." I tend to scoff at that one because "Baked apple pie" makes no sense in this context, but then others may scoff at my misunderstanding.

Normally, heavy metal bands don't sell many albums compared to pop stars, so the fact that Metallica has sold over 125 million albums worldwide is nothing short of remarkable. Their most successful album, "The Black Album", has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. "Enter Sandman" is their most successful song, the single has shipped over a million copies worldwide.
3. In Nirvana's "Come as You Are", Kurt Cobain swore that he didn't have a ... what?

Answer: Gun

If it seems like Nirvana has come up in every single one of these quizzes so far, that is no accident. Nirvana were the first rock band that I really loved that I still love today. Also their lyrics are difficult to understand: the album is called "Nevermind" for a reason. There is a poem on the inside cover of the album, comprised entirely of song lyrics on the album. The poem ends with "Oh well whatever nevermind" which suggests that the lyrics are supposed to be nonsense.

For this song, I'll admit that as a kid, I always thought Cobain was singing either "God" or "Gut". I thought either he was swearing that he's an atheist or he was swearing that he isn't fat. "Gun" never crossed my mind until I looked up the lyrics. Of course, it also doesn't help that it's a well-known fact that Cobain DID have a gun, making his "swear" a lie.

"Come as You Are" was the third single from "Nevermind". The song made it to number 32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and it charted in the top ten in the UK, Italy, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, and Poland. This greatly upset members of the British band band Killing Joke, because the riff for "Come As You Are" is the same is the riff for the Killing Joke song "80's." Cobain himself acknowledged this similarity even before "Come as You Are" was ever released as a single. Cobain didn't want "Come As You Are" to be a single for just that reason. However, Nirvana's management persuaded Cobain to be okay with it because of the song's commercial potential. Despite being upset about it, Killing Joke never bothered to sue Nirvana over it.
4. Which of the following is a correct line in "Hotel California"?

Answer: 'Relax', said the nightman. 'We are programmed to receive.'

"Hotel California" is one of the most popular songs ever recorded. However,it is also one of the most misunderstood songs ever recorded. There is a whole website with a long list of commonly misheard lyrics just for this one song; I could do a whole quiz of misheard lyrics. This one line has been misheard in so many ways. Don Henley's voice can be difficult to understand, and sometimes he uses phrases that are not well-known.

Basically the song is about the American Dream of of wealth, fame, and southern California. Eagles were experts on that as they were hugely famous even before they wrote this song. However, the American Dream also has its downsides. This song is about the downsides of the American Dream.
5. Which of the following is a correct line in Alice in Chains' "Would?"?

Answer: Am I wrong? Have I run too far to get home?

I love Alice in Chains but their voices can be difficult to understand at times. I thought for sure Layne Staley was singing "Too far together," and was surprised when I learned it was "Too far to get home."

In addition to misunderstanding the lyrics, I always thought the title of the song was strange. It turns out Jerry Cantrell wrote this song about his friend, who had died of a heroin overdose. His friend was named Andrew Wood. At the end of the song, the word "Would" is used in a question. So the title of the song is a reference to both the name "Wood" and the lyric "Would."

"Would?" was a top 20 hit in the UK. It's the last song on Alice in Chains' most successful album, "Dirt," which was certified quadruple platinum.
6. What did the Red Hot Chili Peppers sing near the end of their song "By The Way"?

Answer: Guess you never meant it

My sister and I were huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fans growing up, and we both thought it was "Kissing in a Milkshake." The correct lyric still surprises me. To me it sounds a lot more like all the wrong answers.

"By The Way" started off a just a jam that the band recorded. It wasn't meant or expected to be a hit song according to guitarist John Frusciante. However, their management loved the song, and they suggested that they make it the first song, lead single, and title track of their next album. They did that, and the result was a big worldwide hit. It only charted at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it charted in the top ten in ten other countries.
7. What is the first word in KISS's "Watchin' You"?

Answer: Limpin'

A lot of people think it's "Livin' as you do, and I'm watchin' you." Actually, it's "Limpin' as you do." The song is sung from the perspective of a pervert stalking a young girl. Singer/songwriter Gene Simmons' character is "The demon" when he's in make-up, so many of his songs are sung from the perspective of some kind of pure evil character.

KISS are a hard rock band from New York City. They are known for their live shows, in which they wear a lot of black-and-white make-up and flashy outfits. They also have explosions during their shows, and Gene Simmons sometimes breathes fire and spits blood among other things. They are believed to have sold over 80 million albums worldwide.
8. What did Joni Mitchell sing in "Big Yellow Taxi"?

Answer: They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Some people think it's "A gay pair of guys put up a parking lot." I thought it was "May paradise put up a parking lot." However it's "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Joni Mitchell wrote this song to express how sad she is that people cut down trees to build parking lots. The song is known for its message of protecting the environment. The song was a top five hit in Australia and a top 20 hit in the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands. It wasn't a big hit in the U.S.A. but it has been covered by Bob Dylan and Counting Crows.
9. What did Pearl Jam sing in "Even Flow", right after the title?

Answer: Thoughts arrive like butterflies

"Even Flow" is a highly popular song, but it is also a highly misunderstood song. I used to think Eddie Vedder was singing "Multiply." However, it's "Thoughts arrive."

"Even Flow" was recorded under the Space Needle in Seattle. The band had a lot of difficulty recording the song. Guitarist Mike McCready said that they tried playing it 70 times, and they were still never fully satisfied with it. However, he knew it was a great song and he knew it was worth the effort to record. Rolling Stone ranked this song at number 77 on their list of 500 greatest songs of all time.
10. What did the Beatles sing in "I Want to Hold Your Hand"?

Answer: I can't hide

Bob Dylan praised the Beatles for this song, specifically for the phrase "I get high." John Lennon, embarrassed, corrected him.
Source: Author DrLoveGun

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