What the heck are Fall Out Boy singing?

Seriously, have you ever felt like a bigger loser than the day you discovered Jimi Hendrix did not, in fact, want to be excused to kiss this guy? Or that the men of Nirvana were saying "here we are now, entertain us" — not "here we are now, in containers"? (Thanks, readers, for the correction! "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a tough one: My friend Kerry and I also once spent nearly half an hour trying to figure out if Kurt Cobain was asking us "How low?" or just saying "Hello" in that scream-y refrain.)

But no matter which lyrics you’ve misheard over the years, I promise that my ears are fuzzier than yours. I once thought that the sing-songy "It’s a jolly holiday with you, Bert," from my fave kids’ flick Mary Poppins was actually "It’s a jolly holiday with Hubert." Cut to a younger, confused Karen, sitting in front of the TV puzzling over this mystery Hubert. Was he a former flame of Mary’s? Bert’s twin? God?

So imagine my delight the first time I heard the Fall Out Boy tune "Sugar, We’re Goin Down." A paean to… I dunno, something emo, it’s one of the most oft-misheard songs of the 2000s. And some fabulous person out there on the good old World Wide Web has taken it upon himself to create a fake music video — an homage, if you will, to the song’s garbled nature, complete with subtitles of the fake lyrics (and hilarious rudimentary visuals to go along with ‘em). Though it’s been circulating since last year, I was just last month introduced to this fabulous (and slightly NSFW) piece of mockery heaven . Watch it below, then check back in with me after the jump.

 

I’m calling on everyone who’s recently stumbled through a Lily Allenchorus, wondered what the hell Justin’s wailing about in "SexyBack," orhit replay more than five times on a rap track whereallthewordssoundlikeho.Wipe the tears of laughter from your kaleidoscope eyes and weigh in.What are your all-time favorite misheard lyrics (if you need a tripdown memory lane, head to the misheard lyrics archive kissthisguy.comfor a primer.) And, most importantly, which songs on the current chartsare stumping you into a deep frustration? We’ll do a roundup of thelatter next week, so you can see how you measure up.

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  • andy

    Karen-I think you still have Nirvana wrong. I’d always read the line is, “Here we are now, entertain us.”

  • mivv

    I thought Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel” said “Don’t be cruel, to a harvest crew” when i was a little girl. I have no idea what a harvest crew is- maybe pilgrims- but that’s what I thought. A good friend thought “Kyrie” by Mr Mister said “Carry my laser, down the road that i must travel”…i die everytime i hear that now.

  • Renee

    I have no clue what the hell Jared Leto is yelling in ‘From Yesterday’
    probably not missing much though.

  • Ron Mexico

    I agree with Andy. That’s what I always thought Kurt was saying.
    And who cares what Fall Out Suck is singing?

  • Ryan

    I could never understand Nirvana. I looked up the lyrics to “Heart Shaped Box” and realized I was WAY off. Plus, since it just popped up on iTunes, I thought in Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand” they were singing “I’ve been there for you, baby. Ever since the day we met.” And just like those idiots in that commercial, I still have no idea what the Clash is saying in “Rock the Casbah.”

  • aymzer

    Mivv, what are the correct lyrics to Kyrie?

  • kathryn

    “Witness” by Cyndi Lauper, I thought that the chorus said “i don’t want to be a wet nurse”.

  • Tamara

    Yep, it’s “here we are now, entertain us.” Pretty sure.
    Let’s consider the entirety of REM’s first album, Murmur. It doesn’t sound like Michael Stipe is singing in English most of the time!

  • Kristina

    Nice reference to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds! Kaleidoscope eyes = colitis goes by? For me, it’s CCR’s Bad Moon Rising, aka there’s a bathroom on the right

  • mivv

    i believe the correct lyrics are Kyrie Eleison
    Down the road that I must travel

  • Stephen

    Is sexyback saying “go head be gone with it?”

  • ron

    A friend’s younger brother thought Sade was singing “Smooth of a Red Eye” for a very long time. SexyBack: Go, Hippie, Go!

  • Marie-Elaine

    andy is right : it is “entertain us”, not “entertainers”.
    seriously though, why not just google the lyrics instead of agonizing hours over misheard lyrics???

  • Kevo

    For me its REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”. After the first verse, I am totally lost (Though I did just figure out the second verse starts with Eye of a Hurricane instead of I am the hurricane.)

  • Kevin

    I never knew what Alicia Bridges was singing in “I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round),” mainly because I didn’t know the “Disco Round” part. I always thought it was “On the disco highway” for some reason.

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