Misheard lyrics are one of the joys of Eurovision, whether they’re caused by the singer not enunciating well enough or by the listener not really paying attention. We’ve put together a list of seven lyrical moments that had us thinking, “Wait, what?!”
1. Belarus – “Time”
What we heard: “Tummy’s like thunder”
Correct lyric: “Time is like thunder”
The stomach has long been associated with emotions – we talk of having a “gut instinct” or “fire in the belly”. And it seems that Uzari has a thunderstorm raging in his tum. Excitement for Eurovision? Or perhaps a dodgy cheesecake is troubling his digestive system. The line can be heard at 0:45.
2. San Marino – “Chain of Lights”
What we heard: “Let us build a chain of farts”
Correct lyric: “Let us build a chain of hearts”
Bless them, but it’s very difficult to not hear Michele singing about his flatulent dream. Maybe a chain of farts is like Morse code, with long and short bursts. Hey, there’s an idea for San Marino’s 2016 act! The line can be heard at 1:27.
3. Estonia – “Goodbye to Yesterday”
What we heard: “As I got outside I smiled to the dork”
Correct lyric: “As I got outside I smiled to the dog”
The song opens with the tale of a man sneaking out of his lover’s house after a night of passion. He makes it outside, and is obviously spotted by a dorky neighbour, no doubt someone who knows a walk of shame when they see one. Caught in the act, all Stig can do is offer up a meek smile to this dork. The line can be heard at 0:29.
4. Albania – “I’m Alive”
What we heard: “You shat on my dreams”
Correct lyric: “You shut down my dreams”
In the song, Elhaida is working through some strong emotions, but we were surprised to hear her use some very brown language. But it turned out that her dreams were just “shut down” and we assume they are still in a clean and hygienic condition. The line can be heard at 0:56.
6. Russia – “A Million Voices”
What we heard: “We are the worst people”
Correct lyric: “We are the world’s people”
It looks like all the political criticism is taking its toll on Russia, as their song opens with the rather glum line, “We are the worst people”. Aw, come on, Russia. It’s not that bad. 🙁 Oh wait – you’re the world’s people. Ok, as you were.
6. Netherlands – “Walk Along”
What we heard: “I wish you were waiting with roses and some sex, yeah”
Correct lyric: “I wish you were waiting with roses at sunset, yeah”
“Walk Along” is a tale of unrequited love, so it makes sense that Trisha would dream of getting a pretty bunch of flowers from her dream boy, followed by a shag. Disappointingly, she’s just singing about getting those roses in the early evening. Oh well – maybe the shag will come later. The line can be heard at 0:16.
7. Georgia – “Warrior”
What we heard: “I’m a wire, oscillated”
Correct lyric: “I’m a warrior/Isolated”
What we heard: “Bricks are gonna spread out”
Correct lyric: “Wings are gonna spread up”
What we heard: “Steel sucked in my mine”
Correct lyric: “Still stucked in my mind”
We could almost do a whole post decided to Nina Sublatti’s lyrical artistry. First she’s singing about using an electronic oscillator, then she’s laying a new brick patio at her secret warrior headquarters, and finally there’s some sort of maintenance issue down at the local mine. With other songs, learning the actual lyrics suddenly makes everything a lot clearer, but the official lyrics to “Warrior” just create more questions, adding even greater depth to the enigma that is Nina Sublatti. The lines can be heard at 0:19, 0:30 and 0:45.
What lyrics have you misheard? Leave your comments below!