‘Gravy Train?’ Ozzy Osbourne Ranks High on ‘Hardest Lyrics to Understand’ Poll
In news that will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has ever watched an episode of 'The Osbournes,' Ozzy Osbourne has been bestowed with the dubious distinction of being one of the hardest singers to understand.
The news comes courtesy of the Independent, citing a survey recently conducted by the UK-based video on demand service Blinkbox. Osbourne and Lady Gaga topped the list of artists with the hardest lyrics to understand; according to the report, "Many Brits believed the line in Gaga’s 'Poker Face' was 'Polk Her Face,' while Ozzy’s lyric 'Off the rails on a crazy train' was misheard as 'Off the rails on a gravy train.'"
Ozzy has probably heard enough about his occasionally mushy diction at this point, but he can at least take comfort in knowing he's in some pretty good company -- the Blinkbox survey also includes a list of Top 10 commonly misheard lyrics, which features mangled interpretations of hits by ABBA, Queen, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Take a look at the complete list below and spend a few minutes thinking about all the times you messed up a line from one of your favorite songs.
Top 10 Commonly Misheard Song Lyrics
ABBA, 'Dancing Queen'
“See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen"
Queen, 'We Will Rock You'
“Kicking your cat all over the place”
Bon Jovi, 'Living on a Prayer'
“It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
Madonna, 'Like a Virgin'
“Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time”
The Monkees, 'I’m A Believer'
“Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”
Johnny Nash, 'I Can See Clearly Now'
“I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone”
Rihanna, 'We Found Love'
“What it takes to form a line"
Jimi Hendrix, 'Purple Haze'
“Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
Spice Girls, 'Wannabe'
“If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends”
Starship, 'We Built This City'
“We built this city on logs and coal”