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People have been mishearing lyrics since the dawn of time. Hipster artists sometimes have that “Indie Singer Accent”. I’ve seen people make fun of them on Vine…when that was a thing.
Some of the most famous are “Excuse me while I kiss this guy” from ‘Purple Haze’ by Jimi Hendrix, actual lyrics being “kiss the sky”.
Some bands have taken advantage of the misheard lyrics! ‘Sex on Fire’ by Kings of Leon was originally “Set us on fire” but after someone misheard it, they just decided to switch the lyrics of the song.
Oasis is another one, “So Sally can wait” is a misheard lyric from ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger that they thought had an alright ring to it, so they kept it!
And of course, the first line of ‘Burn The House Down’ by AJR is “Used to keep it cool”, but AJR caught wind that people were mishearing it and possibly meme-ing it, and they posted about it on Twitter:
You can see a little clip of the line here, and decide for yourself.