6 Songs with Lyrics That Are Begging to be Rewritten

February 26, 2019

We've all been there, we're rocking out to a great song, when suddenly, uh oh, we don't know the next line. Nothing left to do but keep singing and make it up as you go along! These songs are simply asking to be adjusted. If the artist wanted it sung correctly, guess they should have sang more clearly!


Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

It really doesn’t matter what the actual lyrics are, there is one way this song sounds, and one way it will forever be sung.  Let this song be a reminder that enunciation is everything.

Best line to rewrite: revved up like a deuce/another runner in the night


Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones

There’s a lot going on in this song, including the lyrics. Most of us just focus on the melody, and some of us can’t even squeeze the title of the song into the lyrics, no, it’s not pizza burger, but that’s ok. Sing what ya wanna sing!

Best line to rewrite: I’ll never be your beast of burden (obviously)


Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band

Another example of a song with a title that doesn’t ever seem to make it in to the lyrics. It could be about a Jedi lighter, or big O.J. in a line-up, or maybe Jed left a light on. It’s up to you. Lyrics be damned!

Best line to rewrite: Big ‘ol jet airliner/Don’t carry me too far away


Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry

Steve Perry has the voice of an angel, and the enunciation abilities of a toddler. It doesn't really matter that the song isn't lyrically complex, Steve manages to make every word except for "Sherrie" nearly incomprehensible.

Best line to rewrite: But you know that there's a fever (There's a fever I know) / That you'll never find nowhere else (Nowhere, nowhere else)


It’s The End of the World as We Know It - REM

It’s not the words are necessarily hard to understand, it’s more the sheer quantity of them is overwhelming. If you just made up your own lyrics and kept the tempo, would anyone really notice? I think not.

Best line to rewrite: literally all of them


Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

The actual lyrics make no sense, so anything made-up not only fits, it might make the song more logical.

Best line to rewrite: A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido/Yeah, hey