If you are a non-native English speaker questioning your listening ability after listening to some Backstreet Boys songs, don't worry. They have confused native speakers as well. Even the best singer sometimes doesn't enunciate certain parts.
We've Got It Going On
For me, We've Got It Going On is the gold mine of misheard lyrics.
What I thought it was: We've got it goin' on for you.
What it is: We've got it goin' on for years.
The phrase for years was quite an overstatement since they were only together two years when the song was released. "For days" would have sounded better. However, in retrospect, the line was oddly prophetic.
What I thought it was: Crazy wall of static
What it is Crazy wildin' static
My misheard version sounds a little more natural, but I still don't get it. Because it is by an Afrobritish co-writer, I do not understand it.
What I thought it was: Rule this when I get wet.
What it is: I get ruthless when I get wet.
My misheard version fits the tone better. The second one sounds angrier. It must have been how Wicked Witch of the West must have felt when Dorothy dumped water on her.
Is it a coincidence that Brian sings the following lines? Perhaps he didn't always sing clearly,
What I thought it was: And if by chance we should find/That it can't be for you and me Then girl, I've tried.
What it is: And if by chance we should find/That it can be for you and I Then girl, I'll try.
Both make sense in context, but I never knew which one Brian was singing.( Collapse )