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I Can’t Believe I’ve Been Singing These Lyrics Wrong for 18 Years

I remember when I got the All Star single tape by Smash Mouth. My mom made my brother and I trade the Walkman back and forth between listens. We were so obsessed with the song that we agreed to swap it every three listens, because once through was not enough for us. I have that opening tune deeply engrained in my soul, whether I want it there or not.

I’ve been singing the verses after the first chorus the same way for years.

It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder
You’re bundled up now wait ’til you get older
But the meatier man bets to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice cream scape is getting pretty thin
The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim
My world’s on fire. How about chores?
That’s the way I like it and I’ll never get bored.

The song is filled with nonsensical phrases and random lyrics, so it never struck me that maybe I was singing the song incorrectly. 

Yesterday afternoon while working out at OrangeTheory Fitness, the song came on in the gym. It could’ve been the endorphins or it could’ve been the volume of the song, but for the first time in the 18 years since the song was released, I heard the lyrics clearly and realized that I’d been messing them up. What an idiot.

What is an ice cream scape and why is it getting thin? I don’t know. It’s not a thing. You know what is a thing? “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin.” That’s a real phrase.

After realizing my idiocy, I Googled the lyrics as soon as I got home. That’s when I realized that I misheard other lyrics in those verses as well. Yikes. These are the correct lyrics.

It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder
You’re bundled up now wait ’til you get older
But the meteor men beg to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim
My world’s on fire. How about yours?
That’s the way I like it and I’ll never get bored

Am I the only one who misheard the lyrics to All Star by Smash Mouth? Are there other lyrics in other songs that you’ve misheard? Please share and make me feel less terrible about myself.

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