Having now checked a number of other websites such as lyrics.wikia.com, metrolyrics.com, lyricsfreak.com and even one of those YouTube clips where you can watch the words of the song appear as the song plays, I have found these words to be consistent:
Full speed ahead, Mr Boatswain, full speed ahead
Full speed ahead it is, Sgt.
Cut the cable, drop the cable,
Aye, aye, sir, aye, aye
One which I have had laughs over with a bookbinder in Richmond is from ‘Brown Sugar’ which has two parts:
“Rap, sugar!/How come your den’s so dirty/Rap, sugar!/Just like a younger chook, ah, ha”
“Yeah/Yeah/Just like a pack of chooks”
It’s a great recollection even today to recall the bookbinder telling me about “Mick Jagger singing about the chickens”! I was never sure I was right with this one when I first heard the song as a teenager (I was born six years after it came out) but it remains really funny even when I know I was wrong and with connotations of racism and sexism masked by mishearing the lyrics.
Another Stones one I have discussed much less is from ‘Get off of My Cloud’ where I thought the chorus went “get out of my car” as a child.
Not a misheard lyric, but a misheard answer to a question that became a song lyric.
New Wave legends Suburban Lawns most famous song is JANITOR, and the chorus is based on a conversation between lead vocalist Su Tissue and a friend. Su asked him what his profession is and he said he is a Janitor, but Su misheard what he said. Frankie Ennui overheard and wrote a song that appeared on their debut album and became the first single.
The chorus goes "I'm a Janitor, Ooh My Genitals".
It's a bizarre little song, especially Su vocals, but it's a great little song.
I have only minutes ago discovered that In A Gadda Da Vida is not saying "In the Garden of Eden". When I saw The Simpsons scene in the church where Bart is having a dream of the parishioners singing this song, I thought I was hearing "In the Garden of Eden", which to me made sense because it was happening in a church and they were singing about Eden.
Up until last year, I had thought the chorus to Korn's 'Freak on a Leash' was "Sometimes I cannot take this place; sometimes it's my life I can't take", which always made me think whoa, deep, relate. Then I found out it's actually "it's my life I can't taste" and now I think, trying to rhyme stuffs literally, grade school, lame.