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“Sweet Escape,” Gwen Stefani
Wrong Lyric: Literally no idea
Real Lyric: “‘Cause I’ve been acting like sour milk all on the floor / It’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator / Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been acting so cold”
Thank you, James Corden. Had he not forced Gwen Stefani to slow down and sound it out during last week’s Carpool Karaoke, we would’ve continued doing what we do best: mumbling confidently, hoping the people we’re with aren’t going to ask what we’re saying and why.
“Pillowtalk,” Zayn Malik
1. “So if we stop the neighbors”
2. “In the better days, better days, better days”
1. “So we’ll piss off the neighbors”
2. “In the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day”
Well, this song is about sex, so we should immediately know that “stopping” the neighbors makes no sense whatsoever, unless it’s in response to them filing noise complaints. As for “bed all day”? Of course they are. (Go outside, you guys.)
“Seasons,” Future Islands
Wrong Lyric: TBH, I usually stop singing during the chorus and pretend I’m very into the music.
Real Lyric: “As it breaks, the summer will wake / But the winter will wash what’s left of the taste”
Seasons. I get it. Do you get it? The chorus is about summer and winter. The title of the song makes sense now. You know that feeling you’ve got right now? It’s realization, and it’s represented by this GIF.
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
Wrong Lyric: “Got a list of Starbucks lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane”
Real Lyric: “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you I’m insane”
Honestly, considering Taylor Swift’s own mother thought it was “Starbucks lovers,” I’m going to vote that Taylor’s the one in the wrong here, and the lot of us are actually better at writing songs than she is.
“Bang Bang,” Jessie J., Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
Wrong Lyric: “Bang bang into the womb”
Real Lyric: “Bang bang into the room”
While the fertility movement rightfully deserves an anthem, it sadly wasn’t delivered by three of pop’s biggest names engaging in various stages of choreography and high notes.