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'I smell a Mexican monkey': Best misheard lyrics of 2013

Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM ET

We've all done it: Been cluelessly singing along to a song only to learn (maybe from a lyrics sheet, or maybe from a happily horrified friend) that we had the words all wrong. The most famous ones have passed into pop-culture lore. Round John Virgin.* There's a bathroom on the right.** Hold me closer, Tony Danza.***

With some help from the great misheard lyrics sites Kiss This Guy and Am I Right?, these are our favorite misheard lyrics from 2013.

"So we put our hands up, like we seen a damn ogre." — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Can't Hold Us"
Real lyric: "So we put our hands up, like the ceiling can't hold us."

“All I wanted was to break your arms,” — Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Real lyric: “All I wanted was to break your walls.”

“I smell a Mexican monkey,” — Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
Real lyrics: “I’m up all night to get lucky."

“I’ll be on my Slip-n-Slide,” — Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie”
Real lyrics: “I be on my suit and tie.”

"My friends in Iowa cracked the code," — Lorde, "Royals"
Real lyrics: "My friends and I, we've cracked the code."

"It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hamsters." — Taylor Swift, "22"
Real lyrics: "It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters."

* "Round yon virgin," from "Silent Night"
** "There's a bad moon on the rise," from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising"
*** "Hold me closer, tiny dancer," from Elton John's "Tiny Dancer"

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