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'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: And Other Misheard Lyrics Paperback – April 13, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (April 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671501283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671501280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy is a hilarious collection of over 275 lines people think they've heard in pop songs from the 1960s to the 1990s. Now you can come out of that closet and proudly sing whatever you think you hear. Don't deny it! You know you've sung totally absurd lyrics in place of the real-and usually less interesting-ones. (It's nothing to ashamed of-most rock stars never took elocution classes.) Breeze through some of the world's most widely misinterpreted lyrics, including:

"The ants are my friends/They're blowin' in the wind" ("The answer my friend/Is blowing' in the wind"-Bob Dylan)

"Sweet dreams are made of cheese" ("Sweet dreams are made of this"-Eurythmics)

"The girl with colitis goes by" ("The girl with kaleidoscope eyes"-The Beatles)

Whether it's Eddie Vedder singing about "forty-five versions of a pelican" or Bruce Springsteen proclaiming "everybody's got a hungry horse," 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy is sure to make you want to get your hearing checked.

About the Author

GAVIN EDWARDS is a contributing editor to Details magazine and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

More About the Author

Gavin Edwards is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and has written for Details, Spin, and the New York Times. He is the author of six books including the forthcoming VJ, Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?: Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed and 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy and Other Misheard Lyrics. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Customer Reviews

This book is for all the people who've misheard lyrics.
A fan
This is definitely a novelty buy that you flip through once but don't go back to because it's not funny enough to think twice about.
Michael
The first time I read this book, I laughed until I was drooling.
DWRachel

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1996
Format: Paperback
'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, and its followup, He's Got The Whole World in His Pants (both by Gavin Edwards) had me, as well as everyone in my office, laughing so hard we couldn't speak.

After you read these books, you sing the wrong lyrics on purpose when you hear the songs on the radio! You also find yourself making up wrong lyrics just for the fun of it!

Edwards provide the right and wrong lyrics, as well as the name of the song and the artist(s)!

For some of the songs, illustrations are included (although Edwards used a different illustrator for each book). In some cases, the illustrations are the best part of the book.

My third favorite misheard lyric was:

Oh, beautiful for spaceship guys

instead of

Oh, beautiful for spacious skies, from America the Beautiful!

My favorite two lyrics are actually a little too risque to print here, but they alone are worth buying these books for.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zagnorch on December 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
The title of this book was the big thing that caught me, since that's exactly what I thought Jimi was actually saying when I first heard `Purple Haze'! Small world, huh? And being someone who comes from a long line of song lyric-manglers, this book proved that I wasn't alone in this world when it came to makin' some of the words up as I went along. Heck, even to this day ma & I still argue over whether that guy's little bottle in `Love Potion Number 9' was broken by a cop or a clock! I'm going with the cop on this one, by the way. Needless to say, this little paperback was the perfect gag gift for ma on her birthday!
The only real problem I had with this book was its brevity. At most, each page has only two sets of lyrics (the incorrect version(s) above, the song & artist in the middle, & the proper words below). Because of this, I found it to be a bit pricey for the amount of content it contains. However, it does have an index at the end, which is a real plus if you're looking for a particular verse that you've been tryin' to figure out. And if it's not in this tome, you can always check the indexes of the other `...Kiss This Guy' books that have been published!
Although I agree with the thought that some of the incorrect lyrics in this book seem too far off the mark to be legitimate equivocations, I've personally experienced and have been a witness to far worse verse-mangling. So it's no real surprise to me when I read some of the more seemingly far-fetched examples!
`Late
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
Do you think that you hear every song on radio perfectly? Do you think that you know every lyrics to all of your favorite songs? Well, You are about to be wrong after you open and read this book. This book contains the most outraged, hilarious, and humorous misunderstood lyrics. You can't help yourself or someone from stop laughing when you sing outloud every songs in this book..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I came across this in the bookstore I ended up sitting on the floor, crying with laughter...the friend with me took the book away. Then HE flipped through and snorted with laughter--needless to say we each bought a copy. I've also acquired "He's Got the Whole World In His Pants" and "When a Man Loves a Walnut" and enjoy them immensely as well. These made great gifts for my younger brothers, both of whom felt "lyrically superior" to me, always made fun of my interpretations--now they understand I'm not the only one with cotton in my ears!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thegnuewe on December 26, 2006
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This is the first of Gavin Edwards' series of misheard lyrics. It's definitely funny at points and some of the lyrics are mangled beyond belief. Some of the misinterpretations are pretty well known but some seem a bit far fetched (A la "STOP THE CATBOX"/"ROCK THE CASBAH" of the Verizon commercials of late) It's interesting to note that Hendrix knew of the misheard version and at some concerts performed "Purple Haze" with the incorrect lyrics. (Avoid the second one in the series, its not very funny)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By La Luna Lupe on June 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
My best friend and I picked up a copy of this book at a used book store on a lark, and afterwards, we stopped for ice cream. We brought the book in with us, and began to read. It was hysterical! It was a lot of fun to read the misheard lyrics together, and we were laughing so hard we had the attention of everyone else at the ice cream parlor. My best friend picked a guy up because of this book. Fun stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "justjazz6" on August 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read and sung so many lyrics in my career - and heard so many funny mis-interpretations of lyrics. My own kids "murdered" some lyrics when they were small. This book is a kick! Just sit back and relax and enjoy some chuckles at the end of the day!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By joshawk on December 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
My friends and I used to try to figure out random song lyrics and always laughed at the weird things we thought were the correct lyrics. This very funny book (along with Edwards' subsequent editions) collects "mondegreens" from all types of popular music. Definitely a fun book to read with a group of people, and I guarantee you and your friends will be singing these wrong lyrics for the rest of the night.
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