Free chips, pieces of meat and warm sausage tea: Leeds’ top 10 misheard lyrics

Adele: Chasing Penguins
Adele: Chasing Penguins
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MUSIC-lovers in Leeds are mishearing some of the world’s best known song lyrics and replacing them with baffling alternatives, claims new research.

More than 80 per cent of those polled in the city admitted to singing along to the wrong words of popular tunes, including Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and Dire Strait’s ‘Money for Nothing’.

Indeed, wannabee singers often mishear the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’, believing she is singing “All the lonely Starbucks lovers” - and not “Got a long list of ex-lovers”.

Similarly, Adele’s 2008 hit ‘Chasing Pavements’ is wrongly sung as “Chasing Penguins”.

Commissioned by Starkey Hearing Technologies to mark the launch of its new Muse hearing aids, the survey of 2,000 adults looked at the most commonly misheard lyrics in the city.

Hot Chocolate’s ‘Sexy thing’ is commonly mistaken - with “I believe in miracles” misheard as “I remove umbilicals”.

And the chorus from Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on fire’ has been wrongly heard as “dyslexics on fire”.


1. “Money for nothin’ and chips for free”. Should be: “Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free” from Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’.

2. “Or should I just keep chasing penguins”. Should be: “Or should I just keep chasing pavements” from Adele’s ‘Chasing Pavements’.

3. “Kicking your cat all over the place”. Should be: “Kicking your can all over the place” from Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.

4. “Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”. Should be: “Every time you go away take a piece of me with you” from Paul Young’s ‘Every Time You Go Away’.

5. “Sue Lawley”. Should be: “So lonely” from The Police’s ‘So Lonely’.

6. “Poppadom Peach”. Should be: “Papa don’t preach” from Madonna’s ‘Papa don’t preach’.

7. “Steak and a knife, steak and a knife’’. Should be: ‘Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive’ from the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ alive’

8. “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”. Should be: “See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen” from ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’.

9. “I’m farting carrots”. Should be: “I’m 14 carat” from Selena Gomez’s ‘Good for you’.

10. “Saving his life from this warm sausage tea”. Should be: “Spare him his life from this monstrosity” from Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.