We’ve Misheard J.Lo & Ja Rule’s “I’m Real” For Years, Plus 4 Other Songs You’ve Probably Been Singing Wrong

One of my favorite things to argue with friends is who is correct about popular song lyrics. Even the most dedicated fan mishears a song lyric here and there, and honestly, sometimes the lyrics we hear are way weirder and more profound than the real lyrics. For example, a recent Jezebel article revealed that we’ve misheard J.Lo & Ja Rule’s “I’m Real” for years, and this is just one of many pop songs we’ve been singing wrong loudly.

During the first few moments of the song, we hear Ja Rule saying, “What’s my name?!” before J-Lo’s verse. Here’s where you need to pay attention: J-Lo’s answer to Ja Rule’s question is to spell out Ja Rule’s name, “R-U-L-E.” Maybe you’re one of the glorious few in the know, but for many of us J-Lo was singing, “Are you ready?!” Or for those closer to the mark but still missing it, J-Lo was singing, “Are you Ellie?!” Which is technically the same pronunciation as “R-U-L-E,” but obviously brings in a host of questions as we now have to wonder who Ellie is, why she’s in the beginning of this song, and what her relationship to Ja Rule and J-Lo is.

I strongly urge you to listen to it again with this new found knowledge. Spelling out Ja Rule’s name makes a lot more sense, right?

In case you were one of the few knowledgeable who knew that song lyric all along, I have compiled four other commonly mistaken songs to blow your concept of reality out of the water.

Jimmy Hendrix – “Purple Haze”

At the end of the first verse of this song Hendrix sings “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” which can easily be misheard as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.” Which, why not? Maybe Hendrix wanted to log a quick make-out session.

Taylor Swift – “Love Story”


Mishearing Taylor Swift feels appropriate because it effectively plays into her #Branding of the sad girl in high-school sitting on the bleachers in sneakers without a boyfriend (maybe if she wore high-heels she’d find love). In her popular song “Love Story” she sings “Romeo, save me, they’re tryin’ to tell me how to feel.” Because the internet and our ears are beautiful, many people have misheard it as, “Romeo, save me, Good Charlotte tell me how to feel,” which adds a whole new layer to the song.

Adele – “Chasing Pavements”

In “Chasing Pavements” – one of Adele’s many sad songs for people who wanna lowkey weep but not completely fuck up their face, Adele sings the line “Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements?” A much more beautiful lyrical misunderstanding is something like, “Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing penguins?!”

Bon Jovi – “Living On A Prayer”

While the much disputed line from this track is actually, “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not,” the commonly misheard interpretation is, “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not.” I would have to disagree that it does make a difference if we’re naked. For example, if we’re out at a restaurant naked we could be arrested.

I am feverishly filling a 10-foot scroll with the countless other songs commonly misheard. The scroll will be released to the public when it’s ready.