Top 10 Misheard Lyrics: Deuce or Douche?

Update December 2012:

Springsteen was recently interviewed and says he changed Manfred Mann’s original lyric from “cut loose like a deuce” to “revved up like a deuce” yet admitted the reason the song went to #1 was because people heard “wrapped up like a douche”. This was the one moment in the history of the universe that millions of people collectively longed to hear a song with this bold statement!

Original Blog July 2007:

According to, the most misheard lyrics in a song ever is Blinded By The Light, a Bruce Springsteen Song, made popular by Manfred Mann’s Earth band in the seventies.

I must admit, this is a very difficult song to figure out from verse one. I have one word of explanation: drugs.

I nearly coughed up a lung tonight reading the misheard lyrics for:

“Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”

Be honest. What was your version of this lyric?

I actually had it pretty close, only using “wrapped” instead of “revved”. I did get “deuce” right while I think most people thought Manfred was singing about a nocturnal feminine hygiene activity.

Please enjoy my PG-13 rated, Top 10 misheard versions of this famous lyric:

10. Wrapped up like a goose, let the wind blow through my hair.
9. Lit up like an illusion in the middle of the night.
8. Rapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night.
7. Wracked up, like I knew she was a hooker in the night.
6. Red ball like a douche and throw me out into the night.
5. Wake up like a douche and go running in the night.
4. Wrapped up like you’re douchin’ in the middle of the night.
3. Warped up like Medusa, oh the runner in the night.
2. Grabbed up by a douche, another robot in the night.

and last but not least:

1. Wrapped up with a douchebag’s aroma in the night.


Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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22 comments on “Top 10 Misheard Lyrics: Deuce or Douche?
  1. Chris Eb says:

    I always thought runner was roller as in “Revved up like a duece, another ROLLER in the night.”

    • Kim says:

      lol me too! im really sad that version didnt make the top ten. my whole damn family thought that is what it was.

  2. Colleen says:

    Wayne’s always rolling his eyes at me and all my made up lyrics. I sing it like I hear it…

  3. Ausbury says:

    The one I messed up for YEARS was from the England Dan & John Ford Coley song I’d Really Love To See You Tonight where I proudly sang “I’m not talking ’bout the linen…”.

    I sang that lyric proudly until in college one day my roommate Matt says, “What???” I went into some strange explanation of how this guy was in a fight with his girlfriend over the laundry and when he wrote a song about it, “laundry” just didn’t fit into his lyric. To this day he teases me about that.

    Of course, the correct lyric is “I’m not talking ’bout moving in…”.

    What’s your most messed up lyric?

  4. LynDel says:


    Matt STILL talks about that with Jantzen, Sarah & Kristyn! AND! He laughs every single time…… So, while we’re having a lot of fun at your expense, just remember ~ we all get the lyrics wrong at times ~ and we all laugh at ourselves and each other ~ makes me wonder what else we’ve been wrong about all these years??? Colleen, I’m with you ~ I sing ’em like I hear ’em. :o) Most of them don’t make any sense anyway, so it really doesn’t matter. :o)

    But isn’t it amazing that you can google the lyrics to ANY song now and it’s instantly there? And Itunes ~ you can download a song from anyone, anytime instantly. Amazing. Technology has progressed so fast in the last 20 years ~ wonder where it will be when our kids are our age?????

  5. dorsey says:

    I briefly dated a girl who couldn’t quite understand why Huey Lewis couldn’t just go out and buy whatever vehicle he wanted.

    (“Huh?” I replied.)

    “I want a new truck” (drug).

  6. Kristy...alias KC says:

    Sad to say I’m one of the “douche” people…though I could never understand why he’d be singing about a douche…gross! And I’m with you Doug…”I’m not talkin’ bout the LINEN” was exactly how I sang it… until Matt set me straight.

    I’m sure I slaughtered many more…but who cares.

  7. Matt says:

    Just give me the Beach Boys to free my soul . . .

    And that’s all I’m sayin’.

  8. Ausbury says:

    KC, you know if we were back in college, we would never, ever let you live down a statement like “I’m one of the douche people”.

  9. Ausbury says:

    Matt, wow even I didn’t know about that one. I laughed so hard at yours that I peed in my pants a little.

  10. Chris Eb says:

    It doesn’t seem like there’s too many country fans on this board, and I’m borderline myself, but my wife loves country and it has slowly seeped into my life.

    I had a pretty good bad lyric bout this weekend that we both got a good chuckle over. Kenny Chesney has a song called Summertime, which is actually one of my favorite’s. I was singing along the chorus and sang “2 bad feet on the dance floor” and my wife asks me what I said. I told her and she started cracking up. She informed me that it was “2 bare feet on the dashboard”, but the way I sang it is very applicable to me. Being a tall white male, I guess I can’t argue with her.

  11. Ausbury says:

    Hey Chris, sounds like you were singing a self-fulfilling prophecy! And I can certainly relate with the tall white male stuff.

  12. Kristy...alias KC says:

    Okay…let me re-phrase that…

  13. lol says:

    lol… I thought it was “let loose like a Deuce in the middle of the night”… just me n my poopscapades:D

  14. Rob says:

    When I was really young my cousin and I would send cassettes with the music we liked through the mail along with commentary and stuff. I remember the first time he sent me Another One Bites the Dust and on my crappy cassette player I thought it was “Another one bites the doctor” which seemed like a reasonable thing to do and sing about. Sadly… it was a different word and different meaning. πŸ™‚

  15. Somebody Cool says:

    Anybody remember buying “Star Hits” magazine in the 80’s? Full of pics and pinups of all your fave musicians, plus LYRICS to songs! My friends and I always thought that was so great…finding out all the words we’ve been singing wrong. πŸ™‚

  16. Josie H says:

    “Wrapped up like a douche” is what I thought it was when it was a top-40 pop tune way back when.

  17. Wet Willy says:

    I said douche but otherwise i got everyting else right

  18. Erin says:

    I was listening to led zeppelin the immigrant song, when I was reminded of a misheard lyric of my childhood. When he says “hammer of the gods..” I heard “camera of the gods “..

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Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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