We've all had that moment where we belt out a lyric to song, only to have everyone stare at us and tell us ". . . Those are definitely not the words." But sometimes wrong lyrics make just another love song into a sci-fi epic worthy of the big screen. This is a tribute to those.
Just so you all know, this list tried to avoid songs that already had sci-fi notions or songs that can be found on sci-fi concept albums. So no Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars here. This is about songs with no such connections that can be misheard into science fiction epics.
Top image from the music video for "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness. Because it features a space monster rocked to death.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
The real lyric: Here we are now, entertain us
The misheard lyric: Here we are now, in containers
What the song now means: Suddenly, this song's all about a dysopian future where we're all kept in containers, Matrix-style. Alternatively, this is now a song told from the point of view of Soylent Green.
"I Am a Rock," Simon & Garfunkel
The real lyric: I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died
The misheard lyric: I won't disturb the slumber of aliens that have died
What the song now means: The solid advice given to a bunch of scientists, right before they cut into an alien corpse, releasing a disease that'll wipe humanity off the map.
"My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion
The real lyric: The spaces between us
The misheard lyric: All the spaceships between us
What the song now means: I'm envisioning either a Romeo-and-Juliet-in-space story or one of revenge. A quest to kill an enemy in space, made difficult by "all the spaceships between us." Honestly, the whole song is much more fun as an ode to revenge, rather than a romantic ballad. "Near, far, wherever you are . . ."
"Alone," Bee Gees
The real lyric: I was a midnight rider on a cloud of smoke
The misheard lyric: I wanted to be Knight Rider, oh, but I was broke
What the song now means: Five bucks says this is the actual plot of the new Knight Rider movie.