'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy.
[Editor's note: this is the singlemost commonly misheard lyric we've ever received, and is in fact the name of our new domain name!]
||10/1/1997 12:00 am
|Age it happened
|Better than original?
|Convinced others you were right?
|Was partying involved?
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When I first heard this song when I was a young boy, I always thought he was singing "'scuse me while I piss the sky". That's what I kept hearing for almost 10 years until I finally read the lyrics.
Feb 15, 2014 8:24 pm
I saw Jimi on Feb. 24 , 1968 at the CNE Coliseum in Toronto and he performed the 'Purple Haze' line in exactly the same way "lumberjack" describes. Jimi sang "kiss this guy" , and as he sang it he gestured toward Noel Redding with a wry smile.
This line stood out because I was singing along to myself at the time and noticed Jimi sang it differently. I did go home wondering what was the original line.
On "Experienced' I hear "kiss the sky" and have come to assume Jimi found something in the song to play with, and first recorded it "kiss the sky" but then went on to play with the line, introducing new ideas and meanings, just as Leonard Cohen has continued to play with or change lyrics after making the first recording of a song.
Artist's songs are not etched in stone but are more like castles made of sand.
Feb 13, 2014 1:04 pm
Not only is it often misheard as this but Hendrix must have heard it too. He very intentionally sings " 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" on his live album called "'69" which I believe was recorded at his Isle of Wight concert.
Aug 26, 2012 8:01 pm
listen to the anthology version where He wants to kiss the policeman overthere ...(probably a guy)
Aug 05, 2011 1:47 pm
Never heard anything other than this, even convinced many people these were the right lyrics. You can hear both and its so close, easily hear it wrong but once you know, you can still hear both, which isn't always the case.
Aug 05, 2011 12:47 pm
actually, in some live versions, he says "scuse me, while i kiss that guy"
Jun 24, 2011 12:41 pm
Better than original? Yes.
May 28, 2010 3:45 pm
It's soooo close!
Aug 29, 2009 12:53 am
It still sounds like that even after all these year of listening to it.
Jul 28, 2009 6:45 pm
I was listening to it today and the D.J said it was kiss this guy...
Jul 16, 2009 11:31 am
on some live recordings there is no doubt: Jimi sings: kiss this guy !
no point in that, the young god liked to joke
Aug 15, 2008 12:06 pm