One of the joys of my journey into high quality audio has been the ability to hear lyrics so much more clearly. As a result, I've had quite a few occasions where I have been listening to tracks and, after many years thinking they said one thing, discovered that they were actually quite different.
There are some relatively notorious misheard lyrics out there. One of several infamous Hendrix examples:
All Along the Watchtower - "Businessmen, they drink my wine, Plowmen dig my earth" often heard as "Businessman there, drink my wine, come and take my herb" (Hey, it's Hendrix, I totally get the assumption here)
I was listening to a playlist today that had the Kinks "Come Dancing" in it. I've always heard this line - "The day they knocked down the pally, part of my childhood died, just died" as "the day they knocked down the pally, one of her children died, just died". I laughed because In the context of the song, the misheard lyrics kind of, sort of, make sense, but are really harsh, given the melancholy but playful tone of the song.
I've had this experience regularly over the past couple years as I've gotten better gear. Aside from the fun of realizing I've heard something completely wrong for years, it's a great example of the difference good gear can make. I'm curious if others have shared this experience and what some of your favorite examples are.