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Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. This page contains all the misheard lyrics for Maniac that have been submitted to this site and the old collection from inthe80s started in 1996. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
Cheesy maniac
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
Is a place most smelly feet
Original Lyrics:
Is a place most never see
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a bush of woods.
Original Lyrics:
It's a push-shove world.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a hard warm place of mystery
Touch it, but can't hold it.
Original Lyrics:
It's a hard won place of mystery
Touch it, but can't hold it.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a hard wooden place of mystery
Touch it, but can't hold it.
Original Lyrics:
It's a hard won place of mystery
Touch it, but can't hold it.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a push of the world, but there's always a chance
If the hunger stays the night.
Original Lyrics:
It's a push-shove world, but there's always a chance
If the hunger stays alive.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's hard one place of ministry
That's what she came for, yeah.
Original Lyrics:
It's a hard won place of mystery
Touch it, but can't hold it.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
Just a still town girl on a Saturday night
Original Lyrics:
Just a steel-town girl on a Saturday night
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart, changing woman into life.
Original Lyrics:
Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart, changing movement into light.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
On the ice-build iron sanity is a place most never see.
Original Lyrics:
On the ice blue line of insanity is a place most never see.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
On the iceberg of insanity - it's a place most never see.
Original Lyrics:
On the ice blue line of insanity is a place most never see.
Sounds like a pretty ominous place.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac on the phone.
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac on the floor.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, at your door.
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, I sure know.
There is an urban legend about this song (not sure if true) that it was originally written by Sembello as a song about a slasher/murderer. Presumably he modified the lyric when he got the Flashdance gig. This second chorus phrase 'at your door' may be a remnant of that original lyric.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, at your floor,
and she's dancin' like she never dance before!
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, I sure know,
and she's dancin' like she's never danced before!
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, el sprasso.
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, on the floor.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, on the phone.
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, on the floor.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, that's for sure
Original Lyrics:
She's a maniac, maniac, on the floor
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
There's a coconut in heat
Struggling, stretching for the beat.
Original Lyrics:
There's a cold, kinetic heat
Struggling, stretching for the beat.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
There's a coconut to eat
Original Lyrics:
There's a cold connective heat
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
There's a cold connective heat, struggling, stretching for defeat.
Original Lyrics:
There's a cold kinetic heat, struggling, stretching for the beat.
Editor's note: The first line of this one is disputed; some sites say "connective" while others say "kinetic." I'll go with "kinetic" until I see the liner notes OR an official site.
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
There's a coconut to eat
or
There's a cold connective heat
or
There's a cold connective heat
Original Lyrics:
There's a cold, kinetic heat
Michael Sembello's, "Maniac"
Misheard Lyrics:
You run for your life for that moment in time
Original Lyrics:
You work all your life for that moment in time

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