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This page contains a list of the songs that have stories about their misheard lyrics submitted.

Song names are sorted by first letter, excluding A and The. This is sorted by song title only, not by song title and performer. So if two different performers preformed the same song, you'll see misheard lyrics for both on the same page (provided the song title was spelt the same both times, and misheard lyrics have been submitted for both!).

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10,000 Maniacs', "Because The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
De la chida, de la chida
Cadda chino-o-o
Be-bop anay, banosi wa-ah
Be-bop anay, banosi wuh.
The Real Lyrics:
Can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
Because the night belongs to lovers
Beause the night belongs to us.
The Story: This used to play on the radio when I was around 7-8, and I was convinced the whole song was gibberish. I also inexplicably thought it was by Madonna, which made it *really* hard to figure out what it was once I got older. - Submitted by: The Dormouse
10,000 Maniacs', "Because The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Leave off the night to these two lovers
Leave off the night to these two wives
The Real Lyrics:
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
The Story: I was on the beach when I was about 12 with a camp trip and I was trying to convince some friends that the song was about 2 women who were married. They told me I was crazy and that it wasn't that they were saying and my counselor came over and clarified it for me... She said, 'Jennifer, its lust, she just says is strangely' .. Bah! ... I still think it sounds like 2 wives ... :-X - Submitted by: Jennifer
10,000 Maniacs', "Because the Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bebop the noun, because true lovers.
Bebop the noun, because true lies.
The Real Lyrics:
Because the night belongs to lovers.
Because the night belongs to us.
The Story: Well, the first time I heard this song I was in elementary school and first learning about nouns and verbs and the like. I guess at the time I was also into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Bebop was the name of one of the villains on the show. - Submitted by: Thaddeus Gammelthorpe
10,000 Maniacs', "Because the Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The energy now, energy now, energy now
The Real Lyrics:
They can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now
The Story: Given the intensely passionate nature of the song, I actually think my misheard lyrics are better than the real ones. - Submitted by: Hu's On First
10,000 Maniacs', "Candy Everybody Wants"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Doodly monkey wall
The Real Lyrics:
Give 'em what they want.
The Story: My girlfriend was just mentioning that Natalie Merchant has a strange sounding voice when I said, 'Yeah, it sounds like she's saying do the monkey walk...or maybe doodly monkey wall.' She laughed for a good long while and them told me the actual lyrics. - Submitted by: Geoff
10,000 Maniacs', "Eat For Two"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I eat the tuna,
walk the tuna,
breathe the tuna.
The Real Lyrics:
I eat for two,
walk for two,
breathe for two now.
The Story: My college roommate finally corrected me one day when I said that this was the dumbest song 10,000 Maniacs ever wrote - who wants to sing about tuna, anyway? - Submitted by: maureen
10,000 Maniacs', "Hey, Jack Kerouac"
The Misheard Lyrics:
What a triste
Shock of the world.
The Real Lyrics:
What a tear-stained
Shock of the world.
The Story: I must have been paying too much attention in high school Spanish class that day. - Submitted by: Brock Martin
10,000 Maniacs', "Peace Train"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ride on the Pee Stain
this is the pee stain
The Real Lyrics:
Ride on the peace train,
this is the peace train
The Story: I saw the band perform this on Johnny Carson or David Letterman (can't recall exactly) and I was amazed when I realized Natalie Merchant was saying Pee Stain instead of Peace Train. Luckily I had it on Video and ran it by a friend who immediately burst into laughter - although I had to point out the problem. - Submitted by: Rory Filer
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