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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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.38 Special's, "Caught Up In You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So call me dude, little girl.
The Real Lyrics:
So caught up in you, little girl.
The Story: Whenever I heard this song on the radio, I would never know what song it was because I thought they were saying "So call me dude" instead of "So caught up in you". Even though I know it is "So caught up in you", I still hear "So call me dude". No matter how hard I force myself to hear "So caught up in you", I cannot hear it. - Submitted by: Calvin Nielson
.38 Special's, "Caught Up in You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So call on me little girl
The Real Lyrics:
So caught up in you, little girl
The Story: Keep hearing the song in my car, raise the volume but still don't get it, love, love, love, the song. Finally figured out the title by searching online. - Submitted by: Corinne
.38 Special's, "Chain Lightning"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Teen lightning
The Real Lyrics:
Chain lightning
The Story: These guys hail from Florida and I figured maybe this was an accent thing. I dig this band, a lot. - Submitted by: This Gun's 4 Hire
.38 Special's, "Hold On Loosely"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hold on Lucy
And don't let go
If you cling to the Top Ten
You're gonna lose control.
The Real Lyrics:
Hold on loosely
And don't let go
If you cling too tightly
You're gonna lose control.
The Story: I got the "loosely" bit understood later on during the spring of 1981 but I still thought the other line had "Top Ten" in it, as in having this song stay in the Top 10 as long as possible. Hey, everyone wants to score a Top 10 hit, right? At least this song was .38 Special's first foray into the Top 40 and there would be plenty of more hits to come. - Submitted by: This Gun's 4 Hire
.38 Special's, "Hold On Loosely"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hold on, Bruce Lee.
The Real Lyrics:
Hold on loosely.
The Story: When I was in a cover band we used to sing it with the wrong lyrics just to see if the drunk S.O.B.s would notice. - Submitted by: Mark Cundiff
.38 Special's, "Second Chance"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A fart needs a chance to pass.
The Real Lyrics:
A heart needs a second chance.
The Story: I was in a vocational workshop, and this song was on the radio. I was not paying attention to the lyrics, so that is what I thought I heard. I nearly wet my pants laughing and had to explain it to the guy running the workshop. Luckily, I heard it right the next time they sang the line in the song. - Submitted by: Ronald Cowan
.38 Special's, "Wild Eyed Southern Boys"
The Misheard Lyrics:
One-eyed colored boys
The Real Lyrics:
Wild-eyed southern boys
The Story: In the 80s, I worked at my city's hip record store. One Saturday afternooon, a redneck came and asked for help finding a song. He explained that one of his buddies had it, and that they had played it over and over again the night before while drinking. I asked what lyrics he remembered hearing, and he replied, in all seriousness, 'One Eyed Colored Boys.' This one might be to politically incorrect, but the story is both priceless and true. - Submitted by: Mike Leahy
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