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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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Al Stewart's, "Broadway Hotel"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Miss Donna Summers' day
The Real Lyrics:
Mist on a summer's day
The Story: Since the song was on the flip side of the "Year of the Cat" 45, I didn't have access to the lyrics printed inside the album for many months after first buying the single. Until I finally bought the album, I couldn't imagine the lyric being anything other than what I misheard. Yet, I was mystified by what the rising-star-disco-queen was doing in an Al Stewart song about sexual dysfunction. - Submitted by: Luca Grella
Al Stewart's, "Like a Song on the Radio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But then on the wings of emotion we suckle each other in flight, tucked together we run like the ocean in its bed at night.
The Real Lyrics:
But then on the wings of emotion we circle each other in flight, tucked together we run like the ocean in its bed at night.
The Story: This song came out in the 1970s when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I honestly thought he was singing the word "suckle" and couldn't understand what those lyrics meant. It wasn't until years later when I was an adult I finally figured out it was "circle" instead and it finally made a lot more sense. LOL. - Submitted by: Edward
Al Stewart's, "The Year Of The Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pizza Larry contemplating a crime
The Real Lyrics:
Peter Lorre contemplating a crime
The Story: I told my husband I never understood why Pizza Larry was contemplating a crime. He laughed so hard, he could barely explain that it was 'Peter Lorre'. I didn't know who Peter Lorre was. - Submitted by: Tammy Priborsky
Al Stewart's, "The Year Of The Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The air of a kind
The Real Lyrics:
The year of the cat
The Story: In the seventies, our family's music equipment was not great. - Submitted by: Bassace
Al Stewart's, "The Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
...and the rhythm of the new Fontaine
The Real Lyrics:
...and the rhythm of the new-found day
The Story: I just assumed that someone named Fontaine had a new hit song. - Submitted by: Crossfire905
Al Stewart's, "The Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Innocent Tanya, bound to leave her
The Real Lyrics:
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
The Story: I misheard these lyrics for YEARS, until I finally figured out what they really were. - Submitted by: Mike Drum
Al Stewart's, "The Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You go strolling through the crowd like Pete Tolare
The Real Lyrics:
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
The Story: I never did figure out who "Pete Tolare" was! - Submitted by: Crossfire905
Al Stewart's, "Time Passages"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A girl comes to want you
And wants you's to know
The Real Lyrics:
A girl comes toward you
You once used to know
The Story: I've been singing these incorrect lyrics for the past 37 years, never realizing until recently how far off I've been to the correct lyrics. LOL. - Submitted by: Ron
Al Stewart's, "Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the first senator's De Gaulle
The Real Lyrics:
And the bus and the tourists are gone
The Story: I was a kid. I was stupid. As an adult, I realized I must have it wrong but I never found out what it really was until now. - Submitted by: Steve
Al Stewart's, "Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the first summer tourists are gone
The Real Lyrics:
And the bus and the tourists are gone
The Story: Actually performed this wrong for years - Submitted by: Price
Al Stewart's, "Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She comes incensed and petulantly
The Real Lyrics:
She comes in incense and patchouli
The Story: This was in writing, as the subtitles of a DVD karaoke of the song, Year of the Cat - Submitted by: Deborah Solomon
Al Stewart's, "Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There's a yenta she leads you to
The Real Lyrics:
There's a hidden door she leads you to
The Story: I thought maybe that was a reference to Fiddler On The Roof. - Submitted by: Hu's On First
Al Stewart's, "Year of the Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You go strolling through the crowd like a pizza roll
The Real Lyrics:
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
The Story: This song and the album came out when I was 12-years old and had entered junior high school just the fall before. At the time Totino's, the pizza company had just come out with their pizza rolls and I use to love eating them -- especially on a Friday night when nobody wanted to really cook much. Well when I heard this song originally and for a quite a number of years I thought Al Stewart must have loved the Totino's pizza rolls as well. Although I couldn't see why someone would want stroll the crowd like a pizza roll? Until I got to high school, in 1978 - 79, and I started singing this line as I misheard it in a car with a bunch of my friends when one of my classmates were taking me and my year older brother home. Let's just say everyone had a good laugh at my expense! - Submitted by: Peter
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