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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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Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a man should a woman.
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural woman.
The Story: I sang this song wrong so many times. I swore all the panty hose commercials were wrong whenever I would hear it. It wasn't until a few years ago that someone corrected me. But still to this day, I sing it wrong because now it just seems right. - Submitted by: Suzanne Barnes
Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And when my shawl was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it.
The Real Lyrics:
And when my soul was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it.
The Story: I was a kid when I first heard this song on the radio in 1967, and to me the 'shawl' scenario made perfect sense: Aretha dropped her shawl in the bus station (maybe rushing to get to work in the morning), it was placed in the lost and found, and her ardent suitor saw it on the shelf, recognized it as hers, claimed it and brought it back to her. I visualized the whole scene in my head - I thought it was very romantic in a 'real life' kind of way, and I was very disappointed when I discovered what the lyric really was - LOL - Submitted by: John DiPinto
Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a Ventura woman.
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural woman.
The Story: I sang it this way for quite a while after first hearing it. Then someone laughed riotously and told me the correct lyrics. - Submitted by: Karen Smith
Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural walnut
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural woman
The Story: One of two songs I thought I heard "walnut" instead of "woman". Takes me back to those commercials for Clairol Natural Instincts. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Aretha Franklin's, "Chain Of Fools"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Chain of food
The Real Lyrics:
Chain of fools
The Story: I heard this song for the first time during my preteen years. I remember learning about the food chain in my health classes in elementary and middle school, so I was probably thinking about that when I heard this song! - Submitted by: jpete
Aretha Franklin's, "Chain of Fools"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Change, change, change
(Change, change, change)
Change is good
The Real Lyrics:
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of Fools
The Story: On Italy's version of "The Price is Right" titled "Ok, il prezzo รจ giusto!", the song is sung as "Lei Lei Lei". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Aretha Franklin's, "Freeway Of Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We're goin' ridin' on the freeway
Oh no, there's no gas in our tank.
The Real Lyrics:
We're goin' ridin' on the Freeway of Love
Wind's against our backs.
The Story: When I was younger, Burger King had this song as a theme for their drive through window, and this was what my friends and I thought it was. I remember for awhile we were making up obscene variations to the second line (what we thought it was anyhow). - Submitted by: Larcen Tyler
Aretha Franklin's, "Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a man not a woman
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural woman.
The Story: When I was little I always just thought thats what that song said. I never even thought about it I guess. But then I saw a commercial for nylons and I was like, 'Why would you want nylons that made you feel like a man?' - Submitted by: AMBER L MARTINEZ
Aretha Franklin's, "Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a national woman.
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel like a natural woman.
The Story: My husband thought this was a patriotic pop song. - Submitted by: Janeo
Aretha Franklin's, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T"
The Misheard Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, of C-P-T
The Real Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB.
The Story: I was at a high school concert, and the girl on stage was singing this song in front of everyone in the entire town. She sang the misheard lyric. It was really embarrasing, and I felt really bad for her. Only one guy n the back took action. He stood up and started yelling at the chorus teacher. It was hilarious when his buddy had to pull him down and hold him! - Submitted by: Alexis
Aretha Franklin's, "Respect"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Harry S Beasley Tree
The Real Lyrics:
R-e-s-p-e-c-t.
The Story: I got the error so fixed in my mind, that even knowing it was RESPECT, I still heard "Hassy S Beasley Tree". It wasn't until I could see her performing it on Blues Brothers that I re-set my brain to the correct lyrics. - Submitted by: Bob Strauss
Aretha Franklin's, "Respect"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Q.R.S.P.V.C.C.
The Real Lyrics:
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The Story: I was singing this while I was with friends, I got to this bit and they laughed. I didn't know why until they told me the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Cappucino a la Cacitus
Aretha Franklin's, "Respect"
The Misheard Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCP
The Real Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB
The Story: Because TCP is a well known antiseptic in the UK, I thought Aretha meant to take care of someone by disinfecting their wounds! - Submitted by: Sheogorath
Aretha Franklin's, "Respect"
The Misheard Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take out the E-P-C.
The Real Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, T-C-B.
The Story: It's freaky how when you acually take out the E-P-C, respect spells 'rest'. That's why I thought the lyrics went that way. - Submitted by: Lydia
Aretha Franklin's, "Respect"
The Misheard Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take out, TCP!
The Real Lyrics:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB!
The Story: I thought if you took out the T, C, and P, it was supposed to mean something. I used to puzzle over this one for a long time! - Submitted by: TJ
Aretha Franklin's, "Think"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tryin' to make Colored People lose their mind
The Real Lyrics:
Trying to make other people lose their mind
The Story: I thought I had heard that this was a song written during the Civil Rights movement so this is the way I still sing it although I could never find proof. - Submitted by: Bebblyann
Aretha Franklin's, "Who's Zoomin' Who"
The Misheard Lyrics:
fish are gonna poop in my bed
The Real Lyrics:
Now the fish jumped off the hook
The Story: I did a morning drive radio show in New England when this song came out. A caller tried his damndest to convince me that these were the actual lyrics to the tune... so much so that I have been unable to listen to the tune without hearing his supposed lyrics and I never did find out what the real words were! - Submitted by: Alan Peterson
Aretha Franklin's, "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You make me feel like a man 'cuz you're a woman.
The Real Lyrics:
You make me feel a natural woman.
The Story: When I was young and stupid I used to make fun of this song saying "It's a lesbian song," and stuff like that. I think in the back of my mind I knew those weren't the real lyrics, I just thought I was being funny... - Submitted by: Thaddeus Gammelthorpe
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