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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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Barenaked Ladies', "Another Postcard (With Chimpanzees)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A roller coaster with chimpanzees
or
I'm on on the Coast Guard with chimpanzees.
The Real Lyrics:
Another postcard with chimpanzees
The Story: I never knew the name of this song, but always heard it play over the sound system at work. It took me around 5 months to finally sit down and listen to figure out what the heck these guys were saying! - Submitted by: Tricia M.
Barenaked Ladies', "Another Postcard"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everyone is a dress to me.
The Real Lyrics:
Every one is addressed to me.
The Story: I was half asleep when I first heard this song and I had to lean closer to the radio to hear it, and I still heard it wrong! - Submitted by: Katie
Barenaked Ladies', "Be My Yoko Ono"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But I don't like all these people
Slagging her for eating the burritos.
The Real Lyrics:
But I don't like all these people
Slagging her for breaking up The Beatles.
The Story: I heard this song so many times, I was so confused. I mean, what do burritos have to do with Yoko Ono? Finally, I looked up the real lyrics. Tey make much more sense. But I still think it sounds more like "burritos" than "The Beatles”. Maybe I was just hungry. - Submitted by: Bob
Barenaked Ladies', "Brian Wilson"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson dead
The Real Lyrics:
Lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson did
The Story: I thought it was a song about sloth (this song is not even half as articulate as the band's current work, and that can be pretty bad), referring to his state of mind and body by referencing the Beach Boy (namely *Dennis* Wilson) that died in '83. Wrong Beach Boy, but it made sense otherwise. Rather a shock to learn the truth! - Submitted by: Adam R. Wood
Barenaked Ladies', "Brian Wilson"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson's dead
The Real Lyrics:
Lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson did
The Story: I was in the car with my friend Christin, and she started singing these lyrics. I'm like 'Chris, it's did, not dead' and she said 'oh! That makes more sense because I didn't think Brian Wilson was really dead!' - Submitted by: Jessica
Barenaked Ladies', "If I Had $1000000"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I would buy you a K-COP
The Real Lyrics:
I would buy you a K-Car
The Story: "K-COP" refers to the television station KCOP in Los Angeles, while the "K-Car" refers to the Chrysler. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Barenaked Ladies', "It's All Been Done"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's a hole in one
The Real Lyrics:
It's all been done
The Story: My friend Megan started singing this one day and she had no clue that she wasn't singing the right words. I told her and she said 'You know, that makes more sense. I couldn't figure out why they were saying 'It's a hole in one before...' - Submitted by: Lisa
Barenaked Ladies', "Lovers In A Dangerous Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Laverne in a dangerous time
The Real Lyrics:
Lovers in a dangerous time
The Story: At the time, I was fan of "Nurses" and "Empty Nest". So I thought the song was about Laverne, one of the main characters (Dr. Weston's receptionist). - Submitted by: Tuneman
Barenaked Ladies', "One Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Butch Master D and Home of the Rabe
The Real Lyrics:
Birchmount Stadium, home of the Robbie.
The Story: I thought the guys were giving a shout out to their favorite local rap act or something. - Submitted by: Al D
Barenaked Ladies', "One Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Home, off to Raleigh.
The Real Lyrics:
Home of the Robbie
The Story: In the song, I always thought Barenaked Ladies was on a bus back home to Raleigh. - Submitted by: Kevin Powell
Barenaked Ladies', "One Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hot like Gustabi with his shirt off.
The Real Lyrics:
Hot like wasabi when I bust rhymes.
The Story: My boyfriend insists that these are the lyrics. He now tells good looking people that they are 'hot like Gustabi with his shirt off.' - Submitted by: Sal
Barenaked Ladies', "One Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like sneakers guaranteed to satisfy
The Real Lyrics:
Like Snickers guaranteed to satisfy
The Story: As in the slogan "Snickers satisfies". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Barenaked Ladies', "Pinch Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ditch me
The Real Lyrics:
Pinch me
The Story: I personally didn't mishear this one--a guy who called the radio station I listen to the other day requested the song, thinking it went 'Ditch me.' - Submitted by: Sharon Krebs
Barenaked Ladies', "Pinch Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I just made juicy underwear.
The Real Lyrics:
I just made you say underwear.
The Story: My 9-year old daughter was worried when she misunderstood these lyrics to mean that the singer had 'had an accident' in his pants. I was driving when she said this and almost drove off the road I was laughing so hard. - Submitted by: cath0810
Barenaked Ladies', "Shoe Box"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A pee in the door
The Real Lyrics:
A key in the door
The Story: I have the album Shoe Box ep &^ it has 2 shoe box tracks on it. The 1st one is a radio remix where it sounds like he says 'pee'. The 2nd one is the album version. And since 1 of the instruments isn't playing you should hear him say 'key.' (And 'A pee' does not make sense.) - Submitted by: R. U. Slime
Barenaked Ladies', "Shoebox"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pee in the door
The Real Lyrics:
Key in the door
The Story: I was only half listening to this song while surfing the net and I heard that part and I almost died laughing. Listen to it and not think about it and see what I mean. - Submitted by: Stewart Jenkins
Barenaked Ladies', "The Old Apartment"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Only two stairs from the street
The Real Lyrics:
Forty-two stairs from the street
The Story: My brother thought this was it. - Submitted by: JeReMy

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