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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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Bon Jovi's, "Always"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's nothing but some peanuts.
The Real Lyrics:
It's nothing but some feelings.
The Story: Please understand English is my second language. - Submitted by: Scandia
Bon Jovi's, "Always"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now the butcher's dead he left behind
Are just memories of a different life
The Real Lyrics:
Now the pictures that you left behind
Are just memories of a different life
The Story: I was singing along to this song at a party recently at the top of my voice, somebody heard me and corrected me but of course I wouldn't believe them. I went home and listened to the song and found that my word's were actually wrong. - Submitted by: Taliah
Bon Jovi's, "Always"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well, there ain't no love in these loaded thighs.
The Real Lyrics:
Well, there ain't no luck in these loaded dice.
The Story: I just kept hearing it over and over. I thought it was kind of risque for Bon Jovi, but that's what I kept hearing. My boyfriend bought the album and looked up the real lyrics. I felt like a dork! - Submitted by: Mandy
Bon Jovi's, "Bad Medicine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bad venison is what I mean.
The Real Lyrics:
Bad medicine is what I need.
The Story: I was in the car listening to my sister's When I sang 'bad venison' instead of 'bad medicine', everyone cracked up. - Submitted by: Mandy
Bon Jovi's, "Bad Medicine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cuddle!
The Real Lyrics:
Come on!
The Story: It was meaning to say, "Come On! It's like bad medicine!" but it was "Cuddle! It's like bad medicine!" - Submitted by: Bailey
Bon Jovi's, "Bad Medicine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yellin' is like bad medicine.
The Real Lyrics:
Your love is like bad medicine.
The Story: My friends and I would sing along at the bar and didn't discover until years later that we all misheard the lyrics! But Bon Jovi was great for YELLIN'! LOL - Submitted by: Holly
Bon Jovi's, "Bad Medicine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your love is like Les Nessman.
The Real Lyrics:
Your love is like bad medicine.
The Story: Yes, I'm old and yes, my teenager kids at the time laughed hysterically. (Les Nessman was played by Richard Sanders on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'.) I mishear a lot of lyrics. I see now that I am not alone and feel a bit better. - Submitted by: Darby Thorpe
Bon Jovi's, "Bad Medicine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your love is like bad Monessen. Bad Monessen is what I need.
The Real Lyrics:
Your love is like bad medicine. Bad medicine is what I need.
The Story: Monessen is a town in Pennsylvania and I thought that was what they were saying. - Submitted by: The Mother of Three Ferrets
Bon Jovi's, "Bed Of Roses"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I laughed so hard i think i died
The Real Lyrics:
I laughed so hard, I think I cried.
The Story: wow no wonder i was confused about laughing to death!i knew it wasnt possible i just found out now through here LMAO! - Submitted by: Sharleen
Bon Jovi's, "Blaze Of Glory"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've got an old colt for a pillow.
The Real Lyrics:
I´ve got an old coat for a pillow.
The Story: I've always thought that was the lyric, until after I watched 'American Idol'. I saw Phil Stacey point to his old coat. So I came out here to see who was right. I was wrong for all these years. - Submitted by: Geoff Wiley
Bon Jovi's, "Cats In The Cradle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Little boy blew up the man on the moon.
The Real Lyrics:
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
The Story: I felt so embarassed when I sang the wrong lyrics in a drama session. - Submitted by: Kelli n JEss
Bon Jovi's, "I'll Be There For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fee, Fi, Fo, I swear to you.
The Real Lyrics:
These five words I swear to you.
The Story: Our idiotic friend Drew seriously though these were the lyrics. What, like Bon Jovi was the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. Good lord, what an idiot that guy was. - Submitted by: Jason Reeher
Bon Jovi's, "I'll Be There For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Steal this gum from some guy for you.
The Real Lyrics:
Steal the sun from the sky for you.
The Story: When I heard this song, I thought that Bon Jovi must be a real tough guy -- stealing a stick of Big Red for his sweetheart? Then I realized what the real lyrics were...and that Bon Jovi sucked. - Submitted by: Jason Reeher
Bon Jovi's, "I'll Be There For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When you get jumped,
I'll be on time
The Real Lyrics:
When you get drunk,
I'll be the wine
The Story: My wife mentioned how romantic she thought it was that Bon Jovi would stand up for his babe in a fight... Huh?? So we broke out the lyrics, and it has never been the same song... - Submitted by: kevin hudson
Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I frickin' said I did it my way.
The Real Lyrics:
Like Frankie said, I did it my way.
The Story: My sister and I were sitting in the car singing this song. When it got to this line, she belted out, 'I frickin' said I did it my way.' I told her the correct lyrics, and we laughed for an hour. We still laugh about it. - Submitted by: Maggie
Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like Frank and Sid, I did it my way.
The Real Lyrics:
Like Frankie said, 'I did it my way'.
The Story: My brother and I were arguing about it after Bon Jovi played at the Superbowl. I said it was 'Frank and Sid' because there are the two versions of the song (Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious), and he said it was 'Frankie said.' He was right. - Submitted by: madeline
Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like Frankenstein, I did it my way.
The Real Lyrics:
Like Frankie said I did it my way.
The Story: I could have sworn my sister told me that this was the real lyric. Apparently, she said something else, because when I corrected her the next time the song was on, she looked at me like I was nuts. - Submitted by: Dana K.
Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like Frankenstein, I'm dead my own way.
The Real Lyrics:
Like Frankie said, 'I did it my way.'
The Story: I misheard it this way, but it actually made 'dead' sense. - Submitted by: John Metz
Bon Jovi's, "It's My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
This is a song for the broken hearted
A guy Leno prayer for 50 parties.
The Real Lyrics:
This ain't a song for the broken hearted
No silent prayer for the faith departed.
The Story: I first heard this song at a concert at my church in the rain actually. My sister and I were just listening and when we could we would sing along. At the end they did an encore and let everyone sing the first few lines of the song and we sang, 'This is a song for the broken hearted, a guy Leno prayer for 50 parties' as loud as we could. And that was pretty loud for a couple of 7 and 8 year olds. Ah, old memeories. - Submitted by: Yuuga
Bon Jovi's, "It's My life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Listen, a song for the broken hearted.
Said a prayer for their departed
The Real Lyrics:
This ain't a song for the broken hearted.
A silent prayer for their departed
The Story: I always listened to this song because I thought it was touching although a bit confusing. Now, I think it's kind weird and I don't like it as much. And I would've never found out if I hadn't visited your site. Thanks alot! - Submitted by: rachel
Bon Jovi's, "Its My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lets sing a song for the broken hearted,
A silent prayer for the faith departed.
The Real Lyrics:
This ain't a song for the broken hearted,
A silent prayer for the faith departed.
The Story: At the time this song came out I was really on a downer, and a little bit broken hearted, and I started listening to it frequently. I had a live version of the song, so it wasnt very good quality and I couldnt really hear. However, when I got the cd, I listened to it carefully and realized what a mistake I had made. I don't really care, because it really lifted my spirits when I need it. - Submitted by: Bobby Bissonnette
Bon Jovi's, "Lay Your Hands On Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Play your hand, Zombie.
The Real Lyrics:
Lay your hands on me.
The Story: A good reason why overblown, slick production values on most 1980s songs often obscured just exactly what bands were saying. It is hard to tell if this is a romantic come-on song, or a salute to a real dead man's hand. - Submitted by: Eric Andrews
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' On A Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not.
The Real Lyrics:
It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not.
The Story: I knew the right words but I thought it would be funny if I sang them this way. Well I was singing it around the house this way & my mom goes 'Eww, that's disgusting!' But I reassured her they weren't the right words. - Submitted by: Amy
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' On A Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She crapped in her nuts.
The Real Lyrics:
She cried in the night.
The Story: When my husband told me he and a friend would sing this as kids, I had to pull the car over! They still sing the same words to this day. - Submitted by: jen
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' On A Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She cries with her lights on for Christmas, Baby it's okay!!!
The Real Lyrics:
She cries in the night, Tommy whispers, "Baby, it's okay!"
The Story: Haha it seemed logical - Submitted by: Franklinson
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' On A Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Whoooa, bla bla bleurgh
Whoooa, sitting on the stairs
or
Whoooa, yeah, yeah, yeaaah
Whoooa, livin' with bad hair.
The Real Lyrics:
Whoooa, we're halfway there
Whoooa, livin' on a prayer.
The Story: My friends and I were listening to music and singing along. This one came on and we both tried to sing the chorus - both singing different but equally wrong words. Pretty funny when we found out the real words. - Submitted by: Helena
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Johnny's used to workin' on dogs.
The Real Lyrics:
Johnny used to work on the docks.
The Story: Johnny only hit on ugly girls, until he met Gina. - Submitted by: Pete
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Living on square
The Real Lyrics:
Living on a prayer
The Story: My family finds great humor in that I had been singing this incorrectly for 30 years. I thought it meant they living an honest life. - Submitted by: Dan
Bon Jovi's, "Livin' on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We'll make it a square
The Real Lyrics:
We'll make it I swear
The Story: I've heard the story about my sister singing that when she was little about 1000 times - Submitted by: Ashley
Bon Jovi's, "Living On A Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take my hair, and we'll make it out square.
The Real Lyrics:
Take my hand, and we'll make it, I swear.
The Story: My best friend Lorraine and I used to dance to this when we were 11. We even made a dance routine that involved us standing facing each other and drawing a square shape with our hands lasting four beats. I only realised the truth when I was 25 and heard it playing in a shopping centre. - Submitted by: Dawn W
Bon Jovi's, "Living on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gina wants to die of old age
The Real Lyrics:
Gina works the diner all day
The Story: My brother sang this part all the time. He thought it was "Gina wants to die of old age, working for the man she brings home her pay for love". I had to show him the lyrics on the record sleeve. - Submitted by: Melanie
Bon Jovi's, "Living on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Livin' on a chair
or
Living surrounds chairs
or
Living on a bear
or
Kitchen Underwear
or
Living doesn't care
or
Kitchen's comfy sweaters
The Real Lyrics:
Living on a prayer
The Story: listened to this song and each time the line comes on we sing something different lol - Submitted by: NayNay
Bon Jovi's, "Living on a Prayer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We live in Eau Claire
The Real Lyrics:
We're living on a prayer
The Story: I live in Eau Claire, wi. This song was played at my sister's wedding and everyone sang the misheard lyrics. - Submitted by: John McNamara
Bon Jovi's, "Ride Cowboy Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to know the danger of the chimpanzees at midnight.
The Real Lyrics:
I want to know the danger of a kiss at midnight.
The Story: Absolutely hilarious. I found this pretty funny because I wouldn't imagine the chimpanzees as being harmful animals. And I can imagine the boys in the forest, camping out at midnight, with the campfire burning and the guys asleep in their tents. And then, all of a sudden, these chimpanzees come pouring into their camp and begins attacking them tearing down their tents and stealing everything...almost. - Submitted by: leelee
Bon Jovi's, "She's A Mystery"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She won't let me bite her children.
The Real Lyrics:
She won't let me buy her jewelry.
The Story: I had been singing this for months before my wife caught the mistake and cracked up!!! - Submitted by: Chris Longhurst
Bon Jovi's, "Two Story Town"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I crawled in with my p***s.
The Real Lyrics:
I called her and my demons.
The Story: My friend played me this song. Since it was burned copy, she didn't have the lyrics. She was the first to hear the misheard line, then pointed out to me. Well one night, she was over my house and looked up the lyrics. To our surprise, Bon Jovi isn't as much of a perv as we thought. - Submitted by: Donut Whisperer
Bon Jovi's, "Wanted Dead Or Alive"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a cowboy
Gonna steal hosira.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a cowboy
On a steel horse I ride.
The Story: I really thought it was this until about a month ago when I heard my girlfriend sing the tune- I sang my 'lyrics' aloud and she laughed her head off thinking I was joking! - Submitted by: Matt Bennett
Bon Jovi's, "Wanted Dead Or Alive"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a cowboy
On a porcelain bus I ride.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a cowboy
On a steel horse I ride.
The Story: A comedian had just been on T.V. the night before I first heard this song and the comedian was talking about being sick and 'riding the porcelain bus'. So when I heard 'Wanted Dead or Alive', I laughed having misunderstood the lyrics! - Submitted by: Dan
Bon Jovi's, "Wanted: Dead or Alive"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a cowboy, on a steel horse high rise
The Real Lyrics:
Like a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
The Story: Belted this out on a first date with a girl, after going on and on about how much I love Bon Jovi and knew every word to every song. She was nice enough to call me out on it right away and save me further embarassment. - Submitted by: Joel Gerring
Bon Jovi's, "Wanted:Dead or Alive"
The Misheard Lyrics:
On water (water)
Dead or alive.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm wanted (wanted)
Dead or alive.
The Story: This misheard was actually on the closed caption stream for a "Deadliest Catch" intro! - Submitted by: Nathaniel Lind
Bon Jovi's, "Who Says You Can't Go Home"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pooh says you can't go home
The Real Lyrics:
Who says you can't go home?
The Story: Silly old bear... - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love A Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Shot through the heart, but I'm okay
All I need is a Band-Aid.
The Real Lyrics:
Shot through the heart, and you're too blame
You give love a bad name.
The Story: I have two little brothers who are twins, and they both misheard these lyrics. The song came on the radio, so I cranked it up to listen to the awesome guitar rift right after this first line. To be heard over the radio, my brothers both sang louder. After singing it (correctly) myself, I realized someone in the backseat had said the incorrect words. Looking the the rearview, I asked the twin I could see, Samuel, what he had sung. The answer I recieved simultaneously from both him and Thomas was this humerous misinterpretation. - Submitted by: Kelsey
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love A Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You give love a band-aid.
The Real Lyrics:
You give love a bad name.
The Story: I was little. Like maybe 5 or 6. So sue me! Lol. I would sing this song when it came on the radio, and my Mother and my Aunt would tell me, 'Those aren't the right lyrics. He says, 'You give love a bad name,' Well, me being little, I kept singing the wrong lyrics, because I didn't care. I thought my Aunt and Mother were wrong about the lyrics. - Submitted by: Mandy
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love a Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Shock with your heart, and you're to blame
The Real Lyrics:
Shot through the heart, and you're to blame
The Story: I got the inspiration for the misheard lyrics when I saw an empty Big Red chewing gum wrapper. When I saw the words "Artificially flavored" it reminded me of a song called "Artificial Heart," and then THAT song reminded me of the misheard lyrics, and the misheard lyrics remind me of the driver of a car sounding a car horn by first holding the horn button down for a second, pausing for a second, then repeatedly tapping the horn with several short beeps. - Submitted by: Isac
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love a Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Shot through the heart and your'e to late
Darling you can't go for Band Aid
The Real Lyrics:
Shot through the heart and you're to blame
Darling you give love a bad name
The Story: My mother was a Bon Jovi fan, and was listening to this song when I was 6 or 7 years old. One time after listening to it in the car, I started singing my lyrics. Alas, that's when I found out the real lyrics, and the song just isn't the same to me anymore... - Submitted by: Wade
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love a Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You call love a bad name
The Real Lyrics:
You give love a bad name
The Story: My son was 5 and learning about using bad language and calling people bad names. He mistook Bon Jovi's song as a lesson in etiquette. - Submitted by: Mary Lucas
Bon Jovi's, "You Give Love a Bad Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You give love a band name
The Real Lyrics:
You give love a bad name
The Story: Bon Jovi gives themselves their own band name. - Submitted by: Cody Finke

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