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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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Carl Douglas', "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those kicks were fast as lightning.
The Real Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those CATS were fast as lightning.
The Story: He's talking about the people doing the kung foo fighting. Referring to them as cats as it was a popular term for cool guys at the time. Kicks is just too obviously descriptive. It's a song not a recipe. - Submitted by: Jay Johnson
Carl Douglas', "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those kicks were fast as lightning
The Real Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning.
The Story: On your website. Do a search for the lyrics dude - Submitted by: Dermot
Carl Douglas', "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those t**s was fast as lightning.
The Real Lyrics:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those cats was fast as lightning.
The Story: I thought for years this was the lyrics to the song. Even got a few laughs at Karaoke, but never really paid attention to it. One day while working at an oldies station, I said to a friend of mine that also worked there why we are allowed to play the 'uncensored version'. He looked at me like I was an idiot. (Well actually I am but that's another story.) Finally, almost 30 years later, I see this song in a commercial for some TV insurance company (GEICO) where some lizard was singing this song, and I hapened to have on the closed captions. - Submitted by: Dan Fletcher
Carl Douglas', "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's an ancient Chinese art, and everybody knew their part
From a faying to a slip, then a kickin' from the hit.
or
From a fainting to a slip, and a kickin' from the hip.
The Real Lyrics:
It's an ancient Chinese art, and everybody knew their part
From a feint into a slip, then I'm kickin' from the hip.
The Story: An old friend thought Carl Douglas sang "fainting". Then he told me the correct word should have been "faying". - Submitted by: Opie M.
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