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Misheard Song Lyrics -> Stories -> Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton

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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!).

Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton's, "All in the Family Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We are all a sow red race.
The Real Lyrics:
Gee, our old laSalle ran great.
The Story: I was notoriously bad (good) at mishearing song lyrics, and often when I was a kid, I just made up words that fit the space. - Submitted by: Mark
Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton's, "Those Were the Days (All in the Family Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Boyd, the weaklin' miller, played.
Songs that made the hip hooray.
Guys laugh 'cause we haven't made.
Those were the days.
And you knew when you were dead.
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister we could use a man like perfect room for our den.
Didn't need no welfare state.
Everybody pulls his weight.
G. R. O. la salred grate.
Those were the days!
The Real Lyrics:
Boy, the way Glen Miller played
Songs the made the Hit Parade
Guys like us we had it made
Those were the days
And you knew who you were then
Girls were girls and men were men
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again
Didn't need no welfare state
Everybody pulled his weight
Gee, our old La Salle ran great.
The Story: I used to watch All in the Family as a kid. Had no notion of who Herbert Hoover was, or what Hit Parade was. I suppose my vocabulary was pretty limited! - Submitted by: Lance
Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton's, "Those Were the Days (All in the Family Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dear old the salad grate
The Real Lyrics:
Gee, our old La Salle ran great.
The Story: Neither I nor anyone else that I knew had any freakin' idea what this line was. It seemed to be something about a salad grate. Only today in 2012, 40 years after seeing the show, did I find out what the real line is. The whole thing is pretty hard to understand. Whenever I hear the line "girls were girls and men were men", I always think, "girls were girls and men women" - at least there it's possible to figure out the real lyrics, with a little thought. - Submitted by: ATBS
Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton's, "Those Were the Days (All in the Family Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Didn't need no welfare state
Everybody pulled his weight
Zero unemployment rate.
The Real Lyrics:
Didn't need no welfare state
Everybody pulled his weight
Gee, our old La Salle ran great.
The Story: I think this is more about how I _remembered_ the lyrics years after the show ended. At the time the misheard line seemed to logically follow the two lines about welfare and working... - Submitted by: Treblemaker
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