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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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Cat Stevens', "Another Saturday Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I let her walk away
The Real Lyrics:
I'm in an awful way
The Story: Wife thought Jimmy Buffet was the original singer/song writer for this. (Sam Cooke) Wife and I were talking about how we did not have any money to go out to a movie and she started to sing the song like "Another Saturday night and I ain't got no money". After I corrected her she sang the other line wrong. - Submitted by: RJM
Cat Stevens', "Lady D'arbanville"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My lady Dubundil
The Real Lyrics:
My Lady D'arbanville
The Story: It's funny how we tried to find a word that pronounces correctly (even if it has no sense at all). - Submitted by: Martin
Cat Stevens', "Longer Boats"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mary dropped her pants by the sand
And let a possum come and take her hand
But the soul of nobody knows
Where the possum goes.
Where does the possum go?
The Real Lyrics:
Mary dropped her pants by the sand
And let a parson come and take her hand
But the soul of nobody knows
Where the parson goes.
Where does the parson go?
The Story: The idea of a little girl relieving herself outdoors and encountering a friendly possum sounded kind of cute at the time, but when I finally found out that it was really 'parson' and not 'possum', the image suddenly became rather disturbing! - Submitted by: Arnequis
Cat Stevens', "Moonshadow"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm being swallowed by a big sparrow....
The Real Lyrics:
I'm being followed by a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow.
The Story: This appeared in a column my daily newspaper this morning. According to the person who submitted this, her little brother misheard this lyric. He had nightmares about being eaten by a giant sparrow! - Submitted by: Scott McPhee
Cat Stevens', "Morning Has Broken"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Blackbird has spoken
Agatha's bird.
The Real Lyrics:
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
The Story: We used to sing this song at my primary school. Only the kids in the oldest class got a song book. I never discovered the true lyrics until the year I left and they finally gave me a book. - Submitted by: Newshound
Cat Stevens', "Morning Has Broken"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sweet Lorraine's nude form
The Real Lyrics:
Sweet the rain's new fall
The Story: I joined a church and was amazed to find the song in the hymnal. It's a beautiful hymn even though Sweet Lorraine and her nude form were never in it in the first place. - Submitted by: Frank Bosche
Cat Stevens', "On The Road To Find Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The seconds kick the time-out.
The Real Lyrics:
The seconds tick the time out.
The Story: When growing up listening to Cat Stevens regularly, my impression of him and his songs were slightly distorted by the lens of childhood. However, I thought he must have been an okay guy, as he made a reference to giving dreaded time-outs a swift kick. Now a Cat Stevens fan of my own accord, I find my youthful interpretation rather amusing. - Submitted by: resmc
Cat Stevens', "Peace Train"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Cause out on the edge of darkness
There cries a B-string
Oh, B-string take this country
Come take me home again.
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again.
The Story: Growing up as a kid in the 60's and 70's, my dad didn't have the best sound recordings of these songs. One day he was singing along with this Cat Stevens favorite, and I turned off the radio, and caught him midstream saying "B-string"... I asked him what he thought the song was really about. He said that Cat Stevens was giving a tribute to his guitar! - Submitted by: Jubilee
Cat Stevens', "Peace Train"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody bee sting
or
Everybody B-Strang
or
Everybody pee stain
The Real Lyrics:
Glide on the Peace Train.
The Story: I wasn't sure what I was hearing. It sounded like one of those three, but I knew that couldn't be right. 'Peace train' never occurred to me - Submitted by: Domov Runner
Cat Stevens', "Peace Train"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ride on the G string.
The Real Lyrics:
Glide on the peace train.
The Story: Actually, I knew it was 'peace train'; I just didn't want to correct my girlfriend, because her former boyfriend was a bass player. My submissions are from the '60's or 70's. I doubt if there's a place for those here, but it was fun remembering them. - Submitted by: John Montgomery
Cat Stevens', "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The first cut is the dealer's
The Real Lyrics:
The first cut is the deepest
The Story: Cards, anyone? - Submitted by: Tony Patriarche
Cat Stevens', "Tuesday's Dead"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lost my sex when I lost my leg.
The Real Lyrics:
What's my sex and what's my name?
The Story: As a lady I used to work with often said, 'Are you bragging or complaining?' I thought it must have been a really tragic injury, and I didn't know why he was singing about it. - Submitted by: Terri Powers
Cat Stevens', "Wild World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I'll always remember, you've got the child, girl.
The Real Lyrics:
And I'll always remember you like a child, girl.
The Story: ...it sounded like they were breaking up, she was leaving him, and was taking their child with her... - Submitted by: WiccanWomanBlog
Cat Stevens', "Wild World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's the Wildwood
The Real Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
The Story: This is perhaps what I would have thought about the Jersey Shore! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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