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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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Cher's, "Believe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you believe in life on the road
The Real Lyrics:
Do you believe in life after love
The Story: My kid sister was singing this song one day at dinner and then she came to that part and sang 'Do you be-lie-ive in life on the road...', and me and my parents started laughing hysterically, though we all agreed that her rendition made more sense than the original. - Submitted by: Punky
Cher's, "Believe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you believe in love after life?
or
Do you believe in love after love?
The Real Lyrics:
Do you believe in life after love
The Story: My 2 brothers and I had the most vicious and long-running debate over this one., and we all had theories to back up what we thought we heard Cher sing. Mine was 'Do you believe in love after life?' meaning that she still loved Sonny Bono even though he was dead. Jeff's was 'Do you believe in love after love?' meaning that you can still love again even though you once loved and lost someone. David's was 'Do you believe in life after love?' meaning is there hopee after loving someone and loosing them? The right lyrics, of course. - Submitted by: Rosanna
Cher's, "Believe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you believe in love, Doctor Love
The Real Lyrics:
Do you believe in love after love
The Story: Actually, I just like my version better than what the lyrics really are. - Submitted by: Richard
Cher's, "Believe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you believe in love? I feel love!
The Real Lyrics:
Do you believe in life after love?
The Story: A few school friends and I were standing at the bus stop when we saw a woman with her headphones on grooving away and singing a song in a dubious register. When she reached this chorus (singing only these lines repeatedly for some strange reason), it was only then I realised what she was singing. I'm sure my friends were the same, because tightly we pursed out lips and turned away surreptitiously in a bid not to laugh. - Submitted by: Loveless
Cher's, "Gypsies Tramps & Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gypsy drop that pea
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: My whole life I've sang gypsy drop that pea . . . didn't learn until a few years ago what the real words were. - Submitted by: Jen
Cher's, "Gypsies Tramps & Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good
The Real Lyrics:
Sell a couple bottles of Doctor Wood
The Story: For many years, I thought it referred to a Viagra type product. - Submitted by: Alan Asper
Cher's, "Gypsies Tramps And Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Scream, scream, chimpanzees.
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: These lyrics were 'heard' by the eight-year-old sister of a gal I was dating at the time. It took me this long to find a place to share this info. Many times I have sung these misheard lyrics. Puts a smile on my face every time!!! - Submitted by: Bear Campbell
Cher's, "Gypsies Tramps and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jip sees tram sand thieves.
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
The Story: This seemed to be one of those records that was always on the radio when I was a kid and for some reason I had this confusing image that the song was about some people stealing tram sand (whatever that is!) and a dog called Jip watching them do it. To this day I have no idea why I thought this. - Submitted by: Faith Frost
Cher's, "Gypsies Trampsand Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Thieves, thieves, catch them thieves
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: I was asking a friend if he knew the song, and that is what he sang. I had to correct him. - Submitted by: i have one
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gypsies, chimpanzees
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
The Story: I argued with my sister about it when we were about ten years old. How embarassing! - Submitted by: Thedoomchicken
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps and fleas
The Real Lyrics:
Gypies, tramps and thieves
The Story: A friend at work heard it that way, and we all just went along. - Submitted by: Anita
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gypsies, pigeon's knees
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves.
The Story: My siblings laughed (at me) for a week when I told them. - Submitted by: Mikala
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They called us GMC's, tramps and thieves.
The Real Lyrics:
They call us gypsies, tramps and thieves.
The Story: Must be nothing worse than being called a truck! That's was my reasoning for what I thought the words were, as a kid. - Submitted by: John R.
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Thieves, Thieves, Trail-band thieves!
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
The Story: I really have no idea what a "trail-band" thief is, but that is what it sounded like to a 10-year old on an AM transistor radio. - Submitted by: TN
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jim sees tramps and thieves.
or
Dig these tramps and thieves.
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: Here is a song whose title line I misunderstood, despite hearing it often announced on the radio. I had just gotten my driver's license when the song was new, enabling me to listen to pop/rock music to a significant degree for the first time in years. I don't know that my parents ever denounced pop/rock as downright Satanic, but they certainly did scorn it as decadent. So for years prior to my learning to drive, all radios in our house and cars were pretty much permanently tuned to country stations. Being in a car alone for the first time and able to experiment with listening to different types of music, I heard this. I'd vaguely heard of Sonny and Cher, but didn't know they'd broken up. I didn't recognize Cher's name apart from 'Sonny And Cher'. What I must have been hearing the DJ say after this song was, "That was Cher with 'Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves'". I thought he was saying, "That was Sherwood Gypsies' "Tramps And Thieves'." It never was among my favorite songs. That's in part a good thing. Otherwise, I might have tortured myself searching in vain for records by 'Sherwood Gypsies'! - Submitted by: Angelica Drake
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sweet, sweet, chimpanzees
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: While riding in a car, my girlfriend was singing in the back seat of the car. When my buddy turned down the radio, she was singing what she thought she heard. - Submitted by: Gary
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Big steeds trackin' thieves
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves
The Story: Thanks to amiright.com, I see that I am by no means the only one who ever found these words difficult to understand. The above was my best guess. Now I find that I was no farther off then numerous others. Some people whom I've showed amiright.com to think it is a most extreme trivia site. But I think it performs a most valuable service. Mishearing song lyrics can be quite a source of embarrassment and shame, and some of us mishearers have long suffered in silence. But amiright.com finally brings us out of the closet and helps us realize how universal this secret is. I'll bet everybody has sometimes misheard lyrics! - Submitted by: Sheila Munroe
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gypsies chimpanzees
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, tramps and thieves
The Story: Saw on Roseanne - Submitted by: Don Linville
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cheese up in the Trees
or
Wham Bam Smack my knees
or
Please don't bag my cheese
or
Please sneeze on my knees
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
The Story: I was working at Kinko's, and none of us had every heard the song before. The store's music system was locked onto one channel, so we heard the song about 6 times every day. None of us could figure out what Cher was saying. It took us 3 months to figure out what they were. - Submitted by: Aidan
Cher's, "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sell a couple of bottles of doctor fluid.
The Real Lyrics:
Sell a couple of bottles of Dr. Good.
The Story: I always assumed the words said 'doctor fluid' until I sang this as a karaoke song and picked up the real words from the screen. I still don't know if 'Dr. Good' was ever actually a name brand of some concoction or anything. - Submitted by: Amber Malone
Cher's, "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dentyne, try Dentyne
We'd hear it from the people of the town.
The Real Lyrics:
Gypsys, tramps and thieves
We'd hear it from the people of the town.
The Story: I always feel it's good to be honest about misheard lyrics. I really thought this was a commercial for Dentyne, when I first heard bits and pieces of this song back in the day. - Submitted by: Bill Mobley
Cher's, "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Every night all the men would come around and lay their monkey down.
The Real Lyrics:
Every night all the men would come around and lay their money down.
The Story: My friend's wife sang this. - Submitted by: JL
Cher's, "Half-Breed"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can't breathe, that's all I ever heard
Can't breathe, I love to hate the word.
The Real Lyrics:
Half-breed, that's all I ever heard
Half-breed, how I learned to hate the word.
The Story: My sister, as a child thought that this was the lyric of the song. She got mad when corrected--and the funny thing is that she still gets mad to this day when you bring it up. - Submitted by: kermit
Cher's, "If I Could Turn Back Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Words are like werewolves
That moan inside.
The Real Lyrics:
Words are like weapons
They wound sometimes.
The Story: My roommate and I were sitting around the dorm when Cher came on. My roommate busted out with the misheard lyrics like she really knew them. We laughed for hours! - Submitted by: Ashley
Cher's, "It's In His Kiss"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you wanna know if he loves you so
It's Skinny's kid.
The Real Lyrics:
If you wanna know if he loves you so
It's in his kiss.
The Story: A guy my father drove a plow truck with in the winter; leaned over one day while this song was on the radio; and asked, "What the heck does that mean anyway...it's Skinny's kid? Who is Skinny?" - Submitted by: StryKer
Cher's, "Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Is it in his face?
Oh no, that's just his charms
In his morning flakes?
Oh no, that's just his arms.
The Real Lyrics:
It in his face?
Oh no, that's just his charms
In his warm embrace?
Oh no, that's just his arms.
The Story: I honestly thought you could tell if someone loved you by looking in their Corn Flakes in the morning. - Submitted by: Vickster
Cher's, "Walking in Memphis"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yellow and green, it would be glad to see you,
If you haven't got a prayer
The Real Lyrics:
Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven't got a prayer
The Story: I always loved Cher, and I used to sing her songs all the time...this was one of my dad's favorite of my mistakes. - Submitted by: Kyle Rooker
Cher's, "You Wouldn't Know Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
No, you window low
The Real Lyrics:
No, you wouldn't know love
The Story: I've been singing these lyrics for 18 years!!! It wasn't until my best friend and my brother heard me singing this song that they told me it was wrong. When they stopped laughing that was. - Submitted by: Helen

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