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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!).


At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) album at Amazon.com
Chicago's, "25 Or 6 To 4"
The Misheard Lyrics:
95 or 64
The Real Lyrics:
25 or 6 to 4
The Story: When I was a kid growing up in Richmond, VA, I thought the lyrics were about the two main roads in my town - Interstate 95 and Interstate 64. - Submitted by: Matt
Chicago's, "Baby, What a Big Suprise"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just to be ALARMED
Was to be a little more than ARCHITECT
Then you KANSAS STAYED
THEN IN ILLINOIS, TO LOVE ME IN THE EYE COULD DO
Help me find my way
The Real Lyrics:
Just to be alone
Was a little more than I could take
Then you came to stay
Hold me in the morn
Love me in the afternoon
Help me find my way
The Story: Could never understand what they said until the internet came along! - Submitted by: David
Chicago's, "Fancy Colors"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pepsi Colas
The Real Lyrics:
Fancy Colors
The Story: First time I heard this song I was convinced it was an ad for Pepsi :) - Submitted by: Joe Schmidt
Chicago's, "Hard Habit to Break"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She learned to live with it, but I don't want to
The Real Lyrics:
Should learn to live with it, but I don't want to
The Story: I had broken up with my first girlfriend at the time after a long relationship and this song was on the airwaves. Very appropo. I wasn't as nice as I could be and now I totally regret it. Even though I am married now and 26 years have passed, I realize I made a huge mistake...Robin was the greatest girl and will always hold a special place in my heart. - Submitted by: jp
Chicago's, "Hard To Say I'm Sorry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Far away from the one man I love.
The Real Lyrics:
Far away from the one that I love.
The Story: I always thought Peter Cetera was a little on the gay side. I was certain that this lyric proved it. My wife laughed and laughed at me when I told her my theory. of course, I was wrong as usual. [Ed.'s note: You're probably wrong about Peter Cetera's sexual orientation, too. But who are we to judge?] - Submitted by: Brad Gilbert
Chicago's, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
After all the who you've been through
The Real Lyrics:
After all that we've been through
The Story: He's saying that after all the other men in her life, he will make it up to her by being there and not letting anyone else hurt her. - Submitted by: Jason
Chicago's, "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If I had to make my own.
My love would never been sing.
My love would never been sing.
I just wanna live my life with you.
The Real Lyrics:
If I had to make it on my own.
My life would never be the same.
My love would never be the same.
I just want to live my life with you.
The Story: A sad song was recorded by a jazz rock band. During the pop metal movement, the band adopted this song with the taste of AOR, arena rock, and also pop metal that are not done performed by other jazz rock acts. The movement was done by lead vocals on this song, Bill Champlin. During the Peter Cetera era, the band adopted their other greatest hits from rock and jazz and previously their debut record was influenced by rock, hard rock, proto-metal, and jazz. The Diane Warren and Albert Hammond-penned song was peaking at #3 on Billboard's Pop Chart. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Chicago's, "Just You 'n' Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Thomas, you'll never leave me
The Real Lyrics:
Promise you'll never leave me
The Story: Thomas as in Thomas the Tank Engine...predates the show by about 11 years. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Chicago's, "Look Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And bring me some on a freak someday.
And I don't know what you say.
Look away, baby, look away.
Don't look at me.
I don't want you to see me this way.
When you wake up in this morning.
Told me that the new love will found.
I said I'm happy for you.
I'm really happy for you.
The Real Lyrics:
And if we meet on the streets someday.
And I don't know what to say.
Look away, baby, look away.
Don't look at me.
I don't want you to see me this way.
When you called me up this morning.
Told me about the new love you found.
I said I'm happy for you.
I'm really happy for you.
The Story: This is not the first time I posting a song by a pop rock band that formed in late 1960s. About this song: The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound ("pop rock band with lyrics about love"), generating several hit ballads. The band was also experiment with other genres in their career like heavy metal's "I'm a Man" (The Spencer Davis Group Cover), country-influence's "Wishing You Were Here" (with The Beach Boys), pop-oriented's "If You Leave Me Now", and later AOR's "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" (moderate success in Australia). But, with "Look Away" as an example of a "pop rock band with lyrics about love", it would be the last single from the band that reaching the highest position on both Billboard's Pop Chart and Canadian chart. "Look Away" is the second single on their 19th album, "Chicago 19", released on 20 June 1988. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Chicago's, "Mongonucleosis"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Get that chest out
The Real Lyrics:
Que pe chesa.
The Story: Loved this song in high school, but could never understand the lyrics. Only found out decades later. - Submitted by: Randy
Chicago's, "Old Days"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hold me, good times I remember.
The Real Lyrics:
Old Days, good times I remember.
The Story: This explains since the misunderstood lyric is the title why in 1975 I never could get a Disc Jockey to play this song. I was asking for the wrong title. By the way, if you are reading this, and you are that D.J. from WDXB AM in Chattanooga who I called a liar when you said you did not have a song by that title, I am sorry. Sincerely that smart alleck 8 year old. - Submitted by: Dan Fletcher
Chicago's, "Old Days"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Old days, good times I remember
Fundies, filled with simple pleasures
The Real Lyrics:
Old days, good times I remember
Fun days, filled with simple pleasures
The Story: "Fundies" are gag underwear for couples. They are available at Spencer's and similar stores. - Submitted by: Bob
Chicago's, "Old Days"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Old ladies
The Real Lyrics:
Old Days
The Story: It was the mid-70's, I was in High School, I swear that's what it sounded like on those those old AM radio stations, I had thought that Pete Cetera, the lead singer, had a freaky thing for old Grandmas. There was a weird movie out at the time called "Harold And Maude", it was about a young guy and an elderly woman....well, you get the picture. Anyhow, I remember telling my girlfriend at the time, everything that I said previously, and I'll never forget her reaction of laughing non stop for about 5 mins. I still laugh about it, too. - Submitted by: Dick tater
Chicago's, "Saturday In The Park"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A man playing skin toss, and singing to us all
The Real Lyrics:
A man playing guitar, and singing to us all
The Story: I was singing my version to my wife, and she stops me mid-song to say that those probably weren't the right lyrics. I told her they were, and that the song was about a Saturday in a park somewhere so anything could be going on. She then asks, "Where's this park supposed to be, Molokai?" (Get it? Skin toss, leper colony, skin falling off, etc.) - Submitted by: John Wyncroft
Chicago's, "Saturday in the Park"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A real celebration, waiting for a song.
The Real Lyrics:
A real celebration, waiting for us all
The Story: I just though it was waiting for a song. - Submitted by: Chris Mulwee
Chicago's, "Saturday in the Park"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He could bar it, he say nothing
or
He could bar it, he say laughing
or
He could bar it, you say nothing
or
He could bar it, you say laughing
The Real Lyrics:
Eicay varé, eisé nardé
The Story: Until now I didn't know that one part of the lyrics were in Italian, and I thought that the singer was singing in broken English! - Submitted by: abc
Chicago's, "Saturday in the Park"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Missing children, oh they got lost.
The Real Lyrics:
Listen, children, all is not lost.
The Story: For the longest time I thought this part of the song was about children who get lost when they go to the park with their parents and get separated, especially one as large as Central Park in New York. But this is a happy song and no kids go missing. - Submitted by: JD

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