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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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Chumbawamba's, "Amnesia"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you suffer from Long-John enemy laws?
The Real Lyrics:
Do you suffer from long-term memory loss?
The Story: When I first heard this song, I thought it was a song against the dmca. So the next day, I asked a Co-Worker who sings that 'Anti-dmca' song, he said 'Huh?'. Then I told him the misheard Lyric, and then he rotfl, and then I was told the name of the song and the Correct Lyrics, I felt very dumb, especially after telling everyone there about it. - Submitted by: Deaf in one ear, can't hear out the other
Chumbawamba's, "Tub Thumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
I play my lead guitar.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You ain't ever gonna keep me down.
The Story: My wife, kids, and I were on a road trip outside Atlanta. My wife sang these lyrics at the top of her voice and I almost had to pull over, as the kids and I were laughing so hard. - Submitted by: Chris
Chumbawamba's, "Tub Thumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got no job, but I get up again You ain't never gonna keep me down.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down But I get up again You ain't ever gonna keep me down.
The Story: I'd been belting the song out wrong for weeks, and finally my seven year old told me that I was singing it wrong, and my 12 year old laughed hysterically. - Submitted by: Bethany
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumpin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get no clowns, when I get home again
They're never gonna keep me.down
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down.
The Story: I heard the song over and over, and always hear a song about clowns. Only when I turned on the closed captioning when watching the video on MTV did I get the correct lyrics. - Submitted by: Cloud boy
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Disco the night away
The Real Lyrics:
P***ing the night away
The Story: Back when I first heard it as a kid, that's what I thought it was, even though it wasn't even gramatically correct. - Submitted by: Taylor
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you have another pink guitar?
The Real Lyrics:
You're never going to keep me down.
The Story: I thought maybe a "pink guitar" was a type of drink... - Submitted by: luvoflaughter
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
And then everybody beats me down.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down.
The Story: I pictured the guy getting knocked down, then standing back up, only to have them knock him back down over and over. Something always seemed a little weird about that image. - Submitted by: Mily
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get no time
But I get over it.
If I could have another meat guitar.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down.
The Story: My friend who lived in London during childhood thought I was an idiot when he heard me try to sing this song, and insisted that the lyrics were understandable. - Submitted by: Petie
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get no time
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
The Story: I was a senior in high school when this song came out. For whatever reason, the first few times I heard it I thought the lyric was "I get no time!" So one day I'm in class and singing the song to myself I guess a little louder than I realized. My teacher (who was in her late 20s/early 30s at the time) overheard me and stopped in the middle of the lesson to point out the actual lyrics to the song. All I could do was laugh and say, "That makes a lot more sense now!" - Submitted by: Jack
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I just fall down
Snuffaluppagus!
[Later]
Twisting the night away.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
[Later]
P***ing the night away.
The Story: They play this at hockey games on the P.A. all the time. I thought it was so funny. I started singing along, and the kids in front of us just crack up when they hear it. - Submitted by: P. Gregor
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've got no doubt
That I can own a pet
And I'm not gonna let that hold me down.
The Real Lyrics:
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down.
The Story: I sang along to that song for about a year with the wrong lyrics, until one day a friend was with me when we heard it. I mentioned how weird I thought the lyrics were. She said 'What do you mean?' After I told her what I thought they were, she could hardly breath. She was laughing so hard. - Submitted by: Alice
Chumbawamba's, "Tubthumping"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, Daddy boy Daddy boy Daddy boy
The Real Lyrics:
Oh, Danny boy, Danny boy, Danny boy
The Story: This I thought was the real lyric, but the real lyric was not what I was thinking it was going to be. - Submitted by: Logan

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