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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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Del Shannon's, "Hats Off To Larry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pants off to Larry!
The Real Lyrics:
Hats off to Larry!
The Story: My nephew Lucas was probably about 6 years old when my brother heard him singing along with the radio on the oldies station, 'Pants off to Larry'. It's one we've never forgotten. - Submitted by: Ricky D.
Del Shannon's, "Runaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a walkin in the rain
To go bowlin' and I feel the pain.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a-walkin' in the rain
Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain.
The Story: At 14, I thought it was a stupid song. He only wants his girlfriend back so he'll have someone to go bowling with. Thirty years later, I heard the song on better equipment, and the light went on. - Submitted by: Vicki Perkins
Del Shannon's, "Runaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a walkin' in the rain,
Trip and fall and I feel the pain
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a walkin' in the rain,
Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain
The Story: I botched this song when trying to sing it on karaoke several years ago. I thought I knew the right lyrics, so I didn't look at the screen during the chorus. I only realized my mistake when the second chorus came up, and I realized I'd sung the wrong lyrics the first time. Fortunately, the audience was small that evening... - Submitted by: the man
Del Shannon's, "Runaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a walkin' new Marine
(You're) Singapore and I'm Philippine
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a-walkin' in the rain
Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain
The Story: This was the only lyric I couldn't make out. I always assumed Del Shannon was actually a U.S. Marine from the Philippines because of this misheard lyric. - Submitted by: Chris Bodily TM
Del Shannon's, "Runaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a walking in the rain
through the park and feel the pain
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a walking in the rain
tears are fallin' and I feel the pain
The Story: At our regular play-together-night (music that is) I usually sing instant made up lyrics to the sound my buddy Doc magiscs out of his Fender. But this time he came up with the opening-chord of 'Runaway' and proceeded. The lyrics of that song surprisingly easy popped to my mind and fullhearted I sang to his music. this song require3s some sinnging, I can tell you. Only by internet-search (for the lyrics) I learned whre I went wrong - Submitted by: haas
Del Shannon's, "Runaway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a walking in the rain
through the park and feel the pain
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a walking in the rain
tears are fallin' and I feel the pain
The Story: At our regular play-together-night (music that is) I usually sing instant made up lyrics to the sound my buddy Doc magiscs out of his Fender. But this time he came up with the opening-chord of 'Runaway' and proceeded. The lyrics of that song surprisingly easy popped to my mind and fullhearted I sang to his music. this song requires some singing, I can tell you. Only by internet-search (for the lyrics) I learned whre I went wrong - Submitted by: haas
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