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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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Duran Duran's, "American Science"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We'll make a little mania
The Real Lyrics:
A little megalomania
The Story: I have had this album in various forms through the years. It is one of my favorite albums by Duran Duran. I have sung it the way that I heard it and one day it dawned on me that I couldn't make another line out so I looked up the lyrics, and to my surprise, found out that I was hearing this one wrong as well! 20 years I've been wrong! FUNNY! - Submitted by: Jennifer Sands
Duran Duran's, "Careless Memory"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Andy Taylor
The Real Lyrics:
on the table
The Story: In the live version on Arena, I always thought Simon was making a reference to guitarist Andy Taylor - Submitted by: Nick
Duran Duran's, "Come Undone"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My. In that killer dream.
The Real Lyrics:
My immaculate dream.
The Story: STORY TO BE DELETED - Submitted by: AZ
Duran Duran's, "Electric Barbarella"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wear the fake perfect b***s for me.
The Real Lyrics:
Wear the fake fur and fake pearls for me.
The Story: I kept finding the misheard lyrics on various lyric websites. I can see what these folks were hearing, but I think the actual lyrics are much better. Yikes!! - Submitted by: VEGAS1354
Duran Duran's, "Friends Of Mine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Chalkie Davies is coming out.
The Real Lyrics:
Georgie Davies is coming out.
The Story: I remember my sister having the album this was on and singing 'Chalkie Davies is coming out...' Chalkie Davies was a photographer whose work featured in now defunct rock weekly Sounds around the 1970's/1980's. - Submitted by: pickle*
Duran Duran's, "Girls On Film"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gargamel
Gargamel
The Real Lyrics:
Girls on film
Girls on film
The Story: I was with a group of co-workers when I heard this song come on the radio. As I sang the wrong lyrics and asked the platinum question, 'Why is Duran Duran singing about the villain in the Garfield cartoon?' [Ed. note: As everyone knows, Gargamel was the villian from 'The Smurfs', not 'Garfield'. Gargamel's sidekick is a cat.] - Submitted by: Susan Hardison
Duran Duran's, "Girls On Film"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Too many Taylors
The Real Lyrics:
Two minutes later
The Story: Sung while dancing to the song in a club after discussing the band members' names with a friend who's a big fan. - Submitted by: Baby Cruz
Duran Duran's, "Hungry Like The Wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Straight down the line
Disco and wine
I'm on the huntdown after you.
The Real Lyrics:
Strut on a line
Discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt, I'm after you.
The Story: This song was a great favourite of mine for at least fifteen years or so. I often sung it to myself with those misheard lyrics. On a whim, it occurred to me to Google the lyrics and I was amazed at how wrong I was. The strange thing is that my misheard lyrics make just as much sense as the actual ones! - Submitted by: Paul Epstein
Duran Duran's, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I smell like a sound
The Real Lyrics:
I smell like I sound
The Story: I first heard this song on a DVD feature of Shrek 2 :PU8& - Submitted by: Imani
Duran Duran's, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll be a cornyard by the moonlit sign
The Real Lyrics:
I'll be upon you by the moonlit sign
The Story: Okay so we were nieve, and we thought it was just the LeBon way, I mean have you ever really read the lyrics.... they are funny and sometimes they don't make sense unless you have a degree in psychology... - Submitted by: LeBon's Cane of Candy
Duran Duran's, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Straddle the line
Disco and rind
Hummin' a hung time hat to you
But that's a lie
Kisses, like, why?
The Real Lyrics:
Strut on a line
It's discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt
I'm after you
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
The Story: That's just what it sounded like until I looked it up; not that the real lyrics are better. - Submitted by: Jeff
Duran Duran's, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Warren you want me, give me a sign
The Real Lyrics:
Woman you want me, give me a sign
The Story: I was at the front row of a Duran Duran concert right in front of Warren when I sang this misheard lyric out loud, pointing at Warren. I SWEAR TO GOD he heard what I sang - he creased up laughing. It was then I realised.... - Submitted by: Soledad
Duran Duran's, "Hungry like the wolf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In touch with the Crown
The Real Lyrics:
In touch with the ground
The Story: I thought, 'Is this about jack the ripper?'. What with there being themes of chase, and the rumours that Jack the ripper was a member of the british royal family. (Which has since been disproved, the police did know his identity.) Now i know the song is just about wild passionate love. Which is better than songs about murder (or is it.......) - Submitted by: chien
Duran Duran's, "Last Chance On The Stairway"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sunny it's just like a scene out of Bolton
Twisting out on right.
The Real Lyrics:
Funny it's just like a scene out of Voltaire
Twisting out of sight.
The Story: The girl who told me this really believed that Duran Duran had mentioned this small Northern UK town of Bolton where she originally came from on this song! - Submitted by: Laura Balshaw
Duran Duran's, "New Moon on Monday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
New moon on Monday
And the five days through the night.
The Real Lyrics:
New moon on Monday
And a firedance through the night.
The Story: I know 'five days through the night' makes NO sense, but my friends and I really thought that was the lyric; we even nicknamed ourselves different days of the week! (I was Monday.) What can I say? We were about 12 years old at the time. :) Those nicknames stuck with us for a couple of years, even after someone finally corrected us! - Submitted by: Jenni
Duran Duran's, "New Religion"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm talking Capri
I can't stop myself, it's a new Capri Sun, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm talking for free
I can't help myself, it's a New Religion, oh.
The Story: I was pretty young at the time I first heard this song and Capri Sun drinks had just come out. I honestly thought they were snging about them in this song. It wasn't until a few years later, when I discovered the lyrics, that I realized why I was being laughed at whenever I sang the song like that! - Submitted by: Gabrielle Payne-Cox
Duran Duran's, "Notorious"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There you see the Yasmins.
The Real Lyrics:
Spare your seedy judgements.
The Story: I thought Simon LeBon was referring to his wife Yasmin. - Submitted by: Doxxic
Duran Duran's, "On Evil Beach"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We light a fart on evil beach
The Real Lyrics:
We light a spark on evil beach
The Story: Listening to the song for the first time - it does sound like there is a constant farting noise on the track, so of course when this line hit...... - Submitted by: MCSEMan
Duran Duran's, "Ordinary World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't carp for yesterday
The Real Lyrics:
I won't cry for yesterday.
The Story: "Carp" sometimes mean to yearn , bemuse or complain about something that is gone, and that's what it sounds like that's being said. This song is about putting the past behind so it all makes sense. - Submitted by: No - No - Notorious
Duran Duran's, "Ordinary World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I turn up the TV and the radio.
Still why can't anything because of you.
The Real Lyrics:
I turned on the lights, the TV, and the radio.
Still I can't escape the ghost of you.
The Story: It's funny if Simon Le Bon turn up his TV and his radio. He turn up his TV when he watching cartoon, soap opera, and football, and he also turn up his radio when he listen to the music, talk show, and puppet show. Thus, it is not refer to "Why Can't I?" from Liz Phair and its swear. About this song: After the follow-up singles fail to hit, they try to surviving their popularity. After the slow rock power ballad single success, they became one of several new wave pop rock bands that active to the present and have a greatest hit in the Grunge era with peaking at #3 on Billboard's Pop Chart. That success in the Seattle scene is similar to "I Live My Life for You" from FireHouse, a pop metal band where actually a Top 40 hit with peaking at #26 on Billboard's Pop Chart several years later. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Duran Duran's, "Rio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
At the end of the drive
And long unarrived
You make me feel alive, alive, alive.
The Real Lyrics:
At the end of the drive
The lawmen arrive
You make me feel alive, alive, alive.
The Story: I actually thought the correct lyrics were funnier because it sounded like gibberish to me. I understand now why Seal (I think it was him) doesn't reveal his true lyrics. I think it was he who said that it can ruin the song for the listener. - Submitted by: Chris
Duran Duran's, "The Reflex"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll cuss that b**** when I find it.
The Real Lyrics:
I'll cross that bridge when I find it.
The Story: My friend Mitzi sang this often and loudly until we corrected her! - Submitted by: Annie
Duran Duran's, "Union Of The Snake"
The Misheard Lyrics:
American Force, Lebanon
I knew this was a big mistake
The Real Lyrics:
Telegram force, and ready
I knew this was a big mistake
The Story: When this song raced up the charts there was a peacekeeping force in Lebanon consisting of US, UK, French and Italian troops and they wound up being sucked into the anarchaic conflict that was engulfing Lebanon at the time. Many US and other allied trrops had lost their lives (a truck bomb killed over 200 Marines in one day alone) , one American pilot was held as a POW (he was later released) and many people in the U.S.A. wanted a pullout, feeling that the mission was a futile mistake. Since Duran Duran is a British band and their government had some of their soldiers killed there too it only seemed natural that what I heard was the band's feelings about all this. Yet, nothing in the rest of the lyrics make ANY sence at all. What does "Union Of The Snake" mean anyway? Any ideas? Still, I love this cool song anyway. - Submitted by: Major Tom Schilling
Duran Duran's, "Union Of The Snake"
The Misheard Lyrics:
American force, Lebanon
I knew this a big mistake.
The Real Lyrics:
Telegram force, and ready.
I knew this a big mistake.
The Story: When this song came out in late October 1983, American Marines and soldiers from other countries were in Lebanon on a peacekeeping mission and several troops were killed by a suicide truck bomber in a single day. More troops were killed prior to that and many more would die. The multinational force had gotten enbroiled into a war and by the time when this song peaked during the Christmas season a U.S. pilot was shot down and held as a POW and the fighting escalated tremendously. So naturally my mind heard the words "American force, Lebanon" because of all these events and many people here were saying it was a "big mistake". - Submitted by: Wild Boy 1985
Duran Duran's, "Union Of The Snake"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Onion on a Stick is on your side.
The Real Lyrics:
The union of the snake is on the climb.
The Story: I was in high school at the time and my best friend Michelle was signing this in the lunch room. She really thought those were the words. - Submitted by: Jeffrey Glover
Duran Duran's, "Union of the Snake"
The Misheard Lyrics:
American forces, Lebanon I knew this was a big mistake
The Real Lyrics:
Telegram force and ready I knew this was a big mistake
The Story: This song came out in late October 1983. At that time America was at war for the first time since Vietnam. Congress had put the War Powers Act into effect already and several U.S. Marines were killed in a single day by a suicide car bomber. There was ground fighting and air and sea attacks would soon follow. When this song peaked near the top of the charts around the Christmas holidays more GIs were killed and one pilot was held as a POW (he was later released). The Lebanon peace mission had sucked American, British, French and other nations' peacekeeping troops into the bloody Lebanese civil war charnel house. There was much anti-war sentiment and many people were saying that the peacekeeping mission was a fiasco - a big mistake. So phonetically it was easy to mishear the first verse of the song as such. However, the whole song's lyrics are a bit on the oblique side (a trait common to many DD songs), so if you look all the lyrics they don't really say anything. This ain't an anti-war song like I first thought. I love this hit song nonetheless. Duran Duran may have videogenic good looks but they also have great musicality and they have style, talent and class. They're cool. - Submitted by: Jas
Duran Duran's, "Wild Boys"
The Misheard Lyrics:
One voice
The Real Lyrics:
Wild boys
The Story: I misheard it on the radio many times. Then they played it once at the gym- and I finally heard it correctly! - Submitted by: Scandia
Duran Duran's, "Wild Boys"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Parent all you angels
Over razors that you trail
And lovers war with harrows
Over secrets they can tell
The Real Lyrics:
Where is all you angels
Now the figure heads have failed
And lovers war with arrows
Over secrets they can tell
The Story: I don't know how I didn't think that I was singing this song wrong over the past 30 years that Muchmusic has aired it but I went to a lyrics site azlyrics.com and I found out that I was singing this song wrong for the past 30 years. :) - Submitted by: Celeste
Duran Duran's, "Wild Boys"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rob Loys!
The Real Lyrics:
Wild boys!
The Story: I thought they were singing about some guy named Rob Loys. - Submitted by: Will
Duran Duran's, "Wild Boys"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The wild boys are coming
On their way back from the fire
In august you surrender to a
Dust cloud on the rise
Wild boys wonder what is glory
Wreckless dance of hunger
Over razors that you trail
Because there's murder
By the roadside they saw
A frail new world
The Real Lyrics:
The wild boys are calling
On their way back from the fire
An August moon surrenders to
A dust cloud on the right
Wild boys wander far glory?
Wreckless and so hungered
Over razors that you trail
Because there's murder
By the roadside they saw
A frade new world
The Story: The first verse in the song and I get wrong. DUH and I call myself a Duranie? - Submitted by: Celeste

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