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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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Dusty Springfield's, "I Only Want To Be With You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A world plot has happened with just one kiss.
The Real Lyrics:
A whole lot has happened with just one kiss.
The Story: I never understood that line correctly just from hearing it, but it sounded like it was saying a world plot. I finally learned the correct lyrics when I sang it as a karaoke song. The monitor told me the words there were merely a whole lot - much less dramatic than a world plot, for all the dramatic assertions of the song in general. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
Dusty Springfield's, "I Only Want To Be With You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You stopped and smile at me and asked me if I'd kettle dance.
The Real Lyrics:
You stopped and smiled at me and asked me if I'd care to dance.
The Story: In the dance halls, the girls would dance around their handbags. I have a vision of Dusty Springfield either dancing around a kettle or holding a kettle while dancing. - Submitted by: Allan Garrard
Dusty Springfield's, "Son Of A Preacher Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The only boy who could ever feed me
Was the son of a pizza man.
The Real Lyrics:
The only boy who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man.
The Story: My young friend SANG this at karaoke night! - Submitted by: Jana
Dusty Springfield's, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You don't have to say you love me just because I'm mad
The Real Lyrics:
You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand/
The Story: Every time I heard this song, I would burst out singing my wrong lyrics. One day though I was sitting by the radio when it came on and for some reason, I didn't sing. On the first chorus, I thought, do I have the right words? The second time, I put my ear to the speaker and listened. Then I realized my mistake and I laughed my head off. - Submitted by: Wendy
Dusty Springfield's, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You don't have to say you love, just because I ask.
The Real Lyrics:
You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand.
The Story: I misheard the lyric from the '60s until a few days ago when I heard the Shelby Lynn version... over 40 years later. - Submitted by: Doug
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