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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!).


Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album at Amazon.com
Eagles', "Get Over It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'd like to find you in a child and kick its little ass.
The Real Lyrics:
I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass
The Story: This is not actually my misheard lyric, it's actually posted on the web, @ https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/eagles/get_over_it_tab.htm I'm amazed no-one has pointed this out before... - Submitted by: Steve Muir
Eagles', "Heartache Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There's going to be a party tonight
The Real Lyrics:
There's going to be a heartache tonight
The Story: I was working nights when this song came out. My supervisor started dancing around to it on the radio, 'Oh, I love this song. It's so upbeat'. I said I thought it was depressing. She said no and started singing and dancing, 'There's gonna be a party tonight, a party tonight'. 'Uh, Julie,' I interupted, 'it's heartache'. She said no, listened carefully, said oh and then 'it kinda kills the whole song, doesn't it?' - Submitted by: Wayne Nehwadowich
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Relax', said the knight.
'Man, we are programmed to receive.'
The Real Lyrics:
'Relax', said the nightman.
'We are programmed to receive.'
The Story: In college, a friend of mine and I transcribed this song to paper to record a quick cover version. We were in some rare form. - Submitted by: Kevin Cooper
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The warm smell of Goleta rising up through the air
The Real Lyrics:
The warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
The Story: Goleta is a small town on the California coast - I always thought that the Hotel California was in Goleta - Submitted by: Nancy Kohler
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The warm smell of cunnilingus, rising up through the air.
The Real Lyrics:
The warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air.
The Story: I was only 16 when I first heard this song, and I really thought it was so cool for being so radical with the in-your-face line about oral sex. It wasn't until I was thirty and my wife told me the truth that I realised how sad and stupid I had been all those years. - Submitted by: Jeff Bucknell
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Warm smell of pleat dust
Rising in the air.
The Real Lyrics:
Warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air.
The Story: My husband and I play name that song by text messages. He sent me the misheard lyrics and I had a hard time getting the answer, but finally did. - Submitted by: Mary
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Warm smell of police dust rising up through the air
The Real Lyrics:
Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
The Story: I never heard this song right and I know "police dust" probably wasn't right, but I was too lazy to look it up. - Submitted by: Geoffrey
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Warm smell of police gas
Rising up through the air.
The Real Lyrics:
The warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air.
The Story: When I was just a kid, there was always a story about riots and stuff on TV in the 70s. I just put the two together in my mind. - Submitted by: Buddyboy
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We threw-up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say
The Real Lyrics:
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say
The Story: This song is chockful of misheard lyrics. For some reason, ever since this song and the album of the same name came out back when I was in junior high (in 1977), I've always thought The Eagles sang these misheard lyrics. I still do. Although, I can't for the life of me figure out why they threw-up to hear someone say something, unless the 'Hotel California' is also the Bates Motel or something like that? - Submitted by: Peter
Eagles', "Hotel California"
The Misheard Lyrics:
cool whip in my hair
The Real Lyrics:
cool wind in my hair
The Story: I didn't mishear it. It was sung by a boyfriend of a LiveJournal friend while in a taxi! Here's the link: http://blergeatkitty.livejournal.com/1177953.html?view=9419361&style=mine#t9419361 - Submitted by: Bridget Ilene Delaney
Eagles', "Life In The Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lice in the vaseline
The Real Lyrics:
Life in the fast lane
The Story: This was a misheard lyric of my father, who was a pharmacist. He always said that lice in the vaseline would surely make him lose his mind. - Submitted by: JAMES J. THROGMORTON
Eagles', "Life In The Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pike in the bass lane
The Real Lyrics:
Life in the fast lane
The Story: My brother thought this was actually a song about fish. - Submitted by: Dave
Eagles', "Life In The Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pipe in the Vasaline
The Real Lyrics:
Life in the fast lane
The Story: When this song was out I was in high school. My girlfriend thought it was a dirty song until I explained that it was not 'pipe and the vaseline'. - Submitted by: Dan Alexander
Eagles', "Life In The Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They had one thing in common they were good and bad
The Real Lyrics:
They had one thing in common they were good in bed
The Story: The Eagles were the first live concert I ever saw and they played this song at the concert where they were doing their Hotel California songs as the album was being released at the same time. When I heard this song I thought this was quite a philosphical statement -- we all have good and bad in us -- a real paradox. This was during my freshman year of high school back in the 70's. (I'm pretty sure that at that age I just mentally blocked out anything about men and women having sex). I think it was around 1987 that my mind actually heard the correct lyrics. - Submitted by: Cindy Merry
Eagles', "Life in the Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lice in the Vaseline
The Real Lyrics:
Life in the fast lane
The Story: This is what happens when you listen to old music while sleep-deprived... - Submitted by: Anonymous
Eagles', "Life in the Fast Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
life in the fast lane
The Real Lyrics:
Fly In The Vaseline
The Story: My mama used to listen to songs on an old second hand radio that had more static than sound quality. When she told us the name of this cute song she had heard on the local rock station, we couldn't stop laughing. It was "classic mom" and still makes us smile today! - Submitted by: Brenda
Eagles', "Long Road out of Eden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Moon shining down through the bombs,
Shadows moving on the Seine
The Real Lyrics:
Moon shining down through the palms,
Shadows moving on the sand
The Story: When I first heard this song, the verse in question gave me a surreal mental image of Paris being carpet-bombed by moonlight during WWII. I think my imagery is more striking and memorable than that of the real lyrics. - Submitted by: SC
Eagles', "Lying Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You can't hide your Hawaiian eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
You can't hide your lyin' eyes.
The Story: Actually, my ex-husband misheard the lyrics, we fought constantly about lyrics to songs. Because he considered himself a music expert, it was my mission in life to correct him. - Submitted by: S.L. Waters
Eagles', "Peaceful Easy Feeling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cuz, I've got a pistol and I'm going to shoot you
if you don't put me down.
The Real Lyrics:
Cuz, I've got a peaceful, easy feeling
and I won't let you down
The Story: My husband & his friend sang this for years. I don't know how he got those lyrics, but that is what he sang. He said he had a mental picture of a cartoon character, like an oversized Speedy Gonzalez. Oh, well. - Submitted by: Gin
Eagles', "Take It Easy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Four from Wannahomie
Two from Wannascomie
The Real Lyrics:
Four that wanna own me
Two that wanna stone me.
The Story: Yes, I really did believe that there were towns called Wannahomie and Wannascomie. Are those any weirder than Tehachapi and Tonapah? (See Willin' by Little Feat) - Submitted by: Ron
Eagles', "Take It Easy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's a girl my Lord, in a black Bedford
The Real Lyrics:
It's a girl my Lord in a flatbed Ford
The Story: We were riding around in a black Bedford at the time. - Submitted by: Melissa BEE
Eagles', "Take It To The Limit"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pussy on a highway,
show me a sign and take it to the limit one more time.
The Real Lyrics:
Put me on a highway,
show me a sign and take it to the limit one more time.
The Story: This story came from my dad. He used to frequent a bar where another regular there would always play this song on the juke box and sing along with what he 'thought' were the correct words. - Submitted by: Bruce Bishop
Eagles', "Take It To The Limit"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pussy on a highway
The Real Lyrics:
Put me on a highway
The Story: A female friend of mine misheard this one. She was appalled that the Eagles had come out with such a crude song -- she said, 'Have you heard that latest Eagles song, 'Pussy Highway' or something like that?' - Submitted by: B.D. Smith
Eagles', "Take It To The Limit"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take it to lick it.
The Real Lyrics:
Take it to the limit.
The Story: This was how I heard it when I was a kid. - Submitted by: Madeline
Eagles', "Take It to the Limit"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Saw Murphy on the highway
The Real Lyrics:
So put me on a highway
The Story: Murphy as in Murphy Brown, the title character of the TV sitcom played by Candice Bergen. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Eagles', "Victim of Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Victor my love
The Real Lyrics:
Victim of love
The Story: When I was about 6 years old I was listening to the Eagles. My parents loved any type of 70's rock music and I did too. So we were eating in McDonald's and I heard this song. I started singing 'Victor my love' and my parents died laughing. They thought it was so funny. And ever since now when we hear that song we sing 'Victor my love.' - Submitted by: Sara

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