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The Misheard Lyrics:
And I miss you,
like the deserts Mr. Ed
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you,
like the deserts miss the rain
The Story: I was working for a nightclub in NYC when this song first came out. Everyone was singing the deserts Mr. Ed because most times we were to high to know better but even when we were all sober we thought it was Mr. Ed. A D.J. friend of mine was all pissed off because he was saying it was the deserts mystery and he was going to prove it and shut us all up! He put on the record and his headphones and slowed the record down....his face dropped and he walked away without saying anything. I tried it and heard the deserts miss the rain....yes we were wrong, but this 'trained D.J.' was wrong too! - Submitted by: wilfredo melendez
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I miss you
And the desert's mystery.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: Thanks to the misheard lyric, I falsely believed that a song about something other than romance had made the top forty. I thought maybe it was some sort of 'New Age' mystical ditty. The later portion where the rhythm section stops and the accompaniment turns lyrical reinforced that impression. As a classical music fan, and thanks to the ninteenth century romantic composers, I'm predisposed to associate music with nature anyway, so I guess I'm inclined to make mistakes like that. - Submitted by: Tony
The Misheard Lyrics:
N.M.S.U.:
Like the deserts missed the rain.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: When asked where I attended college, I say, 'And I miss U.'. Sounds enough like NMSU anyway. - Submitted by: valentin
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tirimisu
Like the desert's misteration.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: Realised when sung out loud, I must have been incorrect when both siblings look at each other and laugh. Oh dear! However many years after it's release. - Submitted by: Caroline
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I miss you
It's a peasant mystery.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: This was actually my partner's mishearing and he went on for ages about the 'peasant mystery' song which was stuck in his head. He's a medieval historian, so maybe it was all getting to him. - Submitted by: Toria
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts masturbate.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: My little sister thought this was the line when she was 8! BTW, how do deserts... you know? Do they use a strap-on cactus or something? - Submitted by: Spesil Cecil!
The Misheard Lyrics:
I love Winnie the Pooh
My foot is in pain.
The Real Lyrics:
And I miss you
Like the desert miss the rain.
The Story: My mom would play it in the car a lot. I had already had about 4 ways to sing it after hearing it for the 12th time in a row. It got SO annoying. But it is an okay song. - Submitted by: Mary Jernigan
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like My Brothers Listerine
The Real Lyrics:
Like the deserts miss the rain
The Story: When I was younger, that was the closest I could come up to the words on the radio. I sang it out loud once while joking around with my older sister. She said, 'WHAT?!'; and we both laughed unstoppably for several minutes. She didn't know what the real words either. This became a great inside joke and we would say that line at random times to make each other burst into laughter for years later while growing up. - Submitted by: Lyle Sessions
The Misheard Lyrics:
So there we both were with Milhouse just hanging out.
The Real Lyrics:
So there we both were in that little house just hanging out.
The Story: I wondered why on earth she was singing about hanging out with Milhouse (of the Simpsons)! - Submitted by: Normile Richardson
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like the desert's mystery
The Real Lyrics:
Like the deserts miss the rain.
The Story: My friend was in the car with me and this song comes on the radio. He perks up, looks at me and asks "why does she miss him like the desert's mystery?" I look at him and giggle then told him the correct lyric. He was like "Ah that makes more sense" - Submitted by: Ryan

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