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The Misheard Lyrics:
And the sign said "Won't be freaky"
The Real Lyrics:
And the sign said "Long hair freaky"
The Story: That's a really good sign to talk about behavior... - Submitted by: Cody Finke
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the sign said, 'Long haired freaky people, keep God in mind'.
The Real Lyrics:
And the sign said, 'Long haired freaky people need not apply'.
The Story: The sample is used on a song from the game SSX 3, I've been singing the wrong lyrics for years. - Submitted by: Space Monkey J
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the wine said, 'Don't eat any people, eat apple pie!'
The Real Lyrics:
And the sign said, 'Long-haired freaky people need not apply.'
The Story: My friend was singing along to her headphones on the bus. We were all listening to what she was singing. She sang, 'And the wine said don't eat any people, eat apple pie'. We all laughed at her. [Ed's note: And I assumed the bus driver had to pull over and tell you and your friends to stop the laughter, if I'm not mistaken.] - Submitted by: Skirt
The Misheard Lyrics:
You said you look like so fine of standing young man.
I think you do.
So I took off my hat, I said Maggie May.
He would be working for you.
The Real Lyrics:
He said you look like a fine upstanding young man.
I think you'll do.
So I took off my hat, I said imagine that.
Huh! Me working for you.
The Story: It makes no sense at all for the lyrical content of this song. It also not related to "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart that also popular at that time. About this song: "Signs" is track #1 on their second studio album, "Good-byes and Butterflies", originally released in 1970. It was written by Les Emmerson. It reaching #3 on Billboard's Pop Chart. Making them their only major hit to date and also entering them into one-hit wonder fame with this song. It also reaching #4 on their native country, Canada. This song was also successfully covered and recorded live by Tesla for their album, "Five Man Acoustical Jam", released in 1990. Their version of "Signs" was reaching #8 on Billboard's Pop Chart. This cover had some minor changes to the lyrical content of this song, which was called an explicit version. However, a studio version, which was also called a clean version, recorded in 2007 used the original lyrics. But, Tesla themselves, was more familiar with their own song, "Love Song". Back to its original band who recorded "Signs" for the first time. The album, "Good-byes and Butterflies", was originally released in 1970. However, because of its controversy, this album was released again in 1971 with different cover art. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji

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