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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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Genesis', "Carpet Crawlers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Evil call us
The Real Lyrics:
heed their callers
The Story: demonic song at first - Submitted by: joshua
Genesis', "Domino (The Last Domino)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I stear around the balcony
Children are swimming and playing with books.
The Real Lyrics:
I stare 'round about me
Children are swimming and playing with boats.
The Story: Until now, I always thought what I heard was right. Guess the real version makes more sense. Although I think my version would fit nicely considering Genesis have a taste for bizarre, dramatic images (what could be more dramatic than Phil Collins making a rather violent, sweaping motion from one side to another on top of a balcony, i ask you??). Playing with books in a swimming pool probably isn't a very educationally sound idea either. - Submitted by: Rael
Genesis', "Follow You Follow Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Every day is such a purple day
The Real Lyrics:
Every day is such a perfect day
The Story: Referring to Barney the Dinosaur's color, purple. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Genesis', "I Can't Dance"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hot sauce making me swim
The Real Lyrics:
Hot sun making me sweat
The Story: How in the world would Phil Collins, or even the band Genesis, think about swimming in hot sauce? - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He took the hand, sang 'give it all posture'
That's what she needs, and that's what's holding her horse
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart
The Story: AM radio. - Submitted by: Me
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She has a hatchback, really thinks she's tough s***.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
The Story: When I was a kid, I used to sing this (my version) at the top of my lungs. That is until I got to 's***', and then I'd whisper it, thinking I was pretty big stuff because I was mouthing a cuss word along with the radio. - Submitted by: Kara
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She reaches in and grabs my podium
The Real Lyrics:
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart.
The Story: I thought this was the lyrics for years until I finally looked it up. - Submitted by: Grant
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She see the half pint empty on the top shelf.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah!
The Story: It's not me, but a friend, singing along loudly. She fancied herself a singer. (Not just any singer, but an opera singer.) She studied voice even. I was sixteen, and I had to pull the car over on the side of the road because I was laughing so hard, I was crying. - Submitted by: Melanie B
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She seems to have a physical milkshake!
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
The Story: Well, I was only like 5 and I thought that she was drinking a health shake, like my mom tried when she exercised, I thought lady in the song was pretty so she must have been exercising and he saw her drinking a milkshake, and that was how I figured he was telling me it was a health shake lol! - Submitted by: SexyBlenko
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible top shirt.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
The Story: I was a very young child and I would always sing this version of it. Of course, my family teased me mercilessly. - Submitted by: Digitalfreaknyc
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible tough s***.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
The Story: When I was twelve, my friend tried to convince me that they let Phil Collins swear on the radio. I almost died when she told me she was referring to this song. - Submitted by: Leah Lockhart
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible tough shed
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch
The Story: When I was in elementary school (late 80's early 90's) there were Tough Shed commercials on tv. When my family heard this song we all thought that it was so weird that they were singing about an invisible Tough Shed. We didn't find out the correct lyrics until sometime around 1999. - Submitted by: Megan
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She stole my heart and cheesy don't junk "chha"
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah
The Story: I heard these misheard lyrics when I was around 6 years and Mom would blast Genesis in the car. LOL - Submitted by: Andrew
Genesis', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's just a half-pint, busy body tough s***!
She'll turn around and grab right hold of your heart.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah!
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart
The Story: I knew this couldn't be right, but that's what it sounds like. I just heard the song yesterday, driving home in a snowstorm. I turned the sound up and really listened, but I couldn't decipher the line. - Submitted by: Billie
Genesis', "Jesus He Knows Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm finally practicing what i'm preaching
I'm finally making no sacrifice
but I can get you a pocketful of ufo's
If you promse to (something), try to be nice
God will take good care of you
just do as I say, don't do as I do
The Real Lyrics:
Won't find me practising what I'm preaching
won't find me making no sacrifice
but I can get you a pocketful of miracles
if you promise to be good, try to be nice
God will take good care of you
just do as I say, don't do as I do
The Story: This is one of those songs where there is one section of the song you can never quite get. I was about 10 or 11 when I misheard these lyrics. I always thought they sounded fishy and found the real lyrics make more sense when I discovered them. I was wondering why he was telling the listener not to do as he does if he is finally practicing what he is preaching. And also, why he is only now practicing what he is preaching when he said that Jesus knows he is right throughout the song. The pocket full of ufo's made absolutely no sense but can easily be heard in the song. The way Phil Collins sings these few lyrics makes it difficult for a gullible ear to mishear things. Now that I know the lyrics though, I can easily hear both my mistake and the true lyrics when I play the song. - Submitted by: Adam White
Genesis', "Misunderstanding"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I checked your mama twice.
The Real Lyrics:
I checked your number twice.
The Story: This sounded perfectly fine when I was 5. But when I grew older, I released that Albert (the Duke character) would have to be dating a 15 year old girl, and that he would be a pedophile! So I looked in the sleeve of the lp and discovered the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Daniel Bryant
Genesis', "Paperlate"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Taking no risks and playing touche
The Real Lyrics:
Taking no risks and playing to shame
The Story: ITV in the UK used to show Touche Turtle cartoons on a Saturday morning (along with Wally Gator and Lippy Lion). I used to think this meant to hide in your shell, like when Touche Turtle would go into his shell when in danger. - Submitted by: Pickle
Genesis', "Supper's Ready"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now I'm back again, and babe, it's gonna work out, BA-A-A-A-AH!
or
Now I'm back again, and babe, it's gonna work out BAD!
The Real Lyrics:
Now I'm back again, and babe, it's gonna work out fine.
The Story: I watched the Bataclan concert on YouTube, and Peter's voice seemed to be struggling a lot during the "As Sure as Eggs Is Eggs" part. And when he got to the line, "Now I'm back again..." I thought he was saying "And babe, it's gonna work out, BA-A-A-A-AH!" I thought I was right at first because his voice was sorta shaking when he said "FINE!" I felt like a fool when I discovered the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Melissa
Genesis', "That's All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's only a Shaman's song.
The Real Lyrics:
It's just a shame, that's all.
The Story: I was very unsuccessful in finding the record 'Shaman's Song' in 1984. - Submitted by: Ted
Genesis', "That's All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Is like putting me phooey all the time.
The Real Lyrics:
Living with you's just putting me through it all of the time
The Story: I heard this when it first came out and I was living in Canada. I didn't realize it was Genesis right off and thought the phrase was funny and that it was some crazy Canadian phrase. Now I'm embarrassed that I have been singing it wrong all this time. :( - Submitted by: serene
Genesis', "That's All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's just a shame, that's our 'O'.
The Real Lyrics:
It's just a shame, that's all.
The Story: I just found out I was hearing this wrong for years, thanks to Am I Right! I'm not sure what I thought their 'O' was, but I guess I thought 'that's our O' meant 'that's our motto' or 'that's the breaks', like maybe it was a phrase that I was unfamiliar with. Why the heck does Phil Collins make the word 'all' sound like a two-syllable word anyway? - Submitted by: Frann
Genesis', "That's All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Looking at you, looking at me
It's Saddam Hussein, it's just a shame, that's all.
The Real Lyrics:
Me looking at you, you looking at me
It's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all.
The Story: I heard this playing in a reataurant where I was waiting for my order. I thought, it sure sounds like they're singing "It's Saddam Hussein". I went home and tried to search for the lyrics on the web. It wasn't trivially easy, in light of my mishearings. But with a few hits and missises, I found that "That's All" clearly had to be the song I'd heard. And then I could compare the real lyrics to my misheard ones. - Submitted by: Jessica Childress
Genesis', "That's All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
True says "I love you"
The Real Lyrics:
Truth is, I love you
The Story: I saw this video on MTV once (when they used to show music videos and they used to call themselves Music Television) and I thought Phil was saying "True says 'I love you'" rather than "Truth is, I love you." - Submitted by: Isac
Genesis', "The Battle of Epping Forest"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With Genevieve!
The Real Lyrics:
You're telling me!
The Story: "With Genevieve" line is from the opening of "Choo-Choo Soul" - Submitted by: Mickey D.
Genesis', "The Squonk"
The Misheard Lyrics:
One more revelation
(and)
Here I am, from a very distant nightmare
The Real Lyrics:
Like father like son
(and)
Here I am, I'm very fierce and frightening
The Story: Old habits die hard. I still have to concentrate to hear the correct lyrics. - Submitted by: Ragnar Fyri
Genesis', "Who Dunnit?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Was it I or was it me?
Or was it Ex-Jose?
or
Was it I or was it me?
Or was it Expose?
The Real Lyrics:
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?
The Story: I thought that Genesis were paying a tribute to the '80s Miami freestyle band Expose, but I guess I was mistaken. I must have been about 11 years old at the time. - Submitted by: Metal Substance
Genesis', "Whodunnit?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Or was it ecstacy?
The Real Lyrics:
Or was it X or Z?
The Story: I didn't expect Collins to pronounce 'Z' in the American way, so I assumed he was singing about the feeling of ecstacy and not the drug of that name. - Submitted by: pickle*
Genesis', "Whodunnit?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Was It A or was it B?
Or was it ecstasy?
The Real Lyrics:
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?
The Story: haha I always wondered why he was going on about drugs, turns out he wasn't!!! xxx - Submitted by: Jade

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