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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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Glen Campbell's, "Gentle on My Mind"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's snowin' at your door. It's always open
The Real Lyrics:
It's knowin' that your door is always open
The Story: First heard the song and thought the misheard lyrics were the right ones. After a few more hearings, was torn between those and the correct ones. Eventually decided the latter were more likely. Then I think I saw the music in a book at some point, and that clinched it. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
Glen Campbell's, "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a nine-stone cowboy.
The Real Lyrics:
Like a rhinstone cowboy.
The Story: I used to work with this guy. When we heard him singing this song, we just fell about laughing are heads off. When we corrected him, he just felt like a complete pr***. But we seen the funny side to it. When anyone of us see him to this day, we call him 'Nine- Stone'. - Submitted by: neil fong
Glen Campbell's, "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a Rhinestone Cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don't even know
And Arthur's coming over the phone.
The Real Lyrics:
Like a Rhinestone Cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don't even know
And offers coming over the phone.
The Story: When I was 8 this song came out and it was really huge! I have an older brother named Arthur, I liked the song but couldn't understand how Arthur could come through the phone? As I got older, the misheard lyrics became even funnier! - Submitted by: Stormin Norman
Glen Campbell's, "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a limestone cowboy
The Real Lyrics:
Like a rhinestone cowboy
The Story: R.I.P. Glen Campbell (1936-2017) - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Glen Campbell's, "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a nine-stone cowboy
The Real Lyrics:
Like a rhinestone cowboy
The Story: in the UK, where I grew up, a stone is a unit of weight equivalent to 14lbs, so I thought the song was about a really puny cowboy! - Submitted by: Lucy P.
Glen Campbell's, "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding through the trails on a one horse rodeo.
The Real Lyrics:
Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.
The Story: I was thinking it was about a lonesome cowboy or referring to the urban cowboy that came out decked out in those christmas lights. - Submitted by: Misyt
Glen Campbell's, "Wichita Lineman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I am the limon (pronounced 'lime-on') for the county.
The Real Lyrics:
I am a lineman for the county.
The Story: It sort of sounded like it had something to do with the commercial for something like Sprite, that was flavored with both lemon and lime 'limon'. (But I do not know how it was spelled). [Ed.'s note: FYI, Michael, it was spelled L-Y-M-O-N.] - Submitted by: Michael
Glen Campbell's, "Wichita Lineman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I know I need a small vacation.
But it don't look like train.
And if it snows that stretch down south.
But not ever stand to stand.
And I need you more than want you.
The Real Lyrics:
I know I need a small vacation.
But it don't look like rain.
And if it snows that stretch down south.
Won't ever stand the strain.
And I need you more than want you.
The Story: R.I.P. Glen Travis Campbell (1936-2017). About this song: "Wichita Lineman" is track #1 on his twelfth studio album, "Wichita Lineman", released on 4 November 1968. It was written by Jimmy Webb. It topping the country chart and the adult contemporary chart as well as Canada chart. It also reaching #3 on Billboard's Pop Chart, #7 on the UK Singles Chart, #12 on Ireland chart, and #18 on Australia chart. Making him his very first international greatest hit to date. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Glen Campbell's, "Wichita Lineman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm the fish and chips limon (pronounced 'lime-on'), and I'm still awfully fine.
or
I'm the fish-and-chips limon, and I've still got to whine.
The Real Lyrics:
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line.
The Story: It made sense to us kids. Adults liked to put lemon juice on their fish. But if he was only doing 'fine', why was he so emphatic about it? - Submitted by: Michael
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