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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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Gwen Stefani's, "Cool"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And after all that we've been through
I noticed you.
or
And after all that we've been through
I know it's you.
The Real Lyrics:
And after all that we've been through
I know it's cool.
The Story: I've been hearing the song on The Box for a week or so now, but never caught the song's name. That is, until yesterday, and I realized where 'cool' fitted. Dur! - Submitted by: Craig Mac
Gwen Stefani's, "Crash"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Drive back, baby
Do me fast in your car.
The Real Lyrics:
Drive back baby
To me fast in your car.
The Story: I thought this was another car sex song like 'Bubble Pop Electric' - Submitted by: pikapal
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Cuz I ain't no horny fat girl.
The Real Lyrics:
'Cuz I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I heard this at work and started singing what I thought it was. The three guys working with me heard me and laughed and told me the real lyrics. I said well who sings it and they said Gwen Stefani and I said I was right; she ain't no horny fat girl. She's a horny skinny girl! - Submitted by: jcandy
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna happen like that
'Cause I ain't no holla fat girl
I ain't no holla fat girl.
The Real Lyrics:
A few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna happen like that
'Cause I ain't no hollaback girl
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: Well, it was talking about going around a track, so I assumed that's what it was saying. - Submitted by: Lalaine
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ain't no Holla BatGirl
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause I ain't no Hollaback girl.
The Story: I heard this song for the first time when I was about 6, and I thought it was a song about Batman's proteges, Batgirl, so I would make up superhero stories about Batgirl using this song. I had realized I had made a mistake when I heard it again about a while later, and I still look back to that time and laugh about it. - Submitted by: Judith
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hollenbeck girl
The Real Lyrics:
Hollaback girl
The Story: Hollenbeck Park is near downtown Los Angeles. Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb of "Dragnet") sometimes worked out of the Hollenbeck division. Gwen Stefani came from nearby Orange County, California. How could it not be "Hollenbeck girl"? - Submitted by: David Steele
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't Harlem fat girl.
or
I ain't no Holland bat girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: My mother's friend, Sherry was driving me to lunch and she asked, 'What did she just say? Harlem fat girl? Holland bat girl?' - Submitted by: Isabel
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't gonna holler back, girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I asked some of my friends at school what she was saying. But they all were as confused as I was: The only part we really understood was 'this s*** is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s!' - Submitted by: rhiannon
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Hall Effect girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I thought that the phenomenon of potential difference on opposite sides of a thin sheet of conducting material, used in sensors for anti-lock brakes and in the Mars Polar Lander, was a rather unusual topic for a hip hop song. But hey, stranger things have happened. - Submitted by: Peter Norvig
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Hall Effect girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I was surprised that Stefani was interested in the effect of an electric current flowing through a conductor in a magnetic field, and puzzled as to why she was denying association with it. Perhaps she had a bad experience with anti-lock brakes using Hall Effect. Or perhaps she was concerned with the failure of the Mars Polar Lander due in part to the Hall Effect touchdown sensor on the landing legs. - Submitted by: Peter Norvig
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem Batgirl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I kept mistaking Harlem for Gotham (the city of Batman.) - Submitted by: Stirfry_n00dles
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem black girl
I ain't no Harlem black girl
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl
I ain't no hollaback girl
The Story: I'm not much of a popular music person, so when I thought I knew the lyrics i would sing it when it came on the radio because I was proud of myself that I knew the lyrics. I acted like i was so cool and my friend said "Wait what did you say?" I said "I ain't no Harlem back girl". Everyone but me died laughing and finally someone told me what the real lyrics were and I almost died. - Submitted by: :P
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem black girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no Hollaback Girl.
The Story: My mother misheard these lyrics. She heard the song while my sister was listening to my Gwen Stefani album and thought it was called "Harlem Black Girl". I told her the correct song title when the video came on. - Submitted by: Stompgal
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem black girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I was listening this song with my friend who has a lot of Harlem gear. I told her she should like this song, after she said it is kind of annoying. She gave me a really funny look and asked why. I said because whoever is singing sings about not being a Harlem black girl. - Submitted by: Lydia
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem fat girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I work for a popular rent-a-car company, and was driving a customer to the airport. The customer was listening to the radio. I was somewhat singing along with that song. I sang the misheard lyrics, and the customer looked at me for a moment and started laughing hysterically. He laughed all the way of the trip to the airport. I got 20 bucks as a tip for that. - Submitted by: Steve Martinez
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no hall event girl
The Real Lyrics:
'Cuz I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: High school hallway drama -- someone being dramatic in the high school hallway just to get attention... - Submitted by: Frank
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no whore like that girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: This one was one I overheard being sung on the radio by a girl at work. Everyone was in hysterics, because this girl doesn't swear---ever. [Ed.'s note: Except for later in the song when Gwen sings "That's my s***".] - Submitted by: Andi H
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It ain't no heart attack, girl
It ain't no heart attack.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl
I ain't no hollaback.
The Story: I honestly thought the words went like this, until my friend and I were in the car driving and it came on. She started singing and I'm like whoa! I was singing the wrong lyrics! - Submitted by: Lisa
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oooh oooh, this machine, this machine.
or
Oooh oooh, Christmas tree, Christmas tree.
The Real Lyrics:
Oooh oooh, this my s***, this my s***
The Story: This isn't particularly funny, so you don't have to use it. But I just wanted to say that for the life of me, I could not figure out what Gwen was singing!! Now I realize that part of the problem was that the song was censored on the radio. So instead of hearing the entire word of s***, I heard a blurry half-word instead. (I have no aversion to typing swear words; I only used the asterisks because I saw other folks used them, so I assume your website has a policy about that). - Submitted by: Scary Shari
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There ain't no Hall of Fat Girls.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: One time I was at a concert and the band (as a joke) dedicated that song to me (they only sang like 3 lines). I was really PO'd until my friend explained what the real lyrics really were! - Submitted by: Dani Viking
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There ain't no hall for fat girls.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: I was driving home from shopping, enjoying my daughter's station. This great song came on, and I sang it the rest of the way home. When my daughter got home, I told her about the song and sang it for her. She laughed for 10 minutes, then finally blurted out, 'I ain't no hollaback girl'. I asked her, 'What?' She explained to me what that meant. Retired communication arts teacher, NYC. - Submitted by: Ruth Little
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Uh-huh taste my shit, all the girls gone feel like this
AND
Few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna have been like that
AND
Mmmm taste my shit taste my shit
The Real Lyrics:
Uh-huh this my shit, all the girls stomp your feet like this
AND
Few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna happen like that
AND
Ooh This my shit, this my shit.
The Story: I was about 12 when I heard this on the radio, and again many times until someone told me the lyrics were different. I even told my whole family about a song that said "taste my shit" and they all believed me when they did or didn't hear it. - Submitted by: paulsomething1
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollaback Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You tried to go 'round my back
So I got the school to help in my track
[Later]
This b**** eats bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
The Real Lyrics:
Few times been 'round that track
So it's not just gonna happen like that.
[Later:] This s*** is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
The Story: Gimme a break, it's not like Gwenny went out of her way to sing clearly and concisely. I was riding in the car with my best friend on a night out to the club, singing these lyrics at the top of my lungs with all the gusto I could muster in my semi-soused state. She laughed herself (nearly) comatose off and on for roughly 15 minutes before she finally clued me in. - Submitted by: Cyndiana
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollabck Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't no Harlem back guard.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't no hollaback girl.
The Story: My dad actually called me in his office and asked me if I knew what a "Harlem back guard" was. I didn't know if it was a riddle, or if he was quizzing me on sports trivia (we do that in my family). After I couldn't figure out what he was asking, I asked him for more information, and he said, "You know, that song" and sang "I ain't no Harlem Back Guard". I almost fell on the floor laughing! - Submitted by: Kiki Dival
Gwen Stefani's, "Hollandale girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ain't no hauling fat girls, ain't no hauling fat girls.
The Real Lyrics:
Holla back girl
The Story: My nephews used to sing this every time they heard this song. I didn't notice at first till one day I asked them what they just said. Haha - Submitted by: Danielle
Gwen Stefani's, "Rich Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Come together, all over the world
From the hood, to Japan Every juku girl!
The Real Lyrics:
Come together all over the world
From the hoods of Japan Harajuku girls!
The Story: I spent many a night wondering what a 'juku girl' was. - Submitted by: Mustang GT
Gwen Stefani's, "Rich Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If I was a witch girl
The Real Lyrics:
If I was a rich girl
The Story: Misheard by me as I was reading the sixth Harry Potter book sometime this summer, probably actually the day of its release. It was weird. A few days later, it was misheard by the same person who'd misheard 'Hollaback Girl' with me in the car. - Submitted by: Isabel
Gwen Stefani's, "The Sweet Escape"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Is your oxygen tank the refrigerator?
The Real Lyrics:
It's your fault you didn't shut the refrigerator.
The Story: She sings/slurs so fast the only part I could figure out was "refrigerator." - Submitted by: MB
Gwen Stefani's, "The Sweet Escape"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You held me down, I'm at my lowest boiling point
or
You let me drown, I'm at my lowest boiling point
The Real Lyrics:
You melt me down, I'm at my lowest boiling point
The Story: I see it posted all over the Internet. - Submitted by: P.A.
Gwen Stefani's, "What Are You Waiting For?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You've got your million dollar poncho.
The Real Lyrics:
You got your million dollar contract.
The Story: I was taking the p*** out of this song with my friend, ranting on about how lame modern pop music is and gave the 'million dollar poncho' line as an example. Only the joke was on me. - Submitted by: Ben
Gwen Stefani's, "What You Waiting For?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Walk away, walk away
The Real Lyrics:
What you waiting for?
The Story: My mom was saying about how much she likes the new Gwen Stefani song that goes 'Walk away, walk away' I was laughing when she told me that was her song. I had to tell her she was singing the wrong lyric. - Submitted by: pikapal
Gwen Stefani's, "What You Waiting For?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your hair is sure good, girls
The Real Lyrics:
You Harajuku Girls
The Story: I was going to quote this line on a FB thread, and wanted to look it up to quote it correctly, that's when I found out I misheard it. (and found this site). - Submitted by: Cheryl
Gwen Stefani's, "What You Waiting For"
The Misheard Lyrics:
S*** a donkey off.
The Real Lyrics:
Osaka, Tokyo
The Story: It took me months of listening, and I still could only hear the 'rude' version. I had to look it up on the Net. - Submitted by: Nicole Hustwit
Gwen Stefani's, "Whatcha Waiting For?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You've got your million dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your heart attack.
The Real Lyrics:
You've got your million dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your hot track.
The Story: I thought that Gwen was saying that she has her million dollar contract, but that she won't get better until she dies. It just made me think about Tupac and how much more famous he became when he died. - Submitted by: Caitlin
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