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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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Hall & Oates', "I Can't Go For That"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I can't coconut.
The Real Lyrics:
I can't go for that.
The Story: This song was popular in the early eighties-when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I could have sworn they were saying 'I can't coconut'. And I was sure that 'coconut' was some sort of dance. - Submitted by: Erica Stone
Hall & Oates', "Maneater"
The Misheard Lyrics:
"She's a Man Beater"
The Real Lyrics:
"She's a Maneater"
The Story: I didn't really hear this, but it sounds funny! - Submitted by: Zane
Hall & Oates', "Maneater"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She can turn by the pub and j*** you off.
The Real Lyrics:
She cat tamed by the purr of a Jaguar.
The Story: I can't say I reeeallly thought Darryl Hall was singing that line, but it sure sounded like it. 'She cat tamed by the purr of a Jaguar' is unlikely phraseology as it is. Add the stretched pronounciation of 'Jag-yoo-aaar' and there you go. - Submitted by: MaxwellSmart
Hall & Oates', "Maneater"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Watching a wedding,
Oh she's sitting with you but her eyes are on the door
The Real Lyrics:
Watching and waiting,
Oh she's sitting with you but her eyes are on the door
The Story: I really thought mine was the right lyric - the boy being warned by the singer brought this girl who he really liked to a wedding, not realizing that the girl was not his, but that she was a maneater and looking for other guys (the door) - Submitted by: Mitch
Hall & Oates', "Private Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Friday nights they're watching you
The Real Lyrics:
Private eyes they're watching you
The Story: Long,long ago, in a decade known as the 80's, I walked in on my little sister rockin out to some Hall & Oates. She was dancing and singing at the top of her lungs: Friday nights (visualize above the head 80's - clap) they're watching you (clap,clap) they see your every move! Needless to say I hit the floor laughing! - Submitted by: jennifer
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