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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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Harry Nilsson's, "Coconut"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Put the lion in the coconut
And call me in the morning.
The Real Lyrics:
Put the lime in the coconut
And call me in the morning.
The Story: I first heard the line when Dickie Goodman used it in 'Convention '72.' It baffled me--what does a lion have to do with coconut? After I started posting to the Straight Dope Message Board, at www.straightdope.com , I saw the line with the word 'lime' and realized there was no 'lion' in the song. :D - Submitted by: Doug Montgomery
Harry Nilsson's, "Everybody's Talkin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Skipping over the ocean
Like a storm
The Real Lyrics:
Skipping over the ocean
Like a stone
The Story: In 1969, my stubborn friend insisted that that last word in the stanza-closing line was "storm". I told him a storm hovers over the ocean, but doesn't skip. I thought it was "stone", like the stones you can throw and skip from the beach. We made a bet. Now I can go collect. With interest maybe? - Submitted by: Jay Grillo
Harry Nilsson's, "Jump Into the Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We can make you tear the house in
The Real Lyrics:
We could make each other happy
The Story: I just thought he meant the song rocked so hard that he and his band could make you want to wreck your house. I know what the real words are now, but I still like my version better! - Submitted by: Keith Woods
Harry Nilsson's, "Without You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can't live, if living is without you.
The Real Lyrics:
I can't live, if living is without you.
The Story: When I look for password "Harry Nilsson" in my music library, only discovered the song "Without You" and this song became the only best known song in my place and was not found in other Nilsson songs that more popular than "Without You". But, according to Billboard, not just this song alone, but also Nilsson's late 1960s "Everybody Talkin'" which was the theme from the film 'Midnight Cowboy'. But, according to other entertainment sites, not just two songs before, but also for example "Jump Into the Fire", "Put a Lime in the Coconut" (which could be heard in children's television series ChalkZone), etc. But, when I listen to this song, Nilsson sang it as "Can't live..." not "I can't live..." and it was heard in the second part of the first chorus and the first part of the second chorus of this song. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
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