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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!).


INXS - Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
INXS's, "Devil Inside"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dead inside, dead inside
Every single one of us is dead inside.
The Real Lyrics:
Devil inside, devil inside
Every single one of us, a devil inside.
The Story: At the time, I could never work out why my partner at the time used to think I was awful, just because I sang the lyrics to a song. We broke up and I later discovered I was hearing impaired enough to need hearing aids in both ears. A little too late, huh! - Submitted by: Mike J
INXS's, "Devil Inside"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The devon side, the devon side
The Real Lyrics:
The devil inside, the devil inside
The Story: What is the Devon side? I know, this doesn't make any sense. Why would Michael Hutchence sing about a type of sausage, or a county in the south of England? At one point of the song, it sounds like Michael Hutchence got careless with his diction. Other parts of the song clearly say; "The devil inside." - Submitted by: Scott McPhee
INXS's, "Don't Change"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Don't change the 'el'
The Real Lyrics:
Don't change for you
The Story: The first time I heard this song on the radio back in 1983, I had just started getting into trains (city subway/elevated systems, commuter rail lines), and I thought for sure that INXS was singing 'Don't Change The 'El', Don't Change A Thing' - Submitted by: Timothy
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Misheard Lyrics:
American waitress
The Real Lyrics:
I'm elegantly wasted
The Story: By contrast, earlier mishearings of this song (which was one of the last by the band before Michael Hutchence died later in 1997) had mishearings of "American Wasteland", and the song "Baba O'Riley" had multiple mishearings of "Teenage Wasteland" as "teenage waitress", so this can do for "American waitress". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Baby's down in the well and she knows it ('cause she owns it).
The Real Lyrics:
Baby's down on the world and she knows it ('cause she owns it).
The Story: I always thought that 'Baby's down in the well' was such a great metaphor for being extremely melancholy and isolated from life - the way one might feel if they were stuck at the bottom of a well. What a major disappointment it was to find out that wasn't the actual lyric at all. Oh well, still a very good song. - Submitted by: Robert Miller
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better get a-wasted!
The Real Lyrics:
Elegantly wasted
The Story: Even knowing the lyric, I cannot make out 'elegantly' any time he sings it. I always hear 'I better get a-wasted'. - Submitted by: Ed
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Married from the waist down.
The Real Lyrics:
Elegantly wasted
The Story: I actually thought it was 'married from the waste down' and sang it in the car with 2 friends. The sad thing is that it actually made sense about relationships in the 90's with influential shows like Seinfeld, Friends and Will and Grace. I had a chance to share this with the band right before a concert in 97/98 in Park City, Utah and they laughed and laughed. The drummer even dipped me down and kissed me in his delight. - Submitted by: Kristen Call
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Momma needs a waist-band.
The Real Lyrics:
Elegantly wasted
The Story: When my brother was young (about 6), he thought this was the actual lyric. It was very cute to hear a little kid yelling this; and it outraged my mom. - Submitted by: Kate
INXS's, "Guns in the Sky"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Guns in the sky - Child grows up fatigued
Guns in the sky - I used to be Anaemic
The Real Lyrics:
Guns in the sky - Child grows up to see
Guns in the sky - I used to be on TV
The Story: I was 13, it was the fisrt song I played on my first album (Kick) on my first walkman. I think I was watching too much casualty on the telly! - Submitted by: Trevor
INXS's, "Listen Like Thieves"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lizard-like fiends
The Real Lyrics:
Listen like thieves
The Story: My wife would sing these lyrics out of tune while listening to this song on her Walkman. - Submitted by: Bud
INXS's, "Need You Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Slide over here and give me a moment
My knees are so raw.
or
Slide over here and give me a moment
My nerves are so raw.
The Real Lyrics:
So slide over here and give me a moment
Your moves are so raw.
The Story: This was actually misheard by my best friend Leann. We were playing a game called 'Songburst', where you are told the band, the year, and the first couple of words of line from a song. You then have to sing the remaining words. We were on a team together and when this came up, Leann was so very proud of herself as she yelled 'I know it, I know it!!!'. She proceeded to sing, 'My knees are so raw'. This caused hysterical laughter from her fiance and me. We almost had to go to the emergency room! - Submitted by: MICHELLE
INXS's, "New Sensation"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In Euston Station
The Real Lyrics:
A new sensation
The Story: The first time I misheard this lyric, I was actually driving past Euston Station---on my way to John Henry's music studios at the back of Kings Cross. It stuck with me ever since! - Submitted by: Paulus
INXS's, "Pretty Vegas"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And Venice is the ride
And Venice is the show.
The Real Lyrics:
Because this is the ride
And this is the show.
The Story: I thought the song was referring to the famous Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with its gondulas. - Submitted by: Julie
INXS's, "Pretty Vegas"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Falling asleep at the Wyn again, baby.
The Real Lyrics:
Falling asleep at the wheel again, baby.
The Story: I thought it was about the luxurious new hotel in Las Vegas. - Submitted by: Julie
INXS's, "Suicide Blonde"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Soup and salad bar
The Real Lyrics:
Suicide blonde
The Story: I was working as a waitress when I first heard this song. So you can imagine my joy thinking someone wrote a song about the lows of working in a restaurant. - Submitted by: Jean
INXS's, "Suicide Blonde"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Soup inside a bun.
The Real Lyrics:
Suicide blonde.
The Story: I sang it this way for well over a decade. Then I asked my husband how do you even get soup inside a bun? After he finished laughing, he explained my error. Oops. - Submitted by: Katie
INXS's, "Suicide Blonde"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You wanna make her soup and salad bar
Love sensation, soup and salad bar.
The Real Lyrics:
You wanna make her, Suicide Blonde
Love sensation, Suicide Blonde.
The Story: In college we had a soup and salad bar in the cafeteria. My friend from school and I were there one day and this song came on. She said, 'Isn't it hilarious that INXS would write about making someone soup and salad bar?!' Mental. - Submitted by: Jennifer
INXS's, "Suicide Blonde"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You want to make a
Soup and salad bar.
The Real Lyrics:
You want to make her
Suicide Blonde.
The Story: A Ms. Gron from Michigan proudly sang these lyrics at the top of her lungs until the laughs drowned her out. - Submitted by: Jim Conway
INXS's, "Suicide Blonde"
The Misheard Lyrics:
super salad bowl
The Real Lyrics:
suicide blonde
The Story: I was unable to find any reference to this song with the lyric that I remembered incorrectly, until I asked someone. - Submitted by: Martin Allen
INXS's, "The Devil Inside"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dude on the side, dude on the side
Every single one of us is a dude on the side.
The Real Lyrics:
Devil inside, devil inside
Every single one of us, the devil inside.
The Story: My friend and I were watching the film "Rock Star" I thought that it kind of related to the movie because everyone was calling each other dude. I asked him at the end who did the song 'Dude On The Side'. He was laughing really hard, then told me thsong was 'Devil Inside'. He still sings it my way all the time to bug me, and I just frown in shame. - Submitted by: 3023934830
INXS's, "What You Need"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey! Everybody! Forget about the Fourth of July
The Real Lyrics:
Hey! Here's the story. Forget about the troubles in life
The Story: I was driving cross-country, listening to a high quality car stereo, and finally heard the correct lyrics,after 25 years. - Submitted by: Bill Sheingorn

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