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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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Iron Maiden's, "Another Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a lady lying in a bed
Sweet voices come into my head
What it is? I don't wanna know
It's telling me he's got to go.
The Real Lyrics:
As I lay here lying on my bed
Sweet voices come into my head
Oh what it is? I wanna know
Please, won't you tell me? It's got to go.
The Story: I cracked up when I saw the real lyrics! I thought 'Another Life' was about Paul Di'Anno (then, lead singer) being a woman, and being told that her man was cheating on her! - Submitted by: ~Wrathchild87~
Iron Maiden's, "Can I Play With Madness?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can I pray with mantis?
The Real Lyrics:
Can I play with madness?
The Story: First time I heard this song I heard "Can I pray with mantis" and instantly thought of praying mantises. And it still sounds like that to me whenever I hear the song... :-) - Submitted by: Mike
Iron Maiden's, "Can I Play with Madness"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can I play with matches
The Real Lyrics:
Can I play with madness
The Story: Being tone deaf, its so much fun having your buddies around to poke fun at your disability while your jamming on some cool tunes. From their viewpoint, I guess it can be pretty amusing. - Submitted by: Dan McMillan
Iron Maiden's, "Flight Of Icarus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh my God, my b***s are on fire.
The Real Lyrics:
In the name of God my father, I fly.
The Story: This is what a friend of mine heard around '83-'84 from one of his, believe it or not, favorite albums. And he still couldn't get the lyrics correct. - Submitted by: mark
Iron Maiden's, "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Harold, be thy name.
The Real Lyrics:
Hallowed be thy name.
The Story: I was listening to this, when my younger sister appeared and sang the misheard lyrics with real passion, along with Bruce Dickinson. I nearly ruptured myself. - Submitted by: Grimread
Iron Maiden's, "Number Of The Beast"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I can't go on
I watched him mow the lawn.
The Real Lyrics:
I can't go on
I must inform the law.
The Story: My nieces heard this while playing "Guitar Hero" and when my brother-in-law informed them that he was going to go mow the lawn, they said to him, "Just have the beast do it!!" - Submitted by: Aunt of Nadine and Val
Iron Maiden's, "Running Free"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now alter boys are after me.
The Real Lyrics:
Now all the boys are after me.
The Story: I can just picture little alter boys chasing down 'Eddie', Maiden's mascot. - Submitted by: Floyd's Garage
Iron Maiden's, "The Evil That Men Do"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Slept in the dust with his daughter
Her eyes red with the slaughter of anal sex
The Real Lyrics:
Slept in the dust with his daughter
Her eyes red with the slaughter of innocence
The Story: I'm a huge Maiden fan and thought this was the lyric for almost a decade until I was told otherwise. I mean, it makes a lot more sense... - Submitted by: goodsexchange

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