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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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Jackson Browne's, "Boulevard"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Make it pay, baby
Go get a job on the boulevard
It's like this
It's the way it is
The Real Lyrics:
Make it pay, baby
It's only time on the boulevard
It's like this
It's the way it is
The Story: I was 14 that summer and I knew that when I started high school that fall, we'd be exploring career choices and opportunities in our Social Studies classes. - Submitted by: Card - Carrying Deadbeat Club Member
Jackson Browne's, "Our Lady Of The Well"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wide awake or in a tree
It's hard to tell.
The Real Lyrics:
Wide awake or in a dream
It's hard to tell.
The Story: I had these lyrics written down in my song book, When my girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) read them, she laughed hysterically, then told me what they really were. She still laughs about it today. - Submitted by: Don Denny
Jackson Browne's, "Rock Me On The Water"
The Misheard Lyrics:
witness with me now
The Real Lyrics:
the wind is with me now
The Story: since the song has a Christian tone to it, I thought that lyric was about someone telling someone about Jesus (witnessing) - Submitted by: Paul Amato
Jackson Browne's, "Running On Empty"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gotta do what you can just to keep your lava light.
The Real Lyrics:
Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive.
The Story: I was about 13 when I first heard this song and one of my favorite possessions at that time was my lava light. I had to argue with my Mom that it didn't make me a 'hippie' but she still made me hide it whenever company came over. I thought Jackson Browne had written that line just for me! - Submitted by: John Abbott
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