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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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James Taylor's, "Copperline"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Down at Papa's eyes
The Real Lyrics:
Down on Copperline
The Story: For years I heard this playing from time to time, and couldn't ever make out this title line (as it turns out), always hearing it more like "Down at Papa's eyes" than anything else. It remained a mystery to me for so long, because I never successfully heard ANY phrase in the song to google it and identify the song. That is, until today (Sept. 24, 2012). Today I was waiting to get oil changed in my car when this came on the sound system there. I struggled as usual to make out any phrases, but thought I might have heard "from a windy height" at one place in the song, but that sounded muddled like the whole song. But I went home and googled that, learning that I had indeed heard that phrase correctly, and at last I could identify the song and learn the correct lyrics. "Copperline"? Who could have heard that right without already knowing it, considering the song's overall muddled sound? - Submitted by: Karen Smith
James Taylor's, "Copperline"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Down on coprolite
The Real Lyrics:
Down to Copperline
The Story: I was wondering what a coprolite was, So I looked it up, and it meant a fossilized animal dropping. - Submitted by: Bob
James Taylor's, "Fire And Rain"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Susan the pants they made for the men to choose.
The Real Lyrics:
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you.
The Story: When I was in Thailand in 1976 with a bunch of exchange students, we all got together once and shared horror stories of having been serenaded by Thai guys on their guitars, and the lyrics they never quite got right. This was one that was sung to me. I wish I could remember the rest!! They were a riot. - Submitted by: Julie Rudd
James Taylor's, "I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Go away, Vendanya.
The Real Lyrics:
Go away, then damn ya.
The Story: I thought he was singing to a girl whose name was Vendanya. Years after being corrected, my friends still tease me about this one. - Submitted by: Mich
James Taylor's, "Sweet Baby James"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Goodnight, You'll like ladies
The Real Lyrics:
Goodnight, you moonlight ladies
The Story: Heard this song growing up and never figured out what the actual line was until I looked online. - Submitted by: Eric
James Taylor's, "Sweet Baby James"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Peak freens and booze are the colors I choose
The Real Lyrics:
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
The Story: My mom raised me on JT. and my whole life I thought he was saying peak freens and booze, knowing he was an addict (heroin, alcohol) and thinking he liked very serious cookies... it wasn't until I got to college that I was set straight by one of my roommates, who fell down laughing when I sang this. We still sing it to this day, 15 years later. - Submitted by: christine geiger
James Taylor's, "That's Why I'm Here"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Got your f***in' fear.
The Real Lyrics:
Got your bucket of beer.
The Story: All these 15+ years, I thought that's what he was singing. I wondered how this song was allowed on the radio because of the 'bad word' in it. It's only now, after I did an online lyric search in the forlorn hope that that word wasn't really in the song, that I know the truth. I feel like an idiot now. - Submitted by: Sammy Reed
James Taylor's, "Up On The Roof"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I found a pair of dykes
That's trouble proof.
The Real Lyrics:
I found a paradise
That's trouble proof.
The Story: We had to sing this song in chorus class in high school. A friend of mine was infamous for not reading the lyrics and just singing along as she saw fit. When this line came up, her eyes got wide and she asked, 'I found a pair of dykes up on the roof? Can we say that? What kind of a roof is this anyway?' I was in stitches! - Submitted by: Ga
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