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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!).

Jan And Dean's, "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you see on the street
Don't try to shoot her.
The Real Lyrics:
If you see her on the street
Don't try to 'choose' her.
The Story: That's what I at first thought it sounded like. I also thought it was a song about a slow driver, not a fast one (I thought a line saying 'She can't keep her foot off the accelerator' said '...on the accelerator' instead). So the words seemingly saying not to try to shoot her (presumably when stuck behind her) seemed like an early admonition against what would later become known as 'road rage'. incidentally, I'm still not sure what ''choose' her' in the real lyrics means. - Submitted by: Alison Runyon
Jan And Dean's, "Surf City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When I get to surf city I'll be shooting the girls
The Real Lyrics:
When I get to surf city I'll be shooting the curves
The Story: Loved this song back in 63. I knew a bit about California talk and I assumed surfers Jan and Dean meant looking at the girls since the eye is like a camera and the camera takes a 'shot'. California slang, right? But one day I was singing this song. And I get 'whaaaaaaaaaaaa?' - Submitted by: Bob Alinkofsky
Jan And Dean's, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But parked in her rickety old garage
Is a brand new, shiny red super start Dodge.
The Real Lyrics:
But parked in her rickety old garage
Is a brand new, shiny red Super Stock Dodge.
The Story: For years I heard this song thinking it said "super start Dodge". Since "super start" doesn't seem to be an official term, I thought of this part as essentially "filler" lyrics. Then I happened to be checking this song on a lyrics site, for reasons not related to these particular lyrics, when I happened to notice "Super Stock Dodge" as the actual words of this phrase. - Submitted by: Karen Smith
Jan and Dean's, "Ride the Wild Surf"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gotta take that wild-a** ride.
The Real Lyrics:
Gotta take that one last ride.
The Story: This was actually the misheard lyric of a friend, who was convinced this was the right lyric until someone finally enlightened him. Hope you can either print this lyric or use asterisks, but his story cracked me up. - Submitted by: Brian D. Smith

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