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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!).


All for You [Extra Track] album at Amazon.com
Janet Jackson's, "All For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Got a nice pack of Durex
The Real Lyrics:
Got a nice package alright
The Story: I simply thought it was Janet Jackson getting a bit randy as usual. And it just kind of figured, especially as the next line went 'Guess I'm gonna have to ride it tonight.' - Submitted by: Lynne
Janet Jackson's, "Doesn't Really Matter"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm in love with a human bean pole
The Real Lyrics:
I'm in love with a human being
The Story: I thought it might make sense. Ya know, the movie's about a really fat girl marrying a really skinny girl. Maybe she trying to express how she doesn't care what he weighs. I don't know... I'm trying to sound not so stupid. - Submitted by: Lel
Janet Jackson's, "Escapade"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Let me take you to the Ice Capades
Let's go
Ice-Ca-pades.
The Real Lyrics:
Let me take you on an escapade
Let's go!
Es-ca-pade
The Story: I told my friend I knew all the lyrics to this song. She was quick to point out that it was not "Ice Capades but "escapade". I exclaimed, "Now that makes a lot more sense!" - Submitted by: Tracy Jeffrey
Janet Jackson's, "If"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If I was your girl
All the things I'd do to you
I'd make you throw up and shit
My a**hole lips belong to you
The Real Lyrics:
If I was your girl
All the things I'd do to you
I'd make you call out my name
I'd ask who it belongs to, you.
The Story: omg it was exam week at Cornell and I was *very* punchy, when I first heard this song. I like to study with music on, and 'If' came on the radio as I sat in front of my notes. My jaw dropped because, given the risque lyrical content of the verse (all about getting 'freaky' and frisky with her man in every which way... sample verse lyric: 'your 'smooth and shiny' feels so good against my lips, sugar' -- yikes), I actually thought that this was the chorus. My best friend then heard the song and was like omg, I can't believe they're playing this on the radio. We were so punchy from exam stress that we even choreographed a ridiculous dance to go with the misheard lyrics (just *imagining* Janet. doing this dance is enough to make us pee our pants). fun further aside: we had some friends convinced that these were the lyrics and the disbelief about airplay of such scandalous fare spread like wildfire..... - Submitted by: Chrandy
Janet Jackson's, "Miss You Much"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Send an email letter
Dial you on the phone
The Real Lyrics:
Send it in a letter
Tell you on the phone
The Story: I was thinking of my version of a example of an old 90s computer commercial while listening to this song (example windows 98 launch video) - Submitted by: Fena the Vintage Geek Otaku Kitsune
Janet Jackson's, "Rhythm Nation"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We are part of a river nation
The Real Lyrics:
We are part of a rhythm nation
The Story: My youngest son saw a biography on Janet and when 'Rhythm Nation' was on he thought she sang River Nation'..... I immediately thought of Lord of the Dance! - Submitted by: Christine Bostic
Janet Jackson's, "Someone To Call My Lover"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Maybe we'll pee in a bar.
The Real Lyrics:
Maybe we'll meet in a bar.
The Story: I heard this on the radio when I was quite small and was horrified and tramatized. I wondered if that was what grownups did in bars. - Submitted by: Rex
Janet Jackson's, "This Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Old boy take a look into the sunrise
The Real Lyrics:
Oh boy take a look at who's sorry now
The Story: At the time, I assumed the "sunrise" in my misheard lyric was supposed to be a metaphor for starting anew. - Submitted by: redsimba
Janet Jackson's, "Unbreakable"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ever since we got molested
The Real Lyrics:
Ever sacred, ever lasting
The Story: They play this at my workplace! Janet’s voice sounds a bit like Michael’s (I initially thought it was him). That makes this mondegreen extra creepy considering the unproven allegations against the latter. - Submitted by: Hu’s On First
Janet Jackson's, "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So Barbara says, you've got one life to live
The Real Lyrics:
Soap opera says, you've got one life to live
The Story: I kept wondering who the Barbara was she was referring to - Submitted by: Barbara
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