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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!).


Aqualung album at Amazon.com
Jethro Tull's, "Aqualung "
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with bandaged hands
The Real Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with bad intent
The Story: Album cover shows Aqualung with his hands wrapped...so, I reasoned he was eyeing little girls, with bandaged hands - Submitted by: Mick
Jethro Tull's, "Aqualung"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Flying is a pulson
The Real Lyrics:
Drying in the cold sun
The Story: I didn't hear the lyrics wrong - My brother did. I happened by his bedroom one day, he was playing my Aqualung album when I overheard him sing 'Flying is a pulson'. I walked in and asked him to repeat it. He looked at me uncertain and repeated it with a ? at the end. I set him straight and it's been a joke with us ever since it happened back in 1973. - Submitted by: Tom Sturm
Jethro Tull's, "Aqualung"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Leg hurting bad, as he bends to kick a dog in.
The Real Lyrics:
Leg hurting bad, as he bends to pick a dog-end.
The Story: A friend at school whose copy of the album didn't have the lyric sheet (for some reason ?), had produced his own by transposing the lyrics directly from the album himself. Thus his mis-hearing of the lyric had been proudly preserved, on A4 ruled paper, for all to see. Oh how we laughed when first we saw it. Mainly, I think, 'cos it actually seemed better (or, at least, funnier !) than the real lyric. - Submitted by: R Curry
Jethro Tull's, "Aqualung"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sitting on a park bench
Eying little girls with padded tits
The Real Lyrics:
Sitting on a park bench
Eying little girls with bad intent
The Story: Our band did a cover of this for over 18 months before we realized what the actual lyrics were. - Submitted by: Prof. Aqualung
Jethro Tull's, "Aqualung"
The Misheard Lyrics:
let curtain back as he bends to pet a doggy
The Real Lyrics:
leg hurting bad and bends to pick a dog end
The Story: I was listening to a program about the Sex Pistols and one of the guys said they called Johnny Rotten that because his teeth looked like dog ends. Right then this song flashed into my head and I looked up the lyrics which I had never done before. I had never heard the word dog end before that I understood it, not sure why I did this particular time. - Submitted by: Zymurgy
Jethro Tull's, "Bungle in the Jungle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The rivers are full of drunken dynasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
The Real Lyrics:
The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
The Story: War Child was never my favorite Tull album and 'Bungle in the Jungle' is not my favorite Tull song but for forty plus years - until today - I liked my misheard image of 'drunken dynasties' perhaps Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons - imbibing and jumping in the river or ocean given the tragedy at Chappaquiddick. - Submitted by: Rani D
Jethro Tull's, "Bungle in the Jungle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well let's bungle in the jungle.
The Real Lyrics:
Well it's bungle in the jungle.
The Story: The singer describes a circumstance ("it's..."); does not offer invitation ("let's...") - Submitted by: j wincn
Jethro Tull's, "Cross-Eyed Mary"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Running naked with a lashing braid.
The Real Lyrics:
Would rather make it with a letching grey.
The Story: I mentioned it once to a college roommate at Tulane University - 1972 (who had the album and the lyrics). He said, "No, that's not right, but I like your lyrics better". - Submitted by: John
Jethro Tull's, "Cross-Eyed Mary"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She dives in Hampstead Village
Then expends a pound of drool.
The Real Lyrics:
She dines in Hampstead Village
On expense-account gruel.
The Story: 'Expending a pound of drool' was what I thought of as a more formal way of saying 'hocking a loogie.' - Submitted by: The Skuz
Jethro Tull's, "Life Is A Long Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
La fa lay lan san
The Real Lyrics:
Life is a long song.
The Story: For years I thought this lyric was something being said in French (like in the Beatles' Michelle). I was trying to research these lyrics online to find out what he was saying in French, only to discover it was in English all the time. - Submitted by: Joyce
Jethro Tull's, "Locomotive Breath"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And God, he stole the haddock
The Real Lyrics:
God stole the handle
The Story: In the car, my dad - the man who introduced me to this song - and me were listening to this. By this point I'm able to follow the lyrics along with it, but when it comes to those lines, I always hear haddock. Never anything but haddock. A powerful, excellent song about a failed life, and suddenly, haddock. Charlie stole the haddock, and for some reason, so did God. My dad laughed. And then we luckily missed a barrier. - Submitted by: Ken Mckenners
Jethro Tull's, "Ring Out Solstice Bells"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Not let the snausages begin
Winter is a glass on the chicken
Seven maids moon seven times
Now to let the granny and the lime
Ring out these bells
Ring out these sausage bells
Ring sauce's bells
Joystick and believe the mistletoe
Fight the holly, open a window
Seven threw his nostrils seven times
Sing the song the bells won't let me chime
Ring out these bells
Ring out these sausage bells
Ring sauce's bells
Ring out (ring out) these sausage bells
Ring out (ring out) the sauce's bells
Take me to the distance is the sun
Dreadful at the still the planet Tron
Seven maids moving seven times
Sing the song the bells don't let me chime
Ring out those bells
Ring out these sausage bells
Ring sauce's bells
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out
Ring on, ring out
The Real Lyrics:
Now is the solstice of the year, winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.
Ring out these bells. Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Join together beneath the mistletoe
By the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Praise be to the distant sister sun, joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
Ring out those bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
The Story: It was the first time I heard the song and I thought, "I couldn't have heard that correctly" when I heard "winter is a glass on a chicken." I knew it couldn't be right, but when I listened intently to the song, I still got all kinds of lyrics wrong and it sounded like it. - Submitted by: Bridget Delaney

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