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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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Joe Jackson's, "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pretty women out walking with curlers down my street
The Real Lyrics:
Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street
The Story: I am partially deaf, so I mishear a lot of lyrics. As silly as it might seem, I have never questioned myself about this one. It's always been curlers to me - until I actually decided to look up the song :-) - Submitted by: David
Joe Jackson's, "Right And Wrong"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Friday walk
The Real Lyrics:
Right and wrong
The Story: This mis-hearing wasn't mine but actually my buddy's. He actually walked in to a record store and asked the manager, 'Do you have that song that goes 'Friday walk'?' - Submitted by: Bill
Joe Jackson's, "Steppin' Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bluebird stepping out.
The Real Lyrics:
You babe, steppin' out
The Story: Ever since I first heard this song on MTV in 1982 and subsequently on the radio, I always thought he was saying Bluebird and could never figure out what he was talking about. Now it makes a lot more sense! lol - Submitted by: Stacy
Joe Jackson's, "Steppin' Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bluebird, steppin' out
The Real Lyrics:
You babe, steppin' out
The Story: It is as follows: A local disc jockey was actually singing "Blu ebird, steppin' out" to the song as he was playing it then proceeded to talk abo ut the lyrics after the song was over. I didn't get up the nerve to call him abo ut the lyrics that appear inside the LP. - Submitted by: Susan Gruff
Joe Jackson's, "Steppin' Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bluebirds, steppin' out.
The Real Lyrics:
You babe, steppin' out.
The Story: I thought this was just another way of saying 'lovebirds'. I never knew the real lyrics until now, and I used to hear it all the time on my way to work in 1982! Looks like somebody else heard something similar. - Submitted by: Terri Powers
Joe Jackson's, "Steppin' Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Duvet, steppin' out
The Real Lyrics:
You babe, steppin' out.
The Story: I have always sung "duvet" instead of "you babe" ever since I first heard the song in 1983 when I was 12, because I honestly thought that was the lyric! I have just heard the song again on the radio and actually thought to myself: "it can't be 'duvet', can it?", so I looked up the lyrics and realised it should be "you babe"! For over 30 yrears I thought it was "duvet", but never really questioned it before now, either consciously or subconsciously! It'll take some getting used to! - Submitted by: Garry Davenport
Joe Jackson's, "Steppin' Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
E.T's alive, E.T's alive
The Real Lyrics:
Get to the line, get to the line
The Story: The song came out at about the same time as E.T. so perhaps it was E.T. obsession that made me hear 'E.T's alive' instead of the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Koala Bear
Joe Jackson's, "Sunday Papers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you wanna know about the man from Druckers
The Real Lyrics:
If you want to know about the mad punk rockers
The Story: I assumed 'Druckers' was some town in England, or a section of some English city. - Submitted by: The Skuz
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