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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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Johnny Horton's, "Battle Of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They ran so fast like a house full of ketchup.
The Real Lyrics:
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em.
The Story: I was still in grade school when this came out. We didn't have any dogs in the house, but we had ketchup. You go with what you know. - Submitted by: Jim Brown
Johnny Horton's, "Battle of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ol' Heap-Freak said we could take 'em by surprise, if we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eyes....
The Real Lyrics:
Ol' Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise, if we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eyes....
The Story: I was about 9 or ten when this song came out, and I had no idea that Colonel Jackson's nickname was "Old Hickory". Later on in the song, it tells about how the soldiers "grab an alligator, and pull another round; we filled it's head with cannonballs and powdered it's behind, and when we set the powder off, the gator lost his mind". Well, I figured Ol' Heap-Freak had to be a not very nice Indian guy from the wild west who would do this to an alligator. - Submitted by: June Ponte
Johnny Horton's, "Johnny Reb"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Get out of the way, Johnny Red, Johnny Red
Get out of the way, Johnny Red.
The Real Lyrics:
You fought all the way, Johnny Reb, Johnny Reb
You fought all the way, Johnny Reb.
The Story: Listening on an old 8-track tape in Georgia. - Submitted by: Owen Money
Johnny Horton's, "North To Alaska"
The Misheard Lyrics:
North to Alaska
Going North to save our souls.
The Real Lyrics:
North to Alaska
Go North, the rush is on.
The Story: I was singing this tune in my buddy's car one evening. When he started laughing, I asked him what the matter was. He informed me that I missung the lyric. Now when we are headed North for any particular reason I or he says 'We're headed North to Alaska, we're headed North to save our Souls.' - Submitted by: Marshall
Johnny Horton's, "North To Alaska"
The Misheard Lyrics:
North to Alaska
We're going north to the Russian Zone.
The Real Lyrics:
North to Alaska
We're going north, the rush is on.
The Story: Young female friend (about age 15 at the time the song came out) used to sing the misheard lyrics while we danced to it. She took a while to convince her of the true lyrics, and even then she remained skeptical. - Submitted by: Hal Smith
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