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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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Journey's, "Any Way You Want It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Any May you want it
That's the way you mead it
The Real Lyrics:
Anyway you want it
That's the way you need it
The Story: This is how my 4-year-old has been singing this song all week. Loudly. Outside. For everyone who drives by to enjoy. - Submitted by: Lynn
Journey's, "Ask The Lonely"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You just ask bologna.
The Real Lyrics:
You just ask the lonely.
The Story: I heard Dean Castronovo (Journey drummer) name the song this way at a 2005 soundcheck in Texas. - Submitted by: Troy
Journey's, "Don't Stop Believin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Don't stop the mailman
The Real Lyrics:
Don't stop believin'
The Story: I was listening to this song, and my son said "Don't stop the mailman?" - Submitted by: Calvin
Journey's, "Don't Stop Believin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everyone wants a grill.
The Real Lyrics:
Everyone wants a thrill.
The Story: I would always sing my version whenever I heard the song. People would correct me, but I found my version too funny to stop singing. - Submitted by: Amanda Wilkins
Journey's, "Don't Stop Believing "
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gustav be-leeding
The Real Lyrics:
Don't stop believing
The Story: Heard it on classic rock station - Submitted by: Alyssa
Journey's, "Don't Stop Believing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hold on to that peeling
The Real Lyrics:
Hold on to that feeling
The Story: I was not listening well. - Submitted by: Steve
Journey's, "Don't Stop Believing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Stream Line, Bingo oh aaaaah!
The Real Lyrics:
Streetlights people
The Story: My 5 year old daughter was singing to the song and that is what she heard. - Submitted by: Michelle
Journey's, "Faithfully"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm forever yours, wait for me.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm forever yours, faithfully.
The Story: My friend, Amy, in college was passionately belting out this beauty in the recreation room. It was so hysterical, I don't even think she ever knew why. - Submitted by: Amy
Journey's, "Faithfully"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We all need the clowns to make us laugh
The Real Lyrics:
We all need the clowns
To make us smile.
The Story: In a circus, clowns make you laugh. I just saw the video and it sounds like "laugh" and in the live concert version of the song, is clearly sounds like "smile". - Submitted by: Janet Matrai
Journey's, "Faithfully"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We all need the clowns to make us laugh
The Real Lyrics:
We all need the clowns to make us smile
The Story: heard the arnel pineda version and commented that he changed the word from "laugh" to "smile." My wife responded with, "Smile is in the original lyrics." When you listen, I swear he's saying "laugh" - Submitted by: Jonathan Lee
Journey's, "Girl Can't Help It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Girl caught up in machine needs more.
The Real Lyrics:
The girl can't help it, she needs more.
The Story: I spent many of my teen years listening to this song on a tape a friend made for me, trying to figure out what the heck 'machine' she was caught in. Was 'grown-up' love like a machine you got trapped in? Would I one day be caught up and need more? Finally one day I bought the tape (Yup, tape, not cd) and read the lyrics. Oh, that made much more sense. Oh yeah been caught up in the 'Love Machine' almost 10 years now :o) - Submitted by: hope
Journey's, "Girl Can't Help It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, there's a b**** in his eyes for you.
The Real Lyrics:
Ooh, there's a fire in his eyes for you.
The Story: The sad part is I have been working in radio for many years now. I knew my rendition was wrong, but I still sing this song the wrong way to myself. Though it does kinda kill the meaning of the song. ;) - Submitted by: Chris Haslage
Journey's, "Lights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the rights go down in the CD
The Real Lyrics:
When the lights go down in the city
The Story: This song actually predates the compact disc...as for "the city", they're referring to San Francisco. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Journey's, "Oh, Sherrie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cinnamon gum
The Real Lyrics:
Shoulda been gone
The Story: My 5 year old nephew belted out this line when we were on a road trip. He showed so much conviction in his delivery, it was hard not to laugh. It still cracks me up. - Submitted by: Uri
Journey's, "Open Arms"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And now that you've come back
Tonight and today
The Real Lyrics:
And now that you've come back
Turned night into day
The Story: I was telling a friend how stupid lyrics can be, quoting lines from many songs by way of illustration. When I came up to this one he said to me: songs can be silly, but you're doing your best to make them worse! - Submitted by: Janis L. Seitz
Journey's, "Open Arms"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So now I come to you
With leprechauns.
The Real Lyrics:
So now I come to you
With open arms.
The Story: I was about 11 years old when my older sister, who is a huge Journey fan, heard me singing this. She told everyone in my family and all my boyfriends for years to come. It is legend in my family and her own special brand of torture for me. - Submitted by: Tina
Journey's, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Love will find you
Great ghost, she can't find you.
The Real Lyrics:
Love will find you
Break those chains that bind you.
The Story: Ever since hearing this song on the radio one day, I had been wanting a copy of it offline (This was back when Napster was a less-than-legal service). But, I didn't know the title or band, and all I could remember was this single line of lyrics which I thought went 'Love will find you, great ghost she can't find you'. So, I went around searching for this 'great ghost' song with no luck. It wasn't until about a year later when I was told the real lyrics (Along with the title and band). I sure felt embarassed after that. - Submitted by: Cris Sturtz
Journey's, "Separate Ways"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Great clothes dress that find you.
The Real Lyrics:
Break those chains that bind you.
The Story: I sang it this way all through junior high and senior high school, thinking it was really nice of him to wish her to have a nice wardrobe. - Submitted by: Joseph Oh

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