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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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Kate Bush's, "December Will Be Magic, Again."
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just a popadom in my memory.
or Just like a puppy dog in my memory.
The Real Lyrics:
Just a poppin' up in my memory.
The Story: I actually thought the real lyric was 'just like a puppy dog in my memory', which fits with a child's gift for Christmas. But I was wrong on both counts. - Submitted by: Tom
Kate Bush's, "Sat In Your Lap"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I am a stingbert
Just when I think I'm king.
The Real Lyrics:
I must admit
Just when I think I'm king.
The Story: A friend of mine and I were trying to figure out all of the words to this song one day in the late 80's, and when we got to this part of the song, all we could hear was 'Stingbert'. We played it over and over and over, but still, it was 'Stingbert'. We laughed for hours! 'Stingbert' has now become our word for misheard lyrics. - Submitted by: PaterMike
Kate Bush's, "Strange Phenomena"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Raise your hats to the strange banana man.
The Real Lyrics:
Raise your hat to the strange phenomena.
The Story: I was listening to all my music on my computer whilst sleeping on the sofa. I woke up having a dream about banana men, and singing the song. I had to skip through all my music until I found it. - Submitted by: Holly
Kate Bush's, "Suspended In Gaffa"
The Misheard Lyrics:
suddenly my feet are feet of mud in argos slow mo or slough
The Real Lyrics:
suddenly my feet are feet of mud it all goes slow mo?
The Story: I was listening this song and I thought she said argos - Submitted by: Daniel Jones
Kate Bush's, "The Kick Inside"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You must lose me like an arrow
Shot into the cable store.
The Real Lyrics:
You must lose me like an arrow
Shot into the killer storm.
The Story: I was puzzled about this for many years. An arrow shot into the cable store? I knew Kate Bush had been a drama student, and I knew some theatres (and drama schools) have cable stores, utilitarian rooms where they keep the lighting cables. Was this, I wondered, a reference to some event in her college days? Had someone shot an arrow into the cable stores, and it'd never been found? It was only when I finally decided to buy this track from iTunes (I have the album on cassette) that I seized the opportunity to look up the lyrics online. The mystery of nearly three decades was solved. Now, what can 'An arrow shot into the killer storm' mean? - Submitted by: Martin Sylvester
Kate Bush's, "Them Heavy People"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Them heavy people hit me, shazbot!
The Real Lyrics:
Them heavy people hit me in a soft spot.
The Story: My sister misheard this lyric at a time when 'Mork & Mindy' was just starting to be shown on the Yorkshire region. My nephew used to go around saying 'Nanu nanu' and 'Shazbot!' - Submitted by: pickle
Kate Bush's, "This Woman's Work"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me that little kid.
The Real Lyrics:
Give me that little kiss.
The Story: I am a professional tribute artist, I was at a wedding and this song was requested. This was only my second performance, so I didn't have all the lyrics committed to memory. What a difference a couple of letters makes!! =) - Submitted by: Charlotte
Kate Bush's, "Top of the City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I see you walking down the street with her
I can see her legs going on and on
The Real Lyrics:
I see you walking down the street with her
I can see your lights going on and off
The Story: I thought the woman in the song was stalking her ex-boyfriend and envying how long the legs of the new girl were! - Submitted by: pickle
Kate Bush's, "Wow"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wow wow wow wow wow I'm Billy the Bull
The Real Lyrics:
Wow wow wow wow wow unbelievable
The Story: I went to stay at a friends house during college and one of his female flatmates told me she was a Kate Bush fan and her fav' song was 'I'm Billy the Bull'. I told her I liked Ms Bush too and hadn't heard of this song, thinking it must be a rare b-side. She said we could go and listen to it and I almost died when listening to her singing along to the chorus. I never told her to real lyrics because she'd gone too far to come back! - Submitted by: Jonathan Davis
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Heathcliff
It's me! I can't see, so come home.
The Real Lyrics:
Heathcliff
It's me! Cathy, come home!
The Story: A friend used to dance in front of the T.V. singing those words. When told what the original words were, she replied, "Who the f***'s Cathy!?" [Ed.'s note: Cathy was the heroine in the book "Wuthering Heights".] - Submitted by: Teresa
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Heathcliffe, it's me, your Cathy
Your papaya. Come home.
The Real Lyrics:
Heathcliffe, it's me, Cathy
Come home. I'm so cold.
The Story: I'm a big Kate Bush fan, and my mate sits behind me and sings along whenever I play 'Wuthering Heights'. I've pointed out that he sings the wrong lyrics, but they're just stuck in his head and he sings about Heathcliffe's papaya anyway. - Submitted by: Steven Todd
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wonder why the windy moors
Are so hard to please me.
The Real Lyrics:
Out on the wiley, windy moors
We'd roll and fall in green.
The Story: A co-worker, Alison McGoff, started singing this when she discovered that a guy she fancied (i.e. me) was a big Kate fan. She used to sing it in my company to impress me. Little did she know that the look of joy on my face was as a result of amusement as opposed to flattery. She also had the meter all wrong. - Submitted by: Mr X
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's me, I can't pee
I've come home, I'm so cold
The Real Lyrics:
It's me, I'm Cathy
I've come home, I'm so cold
The Story: I was watching the film clip on Rage as a teenager. With the bizarre dancing and the squatting I didn't question the ''can't pee'' lyric too much. - Submitted by: Michelle
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wopatoo, wopatoo, wopatoo ohnaia yeah!
The Real Lyrics:
Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Hei - eights
The Story: I was corrected whilst singing it to a girl I was trying to impress - she wasn't! - Submitted by: Caomhin
Kate Bush's, "Wuthering Heights"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You have gets dark, it gets lonely.
On the other side of so good.
The Real Lyrics:
Oh, it gets dark, it gets lonely.
On the other side from you.
The Story: I think, it refer to the popular chicken nugget product, So Good, when I hear this song. However, Kate wrote the original lyrics of this song when she was 18 and based on Emily Bronte's novel of the same name. About this song: "Wuthering Heights" is track #6 on her debut studio album, "The Kick Inside", released on 17 February 1978. The power ballad topping the UK Singles Chart and also reaching the Top 20 internationally. This song is Kate's biggest hit to date and Kate herself became the first woman artist with a self-penned song topping the UK Singles Chart. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
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