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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!).


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Katy Perry's, "Birthday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Make you lick your butt crack every day!
The Real Lyrics:
Make it like your birthday every day!
The Story: When I first heard this song, I heard this instead of the actual lyrics, and I broke down laughing😂 Listen to the song again, trust me, you'll hear it. - Submitted by: Caelin Stewart
Katy Perry's, "California Gurls"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sun Drenched skin,
Bikinis on top,
California gurls we're undeniable
The Real Lyrics:
Sun Kissed Skin
So Hot
We'll melt your popsicle
The Story: All the time my mum sings this song, she gets the lyrics mixed up, 2 lines before the other. It's hilarious! - Submitted by: allyl
Katy Perry's, "Chained to the Rhythm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dance dance dance to the Mr Show
The Real Lyrics:
Dance dance dance to the distortion
The Story: I get a chuckle every time I think about people somehow dancing to that old David Cross and Bob Oedenkirk comedy show. - Submitted by: Matt Flohr
Katy Perry's, "Dark Horse"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cuz I'm coming at you like a dire corpse
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause I'm coming at you like a dark horse
The Story: She definitely pronounces a p-s sound - Submitted by: Jimi
Katy Perry's, "Dark Horse"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So you wanna play with my cheek?
The Real Lyrics:
So you wanna play with magic?
The Story: I thought they we're strange lyrics but I could not hear anything else. - Submitted by: matt
Katy Perry's, "Dark Horse"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So you wanna play with my jeans?
The Real Lyrics:
So you wanna play with magic?
The Story: I had a feeling that those weren't the correct lyrics. I also thought maybe she was saying "So you wanna play with my cheek?" as in the guy was hitting/abusing her. The song does have DARK in the title! And the other version is more inappropriate... but come on, this is Katy Perry that we are talking about. - Submitted by: Madison
Katy Perry's, "E.T."
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your touch magnetizing
Physical imploding
Leaves my body glowing
The Real Lyrics:
Your touch magnetizing
Feels like I am floating
Leaves my body glowing
The Story: I'm not really sure why I thought this would be in the song but that's what it sounded like to me. Made me feel incredibly stupid when I figured out the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Arthur Kirkland
Katy Perry's, "Firework"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Make 'em go oh oh oh
You're gonna leave 'em falling do-o-own
The Real Lyrics:
Make 'em go oh oh oh
You're gonna leave 'em all in a-a-awe.
The Story: The lyrics are these on many websites. But as Katy released her official lyric video, it felt different and awkward. - Submitted by: LMA
Katy Perry's, "Hot N Cold"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yeah you, you're a mess
The Real Lyrics:
Yeah you PMS
The Story: I heard this like in November and I had no idea what PMS was even though I'm a girl. - Submitted by: Miriam
Katy Perry's, "Hot N Cold"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yeah, you pee a mess
Like a bitch I would know
The Real Lyrics:
Yeah you PMS
Like a bitch I would know
The Story: Apparently bitches pee messes? - Submitted by: alex
Katy Perry's, "Hot N' Cold"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And you overthink, always speak correctically
The Real Lyrics:
And you overthink, always speak cryptically
The Story: The first few time I heard the song, I always thought Katy was saying "correctically" which isn't even a word. Because of this, I though she was trying to say the guy always spoke with the correct grammar, and just used "correctically" as sort of a mocking way of saying "you speak in the correct way, but I'm using bad grammar to emphasize that point." - Submitted by: Eric
Katy Perry's, "I Kissed A Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I like the map and she makin
The Real Lyrics:
I kissed a girl and I liked it
The Story: map - Submitted by: Yolanda
Katy Perry's, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Skinny dipping with the Sharks runaway inside a bar playing with the minisharks on Friday night.
The Real Lyrics:
Yeah, we danced on tabletops And we took too many shots Think we kissed but I forgot Last Friday Night
The Story: I work at jack in the box and I swear everytime I work there and I hear Friday Night TGIF I can only hear the lyrics like this. I have to concentrate to really hear the original lyrics xD - Submitted by: Miguel Padilla
Katy Perry's, "Pearl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But now she's stuck deep in some man
The Real Lyrics:
But now she's stuck deep in cement
The Story: I see this way too often on lyric videos. - Submitted by: Katycat
Katy Perry's, "Roar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got the eye on the diaper
The Real Lyrics:
I got the eye of the tiger
The Story: Who would let Katy Perry have her eye on a diaper? Remember when they banned her from Sesame Street? - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Katy Perry's, "Teenage Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We drove the Kelley and got drunk on the beach
The Real Lyrics:
We drove to Cali and got drunk on the beach
The Story: I first heard the song and thought they were talking about driving up Kelley drive in Philadelphia PA. - Submitted by: Tom
Katy Perry's, "Teenage Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We drove to Kelly
And got Raganza Beach
Got a motel with
Beautiful olive sheets.
The Real Lyrics:
We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets.
The Story: Katy absolutely does NOT enunciate "Cali." correctly. She really does pronounce it like "Kelly" -- listen and you'll see! :( As a California native, I know there's no Raganza Beach but for the longest time I couldn't figure out what she was saying, so I guessed maybe she made up a fictitious beach. And "built a fort" is very difficult to understand because she really slurs the words, so it seemed to me she was commenting on the sheets of the hotel, which would be a dull thing to include in a song but at least it made sense. How, on the other hand, do you build a fort out of sheets? LOL - Submitted by: Scary Shari
Katy Perry's, "Teenage Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We drove to Kelly
And got Ragonza Beach
Got a motel and
Beautiful olive sheets
The Real Lyrics:
We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets
The Story: I'm a California native so I'm fairly certain there's no Ragonza Beach, but that really is what it sounded like Katy was singing! Also, initially I thought she was singing "Beautiful out of sheets" but I realized that made no sense. THEN I decided she was probably singing "Beautiful olive sheets" since at least that make sense; i.e. she liked the color of the sheets. Never in a million years would I have thought she was singing "built a fort". - Submitted by: Scary Shari
Katy Perry's, "Teenage Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We drove to Kelly
And got Ragonza Beach
Got a motel and
Beautiful out of sheets
The Real Lyrics:
We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets
The Story: I'm a California native so I'm fairly certain there's no Ragonza Beach, but that really is what it sounded like Katy was singing! And I never would have thought she was singing "built a fort" - it absolutely sounds like she's saying "beau-ti-ful". - Submitted by: Scary Shari
Katy Perry's, "Unconditionally"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Unconditional, unconditionally.
I will love you unconditionally.
And there is no feeling.
Let go and just be free.
'Cause I will love you unconditionally.
I will love you.
The Real Lyrics:
Unconditional, unconditionally.
I will love you unconditionally.
And there is no fear now.
Let go and just be free.
'Cause I will love you unconditionally.
I will love you.
The Story: Not related to Morris Albert's power ballad, "Feelings", that also popular very earlier before "Unconditionally" came out. About this song: "Unconditionally" is track #5 on her fourth studio album, "Prism", released on 18 October 2013. It was written by Katy herself along with Lukasz Gottwald (nicknamed Dr. Luke), Max Martin, and Henry Walter (nicknamed Cirkut). The power ballad was received moderate airplays from radio stations and did not match the success of her previous single from that album, "Roar". "Unconditionally" was just reaching #14 on Billboard's Pop Chart and #25 on the UK Singles Chart. However, the album, "Prism", still very success for Katy herself with topping Billboard's Pop Albums Chart and the UK Albums Chart as her previous album, "Teenage Dream", released in 2010, which was ultimately received acclaim from listeners. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
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