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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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Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spaz.
The Real Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spy.
The Story: A car-radio singer from youth, I brayed the lyrics incorrectly from its original radio play until I bought a book of misheard song lyrics a couple of years ago. I also just realized that I've probably got 50% of the song wrong ...and I thought Blondie sang it. This song is like my first marriage: I thought I knew what I was doing, but it turned out I knew nothing about it. And I still insist it's much more 80's if 'all the boy think she's a spaz'. - Submitted by: Jess B.
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spaz.
The Real Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spy.
The Story: I often sing this song in the car. One day, I heard my boyfriend singing along with me, only he sang, "All the boys think she's a spaz." I looked at him and started cracking up, then told my two kids in the backseat what he had sung. They proceeded to bust out laughing, too. Needless to say, we all sing it the 'spaz' way now, with a wink. - Submitted by: angela
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spazz,
The Real Lyrics:
All the boys think she's a spy
The Story: I heard a younger neighbor singing this song about the time it was a hit, and she sang the wrong words. She absolutely refused to believe me when she had misheard the words. - Submitted by: P. Woodall
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And she knows just what it takes to make a road rush
She's got 'gretty globble' step up sign
She's got better days in the sun.
The Real Lyrics:
And she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
She's got Greta Garbo stand-up sighs
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: When I was young, my family were in the car driving to a cabin for summer vacation. He'd put this tape on with songs and he'd repeat it the whole way. This song inparticular I liked the most, I didn't know what it was called but I liked it. Those lyrics I mentioned was how I heard the song as a child. Now I know the real lyrics. As for 'Gretty Globble', I couldn't make out what she was saying. So in my own crazy childish head, I just sang the made-up words 'Gretty Globble.' I had no idea this song mentioned any names back then. - Submitted by: Ryan
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And she knows just what it takes to make your blood rush
She's got a pair of goggles, standard-size
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
And she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
She's got Greta Garbo stand-up sighs
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: I had only heard of this song when I found a parody for it and discovered the actual song on my computer. Since the parody was based on a certain Disney character, I naturally assumed the original lyrics referred to goggles. - Submitted by: Colin Slater
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
How the bathtub jives to please you
The Real Lyrics:
And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
All the better just to please you.
The Story: I was 11 when this came out, and I just loved the sound of this song. But I just couldn't picture a bathtub getting up and jiving to please anyone. That all ended when I read the lyrics on the sleeve inside the record cover. - Submitted by: Chris
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fill the bathub just to please you
The Real Lyrics:
All the better just to please you
The Story: Well, filling the bathtub sounded like a nice thing to do for someone... - Submitted by: Thad Aaron
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She got better take her time
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes
The Story: I was 13 at the time when we were hanging out with A few older girls 15-16 years old at A soccer game and the one bully of the bunch was singing the song..incorrectly, after A fit of laughter we told the beast that she was wrong and she stared crying and threatened to beat us up...she never did and we were no longer intimidated by the beast. she was just a big baby after all. - Submitted by: LINDA
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She knows just what it takes to make a crow blush
The Real Lyrics:
And she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush.
The Story: I was young...I thought it meant because a crow is black, it would be hard to see a blush on it...thus, a real feat! - Submitted by: Shell
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She'll let you take her home
It whets her appetite
She'll lay ya on the phone
She got Bette Davis eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
She'll let you take her home
It whets her appetite
She'll lay you on her throne
She got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: I thought...phone sex! - Submitted by: Shell
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better day visage.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: I thought for years she sung better day visage. She keeps her skin clean. - Submitted by: djp
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better days of size.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: When I was young I thought maybe she had got fat or something so she had "better days of size". - Submitted by: Kristina
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better days than nights.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: My roommate, Chris, and I were in the car, and this song came on. We both sang along with Kim, and I started hearing something different that what I was singing. Chris actually thought that she was singing about a woman who was having better days than nights! - Submitted by: Amelia Strommen
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better legs than thighs.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: My friend came into class in high school one day laughing her head off because her sister was singing, 'She's got better legs than thighs.' The sister, who also went to our school, just about killed her when she heard this news being spread around the school as the story of the day. - Submitted by: Andee
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better ways to fly.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: I felt such a fool screaming it out loud at my birthday party. 20 people almost died laughing. - Submitted by: Lars Peter Ladefoged Jensen
Kim Carnes', "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got thirty days to decide.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Bette Davis eyes.
The Story: I had a neighbor in the 80s that sang the misheard lyrics. She swore that she was right. - Submitted by: Susan Smock
Kim Carnes', "Betty Davis Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got better days aside.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got Betty Davis eyes.
The Story: My boyfriend at the time thought "She's got better aside" were the lyrics what does that even mean? - Submitted by: Sally Hathaway
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