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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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Mariah Carey's, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Make my wish come, Drew
The Real Lyrics:
Make my wish come true
The Story: That refers to Drew Carey, not really a friend of Mariah Carey. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Mariah Carey's, "Always Be My Baby"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a singer and...
The Real Lyrics:
And linger on.
The Story: I was in the talent show a few years ago and I sang this song. I didn't know there was gonna be that many Mariah Carey Fans~!! A few came up to me and said, 'Great performance you have a very good voice, but wrong lyrics' I was like wrong lyrics then I went on the computer and looked the right ones up!!!!!! - Submitted by: brianna
Mariah Carey's, "Dream Lover"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dream lover come rescue me
'Cause I wanna shuffle ruffle with you, baby.
The Real Lyrics:
Dream lover, come resuce me
'Cause I wanna share forever with you, baby.
The Story: My sister was in kindegarten when this song was popular. She was just sure she had the lyrics right and I was crazy. Apparently, "the shuffle ruffle" was the biggest dance craze that I somehow missed. - Submitted by: Karen
Mariah Carey's, "Emotions"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You got me doin pro-mo-shuns
The Real Lyrics:
You got me feelin emotions
The Story: I swear to god, the first time I heard this song on the radio that the dj announced it as 'Promotions' I thought, 'God, has it come to that? Is this girl so desperate for material to sing that she'd write something like this?' I figured it had to be a joke, but it wasn't until I heard to the song a second time that I realize I'd misinterpreted it. - Submitted by: Melanie Loper
Mariah Carey's, "Emotions"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You got me feelin' emotions
Higher than Kevin Sorbo.
The Real Lyrics:
You got me feelin' emotions
Higher than the heavens above.
The Story: I'm not sure if "Hercules" had debuted at the time the song came out, but maybe she knew Kevin Sorbo before he was a star. :) - Submitted by: Eric Andrews
Mariah Carey's, "I'll Be There"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Togetherness well it's all a math test
The Real Lyrics:
Togetherness, well it's all I'm after,
The Story: I was 10 when this was released, that's how I heard it at the time and thought it was that for years after - Submitted by: Larry
Mariah Carey's, "I'll Be There"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Togetherness--well it's all a math term.
The Real Lyrics:
Togetherness--well it's all I'm after.
The Story: There is a math term about togetherness--It's called addition. - Submitted by: scout
Mariah Carey's, "Never Too Far"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In my mind In the memories I'll find silence
The Real Lyrics:
In my mind In the memories I'll find solace
The Story: Silent memories? - Submitted by: Fraser
Mariah Carey's, "Shake It Off"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just like a cow on commercial
The Real Lyrics:
Just like a Calgon commercial
The Story: I just kept thinking "Now, why in the heck is she singing about a cow? On a commercial?". Now it makes sense...except I don't know what Calgon is. [Ed.'s note: In reference to Mariah's song, Calgon is a brand of bubble bath beads. It is also a laundry detergent additive.] - Submitted by: Cyra Niccals
Mariah Carey's, "Shake It Off"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just like the cows on commercial
The Real Lyrics:
Just like the Calgon commercial
The Story: My best friend REALLY tried to convince me of her version of the lyrics, citing a commercial where these cows were trying to escape the snow to go to California. This chic is crazy! - Submitted by: Celia
Mariah Carey's, "Shake You Off"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Boy, I got a sugar roll.
The Real Lyrics:
Boy, I gotta shake you off.
The Story: Really?! What was I thinking? Well... I thought she was saying how sweet she was and how some guy was really gonna miss her. Sometimes, when I hear the song, I still sing my originally misheard lyrics. - Submitted by: Buena
Mariah Carey's, "We Belong Together"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bought a wombat on the radio.
The Real Lyrics:
Bobby Womack's on the radio.
The Story: This comes on the radio all the time. When I heard it for the first time, that was what I thought it was. I looked it up after and found out I was wrong. Bobby Womack is an African-American singer. - Submitted by: Kit Kat
Mariah Carey's, "Without You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ken Lee
Tulibu, dibu, douchoo
The Real Lyrics:
Can't live
If living is without you
The Story: This was a popular YouTube video where a Bulgarian woman auditioned for her country's "Music Idol" show. She insisted that the song she was about to sing was called "Ken Lee" by Mariah Carey. She proceeded to sing the song gibberishly, using words not even the Bulgarian judges could understand. When one of the judges asked what language she was singing in, the singer replied "English". - Submitted by: Sheila Oh
Mariah Carey's, "Without You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh I can't forget the semen or your face as you were leaving.
The Real Lyrics:
Oh I can't forget this evening or your face as you were leaving.
The Story: That's how I always used to sing the song, until one time when my brother heard me sing it, and started cracking up laughing and said to me that those lyrics couldn't be right. When I listened really closely, I realised what the correct lyrics actually were. - Submitted by: Jennie
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