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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!).


Pump Up the Volume / Anitina album at Amazon.com
M/A/R/R/S's, "Pump Up The Volume"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rythmatic, systematic, birth control
The Real Lyrics:
Rhythmatic, systematic, world control
The Story: These were misheard by my mother in her 'your music promotes bad values' mood. Suddenly she started going 'well, this band are alright. They were singing about birth control.' To cut a long story short, it's now very hard to take this song seriously. - Submitted by: Haz-Man
M/A/R/R/S's, "Pump Up The Volume"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They're not misheard. There were multiple versions of the song.
The Real Lyrics:
Rythmic, systemic and world control Magnetic, genetic, dement your soul.
The Story: There were several different versions of "Pump Up the Volume". The original 1987, UK release did contain, "Automatic, pushbutton remote control, synthetic, genetic commands your soul", which is a sample from the song "Mean Machine" by "The Last Poets". Later versions contained the ...magnetic, genetic.... lyrics. I don't know where the later sample came from. - Submitted by: Doug

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