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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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Neil Young's, "Cinnamon Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna live with a simian girl.
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna live with a cinnamon girl.
The Story: I always thought it had something to do with Planet of the Apes! - Submitted by: Miranda
Neil Young's, "Heart Of Gold"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'd kill a minor for a heart of gold
The Real Lyrics:
I've been a miner for a heart of gold
The Story: My mother-in-law really likes this song & it was playing on the radio when I was visiting. I liked it too, and I asked how killing a minor would achieve getting a heart of gold! Everyone looked at me weird. But then, later, when the line came again, my mother-in-law complained that now she heard the 'minor' version too! - Submitted by: AJ Sweater
Neil Young's, "Ohio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
4 diddle-ee o-i-o
The Real Lyrics:
4 dead in Ohio
The Story: A band I was in played this song for years, then one day the bass player's girfriend popped out with, 'You know, that song 4 diddle-ee o-i-o?', we looked and went, 'Are you talking about Ohio?' , and she said, 'What does that mean?' Like what she said made any sense??? - Submitted by: Val Pope
Neil Young's, "Ohio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh Daddy and Oh Hi Ho
The Real Lyrics:
Four dead in Ohio
The Story: I was just a kid. I hadn't heard about Kent State yet. - Submitted by: Garve
Neil Young's, "Pocahontas"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got Indian blood and I fight with Cher
The Real Lyrics:
I got an Indian rug and a pipe to share
The Story: This was the way my grandmother misheard the lyric. - Submitted by: Jeff Missinne
Neil Young's, "Unknown Legend"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Somewhere on a desert island
She rides a Harley-Davidson
The Real Lyrics:
Somewhere on a desert highway
She rides a Harley-Davidson
The Story: During karaoke I realized that it wasn't island and all I could picture was some girl driving round and round an island in the middle of the ocean on a Harley. I choked on my words and couldn't finish the song. - Submitted by: stephanie wilton
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