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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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Nelly's, "Air Force Ones"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gary Cooper
I need Cooper.
The Real Lyrics:
Give me two pair
I need two pair.
The Story: I just couldn't figure out why someone would be singing about Gary Cooper. I did a search online (I didn't know who sang the song at that point) for new songs with 'Gary Cooper' in the lyrics and came up blank. I finally made out a couple other lyrics in the song, did a search, and found the real lyrics. Now, I know the song is about shoes. Not that it makes any more sense than singing about Gary Cooper! - Submitted by: Marrisa
Nelly's, "Air Force Ones"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to birds, I need two birds.
The Real Lyrics:
I want two pairs, I need two pairs.
The Story: I was listening to it in the car when I asked my boyfriend, 'Why is Nelly rapping about birds. I thought the song was about shoes.' - Submitted by: Tracey Abernathy
Nelly's, "Air Force Ones"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Winnie Cooper
Winnie Cooper
The Real Lyrics:
Give me two pair
I need two pair.
The Story: - Submitted by: Rachael
Nelly's, "Come And Take A Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey f#$% you buddy
The Real Lyrics:
Hey must be the money
The Story: I actually pulled my car off the side of the road, turned the engine off and listened really close trying to figure out what they yelled in the background. My grandson has the cd and told me what they are saying. - Submitted by: marilyn
Nelly's, "Country Grammar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Down down baby, don't pee in a rainbow
The Real Lyrics:
I'm goin' down down baby
Your street in a Range Rover.
The Story: I was a kid when this song came out and I thought those were the lyrics. - Submitted by: Zach
Nelly's, "Country Grammar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a sucker for cornrows and manicured toes
Fendi capri pants and Parasucos
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a sucker for cornrows and manicured toes
Philly capri pants and parachute clothes
The Story: We were cruising in my friend's car last summer when this song came on, and I sang the 'misheard' lyrics, and my friends didn't stop laughing for an hour. I mean, come on, those two brands could have definitely been an option in this song, considering the topic & everything. I guess I'm just deaf. - Submitted by: Micaela
Nelly's, "Country Grammar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm goin' down down baby
yo street in a rainbow
The Real Lyrics:
I'm goin' down down baby
yo street in a Range Rover
The Story: One day my best friend was singing this song in front of some people and said rainbow.Everyone laghed at her and now they call her 'Rainbow' - Submitted by: Danielle AKA Baby Blue
Nelly's, "Country Grammar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm going down down baby, Yoshi and the ladies go
The Real Lyrics:
I'm going down down baby, yo street in a Range Rover
The Story: When this song first came out, me and my little brother thought he said Yoshi referring to the Nintendo character. - Submitted by: Miguel G
Nelly's, "Hot In Here"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Girl, I think my butt can bend.
The Real Lyrics:
Girl, I think my butt gettin' big.
The Story: My friend and I had an aggrument over these lyrics. She said it was, 'Girl, my butt is bent' and I said 'Girl, I think my butt can bend' well turns out it wasn't either. I showed her when she came back from her 3 month vacation, and this song came on. - Submitted by: MeMe
Nelly's, "Hot In Herre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Good gracious, a** is so spacious!
The Real Lyrics:
Good gracious, a** is bodacious!
The Story: The summer that this song came out, we must have heard it 20 times on our 12-hour drive from Delaware to Michigan. My sister and I had our 42-year-old aunt with us, and she is the one who misheard the lyrics. We liked the wrong lyrics better, so we sang it that way every time after that. - Submitted by: Frann
Nelly's, "Hot In Herre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got a friend with a boat and a basement.
The Real Lyrics:
I got a friend with a pole in the basement.
The Story: My girlfriend's brother's friend quoted these lyrics to her, and she used it as an away message. She explained: 'See, he's trying to say his friend's cool because he's got his own boat, and he's got a basement, so he can throw parties or hook up and his parents won't be down there to bust him!' - Submitted by: Jim Madden
Nelly's, "Hot In Herre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm just killing like Jason.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm just kidding like Jason.
The Story: I thought Nelly was rapping about Jason from Friday the 13th, and I thought it was a killer lyric. I still think it's better. - Submitted by: Umamough
Nelly's, "Hot In Herre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pimp gracious
A** is bodacious.
The Real Lyrics:
Good gracious
A** is bodacious.
The Story: My friend and I always fight about song lyrics. One day, we were both singing this song, and she started to make fun of me soon as the words left my mouth. I held up a good fight telling her she was wrong, but when I thought about it I guess it really didn't make sense..oh well. - Submitted by: Kim Burgess
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Face and body, front and back, don't know how to act
The Real Lyrics:
Face and body Frontenac, don't know how to act
The Story: A lot of people change "Frontenac" to "Front and back" but Plaza Frontenac is an upscale mall in St. Louis. To outsiders, the reference makes no sense, but not knowing how to act in Frontenac is certainly something many STL residents understand. - Submitted by: Sam
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey! Must be the mommy!
or
Hey! Must be the honey!
The Real Lyrics:
Hey! Must be the money!
The Story: The latter misheard lyric was what was ACTUALLY used for a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, Rusty the Monkey
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, Must be the money
The Story: My brother-in-law Rey was driving in the car with his 3 pre-teen daughters. The girls would often convince Dad to listen to a contemporary station with latest R&B and rap songs. When Nelly's song, 'Ride Wit' Me' came on, Rey sang the chorus with authority, since he heard this song so much: 'Hey, Rusty the Monkey!' The girls fell out laughing and had to correct him. 'Dad, it's must be the money'! Boy, did he feel old! - Submitted by: mar4JC
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey....Must be the booty
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, must be the money
The Story: It wasn't actually me who misheard the lyrics. My sister was singing it one day when she went to visit a casual acquaintance. She had the song on her mind and was singing it to herself. The woman who heard her asked her, 'Hon, what song are you singing?' She told her 'Ride wit me'. My sister was sooo embarrassed to be corrected by someone she didn't know very well....Especially singing 'Must be the booootay!!!' Now we sing the misheard lyrics just for fun...My 13 year old thinks I'm a dork. She's not so impressed. - Submitted by: Melissa J
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you wanna go and take a ride wit me
With three women on the phone and the goat cheese
The Real Lyrics:
If you wanna go and take a ride wit me
Wit three women in the fo' with the gold D's
The Story: I did in fact think that the lyrics were wrong. But no matter how many times I listened, it still seemed like those words. So I kept singing them. I was at a friend's house, singing to myself one day, when she burst out laughing at my lyrics. She later explained the real ones. - Submitted by: danni
Nelly's, "Ride Wit Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Shake your B-A-T.
The Real Lyrics:
She can be 18,.
The Story: I used to think those were the lyrics for FIFTEEN YEARS until I found out just now. - Submitted by: Maniaxe
Nelly's, "Ride Wit' Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, must be the Monet.
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, must be the money.
The Story: We managed to convince our clueless friend one day that Nelly was super cultured and was actually talking about paintings. - Submitted by: Erika
Nelly's, "Tho Dem Wrappers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Got two hoes in the roof to let the sun come in
Matching leather car seat in case my son get in.
The Real Lyrics:
Got two holes in the roof to let the sun come in
Matching leather car seat in case my son get in.
The Story: When I heard the song I wondered why the heck he would have two prostitutes in his roof, and how they let the sun in, and also why he would have his son in the car beneath the (prostitutes). It took me a very long before I finally found out the real lyrics. Lucky I don't sing aloud, so no one ever heard. :) - Submitted by: Jenny
Nelly's, "Tipdrill"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I said it must be your a**
'Cuz it ate your face.
The Real Lyrics:
I said it must be the a**
'Cause it ain't ya face.
The Story: I thought it would be something like out of Silence of the Lambs, where Hannibal Lector starts ingesting food through his butt. - Submitted by: Jen

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