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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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Paul McCartney's, "Ebony & Ivory"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ebony & Ivory go together in perfect harmony,
side by side on my pillow, armadillo why don't we?
The Real Lyrics:
Ebony & ivory go together in perfect harmony,
side by side on my piano keyboard, tell me why dont we?
The Story: I thought this was the song lyric for years (no matter how strange it sounds) becuase that what i thought it was when I was a child. It wasnt until I sung it in the pub on my 20th birthday that I was informed I was wrong. I had the entire pub in stiches. - Submitted by: Steph
Paul McCartney's, "Figure of Eight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well, figure it out for yourself, little girl
Don't go low where a doll
's nothing bother the day-glo
In a big a**h***.
The Real Lyrics:
Well, figure it out for yourself, little girl
Don't go nowhere at all
It's nothing more than a tape loop
In a big dance hall.
The Story: The way Paul slurs the bridge of this song, I could never make sense of most of it. The last line, though, seemed to come through loud and clear, and I always wondered why he would toss that word into an otherwise inoffensive pop song for no apparent reason. Now that I've looked up the lyrics, all has been made clear. I'm just glad I never tried to sing my version in front of anyone. - Submitted by: SC
Paul McCartney's, "Hope Of Deliverance"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Vote for the Liberals
The Real Lyrics:
Hope of Deliverance
The Story: Well, it was around the time of an election. What can I say? - Submitted by: Min
Paul McCartney's, "Let Em In"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Diller & Don
The Real Lyrics:
Phil and Don
The Story: I thought Phyllis Diller & Don Rickles were at the door. - Submitted by: Jake
Paul McCartney's, "Maybe, I'm Amazed"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Maybe I'm amazed, maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of Sunday
The Real Lyrics:
Maybe I'm amazed, maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
The Story: I once sang this song using the 'Sunday' lyric on a tape with my brother playing keyboard. I impersonated a Bob Seger-type rabble-rousing performer, who hollers stuff like 'ok, people,put your hands together', and 'get your heads out of your asses out there!'. But this was a 'studio' version with no audience at all, so it sounded kind of spooky as well as ludicrous. - Submitted by: Mike Ransom
Paul McCartney's, "Morse Moose and the Grey Goose"
The Misheard Lyrics:
For the fox is coming.
The Real Lyrics:
This is Morse Moose calling.
The Story: The line was not exactly clear, but I knew the song was about tragedy at sea, either a shipwreck in a storm or a submarine crushed from going too deep, or both. I was probably thinking of a previous line "the wind is like a fox", and playing with the idea of a fox hunting the Grey Goose, ie, death pursuing the ship. - Submitted by: Panda Rosa
Paul McCartney's, "Mull Of Kintyre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bollokin' tired
P***ed rolling in from a scene.
The Real Lyrics:
Mull of Kintyre
Mist rolling in from the sea.
The Story: My 75-year-old aunt was "appalled" at modern lyrics when she quoted this to me when first she heard it on "Top of the Pops". - Submitted by: Lawrence Green
Paul McCartney's, "Mull Of Kintyre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mull of King Tyre
The Real Lyrics:
Mull of Kintyre
The mist rolling in from the sea.
The Story: The mull of King Tyre, a song I liked very much - Submitted by: toni
Paul McCartney's, "Mull Of Kintyre"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mull of Kintyre
O mince rolling in from the sea.
The Real Lyrics:
Mull of Kintyre
The mist rolling in from the sea.
The Story: This was heard being sung by a seven year old from Crinan school on the Mull of Kintyre when the song was in the charts. Macca used the Crinan pipe band on the record and accompanying film. - Submitted by: Liam Thomas
Paul McCartney's, "My Brave Face"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've been living a lie
On the coastal Naziam.
The Real Lyrics:
I've been living a lie
Unaccustomed as I am.
The Story: I was about 6 years old, on a road trip with my parents, when I first heard this song. My mom (huge Beatles fan) played this CD several times, and soon I was singing along. Only problem was, I was singing nonsense about a "coastal Naz-i-am!" My parents had to explain not only what Paul was actually singing, but what it meant. I was embarrased, and afraid to sing along with anything for the rest of the trip. - Submitted by: SC
Paul McCartney's, "Simply Havin' A Wonderful Christmas Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sleepy Alice, a wonderful Christmastime.
The Real Lyrics:
We're simply having a wonderful Christmas time.
The Story: You can imagine my wife's and my delight as we were driving down the road listening to Christmas songs, then my 6 year old belts this misheard lyric. I almost had to pull over. - Submitted by: Matt
Paul McCartney's, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey "
The Misheard Lyrics:
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and a butterfly.
The Real Lyrics:
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and butter pie.
The Story: This never really made sense to me, but I still liked the song. I guess I thought he was having another look at a butterfly. I'd never heard of a butter pie until recently when my new husband, who is also a Beatles fan, corrected me when I was singing the song one day. I still like the idea of a butterfly better. - Submitted by: M. White
Paul McCartney's, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Admiral Halsey horrified me
He had to have a pill or he couldn't go to sea
I had another toke and I had a cup of tea and a butterfly (A Butterfly?)
The butterfly was horrid, so I put it in the pie.
The Real Lyrics:
Admiral Halsey notified me
He had to have a berth or he couldn't get to sea
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and butter pie. (Butter pie?)
The butter wouldn't melt so I put it in the pie.
The Story: I was young. I didn't know the word "notify." I didn't know what a "butter pie" might be; but I knew what a butterfly was. The aside at the end was too complex to catch all the words. - Submitted by: Harbold
Paul McCartney's, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and a butterpie!
(A whattapie? She wouldn't put it in her mouth so I put it in her pie! Oh alright!)
The Real Lyrics:
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and a butterpie!
(Butterpie? The butter wouldn't melt so I put it in the pie. Alright!)
The Story: My mate showed me this song a while back and pointed out the explicit content of that line, and I couldn't believe it so I had to look it up! - Submitted by: Kelly
Paul McCartney's, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Little little gypsy girdle, get around
The Real Lyrics:
Live a little, be a gypsy, get around.
The Story: My little brother was sort of humming the tune to the song, and then started singing the 'little little gypsy girdle' version of it, and I was sort of surprised to hear how he was singing it, so I went to look up the *real* lyrics to it. I think his version's pretty... interesting. Gives the song a whole new meaning. - Submitted by: Jessica
Paul McCartney's, "Wonderful Christmastime"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sid Green Allen, a wonderful Christmas time.
The Real Lyrics:
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time.
The Story: This was my daughter's misheard lyric. She wanted to know who Sid Green Allen was. - Submitted by: Brenda
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