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Phil Collins', "Behind The Lines"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wait a minute; I don't understand
It skips right over my head.
The Real Lyrics:
Wait a minute; I don't understand
It's getting stronger; hold my hand.
The Story: I really thought these were the lyrics! It always made me think of my old geometry teacher. He'd always babble about equilateral triangles. Back then, I had a hard time totally comprehending all that he would say; he just couldn't teach it right. When I hear this line, I'd think of him starting to preach about theorems and equations of quadrilaterals, and I would jump up and scream, 'Wait a minute! I don't understand! It skips right over my head!!!' Ha ha! - Submitted by: Iggy Napster
Phil Collins', "Do You Remember?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You know people are farters sometimes.
And they just can't wait, to get hurt again
The Real Lyrics:
You know people are funny sometimes,
'Cause they just can't wait to get hurt again
The Story: Every time I came across this lyric, it made me crack up, because it left me to wonder, why is it that farters enjoy getting hurt? To this day, I still think that's what I heard. It even made my partner crack up when I explained it to him! - Submitted by: Annabelle
Phil Collins', "Don't Lose My Number"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Billy, Billy Ocean knows my number
The Real Lyrics:
Billy, Billy don't you lose my number
The Story: As a little kid, I was convinced these were the correct lyrics. I didn't really know who Billy Ocean was, but I had apparently heard his name somewhere. I also didn't quite know why Phil Collins was so excited that Billy Ocean knew his number that he had to write a song about it, but to be honest, I never really thought much about the whole thing. Someone recently pointed it out the harsh truth to me. - Submitted by: Elisa Deutsch
Phil Collins', "In The Air Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've been waiting for the summer.
The Real Lyrics:
I've been waiting for this moment.
The Story: I always thought he said it this way until I heard a hip-hop artist cover it. At least he knew the lyrics. - Submitted by: John Joseph A. Gatchalian
Phil Collins', "In The Air Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's all been unpatholized.
The Real Lyrics:
It's all been a pack of lies.
The Story: I had no idea what 'unpatholized' might mean. But assuming the song was about running into his wife's rapist (the popular myth at the time), I assumed it was about having gone through therapy to deal with it. - Submitted by: Robert
Phil Collins', "In The Air Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
No using fully
The Real Lyrics:
No, you don't fool me.
The Story: This comes from (somebody that claims to be) a hardcore Collins fan. - Submitted by: Joemama
Phil Collins', "In the Air Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I can hear it coming on Miami Vice
The Real Lyrics:
I can hear it coming in the air tonight
The Story: My father told me this song was from Miami Vice, and yet, this is what I would think he was saying! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Phil Collins', "In the Air Tonigh"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's all been apocalyzed
The Real Lyrics:
It's all been a pack of lies
The Story: thought somehow that "apocalyzed" means "making something into an apocalypse" - Submitted by: Jens
Phil Collins', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She sees the hat and gives it a touch, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah.
The Story: My daughter who was about 5 at the time is the one who came up with this lyric. She loved the song and even worked up choreography to go along with this line, where she would reach up and touch her hat - (ironically, the hat was usually invisible). - Submitted by: Michael
Phil Collins', "Invisible Touch"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a fizzy don't talk s***.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got an invisible touch.
The Story: I was in the car with my friend when I was 16 (I'm now 26). I mentioned to him that the song on the radio ("Fizzy Don't Talk S***")was an odd name for a Phil Collins song. He started laughing so hard he almost wrecked, and asked how the hell I came up with it?? Listen to it yourself and you'll see what I mean. - Submitted by: Marc Strini
Phil Collins', "Like China"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll be so careful, I'll hurt your vagina.
I promise not to hurt you, I'll hurt your vagina,
'Cause I know it's your first time.
The Real Lyrics:
I'll be so careful I'll hold you like China
I promise not to hurt you I'll hold you like China
'Cause I know it's your first time
The Story: I know it couldn't be right, but I couldn't hear it any other way until I asked someone else. - Submitted by: Spike
Phil Collins', "Strangers Like Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna know about the strangest light beam
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna know about these strangers like me
The Story: I heard this song first in the Disney movie "Tarzan", and when this lyric was heard, they showed a comet through a telescope. I thought that they were singing directly about the scene in the movie and I wondered why they dedicated the entire song to the comet and why they didn't show any more of it every time the chorus rolled around. - Submitted by: Crystal Clear
Phil Collins', "Strangers Like Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna know!
Can you shout it?
I wanna know about the strangest light beam
In your arms
Please shout it!
Something's peculiar about the strangest light beam
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna know
Can you show me?
I wanna know about the strangers like me
Tell me more
Please show me
Something's familiar about the strangers like me
The Story: In the Tarzan movie, I recall the scientist showing Tarzan a picture of a comet, so I thought when it said "The Strangest Light Beam", it was talking about that. I'm not sure if the scene I'm remembering is in the movie or not, but I distinctly remember it. - Submitted by: PAPA GE
Phil Collins', "Sussudio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just say the word, oh
Sa-Sa-Sawyer
or
Just say the word, oh
Su-sa-Salyer.
The Real Lyrics:
Just say the word, oh
Su-su-ssudio.
The Story: Sawyer is a nice name. That's what I thought the lyrics were at first, I thought it was "S-s-Sawyer", it's actually Sussudio, which I have never heard a girl being called that. Anyway, if I ever have a son, I'm naming him Codi Sawyer Benjamin. LOL. And I didn't make up the lyrics, I seriously thought it was Sawyer, not Sussudio. - Submitted by: Preston
Phil Collins', "Sussudio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mount Vesuvius
The Real Lyrics:
Su-su-sudio
The Story: We had a debate during a road trip a couple years ago in which my friend Nathan swore up and down that the song was, 'Mount Vesuvius.' I could hardly catch my breath. I was laughting so hard. He was dead serious, and arguing against the three of us. Even when our friend told him he was certain it was 'Su-su-sudio' because his sister had called into the radio station with the name when they were kids and won a contest. Nathan persisted. - Submitted by: Nathan
Phil Collins', "Sussudio"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Syl-Syl-Sylvia
The Real Lyrics:
Su-su-sudio
The Story: I was about 4 when this song came out. I always thought he was singing about a girl named Sylvia! I didn't realize I was wrong until I was about 13. - Submitted by: Bill
Phil Collins', "We Said Hello Goodbye"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We said hello as we turned the key
and noof overrides
gave you smile it's the only way
The Real Lyrics:
We said goodbye to a dear old friend
A new roof over our heads
Gave a smile it's the only way
The Story: My roommate and I spent and entire night in college rewinding this 10 second piece of song over and over trying to figure out this lyric. Get a life! - Submitted by: Alan
Phil Collins', "We Said Hello Goodbye"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wooley Swamp across the tracks
And you know it's really no surprisin'
The Real Lyrics:
Ooh there's life across the tracks
And you know it's really not surprisin'
The Story: I used to think it was "And you know it's really NO surprisin'," but I listened to the song several times to know that the actual lyrics are "And you know it's really NOT surprisin'." - Submitted by: Isac
Phil Collins', "You Can't Hurry Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Kangaroo love
The Real Lyrics:
You can't hurry love.
The Story: Every time I heard this song on the radio, I thought the title was 'Kangaroo Love'. Just substitute the right title with this, and you'll understand how much the rest of the text intrigued me. I couldn't understand Phil Collins' yearning for an amorous adventure with a kangaroo and thought it was quite avant-garde as a subject for a song. Not until I was well over 20 did I found out what he was really singing. But listen to it. I still think it sounds like my interpretation. - Submitted by: Henrik
Phil Collins', "You Can't Hurry Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Some woman called my mother said
The Real Lyrics:
Some one to call mine; my mother said
The Story: When I was a kid, I heard this song. I wondered why Phil Collins would refer to his own mother as 'some woman.' Then I got older, realized what the real lyrics were...and also that Phil Collins is a bald, washed-up idiot. - Submitted by: Jason Reeher
Phil Collins', "You Can't Hurry Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your Kayburry love
The Real Lyrics:
You can't hurry love.
The Story: My good friend mark is the one who misunderstood the lyrics. And the worst part is he actually claims to be a big Supremes fan. Yeah, right. - Submitted by: Kathryn
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