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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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Prince's, "1999"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mummy, why does everybody have a bum?
The Real Lyrics:
Mummy, why does everybody have a bomb?
The Story: It was a soul dj in Record Mirror who wondered why the child's voice at the end was saying 'Mummy, why does everybody have a bum?' I presume he thought Prince was very particular about toilet habits. - Submitted by: pickle*
Prince's, "1999"
The Misheard Lyrics:
but your're already outta time
The Real Lyrics:
Party over, oops out of time
The Story: Two thousand zero zero but you're already outta time... made sense to me at the time. - Submitted by: kasseek
Prince's, "Annie Christian"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Somebody say, 'A** care!'
The Real Lyrics:
Somebody say, 'ABSCAM!'
The Story: While dancing in the mirror to this song, I would put both hands over my buns when reciting this misheard lyric. - Submitted by: Clay
Prince's, "Batdance"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Get the f*** up!
The Real Lyrics:
Get the funk up!
The Story: I had a friend in grade school who listened to this song on the radio. His mother heard it and just about flipped. She called the radio station to complain about airing songs with profane language, only to be corrected. - Submitted by: Chad
Prince's, "Billy Jack B****"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Joy is in the dictionary
Sid James, Jar Jar Binks
The Real Lyrics:
Joy is in the dictionary
See 'J', Billy Jack B****
The Story: I just thought Prince was a bit of a film buff. - Submitted by: Tuppycat
Prince's, "Controversy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ganja fussy
The Real Lyrics:
Controversy
The Story: The fact that the song contains the phrase "get high" might have steered me wrong. - Submitted by: Amanda
Prince's, "Controversy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wash your p***y.
The Real Lyrics:
Con-tro-versy
The Story: I was dancing at a disco in the early 80s with a Danish girlfreind of mind when The new Prince song came on. Pia started to freak out and laugh. She grabbed me and asked me 'What's he saying about a p***y? Wash your p***y?' - Submitted by: Andre L Boulanger
Prince's, "Cream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Creature, get on top
The Real Lyrics:
Cream get on top
The Story: I overheard my sister in the shower singing very loudly, 'Crea - ture, get on top' insted of cream. She insisted it was creature, not cream until I proved it by dragging her into the local record shop - Submitted by: Ange
Prince's, "Damn U"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Damn you, cookie-loaf-head
The Real Lyrics:
Damn you, cookie love affair
The Story: Prince is so crazy anyway, so I really did think I was singing it correctly. Still, I was talking to one of my friends on the phone. I wondered aloud why Prince was calling people 'cookieloafheads', and what exactly was a 'cookieloafhead'? I mean I thought it was like a way of saying the person was sweet but stupid or annoying. Of course, she couldn't believe I was serious. She let me in on the secret of the real lyrics. :-( - Submitted by: Tracy
Prince's, "Erotic City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We could f*** a chili dog
Makin' love 'til Chili's gone.
The Real Lyrics:
We could f*** until the dawn
Makin' love 'til Cherry's gone
The Story: My best friend, Jenni sang the lyrics this way while we were dancing at a club. I nearly fell down laughing. I promptly filled her in on this and she was adequately embarrassed. Sorry Jen! - Submitted by: molly
Prince's, "Erotic City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We could funk until the dawn
Makin' love 'til cherry's gone
The Real Lyrics:
We could f**k until the dawn
Makin' love 'til cherry's gone
The Story: My friends and I have a mobile dj unit. Once in a blue moon we'd get a request for 'Erotic City'...by some nubile teenager with the parent around. Of course, the customer is always right, so we'd play it. We agreed that if we got called on it (despite censoring the naughty word with our sound effect generator), we'd say, 'No, he said 'funk.' You must have misheard.' - Submitted by: Keith K. Higa
Prince's, "Gett Off"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Remind me of something James used to say,
'I like em fat, I like em loud.'
The Real Lyrics:
Remind me of something James used to say,
'I like em fat, I like em proud.'
The Story: This was not my misheard lyric, actually I heard this one on the Rosie O'Donell show. Prince was the musical guest that day and at the beginning of the show she was singing Get Off....someone should have researched a little better on that one. - Submitted by: Rosie
Prince's, "I Would Die For U"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Apple dapple do
The Real Lyrics:
I would die for u.
The Story: I was driving in the car with my sister and this song was on the radio. She turns to me during the chorus and asks, "Does it really say apple dapple do?" - Submitted by: Stephanie
Prince's, "I Would Die For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eiffel tower's red.
The Real Lyrics:
I would die for you.
The Story: My mother was singing the song this way when she first heard it on the radio (80's). I made her repeat it and we have been laughing about it ever since. - Submitted by: Tashia
Prince's, "I Would Die for You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Apple dapple do.
The Real Lyrics:
I would die for you.
The Story: This was something misheard by a coworker. - Submitted by: Mark
Prince's, "Kiss"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I just want Mom's extra time and her kiss
The Real Lyrics:
I just want some extra time in your kiss
The Story: This is an 8 year old tell his mom he likes this song. - Submitted by: Drew
Prince's, "Kiss"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I think I'll take my pants down!
The Real Lyrics:
I think I'd better dance now!
The Story: Australian radio station Triple J ran a competition in the early 90's asking for people to call in and sing their own misheard/misinterpreted lyrics on air - bloody funny! - Submitted by: sandsman_oz
Prince's, "Let's Go Crazy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dear, we're in love
The Real Lyrics:
Dearly beloved
The Story: R.I.P. Prince (1958-2016) - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Prince's, "Let's Go Crazy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
God d*mn it, it will be alright
The Real Lyrics:
Dr. Everything-Will-Be-Alright
The Story: The cassette version of the Purple Rain album didn't come lyrics. - Submitted by: Sgt. 5150
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Feel it Collette
The Real Lyrics:
Little Red Corvette
The Story: I am now 55 and just today, Feb 1, 2017, I realized he was singing about a car. - Submitted by: Christie
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Keep it wet, Collette.
The Real Lyrics:
Little Red Corvette
The Story: My sister-in-law is famous for misquoting song lyrics. She has come up with some doozies like this one. - Submitted by: M. Telford
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Leave me calling.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: I heard the song for 15 seconds and thought that it was about a telephone call. - Submitted by: Bella Espiritos
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Little colt come back
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: In juninior high school I was in a band called Member's Only. One of the band members named Al come to us saying that Prince had a new son called, Little Colt Come Back. We were perplexed. We tried to correct him but in his mind, it was Little Colt Come Back. - Submitted by: Joseph Lynch
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Me in a red Corvette
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: It honestly just sounds like this to me or my brain makes it so. - Submitted by: Dietrich
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pay the rent, Colette.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: My friend was singing along to Prince on the radio while styling her client's hair. She sang out 'Pay the rent Colette' , her client asked 'What did you say?' We still laugh 'til we cry whenever we tell people the story--and of course we will never sing the song the right way again! - Submitted by: Kristina
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pay the rent, Colette
Baby, you're much too bad.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
Baby, you're much too fast.
The Story: My uncle came for a visit and was singing this, My mother and I started laughing so hard, we almost peed. We had to tell him what the song was called and explain to him the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Rebecca
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pay the rent, Colette
You need to find a job that's gonna last.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
You need a love that's gonna last.
The Story: I thought this was a song about a prostitute when I first heard it. I then figured that prostitution probably was not a stable line of work, thus making it difficult for Colette to pay her rent. - Submitted by: Mike
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pay the rent, Collette.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette.
The Story: A woman I used to work with was singing, 'Pay the rent, Collette' at the top of her lungs along with Prince on the radio one day. - Submitted by: Frances Sinel
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Real heck oh heck.
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: It took a couple of decades for me to decide to listen to it properly--right after the radio announcer told the song title. - Submitted by: Nick the BassAce
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You must be an imbeciel
The Real Lyrics:
You must be a limousine
The Story: When I'm driving my car I (almost) always play Prince music, beause I'm kind of addicted to it... This happened a few years ago: Me and my friend were driving to the beach. As usual, I had put a tape of Prince songs on. It was the Greatest Hits because I knew that my friend liked many of the songs on that tape (so I wouldn't get any complaints and have her asking me to just switch to radio). We were both singing along. She's not very good at English (we're both Dutch), and she doesn't know all the lyrics. She thought that she heared Prince sing 'you must be an imbeciel', so that's what she sang too... - Submitted by: Monique
Prince's, "Little Red Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
medium wet collette
The Real Lyrics:
Little red Corvette
The Story: Hey, its Prince! who knew? - Submitted by: freddie
Prince's, "Little Res Corvette"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Isn't it correct...
The Real Lyrics:
Little Red Corvette...
The Story: It is actually my 6 yr. old who misheard these lyrics. She just loves to sing ...Isn't it correct, hoo hoo, baby you're much too fast... We all just crack up! And when we have company over, everyone wants her to sing it to them. - Submitted by: Melissa Wilson
Prince's, "My Name is Prince"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My name is Prince and I am funky
When it comes to funk, I am the chunky.
The Real Lyrics:
My name is Prince and I am funky
When it comes to funk, I am a junkie.
The Story: I wrote the misheard lyric on thread on Prince.org about Lame Prince lyrics and somebody thought I was kidding. I didn't hear the end of it all night. - Submitted by: Kristi Dyes
Prince's, "Pink Cashmere"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Psycho bibble head
Just pray you don't get burned.
The Real Lyrics:
The cycle never ends
Just pray you don't get burned.
The Story: My daughter Louise, who was about 10 at the time (now 20), misheard this lyrics and imparted this information to us recently. She is trying to talk her boyfriend into naming his band The Psycho Bibble Heads! - Submitted by: Joanne Martin
Prince's, "Purple Rain"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Burn your brains,
burns your brains
The Real Lyrics:
Purple Rain,
Purple Rain
The Story: I heard it during the time when I was studying for a big Maths exam. The lyrics seemed so appropriate. My classmate on the other hand, heard it has 'Burger Rings', 'Burger Rings' - Submitted by: Carol
Prince's, "Purple Rain"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Work all day, work all day.
The Real Lyrics:
Purple rain, purple rain
The Story: I asked a DJ at the office Christmas party for 'Work All Day' by Prince as a dedication for our hard working team. - Submitted by: Katy Owen
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bad spiritual girl!
or
Rad spiritual girl!
The Real Lyrics:
Raspberry beret
The Story: I still can't hear what he's actually saying. It took a very careful listening to this song to be able to parse out enough lyrics to do a google search and find out what it was. - Submitted by: Emmanuel Allison
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Brass spherical bed, the kind you find in a second hand store
The Real Lyrics:
Raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store
The Story: Well, I don't always get the best reception on my car radio, 'nuff said, right? - Submitted by: Fred Scholpp
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wouldn't change a stroke
'Cause baby I'm the most
With a girl as fine as she was thick
The Real Lyrics:
I wouldn't change a stroke
'Cause baby I'm the most
With a girl as fine as she was then
The Story: Well, I just near convinced my best friend who happens to be a bit of a 'rounder girl' and she's, for lack of a better term, 'goth' that Prince had to be speaking of someone just like her (a girl as fine as she was *thick*). Since, also, in the song he says overcast days never turned him on, but something about the clouds and this particular girl mixed.. I figured I had the evidence.. for a while anyway... =) - Submitted by: Mel
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rad blueberry dress
The Real Lyrics:
Raspberry beret
The Story: My wife never gets any lyrics correct. She was singing this song in high school (with a mullet) with her friends. - Submitted by: Allison Mark
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Red sperry but red
The Real Lyrics:
Raspberry Beret
The Story: Just listening to it in Bob FM and couldn't understand much - Submitted by: Renee
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rää speeri puree
The Real Lyrics:
Raspberry beret
The Story: I grew up in Finland, my first language was Finnish so I thought Prince was singing in gibberish. - Submitted by: tiina
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She rode a brass merry-go-round.
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret.
The Story: My 3 girlfriends and I were driving down the road rocking out to some Prince. I thought I heard my friend Brooke say something different. So the next time they sang that part, I listened and heard her say 'brass merry-go-round.' It was just about the funniest thing ever, because she really thought that's what it said. - Submitted by: Kaci
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She was a bag lady in rags, the kind you find on a second hand whore
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store.
The Story: Severe karaoke mishap that I still haven't lived down. After bragging that I never have to look at the screen, I sang the lyrics I remembered from the radio........I always look at the screen now. - Submitted by: Mystic Mertle
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry gold ring
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret
The Story: I was about 12 when this song came out and would jam to it quite frequently. I knew at the time that these were very odd lyrics but for the life of me could never hear "raspberry beret". For years I heard "raspberry gold ring" and still sing it that way now to myself. - Submitted by: Jason
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry parade.
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret.
The Story: My sister was singing this lyric and bet me $50.00 that she was correct. Needless to say, I never saw my money. - Submitted by: Jenny
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore a red furry toupee.
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret.
The Story: I work in a kitchen, it's noisy and the radio reception is lousy. These are the words I sing because I don't care too much for Prince, and couldn't be bothered to find out the real ones until now. - Submitted by: Lisa Cox
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore a red spherical dress.
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret.
The Story: My daughter asked me what on earth I was singing I told her Prince's 'Red Spherical Dress'. She laughed hysterically. I have been singing that for years and my 18 year old daughter tells me it is 'Rasberry Beret' I still have not lived it down. - Submitted by: Stephanie
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore rags very good made.
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret
The Story: This was misheard by a coworker. - Submitted by: Mark
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She wore red, spirical red
The Real Lyrics:
She wore a raspberry beret
The Story: We are best friends and have been singing these lyrics for months! It's not until we search the lyrics online that we discover not only are the lyrics "raspberry beret", but spirical is not actually a word. - Submitted by: Hayley and Rose
Prince's, "Raspberry Beret"
The Misheard Lyrics:
raspberry buffet
The Real Lyrics:
raspberry beret
The Story: I was working in a kitchen, very loud. - Submitted by: GARY
Prince's, "When Doves Cry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the most tricurious poses
The Real Lyrics:
Animals strike curious poses
The Story: I 've always thought that 'tricurious' was a word that meant 'really scandalous' or something similar...I was singing these incorrect lyrics for this song up until about 4 years ago, when it finally dawned on me--in a revelation, if you will-- what he was really saying. - Submitted by: Jeannine
Prince's, "When Doves Cry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
This is what it sounds like when dogs lie
The Real Lyrics:
This is what it sounds like when doves cry
The Story: I remember walking around school singing it like this in grade 5. My teacher laughed at me, then told me I was wrong. I actually told all my friends those were the actual lyrics! - Submitted by: Jason Lee
Prince's, "When Doves Cry"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Touching you with my stomach
The Real Lyrics:
Touch, if you will, my stomach.
The Story: All these years I thought Prince had an extended, stringy stomach with a mind of its own. - Submitted by: Devil Jones
Prince's, "You Got the Look"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your body's hector-slaming
The Real Lyrics:
Your body's heck-a-slammin'
The Story: By coincidence, Howard Stern misheard the same lyrics. I heard him pick this song apart on his radio show, and I felt the same way he did; What the f--- is 'Hector-Slamming?' - Submitted by: The Skuz

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