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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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Rick Astley's, "Cry For Help"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Why don't I see her cry, 'Oh hell'?
Why don't I feel her cry, 'Oh hell'?
Why don't I hear her cry, 'Oh hell'?
The Real Lyrics:
Why don't I see her cry for help?
Why don't I feel her cry for help?
Why don't I hear her cry for help?
The Story: My mother asked me what is that song called where the guy says, "Why don't I hear her cry, 'Oh hell'?" I couldn't figure it out until she sang it. - Submitted by: Sam Rumfola
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I'm gonna give you up
And I'm gonna let you down
And I'm gonna run around and, and hurt you
And I'm gonna leave you dry
And I'm gonna see you die
And I'm gonna trail around, and hurt you.
The Real Lyrics:
Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie, and hurt you.
The Story: I remember first reflecting upon this song in elementary school with the impression that, "God, this song is really cynical!" - Submitted by: Jesse Hamm
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And no commitment's what I'm thinking of.
The Real Lyrics:
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of.
The Story: I always thought it was funny that he would be saying, 'I'm thinking about no commitment. You wouldn't get this from any other guy'. Like, what? - Submitted by: Brian
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm gonna beat you up
I'm gonna push you down
I'm gonna turn around and dessert you
Then I'm gonna make you cry
I'm gonna say goodbye
Then I'm gonna tell a guy to hurt you.
The Real Lyrics:
Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.
The Story: I always thought this song was really messed up and negative-sounding. I think if a girl had her boyfriend kareoke this song, she'd be rightly creeped out. It wasn't till I was on this site and saw the real version that I went 'oooh!' and figured out that he's actually saying 'Never' before each line. - Submitted by: Mike Martinez
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Never gonna give you love
The Real Lyrics:
Never gonna give you up
The Story: I first heard the song and I was like, "What the heck?" - Submitted by: Larcen Tyler
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Never gonna run around and dessert-chew
The Real Lyrics:
Never gonna run around and desert you.
The Story: I was making a guinea pig version of this video, and I replayed it over and over... Then I found this.... - Submitted by: anomynous19294768943
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Then I'm gonna lift you up
Then I'm gonna let you down,
Then I'm gonna turn around and desert you
Then I'm gonna lift you high
Then I'm gonna say goodbye
Then I'm gonna tell a lie and hurt you
The Real Lyrics:
Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
The Story: I would always be listening to this song through the school bus radio at least three times a week in the nineties, but this is what I actually heard, catchy tune, but depressing and distrust building words. Now that I've looked it up, it's meaning is completely opposite. - Submitted by: Danielle
Rick Astley's, "Never Gonna Give You Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There are no strangers to love
The Real Lyrics:
We're no strangers to love
The Story: I thought this was a lesson Rick Astley was teaching to his love in the song. - Submitted by: Larcen Tyler
Rick Astley's, "Together Forever"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Together forever and never Tupac.
The Real Lyrics:
Together forever and never to part.
The Story: I swore, I thought Rick had some sort of grudge against Tupac, that he would intentionally placed his name in the song, then tell everyone he’d never be like him. - Submitted by: Drunks
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