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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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Rod Stewart's, "Downtown Train"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I have got a lot of knowledge
The Real Lyrics:
I stand by the light of the four way
The Story: It is compatible with "I know.." in previous lines - Submitted by: Krzysztof_S
Rod Stewart's, "Faith of the Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Cause I've got faith of the whore
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause I've got faith of the heart
The Story: This song was originally used for the film Patch Adams; it was later that in 2001 a cover version by Russell Watson was used as the theme song for Star Trek: Enterprise. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Rod Stewart's, "First Cut Is The Deepest"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Those curlers are cheapest
The Real Lyrics:
First cut is the deepest
The Story: This makes it particularly ironic. My mum was working in a hair dressing salon when this song was playing in the background. The lady who's hair my mum was cutting pointed out what she thought the lyrics were!! - Submitted by: Darren Crisp
Rod Stewart's, "Forever Young"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And when you finally fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you, with the news
The Real Lyrics:
And when you finally fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you, win or lose
The Story: I thought the singer meant that he will always follow the other person and give them news of their family and town after they move away, and update them with things that went on. I didn't realize it was "win or lose" instead of "with the news", until 15 years later. - Submitted by: Codi Preston D.
Rod Stewart's, "Forever Young"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Build a stairway to Heaven
With a price or a bag of gold.
The Real Lyrics:
Build a stairway to Heaven
With a prince or a vagabond.
The Story: I thought the 'bag of gold' line actually made sense; that is, until I looked up the real lyrics just a few minutes ago after hearing the song on the radio. - Submitted by: Genevieve
Rod Stewart's, "Forever Young"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ford and Bringham, ford and bringham
The Real Lyrics:
Forever young, forever young
The Story: The repeated lines right before the main chorus of "Forever young" always sounded like "ford and bringham." I had no idea what he was referring to. - Submitted by: Allen
Rod Stewart's, "Forever Young"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Forever yuck
The Real Lyrics:
Forever young
The Story: I really thought he actually said "forever yuck"! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Rod Stewart's, "Forever Young"
The Misheard Lyrics:
May the good lord be with you down every road, Jerome
The Real Lyrics:
May the Good Lord be with you down every road you roam
The Story: We used to make fun of a kid named Jerome with this song. He later used it against us. - Submitted by: Bob Norom
Rod Stewart's, "Handbags And Gladrags"
The Misheard Lyrics:
they sold me you missed cool today
The Real Lyrics:
They told me you missed school today.
The Story: seemed like thats what rod would say........ - Submitted by: gordon joffrion
Rod Stewart's, "Have I Told You Lately?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Have I told you lately that you're my hero?
The Real Lyrics:
Have I told you lately that I love you?
The Story: My boyfriend was absently singing these words under his breath when this song was on in the car. I asked him what he was singing, and he replied, 'well that's what it sounds like.' I explained to him that he was probably mixing this song up with 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette Midler. He proceeded to sing that song wrong. But that's another story... - Submitted by: Frann
Rod Stewart's, "Hot Legs"
The Misheard Lyrics:
God osmosis weighs a ton!
The Real Lyrics:
Got a most persuasive tongue.
The Story: No unusual story. I just really like the phrase 'osmosis weighs a ton'. It sounds sort of hippieish, and like something someone would say after too many bong hits. - Submitted by: Mickey
Rod Stewart's, "Hot Legs"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Smack Dab
wearin' me out
Smack Dab
make you scream and shout!
The Real Lyrics:
Hot Legs
wearin' me out
Hot Legs
make you scream and shout!
The Story: I bought this CD to enjoy music from the good old days when my mother, trying to be hip, ruined the entire song...FOREVER! I must admit, we've all had a great laugh over this incident and we will NEVER let her live it down! - Submitted by: Mica Williamson
Rod Stewart's, "Infatuation"
The Misheard Lyrics:
God be d**ned like a killer shark
It's like a railroad running right through my heart
Jekyll and Hyde, the way I behave
Feel like I'm running on an empty gauge.
The Real Lyrics:
Caught me down like a killer shark
It's like a railroad running right through my heart
Jekyll and Hyde, the way I behave
Feel like I'm running on an empty gauge.
The Story: That is what I thought I heard in the early summer of 1984. It wasn't until maybe 1997 I found out the real lyrics on the Internet. The cassette didn't have the lyrics enclosed. - Submitted by: Chicago Bears Rule!
Rod Stewart's, "Maggie Mae"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sit in my daddy's pew, and make a living out of praying fools.
The Real Lyrics:
Steal my daddy's cue, and make a living out of playing pool.
The Story: One of our best friends (Margaret Porter) sang these lyrics the other day while out on our boat (enjoying the beach and cold beer). She thought Rod was alluding to a preacher's child who sits in the front row of church, and watches her father preach to a naive flock. After she belted them lyrics out in front of my wife, her husband, and me, we were relentless with our ridicule. It ruined her otherwise beautiful day (bruised her ego). She's 51 and old enough to have figured the lyrics out by now! - Submitted by: Bill Lejeune
Rod Stewart's, "Maggie May"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All you did is wet my bed and then the morning kicking me in the head.
The Real Lyrics:
All you did is wreck my bed and then the morning kicking me in the head.
The Story: It took me a long time to figure out that line. At first, I thought why would Rod be with Maggie if she's wetting his bed and then kicking him? But once I saw the lyrics, he was really saying wreck not wet. - Submitted by: Black Rocker
Rod Stewart's, "Maggie May"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All you did was wreck my bed
And my mommy kicked me in the head.
The Real Lyrics:
All you did was wreck my bed
And in the morning kick me in the head.
The Story: My brother and I heard it on AM radio and called it the "Mommy kicked me in the head song" - Submitted by: gdc
Rod Stewart's, "Maggie May"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing fool.
The Real Lyrics:
Take my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing pool.
The Story: It made sense to me. Take Dad's cue by doing the same thing he's been doing all these years--until I just happened to notice one day while listening to the song that he says pool, not fool, which changes the whole meaning of the word 'cue'. - Submitted by: Weird Bob Schnautz
Rod Stewart's, "Sailing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can you hear me? Can you hear me?
Through the dark night, far away.
I am dying, forever cry young.
To be with you, who can say.
The Real Lyrics:
Can you hear me? Can you hear me?
Through the dark night, far away.
I am dying, forever crying.
To be with you, who can say.
The Story: It's impossible if Rod Stewart singing incorrectly. Therefore, Rod Stewart memorized the real lyrics correctly. And it's also impossible if this song named after another Rod Stewart's song of the same name or Alphaville's greatest hits also of the same name which incidentally both released in the 1980s. Because, "...forever cry young" has nothing to do with the song. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Rod Stewart's, "Some Guys Have All The Luck"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I call you up, 'Give me sex'
You have nothing to say.
The Real Lyrics:
I called you collect, you didn't accept
You had nothing to say.
The Story: I thought that he was calling his girlfriend up collect to ask for sex, and she just went silent and hung up. My husband heard me and corrected me. He laughed pretty hard. I swear that's what he is singing. - Submitted by: Lia C
Rod Stewart's, "Some Guys Have All the Luck"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I called you collect
Insect, you had nothing to say
The Real Lyrics:
I called you collect
You didn't accept, you had nothing to say
The Story: I thought the girl believed Rod was as low and useless as an insect, and that's why she had nothing to say. - Submitted by: Mitch45
Rod Stewart's, "Some Guys Have All the Luck"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I called you, Aunt Edith, now there's help on the way
The Real Lyrics:
I called up and pleaded there's help on the way
The Story: I thought Rod may have recalled a time he was so down, he needed to talk to his aunt Edith. - Submitted by: Al Dee
Rod Stewart's, "The Motown Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pretty woman son and you're almost out of records.
The Real Lyrics:
Bring over some of your old Motown records.
The Story: My sister amanda has a habit of singing the wrong lyrics, and this is just one of many examples. - Submitted by: Allison
Rod Stewart's, "Tonight's The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spread your legs and let me come inside.
The Real Lyrics:
Spread your wings and let me come inside
The Story: The first couple of times I heard the song I was sure he said 'legs', not 'wings' When you consider he is trying to seduce this 'virgin child', it does really make a lot of sense! I was just kind of surprised that radio stations would play such a raunchy line in those more conservative times. - Submitted by: Jerry
Rod Stewart's, "Twistin' the Night Away (remake of Sam Cooke)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
...dancing with the chicken slacks
The Real Lyrics:
...dancing with a chick in slacks
The Story: As dumb as I feel my mistake was, in hindsight, I actually believed these were the lyrics for years. It was like a "mental block" or something. The song came on the radio when I was home visiting my parents for Christmas several years ago. I'd always wondered what "chicken slacks" were, & seeing as the song was originally popularized in the 1960s, I reasoned that "chicken slacks" were a Beatles era thing, in the vein of "turtle necks" and "poodle skirts"- you know, they made your legs look skinny, like a chicken. So I asked my Mom. She didn't realize, at first, that I was asking about a reference in the song that was playing. She replied that she had no idea, and asked where I had heard of such a thing. When I told her, she burst out laughing. It was one of those things that really tickled our funny bones at the time. And lucky me-- it has resonated over the years. It's repeated at most holidays. - Submitted by: Ricky Williams
Rod Stewart's, "Twisting the Night Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Stairway from my window
Stairway from my back door too
The Real Lyrics:
Stay away from my window
Stay away from my back door too
The Story: We had the album on one night, friends were over, sitting around the table playing a game of cards. I began singing along "Stairway from my window" and the others burst out laughing. It took some convincing by them that I had it all wrong! - Submitted by: Tricia
Rod Stewart's, "You're In My Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You're cuter than elephants.
The Real Lyrics:
You're beauty and elegance
The Story: I sang this song with the car radio for 20 years before I heard it the correct way. - Submitted by: Susan Antonsen
Rod Stewart's, "You're in my Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You're an essay in glamour
Please, pardon me 'grandma'.
The Real Lyrics:
You're an essay in glamour
Please, pardon my grammar.
The Story: My ex-husband and I were newly married and hanging out one morning in bed listening to Rod on the stereo. Julio threw his head back and very convincingly bellowed out 'pardon me grandma'. I couldn't breathe for the next 5 minutes and it still makes me laugh almost twenty years later! - Submitted by: Janet Getter
Rod Stewart's, "Young Turks"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Because love is a freak
And Tom is a thief
In your underwear
Beating with your eyes and a-tickle like a lunatic.
The Real Lyrics:
Because life is so brief,
And time is a thief
When you're undecided.
Billy pierced his ears [and] drove a pickup like a lunatic
The Story: I was a stupid teenager. - Submitted by: Opie M.
Rod Stewart's, "Young Turks"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your farts may freeze tonight.
The Real Lyrics:
Young hearts be free tonight.
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