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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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Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fool for the red-eye
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator
The Story: At the time this song was at the height of its popularity, I couldn't (and didn't particularly care to, since I didn't really like it much) understand the rest of the lyrics. So I made up my own story that it was a Battlestar Galactica fan-song. Particularly, an indictment of Baltar, and the others who let themselves be taken in the the Cylons' treachery... since one of the Cylons' most memorable characteristics were their roving red eyes, their dupes would be 'fools for the red-eye'. - Submitted by: Miyuki Shirayama
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He's a boom-operator
The Real Lyrics:
He's a smooth operator
The Story: Caught my father-in-law singing this line one day. Had to convince him of the real lyrics - Submitted by: Ken
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He's a cool rockin' daddy.
The Real Lyrics:
He's a smooth operator.
The Story: My family and I used to sing songs to the radio while driving on family holidays. My mother sang these misheard lyrics. We all started to sing the words to play along with her. Eventually we all cracked up because we couldn't keep singing those stupid words. Mum had no idea why we were laughing. When we told her about the misheard words she was very imbarrased. - Submitted by: sean
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a food operator
The Real Lyrics:
He's a smooth operator
The Story: At this summer tourist restaurant that I worked at there was a waitress from Korea that would sing those lyrics all the time. She really thought that it was a song about waiting tables..... Even after we told her the correct ones, we all started singing it that way. - Submitted by: Dave
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, what a lemon
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator
The Story: My younger brother used to think this song was "Ooh, What a Lemon" My sister and I were in fits each time it came on the radio. (Also caught him and his mate giggling over an INXS poster in my bedroom advertising "Mystify" because they thought it was "My Stiffy". - Submitted by: Dawn Burt
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooo Papa Red Eye, Oooooooo Papa Red Eye
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator Smooooth operator
The Story: - Submitted by: Bob Smith
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
School for Baretta
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator
The Story: I just could not believe that my husband actually thought someone would open a Baretta school. You get a gun and a parrot. New to the cirriculum: How To Not Get Away With Murder - Submitted by: Lynn
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Smooth hot potato
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator
The Story: A girl I babysat was singing along to the song. But because she had the common children's habit of making Rs andLs and Ws sound alike, it sounded a bit like 'Smooth Hot Potato'. I asked if that's what she was singing (I knew the real lyric). She said 'Yes,' and proceeded to sing it that way for some time. - Submitted by: Scott Falkner
Sade's, "Smooth Operator"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spoon umbrella
The Real Lyrics:
Smooth operator
The Story: My wife asked me, "Why there is a song singing about umbrella? What's interesting of a spoon?" - Submitted by: SummerSurfer
Sade's, "Sweetest Taboo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You gimmee, you gimmee a Swedish tattoo
That's why I'm in love with blue.
The Real Lyrics:
You give me, you give me the sweetest taboo
That's why I'm in love with you.
The Story: I truly thought that is what she was singing. I wondered to myself, 'Well, how is it different from other tattoos? What's it look like?' It wasn't long before I heard the DJ announce the artist and title, but I still sang it that way. I like to laugh at myself. =0) - Submitted by: methywoz

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