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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!).


Affirmation album at Amazon.com
Savage Garden's, "Affirmations"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I believe that nudie magazines promote your self esteem
The Real Lyrics:
I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
The Story: Listening to my brand new album while cleaning up a bit in the living room. Heard the first couple lines and thought it was going to be horribly maudlin and perhaps even preachy. Then I heard that and thought that the lads in the Garden might be having a go at some of the all too serious attitudes some people have. Got paranoid and checked the lyrics in the album sleeve and giggled at where my mind must have been. - Submitted by: Craig Dyck
Savage Garden's, "Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to live like a cannonball
The Real Lyrics:
I want to live like an animal
The Story: I was at the video store with my boyfriend when this song came on, and I was singing the misheard lyric.. my boyfriend just started laughing hysterically, and I gave him a weird look and said, 'wait, aren't those the words?' he just laughed and laughed... - Submitted by: Kitty
Savage Garden's, "Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to run through the jungle
With wind in my hair and the scent of my feet
The Real Lyrics:
I want to run through the jungle
With wind in my hair and the sand at my feet
The Story: I thought it a bit odd wishing for smelly feet, yet plausible given he's singing about being natural and all... - Submitted by: TanyaN
Savage Garden's, "Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When superstars and cannonballs are running through your head
And television freak show coke and rubbers everywhere.
The Real Lyrics:
When superstars and cannonballs are running through your head
And television freak show cops and robbers everywhere.
The Story: I was like, 'Whoa, what the heck happened that night?' - Submitted by: Diane
Savage Garden's, "Crash And Burn"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When you feel all alone
And a lawyer friend is hard to find.
The Real Lyrics:
When you feel all alone
And a loyal friend is hard to find.
The Story: My friend and I were sitting in my room and just talking when this song came on radio. I started singing with the band and suddenly noticed square eyes of my friend. I got offended, thought she doesn't like my voice and she just kept asking if Darren sings about his ex-wife who needs a divorce. I replied that it must be the meaning. Time passed and I suddenly noticed the verse on one site. But I still sing about a lawyer, just can't get him out of my head now! - Submitted by: Mash Fedichkina
Savage Garden's, "Crash and Burn"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Let me be the one you call,
If you jump I'll be ready to fall
The Real Lyrics:
Let me be the one you call,
If you jump I'll break your fall
The Story: I loved this song and I listened to that one line over and over. I thought the singer was saying that at any time he was willing to drop everything for that person and do whatever it took to save them, and that idea was so sweet and sincere to me. "I'll break your fall" is so generic compared to what I thought he was saying. I know the real lyrics aren't that different from what I thought they were, but I can hardly listen to the song anymore. - Submitted by: Rachael
Savage Garden's, "I Knew I Loved You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I knew I loved you before I met you
I think my dreams have come to life
...
A thousand ages did surround you
The Real Lyrics:
I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
...
A thousand angels dance around you
The Story: For the first few times I heard it, I kept thinking Darren was singing about reincarnation...then later when I found out the real lyrics I was like 'Doi!' But I think my version makes more sense... - Submitted by: Tiara
Savage Garden's, "I Knew I Loved You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I think I found my bandstand
The Real Lyrics:
I think I found my best friend
The Story: Savage Garden really found Dick Clark... - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Savage Garden's, "I Want You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm the kind of person who enforces a deep commitment
Getting drunk and getting smirnoff-ed's what I live for
With a book and the smell of her room
it's like I'm down on the floor
And I don't know what it's here for
The Real Lyrics:
Getting comfy getting perfect is what I live for
But a look, then a smell of perfume
it's like I'm down on the floor
And I don't know what I'm in for
The Story: I was doing karaoke with a couple of friends at a party, and we volunteered to sing this song. We got through the first verse, but when the second one came around I ignored the monitor and went for it. We didn't finish the song 'cos we were laughing to hard! - Submitted by: Haz
Savage Garden's, "I Want You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, I haunt you
I don't know if I breed you
But ooh, I'd die to find out.
The Real Lyrics:
Ooh, I want you
I don't know if I need you
But ooh, I'd die to find out.
The Story: I was at a Savage Garden concert, in the farthest row from the speakers. Therefore, I could still hear, but I could talk over the music, easily. So, I was singing, of course, but I began to sing the misheard lyrics. Some Aussie-dude next to me said, 'What?!!- Do you not know the words, or are you some stupid American?' It really sucks that I was his second suggestion. - Submitted by: Ethereal
Savage Garden's, "I Want You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, I humped you
I don't know if I need you but
Ooh, I want to find H***.
The Real Lyrics:
Ooh, I want you
I don't know if I need you but
Ooh, I'd die to find out.
The Story: I re-played this song about 12 times just because I couldn't believe they were singing this. Turns out they weren't! - Submitted by: SweetiePie
Savage Garden's, "I Want You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
To a dispty diver who is swimming with a rainbow
The Real Lyrics:
To a deep sea diver who is swimming with a raincoat
The Story: I assumed the singer was talking about someone who dives into dipsty dumpsters (dumpsters that are lifted and turned upside-down to unload their contents into garbage trucks). - Submitted by: Cara
Savage Garden's, "The Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna live like a cannonball
Careless and free, like a cannonball.
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna live like animals
Careless and free, like animals.
The Story: I was singing it one time; my friend turned to me and said, 'It's not cannonball, it's cannibal!' And so we kept arguing about it, until I found that we were both wrong. It was so funny! - Submitted by: Kris
Savage Garden's, "The Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to lift light cannonballs.
The Real Lyrics:
I want to live like animals.
The Story: My friends 5 year old son was repeating this line one day while I was over at their place. I ask what it was from and he replied that it was a song. The lyrics didn't ring a bell at all and asked him which song. He promptly grabbed the cd and put it on and played 'The animal song'. Needless to say, I was in stitches laughing!! - Submitted by: Aaron Rae
Savage Garden's, "The Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to live like cannibals
Careless and free like cannibals
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause I want to live like animals
Careless and free like animals
The Story: It took me several months to work out what they were ACTUALLY singing, I thought it such a strange song ---- - Submitted by: Karen Sanders
Savage Garden's, "The Animal Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to live like cannibals
Careless and free like cannibals.
The Real Lyrics:
I want to live like animals
Careless and free like animals.
The Story: When this song first came out it played on the radio all the time and I was certain that they were saying that they wanted to live like cannibals. I thought it was really sick that they were actually singing about their desire to become cannibals, until a friend of mine explained to me (after she stopped laughing) that they were saying 'animals', not cannibals. But frankly, I feel that wanting to live like animals is almost as weird. Strange song. - Submitted by: Rebel Davis
Savage Garden's, "To The Moon And Back"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And now she's waiting for the right kind of palette to come
The Real Lyrics:
And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
The Story: For fifteen years I was sure I had heard it right - Submitted by: Juha Kahkola
Savage Garden's, "To The Moon And Back"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I would fly to the moon and back
If you'd eat my baby.
The Real Lyrics:
I would fly to the moon and back
If you'll be my baby.
The Story: I almost choked on my lemonade. My mother gave me a funny look, because we had visitors and I was snorting. My brother said, 'He eats babies!'. My mother said, 'No! it said 'If you'll be my baby.'' Meanwhile the guests were snickering at us. - Submitted by: Fluff 'n' Stuff
Savage Garden's, "To The Moon And Back"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's taking a nap
Making out the reasons
To testify all the Kurt inside.
Guess she knows from his smiles and their looks in the a**
Everyone's gotta a theory about the virgin one.
The Real Lyrics:
She's taking her time
Making up the reasons
To justify all the hurt inside.
Guess she knows from the smiles and the looks in their eyes
Everyone's got a theory about the bitter one.
The Story: Before I knew the actual lyrics to the song, I thought that my misheard lyrics were correct. So, I went out with my older cousin and her friends to the mall
And while we were shopping at Music Fye, the song came on. I was feeling so happy that day that I started singing it, just like I thought it was. When I turned around, my cousin was staring at me in horror. 'What the hell are you singing, Rose?' she asked. I obviously responded, 'To the Moon and Back' by Savage Garden...Why?' 'Those are not the lyrics to that song so I suggest you shut up! ok?', she scolded. From then on, I never sang another song again without knowing the lyrics by heart. (Editor's note: I suggest your cousin take a chill pill. It's only a song. ;)) - Submitted by: Rose Angel
Savage Garden's, "Truly Madly Deeply"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I want to bathe with you in the sink.
The Real Lyrics:
I want to bathe with you in the sea.
The Story: This was how my daughter was cheerfully singing the song until I corrected her. Must have been a very large sink! - Submitted by: Kathryn
Savage Garden's, "Truly, Madly, Deeply"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna pray with you in the sea.
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna bathe with you in the sea.
The Story: At first, I didn't know it was men singing this song. I honestly thought they were women, until someone told me it was Savage Garden singing. - Submitted by: Inferno714

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