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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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Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Despite of my age I'm still just a rat in the cage
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage
The Story: I had been using this line in several forums as a signature until I learned the correct lyrics. But I'll keep the wrong line ;) - Submitted by: Alexander
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Despite of my age, I am still in the Spider Marines.
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.
The Story: My cousin first heard this song because of me. He never showed any interest in the Pumpkins, even then. A year later he asked me if I still had the cd with the 'Spider Marines' song, because he wanted to hear it again. I didn't know what the h*** he was talking about, until he started singing it for me. Needless to say, I laughed my a** off. After he graduated high school, he joined the Marines. His squad( or whatever it I known as, I'm not military saavy) is known as the Spider Marines. They're in Iraq now. And they're all still alive and kicking. Especially the original 'Spider Marine' himself. - Submitted by: Sean Hutton
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I spied on my angel,
and still I'm ready to rage
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage,
I am still just a rat in a cage
The Story: I was in fifth grade when I first head this song on the radio. SP was one of my older sister's favorite bands at the time and I tried to be cool by singing it in front of her. wow. I was way off and my sister ended up giving me this funny but she never told me what the correct lyrics were. Later I bought the album and found out but she didn't tell me so for a year I went around singing these demented lyrics that made no sense. My sister got a good laugh out of me for it. - Submitted by: Katherine
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spying on the rage
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage
The Story: I was at my friend Trevor's house. His brother was asleep on the couch, so we had to keep the music really low. Naturally, we couldn't hear it very well. At first, I thought it said, 'Spy on the rain', but then we decided it must be 'rage' not 'rain'. We still got the 'spy' part wrong (lol). I really liked the song, even though I thought it was a little wierd. So when I got home, I went on the computer and did a search for the lyrics to figure out what song it was (neither of us knew, the artist's name wasn't on the cd). The Smashing Pumpkins song was what it finally came up with. I laughed so hard when I realized how badly we had misheard the lyrics! - Submitted by: eLmO
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Even though I know I suck balls and chode like blow job
Despite all my rage I am still just ready to cringe.
The Real Lyrics:
Even though I know
I suppose I'll show all my cool and cold like old job
Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage
The Story: I was just listening on the radio and misinterpreted this song as a comedy rock ballad. - Submitted by: Jason
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Smile on my radar I'm still desperate in hell
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage
The Story: All my life is a lie... - Submitted by: Rodney
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spider Marines Siam steel-chested rabbit arcade
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.
The Story: Apparently this is how my boyfriend's childhood friend heard this lyric. - Submitted by: Jack
Smashing Pumpkins', "Bullet with Butterfly wings"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spinal Marie I am still just a bat in a cage
The Real Lyrics:
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.
The Story: I had only heard part of the song when it first came out and kept trying to remember correctly what I had heard so I could hear the whole song at a later date. I was wrong with the wordsI guess LOL! - Submitted by: Craig
Smashing Pumpkins', "Cherub Rock"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can't touch, unite
Cause life won't let me find you out. (Find)
Beware of those angels and their wings, my love
Stay down
Cause they're hiding and they're scared. Real scared.
The Real Lyrics:
Hipsters unite
Come align for the big fight to rock for you. (fight)
Beware of those angels with their wings glued on
Cause deep down
We're frightened and we're scared
If you don't stare
The Story: I thought "Awww, omg. He can't find his soulmate either. Oh wow. How poetic, how beautiful." Made me love the song more. Once I found out the actual lyrics, boy did I feel stupid. - Submitted by: Cat
Smashing Pumpkins', "Cherub Rock"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lick me out.
The Real Lyrics:
Let me out.
The Story: My best friend used to always sing 'her version' until she bumped into the guy she fancied while singing along on walkman. - Submitted by: Sophie
The Misheard Lyrics:
Man, she got blue,
Her vacant lush is so screwed.
The Real Lyrics:
Machine-gun Blues
Her vacant rush is so steel.
The Story: When I first got this album for christmas, so did my best friend. We both loved it. Later on that night, I called him up, worried. You see, this song is supposed to sound scratchy and lo-fi, but since i had the cassette version at the time (we both did), I though it was the tape itself. He claimed he would have called me to ask the same thing. - Submitted by: Jordan Roherty
Smashing Pumpkins', "Once Upon A Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Once upon a time in my life, I went bowling.
The Real Lyrics:
Once upon a time in my life, I went falling.
The Story: My friend and I played chess to determine what the lyrics actually were. I won, even though I was officially wrong. He can no longer deny that 'bowling' is the correct lyric. Until we have a rematch. Hey, it was best outta three. - Submitted by: Tim
Smashing Pumpkins', "Rhinoceros"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Puppet show...
Trees and balloons
Ask yourself...
See you in June.
The Real Lyrics:
Planned a show, trees and balloons
Ice cream snow
See you in June
The Story: I've known the real worlds for decades now... But force of habit still guides me to sing this way. - Submitted by: Lmw

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