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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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Steely Dan's, "Babylon Sisters"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Drink cashasa from a shell.
The Real Lyrics:
Drink Kirschwasser from a shell.
The Story: I brought the Brazilian liquor cashasa back from a trip to Sao Paulo a couple years ago and served it at a party. While playing the song "Babylon Sisters", a friend thought Steely Dan sang, "Cashasa!" - Submitted by: Joel Glende
Steely Dan's, "Babylon Sisters"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Drink gazpacho from a shell.
The Real Lyrics:
Drink Kirschwasser from a shell.
The Story: I am a really big fan of Steely Dan's music, especially this song in particular. When I first heard that song and when it got to that lyric, I almost died laughing so hard because it did sound like they were singing about drinking this cold tomato soup called gazpacho from a shell. It took me a while until I finally figured out the real lyric. Whenever I hear that song, it does sound like they are saying 'gazpacho'. - Submitted by: Jen
Steely Dan's, "Black Cow"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take your big Black Cow and get outta here...
The Real Lyrics:
Drink your big black cow
And get out of here.
The Story: I couldn't figure out for the life of me what the hell he meant by that. I guess it's a drink. - Submitted by: TwistedChimp
Steely Dan's, "Bodhisattva"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Goin' Shoppin'
The Real Lyrics:
Bodhisattva
The Story: My band used to play this song and there was this girl who would request a song "Goin' Shoppin'" - it took us a while to figure out what she was talking about - Submitted by: Scott Mcdavid
Steely Dan's, "Bodhisattva"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Goin' shoppin'
The Real Lyrics:
Bodhisattva
The Story: Years ago, a band I was in used to play this song. This girl who came to hear us used to always say, 'Hey, play that 'Goin Shoppin' song.' We never corrected her; it was too much fun. I'm sure she probably wondered why we always laughed when she requested 'Goin' Shoppin'. - Submitted by: scott
Steely Dan's, "Deacon Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Dick in Blue.
The Real Lyrics:
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blue.
The Story: My roommate in college who happened to be Asian, was singing this song with his native accent. Ironically, he happened to be wearing a blue shirt. We all laughed a lot. - Submitted by: Pete Gee
Steely Dan's, "Deacon Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They call my family the kissin' type
Caught me deep in blues.
The Real Lyrics:
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues.
The Story: I was never a huge fan of Steely Dan. But I liked them enough that I didn't change the radio channel when they came on. I never paid that much attention, either. It was only recently that I realized what they were saying. I don't know why I understood it that time after the many times I have heard the song over the years. And I always thought the title was 'Deep in Blues'. Plus I'm not into college sports so I was not aware of 'The Crimson Tide'. - Submitted by: Zymurgy
Steely Dan's, "Deacon Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
They got a name for the women in the world
The Real Lyrics:
They got a name for the winners in the world.
The Story: It was alarming this misheard lyric neighbored reference to "The Crimson Tide" ! ! ! - Submitted by: Cookie
Steely Dan's, "Do It Again"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In a room where you're to drive her
The Real Lyrics:
In a room with your two timer
The Story: I have always sang this and thought it was true - Submitted by: scottie m
Steely Dan's, "Do It Again"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In the mornin' you go gunnin'
For the man who stole your woman.
The Real Lyrics:
In the mornin' you go gunnin'
For the man who stole your water.
The Story: I even tried to post on here that the site had the wrong original lyrics, listened to the song and found I had the wrong lyrics. - Submitted by: Mike
Steely Dan's, "Do It Again"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now you swear when you're in Vegas
That you're not a gamblin' man
When you find your Nothafagus
With a handle in your hand
The Real Lyrics:
Now you swear and kick and beg us
That you're not a gamblin' man
Then you find you're back in Vegas
With a handle in your hand
The Story: Nothafagus is the scientific name for the beech tree. I got a Steely Dan CD in 2009 (I was 19) for 'Reelin in the Years' and hadn't heard this song before. I would sing these lyrics without really thinking about why Steely Dan would write about finding a beech tree, then found this website and realised they were wrong. - Submitted by: Me
Steely Dan's, "Do It Again"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Scat, cat, do it again
The Real Lyrics:
Back, Jack, do it again
The Story: I wasn't the one who misheard the lyrics; it was my brother. He was playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and had only gathered the letters S-K-A-T of the word 'skate' (I don't play that game myself, so I don't know what that's all about). Anyway, noticing that, he started singing 'Scat, cat, do it again', until I corrected him. - Submitted by: lise
Steely Dan's, "Do It Again"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You know that cards can make you money
The Real Lyrics:
Your black cards can make you money
The Story: Again, I always sang this and thought it was true. -anyone interested may write me at scottieca2007@yahoo.com - Submitted by: Scottie M
Steely Dan's, "Gaslighting Abbey"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Flame is the Game,
the game we call 'dance like a nanny'
The Real Lyrics:
Flame is the Game,
the game we call gaslighting Abbey
The Story: My son is the one who misheard this one. We had listened to the cd quite a bit over the past few months, when in the car one day, he finally turned to me and said 'Mom, I like this song. But what to they mean, dance like a nanny?' - Submitted by: Connie Dufford
Steely Dan's, "Green Earring"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The rings your friend designed
The Real Lyrics:
The rings of rare design
The Story: Love the song, but always swore that "the rings your friend designed" were the lyrics. In a way, it sounds a lot more dramatic to steal rings designed by someone known to the person who's the victim of the theft implied in the song. - Submitted by: Melegorm
Steely Dan's, "Hey 19"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The cuervo gold,
The fine car runnin'
The Real Lyrics:
The cuervo gold,
The fine Columbian
The Story: I had no idea what "...fine Columbian" was when I was 10. - Submitted by: LP
Steely Dan's, "Hey 19"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The cuervo gold,
The fine coke, rum and,
The Real Lyrics:
The cuervo gold,
The fine Columbian
The Story: Though rum&coke contrasted w/ Cuervo as an adolescent drink. - Submitted by: stevea
Steely Dan's, "Hey 19"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The werewolves go...
"The night is coming in."
The Real Lyrics:
Cuervo gold
The fine Columbian.
The Story: Was not on drugs but first heard this on AM radio so quality was a bit off. - Submitted by: Mark
Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cuervo Gold, the fine cool ambience
The Real Lyrics:
Cuervo Gold, the fine Columbian
The Story: I finally bested by brother Marc who knows all the lyrics to everything. He sang Hey Nineteen and when he got to "the fine cool ambience" I said, no, it's "the fine Colubian" and he didn't believe me until I found this web site. - Submitted by: Marc Anderson
Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the fine Coke and rum
The Real Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the Fine Columbian
The Story: When I was young I had heard of tequila, and rum and coke.... Once I found out it was "Columbian" - I assumed Juan Valdez and some fine coffee..... Of course, it's not coffee either.... - Submitted by: Chris
Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the fine toothed Romulan
Make tonight a wonderful thing.
The Real Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the fine Colombian
Make tonight a wonderful thing.
The Story: So the Romulan thing made perfect sense to a girl growing up in a house where Steely Dan and "Star Trek" were both major influences. I just always thought, "No wonder my dad really likes Steely Dan. They must be 'Star Trek' fans too." Of course, when I got older and started enjoying the Dan on their own merit and not just because I was subjected to it on a near daily basis, I realized my lyrics were entirely, incredibly wrong. - Submitted by: Lindsay Day
Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The choir vocals, a fine-toothed comb
The Real Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the fine Columbian
The Story: I thought it was this for 20 years. My brother-in-law, a Steely Dan fanatic, gives me quite a hard time about it. - Submitted by: Jdb
Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Think where we'll go to find Colombia.
The Real Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold, the fine Colombian.
The Story: I was 15 when this song came out. I thought, "Why couldn't they just use an atlas, then find Colombia?" Then they wouldn't have to wander around looking for it. - Submitted by: Cathy
Steely Dan's, "Hey, Nineteen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold
The mitochondrian
Makes tonight a wonderful day.
The Real Lyrics:
The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Makes tonight a wonderful thing.
The Story: I had just learned about mitochondrians in Biology when I first heard this song. - Submitted by: Rich Braham
Steely Dan's, "Josie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We're gonna break out the hoss n' rudis
When Josie comes home and...
She prays like a rolin with her eyes on fire and...
Show who'd you love and scrabba,
She'll never say no
Now look!
The Real Lyrics:
We're gonna break out the hats and hooters
When Josie comes home and...
She plays like a Roland with her eyes on fire and...
Jo would you love to scrapple,
She'll never say no
Now look
The Story: Thank God for the Internet because I never would have found out what the heck they were actually saying... Steely Dan always refused to publish the lyrics in their liner notes. - Submitted by: Chris
Steely Dan's, "Kid Charlemagne"
The Misheard Lyrics:
1. Did you realize, you were Italian in their eyes?
2. All those dago freaks who used to pay the face
3. Everyone stoped to stare at your technical abilities
The Real Lyrics:
1. Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?
2. All those day-glow freaks who used to paint their face
3. Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motorhome.
The Story: I heard a local band (whose members were very young or weren't even around in 1976) singing this song at a club, using lyrics in a couple of spots that I couldn't make out exactly, but didn't sound right. During a break I asked the lead singer about the lyrics he was singing - the misheard lyrics were his response - he told me he had learned the song, including the lyrics, by ear. He was glad I wasn't Italian after I had corrected him! - Submitted by: Jeff May
Steely Dan's, "My Cousin Dupree"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My cousin the p****.
The Real Lyrics:
Cousin Dupree
The Story: I sang this in the car in front of my entire family, who looked at me with a shocked face. And I just said, 'What? That's what he said!' ;-) - Submitted by: FloydWright
Steely Dan's, "Peg"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I like your pink stuff.
The Real Lyrics:
I like your pin shot.
The Story: I'm just glad I never sang it out loud in front of anyone the way I thought it was. It would have made me sound like a perv, and I just thought Steely Dan was being perverted. What the heck is a pin shot, anyway? - Submitted by: Jon
Steely Dan's, "Peg"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Then, as sure as "Star Wars,"
You've seen it all week.
It's your favorite foreign movie.
The Real Lyrics:
Then the shutter falls
You see it all in 3-D
It's your favorite foreign movie.
The Story: Since "Star Wars" was so big that year, why not mention it in a song? - Submitted by: Goldiechick
Steely Dan's, "Reelin' In The Years"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Are you livin' in the East?
Throwin' away your time?
The Real Lyrics:
Are you reelin' in the years
Stowin' away the time?
The Story: For a long time, from the best I could make of this song, I thought the singers had a really low opinion of life in the East, though I wondered which 'East' they meant -- the eastern U.S.? The 'orient'?, etc. When I learned the song's title from a CD, I realized I had known essentially nothing about what the song is saying. For that matter, I still know essentially nothing about what the song is saying. - Submitted by: Alison Runyon
Steely Dan's, "Reelin' In The Years"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Are you reelin' in the eaves?
The Real Lyrics:
Are you reelin' in the years?
The Story: I have been wondering about this song for years and years. I finally looked up the real lyrics (this was the first site that popped up on Google with them). Guess I wasn't the only one who couldn't figure it out. - Submitted by: Sari
Steely Dan's, "Reelin' In the Years"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Are you reeling in the ears
Stowing away the mime?
Are you gathering up the ears?
Have you had enough of mine?
The Real Lyrics:
Are you reeling in the years
Stowing away the time?
Are you gathering up the tears?
Have you had enough of mine?
The Story: Heard it mumbled in a jail cell nearby. - Submitted by: Tail-Gunner
Steely Dan's, "Reelin' in the Years"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Reelin' in the cheese
The Real Lyrics:
Reelin' in the years
The Story: Actually heard on HBO's 'Taxicab Confessions'. Steely Dan members are in the taxi in Las Vegas. They pick up a blonde, and she tell them how great the lyrics are. She starts to sing the lyrics. Classic! - Submitted by: Blond in HBOs'Taxicab Confessions
Steely Dan's, "Reeling in the Years"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Are you reeling in the yeast
Stowing away the thyme
Are you gathering up the cheese?
Have you had enough of mine?
The Real Lyrics:
Are you reeling in the years?
Stowing away the time
Are you gathering up the tears?
Have you had enough of mine?
The Story: I've been singing it this way since jr.high. I finally decided to look online to see what it meant and discovered I was very wrong. :D - Submitted by: Keith Howell
Steely Dan's, "Show-Biz Kids"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You blow the night's wages, night's wages
The Real Lyrics:
Go to lost wages, lost wages.
The Story: I always felt like an idiot for not knowing the words to this song, which I have known and loved for decades. Finally, I thought I had it figured out because I had a good set of earbuds. Not so. - Submitted by: Ponygirl

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