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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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Stevie Wonder's, "Do I Do"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Go and get some honeysuckle sausages.
The Real Lyrics:
Girl, I've got some pretty kisses for your lips.
The Story: I always liked the idea of honeysuckle sausages. And since the actress Honeysuckle Weeks has been appearing in the series 'Foyle's War', this misheard lyric comes to mind! - Submitted by: pickle*
Stevie Wonder's, "Do I Do"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yes, I got some honey suckle chocolate covered
Chicken gizzards full of love for you.
The Real Lyrics:
Yes, I got some honeysuckle chocolate
Dripping kisses full of love for you.
The Story: When my mother first heard 'Do I Do', she thought for several years that Stevie was saying 'chocolate covered chicken gizzards full of love'. She thought it had a hidden sexual meaning. One day we were riding in my mom's car with a friend of hers, and 'Do I Do' came on the radio. When the part came up about the 'chocolate covered chicken gizzards full of love', she asked her friend 'Did you hear what Stevie said? That means something freaky, heh heh heh.' The friend asked her what is she talking about. Then she repeated what she though Stevie said. The friend bursted out laughing. He was laughing so hard he had to pull the car off the side of the road. When he finally pulled himself together, he told her what the lyrics really were, and she was so embarassed. - Submitted by: Porche G
Stevie Wonder's, "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Y'know I speak very, very, um, fluent Spanish -- 'Told her, ah, again 'Chevrolet'
"Can you say that again, 'Chevrolet?'"
The Real Lyrics:
Y'know I speak very, very, um fluent Spanish -- 'Todo 'stá bien chévere.'
"Can you say that again, 'Chevére?"
The Story: My dad and I always thought that Stevie Wonder was saying a heavily accented 'Chevrolet' as he tried to impress some girl. This went to the point where we would sing it very confidently at parties and even put it in as a karaoke lyrics on a program we had. It wasn't until much later that my Mexican mom told us he was saying 'Todo 'stá bien chévere', Spanish for "Everything's cool." - Submitted by: JC Foster
Stevie Wonder's, "Golden Lady"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh the lady, oh the lady
or
Hold the lady, hold the lady
The Real Lyrics:
Golden lady, golden lady
The Story: I've heard this song many times and mistaken the misheard lyrics for the original lyrics. One day I heard this song at a wedding reception, and I asked the DJ what the title and artist of the song was, and he answered "Golden Lady," and that's how I found out that Stevie was saying "Golden lady." - Submitted by: Isac
Stevie Wonder's, "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I ain't goin' to Stanford, baby.
The Real Lyrics:
I ain't gonna stand for it, babe.
The Story: I have this song by two different artists. While listening to them back to back one day (while doing housework), I found myself singing, 'I ain't goin' to Stanford, Baby!' out loud. I thought, 'That can't be right.' Listening more closely, I found my error, but it was one of those songs that to me was more about the way it sounds than what it says. - Submitted by: Tom Regner
Stevie Wonder's, "I Was Made To Love Her"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was born in Bedrock
The Real Lyrics:
I was born in Little Rock
The Story: It sounds like Stevie must live next door to Barney Rubble. - Submitted by: phogroian
Stevie Wonder's, "I Wish"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Why Pistol Pete could come back once more
Why'd Pistol Pete ever have to go
The Real Lyrics:
I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ever have to go
The Story: When I first heard this song, I thought Stevie was paying tribute to basketball legend Pistol Pete Maravich (it was on the same album as 'Sir Duke', his ode to a certain Mr. Ellington). How wrong I turned out to be. - Submitted by: Todd W. Zimmerman
Stevie Wonder's, "Living For The City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eating jazz dinner
Jazz dinner in the city, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
Living just enough
Just enough for the city, yeah.
The Story: Well, you get supposed 'soul food'. so naturally I didn't think much about the jazz dinner (though I knew those weren't the real lyrics; they still evoked strange images nonetheless). - Submitted by: Missy Bass
Stevie Wonder's, "Living For The City"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many
His patient's throng, but soon he won't have any.
The Real Lyrics:
Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many
His patience's long, but soon he won't have any.
The Story: I heard this song today and realized I'd been hearing the lyrics wrong since the song was released. I always thought her brother was a doctor. - Submitted by: Sherry
Stevie Wonder's, "My Cherie Amour"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I can see you
But you'll never know 'tis me.
The Real Lyrics:
I've been near you
But you never notice me.
The Story: I used to hear this on the radio when I was growing up. I thought that since Stevie was blind, she never realized that he could really see her. - Submitted by: Justine K
Stevie Wonder's, "My Cherie Amour"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I said, "Eat 'em up"
The Real Lyrics:
My Cherie Amour
The Story: This misheard lyric was reinforced in the second verse, when Stevie sings "In a café". - Submitted by: Chris
Stevie Wonder's, "My Cherie Amour"
The Misheard Lyrics:
That behind that little smile at war
How I wish that you were mine.
The Real Lyrics:
That behind that little smile I wore
How I wish that you were mine.
The Story: I thought I probably knew all the lyrics to this song. Then I heard it playing on my car radio, and the lines above sounded just as in the mysheard version cited. Knowing that 'smile at war' didn't fit with anything about the song, I asked myself what the real lyrics to that line were, thinking I should know, but I was 'drawing a blank,' thinking the misheard words had confused me into forgetting the real ones. When I got home, I checked on a lyrics site, and found the real lyrics as above. But if those were correct, I thought, I hadn't ever really known the words to that line after all. Furthermore, the words 'smile I wore' seemed a bit awkward in their context. Thinking the site might have the words wrong in this case, I searched for other sites to make sure. When I did, it confirmed that hundreds of sites show the correct lyrics as above, many citing them as sung by Stevie Wonder, but others citing the song as sung by others as well, including The Nylons and Engelbert Humperdinck. - Submitted by: Julia Cox
Stevie Wonder's, "Rocket Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You took me riding in your rocket, gave me a star
But at a half a mile from Heaven, you dropped my black a** off.
The Real Lyrics:
You took me riding in your rocket, gave me a star
But at a half a mile from Heaven, you dropped me back, back.
The Story: My coworker insisted that Stevie Wonder curses in his song. She has the whole office mad at her for thinking that Mr. Wonder uses bad language. She said he got excited in singing the song. I said 'Naw; you heard it wrong'. - Submitted by: Aulicia Davis
Stevie Wonder's, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ten cents a minute, I'm yours!
The Real Lyrics:
Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours!
The Story: My daughter is only eight and has no idea what signed, sealed and delivered means. She was just singing her little heart out! I blame all those phone company commercials bragging about their long distance rates. - Submitted by: Jenelle McClain
Stevie Wonder's, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Time for the liver, adios!
The Real Lyrics:
Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours.
The Story: My husband was making a home movie with this song as the background music. Because there were multiple attempts at making the movie, the song was played over and over again. Finally, after about the 20th time it was played, my six year old son Alex exclaimed, 'I hate that 'time for the liver adios' song!' - Submitted by: Kathryn MacCluskie
Stevie Wonder's, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Time still delivered
The Real Lyrics:
Signed, sealed, delivered
The Story: When I first heard this song I was a lot younger. Not being a native speaker of English, what I did then was more or less imitating sounds. Out came words that really existed (I did learn some English!) so I was pleased with my result and kept singing the song that way. I did realise that it didn't make any sense but I thought it must be some poetic songwriter thing that I wasn't supposed to understand ( I was only ten or so). When the new version came out recently, I was delighted to find out that the words I misheard (the title, mind you) actually do make sense. - Submitted by: Annie
Stevie Wonder's, "Sir Duke"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Music is a world of NFL.
The Real Lyrics:
Music is a world within itself.
The Story: The horn fanfare at the beginning helped with the football imagery, I guess. - Submitted by: 70s film sunsets
Stevie Wonder's, "Sir Duke"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Naked feeling all over
The Real Lyrics:
You can feel it all over.
The Story: This was actually my dad who thought Stevie was singing 'Naked feeling all over'. He must have thought it was about a nudist :) I remember him and my mother arguing (playfully) many times about this. It turns out she was right. I liked his version though :) - Submitted by: Jim Loeffel
Stevie Wonder's, "Sir Duke"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Naked people all over
Naked people all over Cleveland.
The Real Lyrics:
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people.
The Story: Actually, these are the words my grandfather thought Stevie Wonder said. I can remember hearing that song with him on the car radio when I was a kid; my grandfather almost drove off the road at what he thought he heard. Looking back, I still wonder why, of all the places he could have imagined naked people, why Cleveland? - Submitted by: Mike Caragliano
Stevie Wonder's, "Sir Duke"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well there's a base in mellow Sedgemo
And the king of Osserdoo.
The Real Lyrics:
Well there's Basie, Miller, Satchmo
And the king of all Sir Duke.
The Story: Okay, I was young, and I figured the whole song was about some fanciful planet where music always made people happy. - Submitted by: Lisa
Stevie Wonder's, "So What The Fuss?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So what the f***?
The Real Lyrics:
So what the fuss?
The Story: When Stevie's "So What The Fuss" first came out, I thought he said 'so what the f***'. I was kind a cracking up when I almost thought he said the 'f' word. I was so confused by hearing fuss or the 'f' word. And another thing, I thought this song had bad explict language. - Submitted by: Fitu Petaia
Stevie Wonder's, "Superstition"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Thirteen-month-old baby
The Real Lyrics:
Thirteen months of maybe
The Story: Actually, I'm not convinced I did mishear the lyrics. My wife and I got into a debate about this, and a Google search returned sites that back up each version. Neither one makes much sense. Breaking a mirror is supposed to bring seven years of bad luck, so what does "thirteen months" have to do with anything, whether it's "baby" or "maybe?" - Submitted by: Bob
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