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Eye of the Tiger album at Amazon.com
Survivor's, "Eye Of The Tiger"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the last known survivor stuffs his bread in the night.
The Real Lyrics:
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night.
The Story: They played it on some Portland 80's station. I wondered why a survivor would stuff bread (though somehow it made perfect sense to me when I first heard the song). So I typed in 'Eye of the Tiger lyrics' into Google and up comes the misheard lyrics site. What did people do before the internet? - Submitted by: Krey Price
Survivor's, "Eye of the Tiger"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up the the challenge of our rival
The Real Lyrics:
It's the eye of the tiger
It's the cream of the fight
Risin' up the the challenge of our rival
The Story: Its 'cream of the fight' people often misinterpret this one. Many argue that 'cream' doesn't make sense but ever heard of 'cream of the crop'? Means the best. The fighter is the best. - Submitted by: Jess
Survivor's, "Moment of Truth"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, William Defoe...
The Real Lyrics:
It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, willing to fall
The Story: Always made me feel like William Defoe should have been in the Karate Kid but I guess he was probably too busy being Sgt. Elias in Platoon around that time? - Submitted by: Arch Stanton
Survivor's, "The Search Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was living for rotary
Loving for a moment
Taking on no one
That was just my style.
The Real Lyrics:
I was living for a dream
Loving for a moment
Taking on the world
That was just my style.
The Story: I never knew what 'living for rotary' meant. I thought perhaps it was something like playing roulette-taking chances with silly girls when the nice girl was right there. I guess it was not so complicated after all! - Submitted by: Michelle
Survivor's, "The Search Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now the miles stretch out behind me
Loves that I have lost
Broken hearts like victims of the plague.
The Real Lyrics:
Now the miles stretch out behind me
Loves that I have lost
Broken hearts lie victims of the game.
The Story: I know it sounds rather gross/violent. But for a long time, it sounded like he was comparing the broken hearts to "victims of the plague". :( - Submitted by: Shari
Survivor's, "The Search Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You followed me through changes
Impatiently you'd wait
The Real Lyrics:
You followed me through changes
AND patiently you'd wait
The Story: Even some You Tube videos say 'impatiently' but it really is AND patiently (why would it be impatiently, when it's talking about a woman who followed the man through changes and was there for him the whole time?!) - Submitted by: Dave

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