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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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The Band's, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You can't sprained the cane back up when it's in the feed
The Real Lyrics:
You can't raise a Caine back up
When it's in defeat.
The Story: It made sense at the time - Submitted by: Bonnie
The Band's, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
The Misheard Lyrics:
you can't raise a Caine when he's in defeat..
The Real Lyrics:
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in the feed..
The Story: These are the lyrics if you open your ears, unless otherwise indicated on the original LP - Submitted by: John M
The Band's, "The Weight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take a load off Fanny
The Real Lyrics:
Take a load off, Annie.
The Story: There is no "official website" while the writer is no longer with us his widow says it's Annie. - Submitted by: Stacey
The Band's, "The Weight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Then I saw Carmen and Adele were walkin' side by side.
The Real Lyrics:
Then I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side.
The Story: I bet a guy in a bar $5 that I was right. Unfortunately, he had a laptop computer with him, with which he was able to look it up. - Submitted by: E. Stone
The Band's, "The Weight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wait a minute Chester, I'm a peaceful man
The Real Lyrics:
Wait a minute Chester, I'm a people man
The Story: The line makes more sense using "I'm a people man" referring to his concern of taking on a dog. The word peaceful is commonly used, but doesn't really make sense. - Submitted by: Steve
The Band's, "This Wheels on Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Please, notify my next of kin, this WILL shall explode.
The Real Lyrics:
Wheels on fire,
Rolling down the road.
Best notify my next of kin,
This wheel shall explode.
The Story: I always sang it like I see it in lyrics here online. "Best my next of kin, this wheel shall explode" BUT just singing in the shower I mistakenly (or did I) sing "Please, notify my next of kin, this WILL shall explode!" Think about it. It makes more sense. - Submitted by: BRIAN D YOUNG
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