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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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The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ah, ba ba ba ba Bakurahn
Ba ba ba ba Bakurahn
Oh Bakurahn, it ate my hand
Bakurahn
The Real Lyrics:
Ah, ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann
Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann
Oh Barbara Ann, take my hand
Barbara Ann
The Story: My little brother Lonnie has never been able to sing a song with the correct lyrics in all of his seventeen years of life. It's borderline depressing what this boy does to popular music. I was sitting at the computer one night singing along to "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys when Lonnie come running in from the dining room, and he says, "What was that?" I told him what it was, and he says to me, "I've been looking for that song for years. How do you spell Bakurahn." I've never laughed so hard in my life. - Submitted by: Shannon
The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ba, Ba, Ba, Ba, Baperen
The Real Lyrics:
Ba, Ba, Ba, Ba, Barbara Ann
The Story: Saw it on the movie 3 Ninjas at the end - Submitted by: Monae
The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Baa, baa, baa, baa- baa- baa-ram
The Real Lyrics:
Ba, Ba, Ba, Ba, Barbara Ann
The Story: I'm with my sister, her husband, my brother, and a friend on a little road trip. The song Barbara Ann comes on the radio. I start singing along with the right lyrics, and suddenly my brother says, "Barbara Ann? I always thought it was 'baa-baa-baa-ram"". Of course, the rest of us start busting up laughing...everyone, that is, except my sister's husband, who is suspiciously quiet. A moment later (after said laughter died down), he 'sheepishly' admits he also thought it was 'baa-baa-baa-ram.' - Submitted by: Erin Schadt
The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bohr, Bohr, Bohr, Bohr, Bohr, Berähn
The Real Lyrics:
Bar, Bar, Bar, Bar, Barbara Ann
The Story: I had this in my earphones when I was at the dentist. ('Bohren' is German for 'drill'.) - Submitted by: unci narynin
The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bop Bop Bop Bop Bop- a- ran!
The Real Lyrics:
Bar, Bar, Bar, Bar- Barbara Ann!
The Story: I've been singing along to this song since I was just a little girl. I was born in 1980, so I thought maybe bop-a-ran was type of dance from the 60's or so. My mom and my older brothers and sister just let me go on and maybe they didn't know either. My freshman year in college my best friend was like- what? Bop-a-ran? Did you make that up? We started cracking up when she told me and we still maintain that it really is Bop-A-Ran. - Submitted by: Mary
The Beach Boys', "Barbara Ann"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bop, Bop, Bop, Bop, Bopper Ann!
The Real Lyrics:
Bar-Bar-Bar-Bar-Barbara Ann
The Story: Apparently, my mother was singing it the wrong way for over a decade. Though by the time I was born, it was just a funny, if mildly embarrassing, story. I think she was singing it in front of some friends; and they all laughed at her when they realized what she was singing. - Submitted by: Rebecca
The Beach Boys', "Be True to Your School"
The Misheard Lyrics:
On my day we'll all be jacking off at the football game
The Real Lyrics:
On Friday we'll be jacked up on the football game
The Story: Found the real lyric on another site but I think what I heard is better - Submitted by: Anomyus
The Beach Boys', "California Girls"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And we stay on the beach, California
And we stay on the beach, California
And we stay on the beach, California Girls!
The Real Lyrics:
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls.
The Story: I always thought that the singer had a funny way of pronouncing 'stay', it sounded like he'd said 'And we shtay on the beach'... But I just thought it must be another dialect of English I hadn't heard about (English is not my native tongue). - Submitted by: Tarja Kojola
The Beach Boys', "Darlin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I dream about you off in my pretty bald head.
The Real Lyrics:
I don't about you often, my pretty darlin'.
The Story: I KNEW what I heard didn't make any sense, but no matter how many times I listened to it, I couldn't really hear the right lyrics. - Submitted by: Mark
The Beach Boys', "Fun Fun Fun"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And she'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the Z-Bird away.
The Real Lyrics:
And she'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away.
The Story: I was really little when I misheard this but my mother and my cousin heard me singing that song and when I got to the chorus I started singing: 'And she'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the Z-Bird away' and my mother and my cousin laughed at me and they yelled 'T-BIRD!' I smiled at them and my mother asked me if I liked the song and I just said 'yes!' - Submitted by: Celeste Keenan
The Beach Boys', "Fun Fun Fun"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You shouldn't collide now, you shouldn't collide
The Real Lyrics:
You shouldn't have lied now, you shouldn't have lied
The Story: Thought the Boys were worried about her crashing that T-bird into something. - Submitted by: Paul
The Beach Boys', "Good Vibrations "
The Misheard Lyrics:
Good, good, good
Goodbye Clayton!
The Real Lyrics:
Good, good, good
Good vibrations!
The Story: One morning, as I was getting ready for work, I was singing along to this Beach Boys classic. All of a sudden, it dawned on me when I thought about this one time crush I had in church. He started dissing my crooner vocal style ( I am a singer by the way ) that I started singing ' Goodbye Clayton ' instead of ' Good Vibrations '. So there you have it. - Submitted by: Jennifer
The Beach Boys', "Good Vibrations"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't know whether she's ten feet ten
The Real Lyrics:
I don't know where but she sends me there
The Story: Well, that's how I heard it then - 1967 as a 14 year old - and I still sing it that way when I play the song. - Submitted by: John Lonergan
The Beach Boys', "Help Me Rhonda"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ever since you put me down
There've been elves pooping in my bed
The Real Lyrics:
Since she put me down
I've been out doin' in my head.
The Story: When my daughter was in first grade, she kept asking us to sing the song "about the pooping elves." We had no idea what she was talking about. Finally, we realized she was talking about "Help Me Rhonda". - Submitted by: charit
The Beach Boys', "Help Me, Rhonda"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Healthy barn, health-healthy barn
The Real Lyrics:
Help me Rhonda, help-help me Rhonda
The Story: I only found out the real lyrics about 3 years ago ... I'd been singing the wrong ones for 20 years. And I still can't help it, every time I hear the song I imagine a big barn with dancing, healthy chickens and roosters. And I still sing 'healthy barn', it takes about half the song to realise I'm doing it. - Submitted by: Dean
The Beach Boys', "I Get Around"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I get around, from outta town, I'm a real cold twig...
The Real Lyrics:
I get around, from town to town, I'm a real cool head...
The Story: A couple years back in high school, no one remembered or knew the Beach Boys except for a few. So a few of my friends and I performed that song at the talent show. We got third place but my grandmother was there. Of course I did the falsetto, and she clearly heard me sing the lyrics wrong, and she was terrified that we weren't gonna get a good score. - Submitted by: Tyler Randles
The Beach Boys', "It's Ok"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jock itch, Cruex
Got it, through it
Jock itch, women.
The Real Lyrics:
Gotta go to it
Gonna go through it
Gotta get with it.
The Story: I was a 4th grader listening to my father's car radio somewhere in Maryland, 1975. I heard a commercial for Cruex Jock Itch Spray. Then the station played this song, which I thought was an extension of the ad, with the Beach Boys (at least to me) endorsing Cruex and singing about jock itch. - Submitted by: oldsongs
The Beach Boys', "Kokomo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bodies in the sand
Drop the cocaine, baby, in your hand.
The Real Lyrics:
Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand.
The Story: A young boy in church said he wasn't allowed to listen to the song because (it had) the word "cocaine" in it. - Submitted by: Bill Golden
The Beach Boys', "Kokomo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tomato reek, Vermont's a rotten state
The Real Lyrics:
To Martinique, that Monserat mystique
The Story: My girlfriend actually thought the Beach Boys hated Vermont. - Submitted by: Steve Doman
The Beach Boys', "Little Deuce Coupe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got the pink slip, Daddy.
The Real Lyrics:
I got a big-slip Daddy
The Story: The phrase "big slip" is a reference to a clutch used by drag racer Don Garlits who gained the nickname Big Daddy. The special clutch was called a "Big Slip". The whole Little Deuce Coupe is about what engine and other special equipment they've got in the car. Obviously he's got the pink slip if it's his car!. Now there are also some who claim the term "big slip" refers to a posi-traction rear differential but that's not correct. Look up some history on Big Daddy Don Garlits and you'll understand what a big-slip clutch was. - Submitted by: David
The Beach Boys', "Little Deuce Coupe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's My Little Douche Coupe
The Real Lyrics:
It's My Little Deuce Coupe
The Story: A friend's young sister misheard this during the 1970's/80's era of the first female hygene television ads and was heard singing to the oldies' radio station. - Submitted by: PBaxter
The Beach Boys', "Little Deuce Coupe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Little blue scoop
The Real Lyrics:
Little Deuce Coupe
The Story: On hearing the song, my Mom was perplexed. She shook her head and said, 'Why you kids want to listen to a song about a little blue scoop is beyond me.' - Submitted by: Karl Sjodahl
The Beach Boys', "Little Deuce Coupe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well, I'm not baggin', babe, so don't put it down
The Real Lyrics:
Well, I'm not braggin', babe, so don't put me down
The Story: As in bagging groceries. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
The Beach Boys', "Little Deuce Coup"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And there's one more thing
I got the big flip paddy!
The Real Lyrics:
There's one more thing
I got the pink slip daddy!
The Story: I always thought it was 'big flip' until my boss (an attorney) gave me a dictation tape to type, and at the end he sang Little Deuce Coup (he was a rare breed of attorneys - he had a personality!), with the correct lyrics!! Okay, that was much funnier when it happened, but on 'paper', it's so-so. - Submitted by: Eileen Theis
The Beach Boys', "Sail On Sailor"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Caught like a sewer rat, a lone bird I sail.
The Real Lyrics:
Caught like a sewer rat, alone but I sail.
The Story: I always thought it was "a lone bird I sail" which seems to me to make more sense as "bird" plays off "rat" in sort of animal linkage. I have listened to the the song repeatedly and "but" sounds like "bird" to me. Has anyone else ever thought this? - Submitted by: Bob B.
The Beach Boys', "Surfer Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Little surfer, little worm
The Real Lyrics:
Little surfer, little one
The Story: Strange how your ears can play tricks on you. Even though I am familiar with this song, I heard it on the radio today. My ears very clearly perceived 'little worm', even though I knew what the real words to that line are. - Submitted by: Adrienne Muldaur
The Beach Boys', "Surfin' U.S.A."
The Misheard Lyrics:
If everybody had a notion
To cross the U.S.A.
Then everybody be serving
I can't afford IA
See 'em wearin their badges
And raunchy Sanders, too
A pushy p**** blonde-haired dude
Servin' U.S.A.
The Real Lyrics:
If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
Like Californi-a
You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy, bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin' U.S.A.
The Story: Until I discovered it is a surfing song, I thought it was a legal song about being investigated. - Submitted by: PJ
The Beach Boys', "Surfin' USA"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bushy bushy bon hairdos, surfin' USA
The Real Lyrics:
Bushy bushy blond hairdos, surfin' USA
The Story: My mother has misquoted this song for years, whenever she she sees someone with poofy hair. What she thinks a bon hairdo is I have no idea. - Submitted by: Deidre
The Beach Boys', "Surfin' USA"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Karachi sandals, too
The Real Lyrics:
Huarachi sandals, too
The Story: Just looked up where Karachi was, then wondered why the Beach Boys were singing about Pakistan. - Submitted by: B
The Beach Boys', "Surfin' USA"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mariachi Sandals, too
The Real Lyrics:
Huarachi sandals,too
The Story: I thought is was referring to shoes members of Mariachi bands wear. - Submitted by: Ralph
The Beach Boys', "The Little Saint Nick"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's a handicapped deb who wants to ski for awhile.
The Real Lyrics:
She's candy-apple red with a ski for a wheel.
The Story: We've been listening to a lot of holiday music; and this is how my seven-year-old daughter heard it. She later made it make more sense by singing 'She's a handicapped woman who wants to go skiing' even though she knew it wasn't quite right. We were cleaning the house this morning and as this was playing I told my son to turn off the computer, and she was singing to the song. So into the silence she she sang this line. It was weird enough that I turned it on and replayed the song to hear what the line really was. By that time, she'd rewritten it. - Submitted by: Bella Rollison
The Beach Boys', "Wendy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I never thought a guy could cry, 'til you mated with another guy
The Real Lyrics:
I never thought a guy could cry, 'til you made it with another guy
The Story: This was early, and I thought the boys were going right out on a limb with this one. - Submitted by: John Lonergan
The Beach Boys', "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Goede nacht, Baby
Sleepin' tot, yeah Baby
The Real Lyrics:
Good night, my baby
Sleep tight, my baby
The Story: I thought the Beach Boys were using the Dutch expression for "good night" because it would be "different"... turns out that wasn't the case - Submitted by: Al
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