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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 Beatles', "8 Days A Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
8th day of the week, I love you.
The Real Lyrics:
8 days a week, I love you.
The Story: I had a debate with my husband over this, and he is the Beatles fan! In the end, I just kept it up as it was funny. I still sing it when he is around. - Submitted by: Misscheeva
The Beatles', "8 Days A Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eight gays so weak, I love you.
The Real Lyrics:
8 days a week, I love you.
The Story: I went to a disco, and eight people started to sing this song as above. They all were inside one another as Russian dolls. [Ed.'s note: Don't want to elaborate on that one.] - Submitted by: Enrique Potter
The Beatles', "A Day In The Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Nobody was really sure if he was from the house of wine.
The Real Lyrics:
And nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords.
The Story: I read somewhere that it was 'house of wine' and I kept listening harder and it didn't sound like that and I still didn't know what it was! - Submitted by: Kelly
The Beatles', "A Day in the Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And nobody was really sure if he was from the outer Paul.
The Real Lyrics:
And nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords.
The Story: I had no idea what John was talking about here... - Submitted by: Jenny Loop
The Beatles', "A Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A girl with colitis goes by
The Real Lyrics:
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes
The Story: Actually, my friend sang it this way and was amazed to find out what the actual words were. We all liked her version better. - Submitted by: Cathy F
The Beatles', "Across The Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gaga wookie diva, its on!!!
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva om
The Story: I always thaught this part was about some crazy Star Wars gal. I started screaming it out the bus window at the top of my lungs,''Gaga wookie diva, its on!' People were laffing like crazy. - Submitted by: me10!!!
The Beatles', "Across The Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jackaroo day, oh!
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deya, om.
The Story: Only that it wasn't until I read the lyrics in the Beatles' "Anthology" that I realised I had been singing the wrong lyrics since 1969! I never even thought it strange that the mental picture of Rolf Harris complete with didgeridoo and corks dangling from his hat should be associated with such a quasi- spiritual song. (I sang the same words along to the David Bowie [which featured John Lennon] version, too.) - Submitted by: Maureen O'connell
The Beatles', "Across The Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Kangaroo daydream
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva
The Story: I thought that was what the whole song was all about, a kangaroo’s daydreams. I guess I was about 11 – 12 and I asked my dad to play “that Beatles- one about the kangaroo” He hasn’t stopped laughing yet and I’ll be 20 next week. - Submitted by: Ruby Tuesday
The Beatles', "Across The Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tag arooo de voila
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva
The Story: When I was in junior high, I had a friend whose older sister liked to write down song lyrics and decorate her bedroom walls with the lyrics artfully written down on paper. I gave my friend the album this song appears on for her birthday, and her sister's favorite song was 'Across the Universe.' I noticed her sister had written the lyric 'Jai guru deva' as 'Tag aroo de voila.' - Submitted by: Kitty
The Beatles', "Across The Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Trying to find the river.
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva, om
The Story: I was playing the cd with this song on it one day. My mother was wondering why John kept singing "trying to find the river". I laughed so hard that I had stomach pains. - Submitted by: Data
The Beatles', "Across the Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jackaroo Day, Oh
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva om
The Story: I'd always thought "What is a Jackaroo?" and when I found out the real lyric, I reckon that "Jackaroo Day" makes loads more sense. - Submitted by: amber
The Beatles', "Across the Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jackaroo days love
The Real Lyrics:
Jai guru deva
The Story: I thought it was an English saying for a perfect day as in "It's a jackaroo day love!" It made sense to me because the song seems to be about feeling serene. - Submitted by: Bernadette
The Beatles', "Across the Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Macaroon baby Macaroon baby
The Real Lyrics:
Jai Guru Deva Om Jai Guru Deva Om
The Story: I couldn't imagine why the Beatles would sing a song about macaroons, but it truly sounded like that was what they were singing. - Submitted by: Mark
The Beatles', "Across the Universe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tiger-OOO-Dave--AAAh
The Real Lyrics:
Jai Guru Deva
The Story: Not really a story, But my 4 year old son would sing "Tiger 0. Davis" - Submitted by: charles Watkns
The Beatles', "Act Naturally"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The movie's gonna make me a big star,
Like Ben Gazzara, you can never tell...
The Real Lyrics:
The movie's gonna make me a big star.
Might win an Oscar, you can never tell...
The Story: All of a sudden, one day I heard it right and thought, "Wha?!!!" - Submitted by: Keith
The Beatles', "All You Need Is Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Guess Again
She Loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She Loves you yeah, yeah, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
Yesterday
[Later]
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.
The Story: I was never sure of the lyric, but it always sounded like Joh was saying "Guess Again" which in his world would be the complete opposite of the song. But then again, it would be just like John to sing "All you need is Love" and at the end sing "Guess Again" meaning that it was all a lark. - Submitted by: Karl White
The Beatles', "All You Need Is Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Love is a holiday.
The Real Lyrics:
Love is all you need.
The Story: My brother is a huge Beatles fan. He and his new wife recently got matching tattoos. One says "all you need is love" and the other says "love is all you need". I was wracking my brain trying to figure out which Beatles song the second lyric was from. Turns out I have misheard this lyric my entire life! - Submitted by: Lisa
The Beatles', "And Your Bird Can Sing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You say you've seen certain wonders
The Real Lyrics:
You say you've seen seven wonders
The Story: Just realized today what the real lyrics are, at age 59 after hearing and loving this song for 47 years! - Submitted by: James Owens
The Beatles', "Anna (Go To Him)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Anna, just one more finger
The Real Lyrics:
Anna, just one more thing girl
The Story: There was a Dutch (Indonesian) band doing this song in Germany in the sixties and they believed this to be the actual lyric - Submitted by: Ray Daniels
The Beatles', "Ask Me Why"
The Misheard Lyrics:
As we wind
The Real Lyrics:
Ask me why.
The Story: I was ten when this song was popular...I had a weird image in my mind of two people winding their watches while saying 'I love you.' My sister told me the correct lyric. She was seven! - Submitted by: Maya
The Beatles', "Baby You're A Rich Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tuned to A naturally
The Real Lyrics:
Tuned to a natural E
The Story: I play the double bass, and we naturally tune to an A, as do violins, violas, and cellos. I was surprised, and dumbfounded, to forget that guitars tune to a natural E! - Submitted by: Richard Jordon
The Beatles', "Baby You're a Rich Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Abie you're a rich man, too.
The Real Lyrics:
Baby you're a rich man, too.
The Story: This was on The Rutles album Tragical History Tour from 1967 and is seen as a song title on the cover of their LP All You Need Is Cash, released in 1978. - Submitted by: Jeffrey Kasten
The Beatles', "Bad Boy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now, Judith, behave yourself.
The Real Lyrics:
Now, Junior, behave yourself.
The Story: When I was little, I thought this, and so I thought the song was about a girl. I also changed the lyric 'bad little kid' to 'bad little kitten' in my head. Then I learned the name of the song. - Submitted by: Kathryn
The Beatles', "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And of course, Henry the Horse dances the worst.
The Real Lyrics:
And of course, Henry the Horse dances the Waltz.
The Story: I figured that since horses can't dance, it would make sense for Henry to be the worst dancer. - Submitted by: Bobby
The Beatles', "Blue Jay Way"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There's a fog upon Elaine.
The Real Lyrics:
There's a fog upon L.A.
The Story: Didn't seem funny until I got a disturbing picture in my head of '...fog upon Elaine'. The Seinfeld one. - Submitted by: Ketil Svendsen
The Beatles', "Can't Buy Me Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Can't Bobby Love?
The Real Lyrics:
Can't buy me love.
The Story: My father had an Aunt Bobby (Barbara) and grew up thinking that the Beatles were singing about her. It never made sense to him though, since she was madly in love with her husband, Ben. He didn't realize the real lyrics until my mother and I were singing along in the car nearly 40 years later. - Submitted by: Julie
The Beatles', "Can't Buy Me Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cunt Barbie loves
The Real Lyrics:
Can't buy me love
The Story: It was the way they sang I was six years old when I sang this. My parents washed my mouth and I never knew why till I was ten and learned the words and now I know what cunt is and I'm eleven it is also my birthday song. - Submitted by: Michele
The Beatles', "Can't Buy Me Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
confommie love
The Real Lyrics:
Can't buy me love.
The Story: I misheard this as a kid whilst watching the Beatles cartoon on TV Not sure what a confommie was supposed to be! - Submitted by: Daryl
The Beatles', "Come Together"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Come together right now
Oh the meat
The Real Lyrics:
Come together right now
Over me
The Story: I was around 4. My family told/teased me about it in later years. I must've thought it was a song about gathering together around the table to say grace or something. - Submitted by: Lisa
The Beatles', "Come Together"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He come on Flat Top
or
He come off Flat Top.
The Real Lyrics:
Here come old flat top.
The Story: Around here there is a mountain called Flat Top. Another line in the song sounds like Trojan Football. Just so happens the town close to Flat Top Mountain has a high school football team with the name Trojans. - Submitted by: BJ
The Beatles', "Day Tripper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Got it the feelin'.
The Real Lyrics:
Got a good reason.
The Story: The misperformed lyric was done by a lounge act in Panama City, Florida in the 70s. A TV commercial for the local lounge aired and that's where I heard the lyric. - Submitted by: Christopher Cook
The Beatles', "Day Tripper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She was a day tripper
A one leg driver yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
She was a day tripper
A one way driver yeah.
The Story: My 8 year old heard this and it is no surprise as I am an amputee and have a left footed accelerator in my car, hence a one leg driver, yeah. - Submitted by: R. Kaderli
The Beatles', "Day Tripper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's a big teaser
She took Miss Hathaway there.
The Real Lyrics:
She's a big teaser
She took me half the way there.
The Story: I was 10 in 1965. I thought that the Beatles must have seen The Beverly Hillbillies during some trip to America, and put in a funny line about Miss Hathaway as a nod to their American fans. - Submitted by: Bill Thom
The Beatles', "Day Tripper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's lovin' Jesus
The Real Lyrics:
She's a big teaser
The Story: Was at Wendy's and knew this was wrong but had no way to look it up. - Submitted by: Briana
The Beatles', "Dig It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
That was 'Can You Dig It?' by Georgie Wood
And now we'd like to do 'All the Angels Come'.
The Real Lyrics:
That was 'Can You Dig It?' by Georgie Wood
And now we'd like to do 'Hark The Angels Come'.
The Story: I thought I heard, 'All the Angels Come'. This was simply a "throw off' improvisation by Mr. Lennon between live takes. We all agree he was fairly good at that. If he said "Hark" instead of "All" ; my version (at the risk of being sacrilegious) is better. However, I have had 43 years to consider this and John said it off the cuff. - Submitted by: Allan Quackenbush
The Beatles', "Drive My Car"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I war be flavor, a star of the screen
But you can do a song playing in-between
The Real Lyrics:
I wanna be famous, a star of the screen
But you can do something in-between
The Story: The misheard lyrics "I war be flavor" reminded me of a hot air balloon ascending. - Submitted by: Isac
The Beatles', "Drive My Car"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Working for penis
The Real Lyrics:
Working for peanuts
The Story: The first time I heard the song, I was talking to my sister, not really paying any attention to the music we were playing in the backround. For some reason (I forget what we were talking about) there was a small pause in the conversation and we both heard 'Working for penis'. I nearly had a heart attack and re-wound the words to take a closer listen. - Submitted by: Sponge Beatle
The Beatles', "Eight Days A Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
AIDS makes you weak, I lo-o-o-o- low it.
The Real Lyrics:
Eight days a week, I lo-o-o-o-love you.
The Story: A bad tape recording heard during the Band Aid era... - Submitted by: Clean- 67
The Beatles', "Eight Days A Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, Dais-a-Weese
The Real Lyrics:
Eight days a week
The Story: i thought it was a girl's name, like a combination of 'Daisy' and 'Louise'. - Submitted by: Lynda Ross
The Beatles', "Eight Days a Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
AIDS makes you weak, I low it
The Real Lyrics:
8 days a week, I love you.
The Story: Bad broadcasting signal - Submitted by: Machine
The Beatles', "Eight Days a Week"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey say Louise
The Real Lyrics:
Eight days a week
The Story: A friend from Russia thought these were the lyrics as she grew up. - Submitted by: Nella
The Beatles', "Eleanor Rigby"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eleanor Ribgy
picks up her eyes from the church where a wedding has been
The Real Lyrics:
Eleanor Rigby
picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
The Story: I remember getting freaky mental images from this song when I was very small. Okay, this woman has glass eyeballs that she picks up from some church. Actually, our church ran a charity to save the sight of children in Africa, so I guess I made a church/eyes connection. Later in the song, we hear about her 'wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door...' Now this was _really_ 'Bride of Frankenstein' stuff. I was so young when I heard this song that I didn't exactly know who the Beatles were. - Submitted by: John Jones
The Beatles', "Eleanor Rigby"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eleanor Rigby
Picks up her rites in the church where her wedding has been.
The Real Lyrics:
Eleanor Rigby
Picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been.
The Story: Until today I thought my version was correct and that her rites were the funeral rites that Father McKenzie performed. - Submitted by: darrell heckman
The Beatles', "Eleanor Rigby"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Picks up her eyes in the church where a wedding has been.
The Real Lyrics:
Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been.
The Story: Well, it was actually my sister. We were listening to it and she suddenly went, ' What did he just say?' So I told her and she told me what she heard, adding, 'Well, you know, if she has a face that she keeps in a jar by the door, why can't she pick up her eyes?' - Submitted by: Scatterbrained
The Beatles', "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody's trying to beat my baby.
The Real Lyrics:
Everybody's trying to be my baby.
The Story: This was actually misheard by my then 5 year old Nephew,now 22. He always sang the misheard lyric. - Submitted by: Igsma
The Beatles', "For No One"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I love the sound blasted ears.
The Real Lyrics:
A love that should have lasted years
The Story: The song was playing on the car radio, and my little brother suddenly asked halfway through, 'Why does she love the sound of blasted ears?' - Submitted by: Ellie
The Beatles', "Get Back"
The Misheard Lyrics:
For some California a**
The Real Lyrics:
For some California grass
The Story: An amateur guitarist named Jerry Bounds deliberately sang the lyrics wrong. - Submitted by: Jim Locke
The Beatles', "Get Back"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Get back, Gorilla
Your mommy's waiting for you.
The Real Lyrics:
Get back, Loretta
Your mommy's waiting for you.
The Story: We use to play this song in my band, and my brother who was drummer asked, 'What the heck you singing about gorillas for?' - Submitted by: Tony
The Beatles', "Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's the kind of girl you want so bad
It makes you horny.
The Real Lyrics:
She's the kind of girl you want so bad
It makes you sorry.
The Story: I didn't identify what this song was or who the original artist was until I saw it sung in the movie "Across The Universe". But I couldn't forget having heard it before. That earlier occasion was when I was shopping at the drug store for my super-jumbo tampons, and this song was playing on the loudspeakers. At that time I thought I surely heard it as misheard, like I've reported. Then I got up to the checkout, and as fate would have it the cashier was a boy that I had a major crush on. Between the embarrassment of his turning out to be the one I was buying my tampons from and the shock that a mellow-rock type song with this kind of "oldies" flavor would actually have the lyrics that I thought I heard, I nearly (soiled) my pants right there in the checkout line. By the way, the guy that sings it in "Across The Universe" sings the word "sorry" so much more clearly. I could never have misheard it from hearing his version. - Submitted by: Bethany Byrd
The Beatles', "Glass Onion"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lookin' thru a paperback Juliet.
The Real Lyrics:
Lookin' through the bent back tulips.
The Story: Since they make so many references to previous songs in 'Glass Onion', I just thought this was a reference to 'Paperback Writer'! - Submitted by: Alex
The Beatles', "Help!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I know the line: "just lead your life" I've never done before
The Real Lyrics:
I know that I just need you like I've never done before
The Story: Known this song for over 25 years. But now, I just heard a slowly sung cover version, and I was shocked to hear the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Dov
The Beatles', "Her Majesty"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I imagine she's a pretty nice girl
But she doesn't have a lot to say.
The Real Lyrics:
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
But she doesn't have a lot to say.
The Story: This was a misheard lyric of a friend of mine which she related to me after I showed her this site. She knew the song was titled 'Her Majesty,' but always heard it and sang it as noted above. Peoples is just plain damn silly, sometimes. Word. - Submitted by: Jeffrey DiFrancesco
The Beatles', "Hey Jude"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey Jude, don't make the bed.
The Real Lyrics:
Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
The Story: I thought I heard this line of the song, but I never sang it, but I took it to heart while growing up and it was really tough for my parents to make me make up the bed. Anyway, the first time I realized what the lyrics were really was back on my birthday when I turned 16 years old, I got a copy of the Beatles greatest hits lp (the Blue one) and finally found out this line had nothing to do with whether Jude made up his bed or not. - Submitted by: Peter Bradfield
The Beatles', "Hey Jude"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Page you!
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, Jude!
The Story: My brother spent years thinking this was the title of the classic Beatles song. They must have been way ahead of their time if they were already using pagers! - Submitted by: Susan
The Beatles', "Hey, Jude"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hate you, you bring me down
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, Jude!
The Story: My cousin used to sing this song over and over, and refused to change the lyrics to this day. We had hippy parents.... - Submitted by: Steph
The Beatles', "Hey, Jude"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey you, don't be afraid
Take a side song, and make it get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can fart, and make it better.
The Real Lyrics:
Hey Jude, don't be afraid
Take a sad song, and make it better
Remember, to let her into your heart
Then you can start, to make it better.
The Story: I've head countless people sing 'Hey You' or 'Hey Dude' or 'Hey, Food.' I don't even understand why they thinks it's 'Hey, Food.' Maybe they were hungry. There's so many variations of it, it gets quite funny. - Submitted by: Thomas Wright
The Beatles', "Hey, Jude"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, Juice!
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, Jude!
The Story: I thought this song was about OJ Simpson, and it was even funnier during the murder trial. I found the real title to the song in a news article about Paul McCartney's halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXIX. - Submitted by: John C
The Beatles', "I Am The Walrus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Everybody sucks c***.
The Real Lyrics:
Everybody's got one.
The Story: My friend suggested this when I asked her what they were saying. It is now Xeroxed into my brain. - Submitted by: Sarah
The Beatles', "I Am The Walrus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Polymonic penguin sitting on a Christian
The Real Lyrics:
Elementary penguin singing 'Hari Krishna!'
The Story: It seriously sounds like that. It surprised me when I found out it actually said, "Penguin" after all. Whenever I hear this song now, I imagine a penguin with a one man band, sitting on top of the Pope. - Submitted by: Pirka
The Beatles', "I Am The Walrus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Semolina belcher climbing up the Eiffel Tower
The Real Lyrics:
Semolina Pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower
The Story: I think, so this song had me thinking it was implying that there is a distinctive kind of belching one does from eating semolina wheat. - Submitted by: Heather Patton
The Beatles', "I Am The Walrus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yeah, I'm outta custard
The Real Lyrics:
Yellow matter custard
The Story: I got into a big argument in Jr. High School with a guy that thought he was so cool. He was the one that had it wrong (Yeah, I'm Outta Custard). I advised him to look at the lyrics that were included in the album gatefold. - Submitted by: Mickey A. Dressler
The Beatles', "I Am The Walrus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yellow man with custard tripping like a dead dog, aye.
The Real Lyrics:
Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye.
The Story: It wasn’t until last year a realized that the custard man didn’t exist except for in my imagination… Too bad, he was a favourite of mine. Mean Mr. Mustard and Yellow Mr. Custard makes total sense. - Submitted by: Ruby Tuesday
The Beatles', "I Saw Her Standing There"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I held her hand and Maggie's.
The Real Lyrics:
And I held her hand in mine.
The Story: When I first heard the song I had no idea that the wailed last word of that line was merely 'mine'. It sounded more like Maggie or Maggie's than anything else to me. So the above misheard version was the most sense I could make of it (for all apprehensions that 'three's a crowd'!). It was not until many years later when I heard it as a karaoke song that I read the monitor and figured out the real words. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
The Beatles', "I Saw Her Standing There"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the way she looked was wavy arms and hair.
or
And the way she looked was way beyond command.
or
And the way she looked was wavy on the men.
or
And the way she looked was wavy on the mare.
The Real Lyrics:
And the way she looked was beyond compare.
The Story: I was working as a secretary at a college in the late 70s and four of us had the four misheard lyrics above. We made a cartoon poster of it. I wish I still had it. - Submitted by: Kathay Duff
The Beatles', "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's such a feeling that my love
I get high, I get high, I get high.
The Real Lyrics:
It's such a feeling that my love
I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide.
The Story: I thought that this was in reference to the Beatles fondess for getting high. I thought they may be saying that they were getting high off of love. Then my mother corrected me and I'm just like..."it is??" - Submitted by: Mr. Sally
The Beatles', "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's just the feeling that my love,
I get high,
I get high,
I get hiiiiiiiigh!
The Real Lyrics:
It's just the feelin' that I love,
I can't hide,
I can't hide,
I can't hiiiiiiide!
The Story: I was about 12 years old (Hardcore Beatles' Fan!) and the song came up on my album, I heard it and I always thought it was "I get high," but then, later, I came across a certain site that showed me the correct lyrics, boy was that a great day! - Submitted by: Matthew
The Beatles', "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And when I touch you
I will have it inside.
The Real Lyrics:
And when I touch you
I feel happy inside.
The Story: I used to think that 'it' in the misheard lyric referred to a sprinkler I stole from a next-door neighbor of mine. - Submitted by: Wimpy
The Beatles', "I'm A Walus"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I am in Woolworth's.
The Real Lyrics:
I am a walrus.
The Story: My cousin, who is now 50, still sings her version. - Submitted by: jan
The Beatles', "I'm So Tired"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The cat's got my brain.
The Real Lyrics:
I can't stop my brain.
The Story: I thought it was just a saying similar to "Cat got your tongue?" - Submitted by: James Victor
The Beatles', "I'm So Tired"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You say you wouldn't be wantin' me, no Joe,
It's two in the morning and I can't sleep,
The cat's got my brain, you know it's knee deep,
I'm going insane
The Real Lyrics:
You'd say I'm puttin' you on, but it's no joke,
It's doing me harm, you know I can't sleep
I can't stop my brain, you know it's three weeks
I'm going insane
The Story: 35 years ago a coworker told me that she heard the lyrics this way when the song was new, and I always remembered it. It still makes me laugh. - Submitted by: James Owens
The Beatles', "I've Got A Feeling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've got a filling.
The Real Lyrics:
I've got a feeling.
The Story: My young daughter heard this song after she had been to the dentist. - Submitted by: Ann
The Beatles', "I've Just Seen A Face"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Farming, yes I am farming
And she keeps calling be back again.
The Real Lyrics:
Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling me back again.
The Story: Literally for ages, I thought he was saying 'farming'. I used to get a mental picture of Macca ploughing a field, with a piece of straw hanging out one side of his mouth or something. - Submitted by: Bec Walker
The Beatles', "In My Life"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In my life, I loved the mall.
The Real Lyrics:
In my life, I've loved them all.
The Story: From the time I was a child, I thought those were the correct lyrics. Then as a grown up I heard the song again and had reason to question if that fit in the context. Of course, after that it wasn't hard to guess the real words. - Submitted by: Jessica Beelzebub
The Beatles', "Lady Maddonna"
The Misheard Lyrics:
pee in the bushes
The Real Lyrics:
lady maddonna
The Story: bushes - Submitted by: China
The Beatles', "Lady Madonna"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cleaning for Donna
The Real Lyrics:
Lady Madonna
The Story: A roommate of mine argued for weeks that the "Grace Under Fire" theme song was called "Cleaning For Donna". I pointed out that it was actually a song called 'Lady Madonna' by a little-known group called The Beatles. [Ed.'s note: I'm pretty sure Schuh was being facetious.] - Submitted by: Schuh
The Beatles', "Lady Madonna"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Knee deep and under
Chewin' at your feet.
The Real Lyrics:
Lady Madonna, children at your feet.
The Story: Another one from my friend's eccentric (or dopey) sister. - Submitted by: Peter Royle
The Beatles', "Lady Madonna"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Knee deep in donuts
The Real Lyrics:
Lady Madonna
The Story: The song had only been out for a week or two at the time this happened. I was at my friend's apartment when the song came on and she started singing, 'Knee-deep in donuts...' I looked at her strange. When I told her the right lyrics, she laughed and said, 'Now it makes sense... but I like my version better.' - Submitted by: Gerry Ashley
The Beatles', "Lady Madonna"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lady Madonna
Chili anchovy
The Real Lyrics:
Lady Madonna
Children at your feet
The Story: My kids were repeatedly asking to hear 'that song about chili anchovies.' It took my wife and I about a half hour to figure out what song they were talking about. We explained what the lyrics really were saying, but they still called it 'chili anchovy' and still do! - Submitted by: Jim
The Beatles', "Let It Be"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And though they may be ribald, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
or
And though they may be maudlin, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
The Real Lyrics:
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
The Story: Its already kind of a maudlin song, so I didn't think it was right that they accuse others of being maudlin. - Submitted by: Amy Allen
The Beatles', "Let It Be"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Speaking words of wisdom
Letter B.
The Real Lyrics:
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be.
The Story: As a kid I always thought it quite wise to know all your alphabet! And then, to confirm this, 'Letter B' was on Sesame Street. - Submitted by: Kaspyr
The Beatles', "Lovely Rita"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lovely retard/meter maid
The Real Lyrics:
Lovely Rita, meter maid
The Story: I was pretty young, about 8, when I first heard the song. About that time, the word "retard" was becoming more common among the schoolyard vernacular. Without actually listening to the rest of the song, my mind immediately went to "Lovely retard," which seemed at once a bold attempt to make a point that everyone has beauty, and still a very non-politically correct use of slang verbiage. It was at this moment of confusion that I opted to follow the Rolling Stones instead. - Submitted by: Jeff Dean
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Look into the sky, the sky.
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Story: I used to work with this guy, who was kinda slow. Anyway, one day he starts singing, 'Look into the sky, the sky'. I asked, 'What on Earth are you singing?' And he answered, 'You know, that song by the Beatles.' I thought I knew all the songs by the Beatles. We were trying for like 5 minutes to figure out what the heck song this was. It didn't help that he was singing off key either. When I finally figured it out, I was laughing and had to tell everyone. He was embarassed though, so I pretty much stopped. I would remind him of it from time to time ^_-. - Submitted by: The Lightning Stalker
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with Pam
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Story: My stepsister, Pam, thought the song was about her. In her defense, we were pretty young. - Submitted by: Jason Renfro
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diapers.
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
The Story: Several of the kids in my mom's day care thought these were the lyrics. This is over a span of 34 years; the kids didn't necessarily know each other. - Submitted by: Lily Gillman
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Newspaper taxis the beer on the shore.
The Real Lyrics:
Newspaper taxis appear on the shore.
The Story: I was in the 8th grade, and someone made a slide show set to music. When they got to that line, they showed a beach with beer cans on it. Naturally, I tried to put 2 and 2 together. :/ - Submitted by: Mig
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Snoopy's in the sky, he's divin'.
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Story: I was a big fan of 'Peanuts' as a child, and Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron in general. When this song came out, my mother told me that it was about Snoopy dogfighting (no pun) the Baron. A few years later (at age five) I figured out what was really being said. It took a while to convince Mom, though. - Submitted by: Robert Pearson
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The girl with colitis goes by.
The Real Lyrics:
The girl with kaleidiscope eyes
The Story: I have that I had the words wrong to this song when I said to one of my friends, isn't colitis a stomache ailment? That makes no sense at all in this song. It brought tears to everyones eyes they were laughing so hard. - Submitted by: Steven Gally
The Beatles', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The girl with colitis goes by.
The Real Lyrics:
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes
The Story: In The Nanny, Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) was surprised to hear that the line was 'the girl with kaleidoscope eyes' was the line, and not 'the girl with colitis goes by'. She made a comment that the original was a better line, and she always thought that the 'colitis' misheard lyrics was very poor taste by The Beatles. - Submitted by: Jonah Falcon
The Beatles', "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The girl with colitus goes by
The Real Lyrics:
The girl with kalaidescope eyes
The Story: I THOUGHT COLITUS WAS AN STD - Submitted by: Sandra
The Beatles', "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A girl with colitis goes by.
The Real Lyrics:
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
The Story: When I first heard (or misheard) the lyric, I was surprised and accidentally choked on my drink. - Submitted by: Robb
The Beatles', "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A girl with colitis goes by
The Real Lyrics:
A girl with kalidescope eyes
The Story: For years I wondered why the Beatles would sing about a girl with colitis. Then I realized my mistake! - Submitted by: Larry
The Beatles', "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucy in disguise with diamonds
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Story: My friend Mykka and I were discussing this website and compairing misheard songs with each other, and she told me a story of when she was young. She used to ask her mom to play the 'spy' song, the one where Lucy dressed up in a disquise, wore her diamonds, and spied on people. I'd make fun of her, but she was only 6 at the time. - Submitted by: Shannon
The Beatles', "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow flies
The Real Lyrics:
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies
The Story: Only just found out it isn't "marshmallow flies". :-) - Submitted by: Peter Werner
The Beatles', "Lucy in the sky with diamons"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diapers
The Real Lyrics:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
The Story: I was in the car driving to Vermont, and my dad and brother love classic rock. Thinking I knew the lyrics I screamed diapers instead of diamonds... both don't really make sense. - Submitted by: Kira
The Beatles', "Magical Mystery Tour"
The Misheard Lyrics:
La la! The Magical Mystery Tour
The Real Lyrics:
Roll up! Roll up for the mystery tour!
The Story: I kept hearing it all garbled because I kept predicting the wrong lyrics. - Submitted by: Anonymous
The Beatles', "Magical Mystery Tour"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wal-lah!
The Magical Mystery Tour.
OR
Voila!
The Magical Mystery Tour.
The Real Lyrics:
Roll up
Roll up for the Mystery Tour.
The Story: I honestly didn't know the true words of this particular line until yesterday when I read the blog comments after seeing the Magical mystery Tour movie for the first time on YouTube. - Submitted by: Yellow Submarine Helmsman
The Beatles', "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Back in school again
Maxwell plays the fooligan.
The Real Lyrics:
Back in school again
Maxwell plays the fool again.
The Story: When I was younger, I thought that they were singing about how Maxwell played an instrument called the 'fooligan'. - Submitted by: David
The Beatles', "Michelle "
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, my bell
Soulless monkey fortress be in sample turns, be in sample.
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble.
The Story: My dad almost drove the car on the opposite lane because he couldn't stop laughing about my interpretation. - Submitted by: jesse van winden
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, Ma Bell
Someday monkeys won't traipse in on time
Traipse in on time.
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble.
The Story: This song really messed with my head, and is a major factor in my dislike for the French language. I thought the Ma Bell referred to the telephone company. - Submitted by: Juli
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle Someday monkeys won't play piano songs. Play piano songs. [Or some people say the lyrics: "monkeys will play piano songs"].
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble Tres bien ensemble.
The Story: A girl in college, in the 1990s, told me that the "piano songs" lyrics, were the actual lyrics to the song. I think the TV cartoon, named "The Powerpuff Girls", also says: "someday monkeys won't play piano songs". I guess that if the PPG show used the piano-songs-lyrics, then many people, maybe believe, that the song talks about monkeys that will or won't play songs. The PowerPuff Girls episode, that parodies the song, is called: Meet the Beat Alls. - Submitted by: TR
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Someday monkey won't play piano song
Play piano song
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble.
The Story: This line is said in the "Powerpuff Girls" Beatles reference episode "Meet the Beat-Alls". A monkey called Michelle plays piano and Judy (or Jude) the zookeeper, says this line and then walks off. I always thought it was weird until I realized she was saying what French for "These are words that go together well" sounded like. - Submitted by: SideshowJazz1
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, my Belle
Sunday morn' keep on play piano 'n song
Play piano 'n song.
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble.
The Story: I thought these guys must either be real poetic or else were stuck in baby talk! - Submitted by: Terri
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Michelle, my bell
Someday monkeys won't get in on Sunday
Train been on Sunday.
The Real Lyrics:
Michelle, ma belle
Sontles mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble.
The Story: This was what I thought when I was a little kid. I never used to ask any one about lyrics, I just heard what I heard and was content with that no matter how strange the lyric sounded. - Submitted by: Zymurgy
The Beatles', "Michelle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Someday monkey won't play piano ensemble.
The Real Lyrics:
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble.
The Story: The funniest part about this misheard lyric is that I used to sing it out loud in the car. And neither my dad, nor my brother corrected me. - Submitted by: Spencer
The Beatles', "Norwegian Wood"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Biting my thumb.
The Real Lyrics:
Biding my time.
The Story: It was my sister as a child (many years ago) who misheard this this way. Of course the mishearing doesn't rhyme, so my family modified it even more. Now I can't help but sing it as 'biting my thumb, drinking her rum' instead of the correct, 'biding my time, drinking her wine'. - Submitted by: Jeffrey Goldberg
The Beatles', "Norweigian Wood"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Isn't it good
Knowing Jerwood?
The Real Lyrics:
Isn't it good
Norweigian wood.
The Story: All this time, I really thought he was singing about a (sort of) eccentric girl, "Jerwood". Come on, there are lots of interesting names: (Jermaine, for instance0. I even truly thought my husband was pulling something over on me. After all, why the heck would someone sing about Norweigian wood? Ridiculous. I am 48 by the way. - Submitted by: J. Kressley
The Beatles', "Nowhere Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Piv it all
Until somebody else into your hands.
The Real Lyrics:
Leave it all
'Til somebody else lends you a hand.
The Story: I was typing the lyrics out by hand for a friend, while listening to the song. (Note: I typed what I heard) She didn't notice the mistake. A showed another friend, and she saw the mistake. I was cracking up. Really. - Submitted by: Aimee
The Beatles', "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Happy as a rafter in the marketplace
The Real Lyrics:
Happily ever after in the marketplace
The Story: I wasn't the poor fool whom misheard it. It was actually some girl in the school chorus. She wanted to do this song and typed up the lyrics. She had the misheard lyrics on there. When my sister told me of this, I began cracking up. How can someone be as happy as a rafter?! - Submitted by: CrazyBandGeek
The Beatles', "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Happy as a rafter in the marketplace
The Real Lyrics:
Happily ever after in the marketplace
The Story: My sister was doing this song for chorus and she knows pretty much all the words to it. This other girl was 'supposedly' knew all the lyrics to it. She decided to copy down the lyrics. This was pretty much the funniest of all the errors of the song. When my sister told me this, I bursted out laughing. - Submitted by: Crazy Bandite
The Beatles', "Oh Darling!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, DARN it!!
The Real Lyrics:
Oh Darling!
The Story: This is what my son used to sing when he was 3 years old. - Submitted by: Deb
The Beatles', "Oh, Darling!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well you know I need a lift home now...
The Real Lyrics:
When you know I nearly broke down...
The Story: I've known this song for about 25 years, and consistently heard it this way. I thought it meant that the chick said she doesn't need him any more, but she's enough of a bitch that when she needs a lift home, she still turns to him. Last week I sang it in front of a shocked friend who corrected me. - Submitted by: DBH
The Beatles', "Paper Back Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ape, the Back Rider!
The Real Lyrics:
Paper back writer
The Story: My little daughter was singing along with the music and I listened hard and asked her what she was singing. - Submitted by: SMT
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
"Take Her Back A Chrysler"
The Real Lyrics:
Paperback Writer
The Story: The lyrics were misheard not by me, but by a friend of mine back in 1966 when this song had come out. He asked me if I had heard the new song by the Beatles about buying a Chrysler. I replied, "What are you talking about?" and he sang the misheard lyrics listed above. We had a small arguement over this one. - Submitted by: Bob Apczynski
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's a dirty story of a dirty man
And his Klingon wife doesn't understand.
The Real Lyrics:
It's a dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn't understand.
The Story: Since the song predates the TV debut of 'Star Trek' by a few months, maybe this is where Gene Roddenberry was inspired to come up with the name 'Klingons'..? - Submitted by: Jeffrey Kasten
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Paid for by Chrysler
The Real Lyrics:
Paperback writer
The Story: When my wife was little she thought it was "Paid for by Chrysler". - Submitted by: TJ
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take the back right turn....
The Real Lyrics:
Paperback writer
The Story: always thought the beatles were giving directions to some secret house in the country where they all hung out... - Submitted by: Sean
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Think about laughter.
The Real Lyrics:
Paperback writer
The Story: My wife was hearing me sing this song, quite confidently may I add, using the incorrect version above. We were flying down the 101 in LA and this song was cranked, and she started laughing. She said to me: 'Think about laughter?! Try: Paperback Writer!' Listening to that song from that day on was never quite thr same. - Submitted by: Mongo Dawsoni
The Beatles', "Paperback Writer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tickle that Chrysler
The Real Lyrics:
Paperback Writer
The Story: I always wondered how one could tickle a car? I found out the true lyrics when I was 9 years old. - Submitted by: Pokeo
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And Elaine, she's in my ears and in my eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
The Story: My sister bought the Beatles 1 cd (she's a big fan). I'm not a huge fan, but I love to sing along. I never looked at the title and so I thought for the longest time that the song was a love song about a girl named Elaine. - Submitted by: Mira
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And Elaine
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane
The Story: I always believed that this song was about some woman called Elaine. I guess a woman could be 'in [a man's] ears and in [his] eyes' if he was really crazy about her. Only when I received a Beatles album for Christmas 2000 did I notice the title of the song and hear the correct lyrics. Gosh, what a bloody moron I feel like now! Oh, well. Someone out there has probably sung a love song about an Elaine. - Submitted by: Katie O.
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And he lays beneath my ears and in my eyes
And beaneath the blue so puddin' skies
That say that we shall part.
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
Wet beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit meanwhile back in.
The Story: A friend of mine was convinced that the words 'Penny Lane' was a Liverpool code phrase for 'long hair.' Thus--' 'Penny Lane' is in my ears and in my eyes.' - Submitted by: ...james
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Aunt Elaine is in my ear and in my eye.
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
The Story: I was really young when I first heard this. The next time I saw my Aunt Elaine, I asked her if she heard the song they wrote about her. - Submitted by: wadded beef
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
From the corner is a banker, an emoticon.
The Real Lyrics:
From the corner is the banker in a moter car.
The Story: One day I was driving in the car with my father and we were listening to this song. I was sick of wondering what an emoticon was (besides online smilies) and so I asked my dad. He corrected me on the lyric and added 'You've been spending way to much time on the computer!' - Submitted by: Sponge Beatle
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Penny Laces in my ears and in my eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
The Story: I foolishly asked my older brother WHAT in thunder would invoke "Penny Laces in my ears and in my eyes." He quickly retorted "how could you think that?" and explained that it's Penny Lane. That didn't make much sense either since we didn't seem to have any "Penny Lane" on this side of the Atlantic. Of course I should have known better, as laces cost a lot more than a penny any time I was alive. - Submitted by: steve johnson
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my beer and in my yard
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane is in my ear and in my heart
The Story: This one is for my brother. On his school bus, the driver listens to oldies. He came home from school one day singing it the wrong way. I thought it was really funny. He wasn't embarrassed at all though. - Submitted by: Megan Mary
The Beatles', "Penny Lane"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Penny Lane, the reservoir
The Real Lyrics:
Penny Lane, there is a bar
The Story: I always thought it was 'reservoir' until I saw Nicholas Lyndhurst perform it on an episode of Goodnight Sweetheart, when I was 21. - Submitted by: Colin Slater
The Beatles', "Revoli"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Chamomile
or
Chem and Mao
The Real Lyrics:
Chairman Mao
The Story: When I was a kid, I always thought that the lyric was chamomile. Yet my father was convinced that it was Chem and Mao. You could imagine our surprise when we saw the actual lyrics and found out that both of us were wrong! - Submitted by: Annie
The Beatles', "Revolution"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But if you go carrying pictures of German cows
The Real Lyrics:
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
The Story: It was the last day of school and my friends and I had brought records to play and sing along with. When my friends heard my version of the song, they broke up laughing nonstop then informed me of the proper lyrics! - Submitted by: mdales
The Beatles', "Revolution"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hamaradi-oodi-a-loosha-a-a.
The Real Lyrics:
You say you want a revolution.
The Story: I was five years old when I made this mistake. I busted out singing it in Yosemite National Park, scaring away the deer my family was looking at, and they've never let me forget it since. - Submitted by: Kathleen MacNeil
The Beatles', "Savoy Truffle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A ginger slang with a pineapple heart.
The Real Lyrics:
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart.
The Story: nothing - Submitted by: Frank Edward Smith
The Beatles', "Savoy Truffle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Montellimar
The Real Lyrics:
Cream tangerine and Montellimat
The Story: Montellimat is the name of a candy from a box of 'Good News' chocolates. The story - according to none other than the author, George Harrison - is that Eric Clapton had a major - league sugar jones to the point where he would polish off an entire box of chocolates in one sitting..and have horrible toothaches afterward. 'Cream Tangerine, 'Pineapple Heart', 'Coffee Dessert' are the names of other individual candies. - Submitted by: Kevin Mahoney
The Beatles', "Savoy Truffle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You have to have them all pumped out after the savoy truffle
The Real Lyrics:
You have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle
The Story: I always imagined George Harrison wrote this song about an outbreak of food poisoning at a very swanky hotel. I could picture men in tuxedos and women in gowns hurried to the hospital to have their stomachs pumped. - Submitted by: Jamieson
The Beatles', "Savoy Truffle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
cream tangerine and montelimar
The Real Lyrics:
Cream tangerine and montelimat
The Story: George wrote this song after reading the flavors on a box of chocolates, and cream tangerine, monetlimat, ginger sling with a pineapple heart, cool cherry cream, coconut fudge, and savoy truffle are all names of the chocolates in the assortment. - Submitted by: John
The Beatles', "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
The Misheard Lyrics:
B-D-G!!!
The Real Lyrics:
Billy Shears
The Story: I thought they were singing guitar chords. - Submitted by: Bob!
The Beatles', "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The one and only Britney Spears
The Real Lyrics:
The one and only Billy Shears
The Story: I was borrowing the "Yellow Submarine" DVD from one of my friends. I watched the Sgt. Pepper segment, and thought that there was a reference to a pop star who wasn't born when the song was written. - Submitted by: Wally G.
The Beatles', "She Loves You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you love my cat
You know you should be glad.
The Real Lyrics:
With a love like that
You know you should be glad.
The Story: As a kid I always sang it like the misheard version above. Then I went a long time without hearing it. As a grown-up I heard it again and burst out laughing on realizing I'd gotten it wrong way back then. - Submitted by: Miranda Turner
The Beatles', "Shes Loves You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
el mambo si si si
The Real Lyrics:
shes loves you yeah yeah
The Story: mambo - Submitted by: chacon
The Beatles', "Strawberry Fields Forever"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm very small.
The Real Lyrics:
Cranberry sauce
The Story: A music teacher at the University misheard this, then spent 10 minutes linking it to how John Lennon thought of himself, and that the song was about his childhood. I didn't have the guts to put my hand up and say, actually. Listen to Anthology 2; it's absolutely clear, plus any fan knows it too. - Submitted by: Johnny Wilson
The Beatles', "Strawberry Fields Forever"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Living is easy with nice clothes
The Real Lyrics:
Living is easy with eyes closed
The Story: I've always heard the lyrics right. Some fool tried to tell me it was 'nice clothes' instead of 'eyes closed,' but I wouldn't budge. Finally he played it over the stereo at a party and then asked for a vote on what the lyrics were. He was the only person out of 41 who said 'nice clothes.' Then he listened to it again and admitted we were right, but only after extreme embarassment. - Submitted by: Evan Thompson
The Beatles', "Strawberry Fields Forever"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Strawberry pills for rabbits
The Real Lyrics:
Strawberry fields forever
The Story: Driving down the Natchez Trace with my best friend from high school, I was singing along with The Beatles, "Strawberry pills for rabbits." My friend asked me what I had just sung. I told him. He corrected me, and that's the first time I heard the actual lyrics. - Submitted by: Wayne D Stephens
The Beatles', "Taxman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And my advice for those who die
Wear clover pennies on your eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
And my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes.
The Story: i seem to recall reading this lyric in a magazine review shortly after "Revolver" came out. But of 40 years of "clover pennies"? What the heck is a clover penny? I Googled the phrase; and apparently, I am the only one on the planet who ever thought this was the verse. - Submitted by: Pete
The Beatles', "The Ballad Of John & Yoko"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eating chocolate cake in the bath
The Real Lyrics:
Eating chocolate cake in a bag
The Story: I assumed it was some practice of John and Yoko's to lie in the bath eating chocolate cake - something like old man Steptoe with his pickled onions. And then on 'The Darling Buds Of May' I saw Ma and Pa Larkin having a full meal in their bath! - Submitted by: pickle*
The Beatles', "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hear a brown Paul say, you can make it okay.
The Real Lyrics:
Peter Brown called to say you can make it okay
The Story: Lol well, I'm 47 years old and, for my entire life, I've thought it was saying, hear a brown Paul say, (I thought he was referring to Paul McCartney in some way all of this time..lol - Submitted by: TERRY
The Beatles', "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Last night my wife said "Yoko and you're dead
You don't take nothin' with you but your soul! Yeah!"
The Real Lyrics:
Last night the wife said "Oh boy, when you're dead
You don't take nothing with you
But your soul, think!"
The Story: Until I was 21, I thought this line was about Cynthia Lennon warning John (who was about to embark on tour) that if he took his mistress Yoko with him, she was essentially going to cut him. - Submitted by: Brenda
The Beatles', "The Night Before"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ahh, the night with Paul
The Real Lyrics:
Ahh, the night before
The Story: Of course, the title tells all, but the way it is sung, it can be interpreted as someone singing of a rather passionate night with Paul McCartney. No wonder the old dog is on his 3rd marriage! - Submitted by: Eric Andrews
The Beatles', "The Word"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The batbooks that I have read
The Real Lyrics:
the bad books that I have read
The Story: The album this song is/was on (Rubber Soul) came out when the 'Batman' TV series was popular. I mean, batmobile, batphone, why not batbooks?! - Submitted by: Marc Ross
The Beatles', "Ticket To Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a chicken to ride.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got a ticket to ride.
The Story: I was 4 years old when this song came out, and I honestly pictured a woman riding a gigantic chicken out of town. - Submitted by: Lisa
The Beatles', "Ticket To Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a chicken to ride
It's in my hair.
The Real Lyrics:
Ahe's got a ticket to ride
And she don't care.
The Story: I was about eight years old when my mother was taking me to school one morning. When "Ticket to Ride" came on the radio, I asked my mother why this chick was riding a chicken. And what was in his hair? She started laughing so hard that she almost wrecked the car. She then explained to me what the real lyrics were. Almost twenty years later, my whole family still bust my chops about it. - Submitted by: Jess
The Beatles', "Ticket To Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a d*** in her eye
And it's got hair
My baby donkey.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got a ticket to ride
And she don't care
My baby don't care.
The Story: My friend and I were going through some of my mom's old oldies tapes. We put one in a cassette player to see what kind of weird stuff people used to be into (just kidding, the Beatles are a classic). The song 'Ticket to Ride' came on. I was like, 'Did he say what I think he just said?' My friend said, 'What? That she's got a d*** in her eye and it's got hair and something about a baby donkey?' - Submitted by: Caper
The Beatles', "Ticket To Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a trick giraffe.
The Real Lyrics:
She's got a ticket to ride.
The Story: My mom thought it was wierd that The Beatles would sing about a "trick giraffe". - Submitted by: Merri
The Beatles', "Ticket to Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a chicken to ride and she don't care
The Real Lyrics:
She's got a ticket to ride and she don't care
The Story: When this song came out in 1965 my little sister was six years old and loved to sing her version around the house. - Submitted by: Avis
The Beatles', "Ticket to Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got a chicken to ride,
She's got a chicken to ride,
She's got a chicken to ride, and she don't care!
The Real Lyrics:
She's got a ticket to ride,
she's got a ticket to ride,
she's got a ticket to ride, and she don't care!
The Story: When my daughter was two, we were playing the Beatles a lot, and my daughter like to dance to it. One day I heard her playing, and this was what she was singing! - Submitted by: Rose
The Beatles', "Twist And Shout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eat that chow.
The Real Lyrics:
Twist and shout.
The Story: Blame this on my fat little brother in the 1960s. I heard it right. - Submitted by: Ritchie Kelly
The Beatles', "Two Of Us"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Runaway home
Runaway home.
The Real Lyrics:
We're on our way home
We're on our way home.
The Story: It's a very subtle difference, but my Beatles-obsessed friend noticed when I belted it out at a little karaoke party. Sadly, the most embarrassing part was the singing, not the slight mess-up. - Submitted by: Emily
The Beatles', "When I Get Home"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I nearly died, I nearly died
I gotta whole lotta things to tell her
The Real Lyrics:
Whoa-oh-I, whoa-oh-I
I gotta whole lotta things to tell her
The Story: A typical example of confusing one Beatle classic with another, in this case, "No Reply". - Submitted by: S. Tim Wood
The Beatles', "When I'm Sixty-Four"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Griff and Chuck and Flav
The Real Lyrics:
Vera, Chuck, and Dave
The Story: About 20 years before Public Enemy formed, I thought The Beatles mentioned them! - Submitted by: Unowattimits
The Beatles', "When I'm Sixty-Four"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Will you still be sending me a Ballantine
The Real Lyrics:
Will you still be sending me a valentine
The Story: The Valentine card tradition was practically unknown here (Denmark) 30-40 years ago. Also, it's an appropriate gift for someone turning 64. - Submitted by: Giorgio
The Beatles', "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I look at the floor and I see evening sleeping
The Real Lyrics:
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
The Story: One of my fave Harrison songs and I could not make out what evening had to do with it for the longest time. Then I checked the lyrics and laughed. - Submitted by: Paola
The Beatles', "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Paul.......Paul........Paul......
The Real Lyrics:
Ohhhhh........ohhhhhhhh.........ohhhhhhhhh
The Story: The 'Paul is dead' advocates of the late 1960s used this song as 'evidence.' They claimed that George was whining 'Paul' at the end of this song as a tribute to his dead friend. - Submitted by: Evan Thompson
The Beatles', "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wire my guitar Jimmy Greaves
The Real Lyrics:
While my guitar gently weeps
The Story: Heard the wife singing it - Submitted by: Ben
The Beatles', "Why Don't We Do It in the Road"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Why don't we do it in the room?
The Real Lyrics:
Why don't we do it in the road?
The Story: The misheard lyrics always remind me of a man and his girlfriend locking themselves in a room and engaging in sexual activity. LOL - Submitted by: Isac
The Beatles', "Wild Honey Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Boogie Pants
The Real Lyrics:
Honey pie
The Story: I always thought this was a strange lyric, but with the Beatles a lot of them are. Then I was reading through a list of song lyrics and realized this was actually "honey pie". With the accent it sounds more like "who-knee pie". - Submitted by: Marie DeVault
The Beatles', "Wild Honey Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Moneybanks
or
Moneybags
The Real Lyrics:
Honey Pie
The Story: This one was my sister's. She thought this was funny because we're both diehard Spongebob fanatics, and in the episode 'Artist Unknown' there is a character named 'Monty P. Moneybags'. - Submitted by: Sponge Beatle
The Beatles', "With Love, From Me To You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If a citizen must be dumb
If a citizen must be blue
The Real Lyrics:
If there's anything that you want
If there's anything I can do
The Story: I think the mondegreen is clearer on the Chipmunks' version of The Beatles than on the real thing. That probably caused me to hear it this way for years. - Submitted by: John Bell
The Beatles', "With a Little Help from My Friends"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bil-ly Shears!
The Real Lyrics:
A-B-C!
The Story: Cut this bit out of the original recording and play it back on quality headphones! - Submitted by: Al Ian
The Beatles', "Yellow Submarine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Full speed ahead Mr. Gimble, full speed ahead
Full speed eh tuh deska!
Captain Shafer, Captain Shafer
All aboard! Skip it, skip it!
The Real Lyrics:
Full speed ahead Mr. Boatswain, full speed ahead
Full speed ahead it is, Sergeant.
Cut the cable, drop the cable
Aye, sir, aye, captain, captain.
The Story: I always pictured John Lennon in the sound room where they created the sounds for the animation. All the other Beatles were picking up different things around the room and making noise while John was speaking over the intercom. - Submitted by: Nick
The Beatles', "Yellow Submarine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We all live in a Wolverton latrine.
The Real Lyrics:
We all live in a yellow submarine.
The Story: When staying at a Boy Scout camp (Camp Wolverton) in the 1960's, this 'misheard' lyric was a popular rendition of the song amongst the scouts. - Submitted by: David Mathews
The Beatles', "Yesterday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yesterday
When my brother seemed so far away.
The Real Lyrics:
Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away.
The Story: Some friends of mine and I were having a party at a country house. After a few beers we started singing, and at some point 'Yesterday' came along, then we sang some more and got bored. Just as we were sitting there thinking of something better to do, one of us, nicknamed (Captain) Kirk (main passion: techno music, he's got no idea why everyone's praising some bugs for inventing modern music), suddenly grabs a wooden guitar, takes a very lyrical-miserable posture and starts whining: 'Yesterday, when my brother seemed so far away...'! All of us instantly broke down in laughter and this episode got engraved in the history of our gang. - Submitted by: Marius
The Beatles', "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, you've got a hija of a way
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, you've got to hide your love away.
The Story: This was my little sister's interpretation of the lyric. After singing along for about 3 minutes, she turned to me and said 'What's a hija?' - Submitted by: Paul McKibbin
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