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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 Cranberries', "Dreams"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You're a dream, Timmy
The Real Lyrics:
You're a dream to me
The Story: Always knew what was being said, but thought it sounded like "Timmy" instead of to me - Submitted by: Will
The Cranberries', "I Can't Be With You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I wanted to be the mother of your toyota
Now it's just farewell
The Real Lyrics:
I wanted to be the mother of your child but
Now it's just farewell
The Story: I think I have selective hearing. - Submitted by: Mary
The Cranberries', "Linger"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you have to let in labour?
The Real Lyrics:
Do you have to let it linger?
The Story: When I was little, I always thought this song (with my lyrics in it) was about going into labour during pregnancy. So I thouhgt it was about having a baby, then finding out what labour meant in another sense (work). I thought it was about having a job. So wrong was I! - Submitted by: Jess
The Cranberries', "Linger"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You know I'm searching food for you.
The Real Lyrics:
You know I'm such a fool for you.
The Story: I sang the song my way for about 5 years, until one day I commented to my roommate about how nice that she cares enough about this person to provide them with food--a basic survival need. I was met with a blank stare, and then laughter... =P - Submitted by: izzy
The Cranberries', "The Rebels"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He was a donkey.
The Real Lyrics:
It wasn't often.
The Story: My friend asked me what I thought Delores was singing. I truthfully thought it was this. She laughed long and hard at me, and this made me angry and adamant that I was right. - Submitted by: Fiona Dope
The Cranberries', "When You're Gone"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And in the day, everything's cold cuts.
The Real Lyrics:
And in the day, everything's complex.
The Story: Yes, I've heard this one as well. For the longest time I thought this is what they were saying and thought, "Wow, what a clever line". But, finally I looked up the lyrics to be sure I was hearing them correctly and found I was not. - Submitted by: Wynette
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