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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 Doors', "Back Door Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Elow your peep-hole and tyin' the sleeve
I'm half-Jamaican with my midnight treat, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
Hello, y’all people that tryin' to sleep
I'm out to make it with my midnight dream, yeah.
The Story: I don't know why I never noticed it before, but it's clear (or unclear) as day. And here I thought the line about the chicken-eating was the only funny line in the song... I was wrong. lol - Submitted by: Bryan Womack
The Doors', "Break On Through"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Break off news to the other side.
The Real Lyrics:
Break on through to the other side.
The Story: I didn't know it was wrong until I roomed with a Doors freak in college. - Submitted by: Jeff Templon
The Doors', "Break On Through"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You know the day destroys the night
Ninety vibes a day.
The Real Lyrics:
You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day.
The Story: I saw this one graffitied on a wall in six-inch high letters. How embarrassing to be so publically wrong. - Submitted by: Tim James
The Doors', "Break on Through (To the Other Side)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Davis Strait deep and wide
The Real Lyrics:
The gate is straight, deep, and wide
The Story: The Davis Strait is a northern arm of the Labrador Sea. It lies between mid-western Greenland and Nunavut. - Submitted by: Giselle
The Doors', "Easy Ride"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pass the remote control
The Real Lyrics:
costume of control
The Story: My brother thought these were the words. If you listen to the song with this in mind, you'll hear it clear as a bell. - Submitted by: Jim
The Doors', "Hello, I Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you hope to dust this dusky jewel?
The Real Lyrics:
Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?
The Story: How does pluck a dusky jewel make any sense? I think my lyrics are better! You can pluck that jewel if you like ....but I want to dust that jewel off and polish it up. What do you say Morrison?. You want to admit my lyrics are better? I could be wrong. Even Geniuses make mistakes after all....... - Submitted by: Jim The Sandman
The Doors', "Hello, I Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do you hope to plug this dusty tool?
The Real Lyrics:
Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?
The Story: i thought that, in the song, he was just bemoaning the fact that he wasn't getting anywhere with this haughty girl. Thus, his 'tool' was dusty due to lack of use. I only realized the correct lyrics after reading them somewhere. - Submitted by: Paul
The Doors', "Hello, I Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your bed.
The Real Lyrics:
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game.
The Story: I had gotten this record on Christmas Day. I was playing it for the first time, when my dad came up and yelled at me for listening to 'immoral' music. It was he who thought that Jim Morrison was singing 'Let me jump in your bed'. Even telling him what the correct lyrics were didn't really change his mind about the 'evil' record. - Submitted by: Arnequis
The Doors', "L.A. Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ask any lady
To give up her house.
The Real Lyrics:
Passionate lady
Give up your vows.
The Story: 20 yrs. ago when we were in highschool, my buddy Carl turned me on to the Doors. While listening to the album during a party at his house one night, a very serious look came over his face. He looked down towards the floor, with an expression of deep serious thought. (Perhaps envisioning himself on stage at that very moment, lol!) He then belted out the misheard lyric in a voice that rang out through the house. - Submitted by: J. Schmitt
The Doors', "L.A. Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Derkerderkerderker 'bout an hour ago!
The Real Lyrics:
Well, I just got into town about an hour ago.
The Story: My cousin and I were listening to my recently bought Doors CD. When this song came on, we laughed for about an hour! I think he was drunk off his a** when he sang this! It just sounds like angry drunken rambling. - Submitted by: Cherry Peery
The Doors', "L.A. Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well I dig an anodyne about an hour ago.
The Real Lyrics:
Well I just got into town about an hour ago.
The Story: The official line is obviously incorrect (changed to be politically correct). The lyrics refer to some drug he dig. Anodyne is synonymous to painkiller. I hear something like "dig a leenodyne", but anodyne is what makes more sense. - Submitted by: paivalr
The Doors', "L.A. Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well, I did a little "dot" about an hour ago.
The Real Lyrics:
Well, I just got into town about an hour ago.
The Story: Nope, I'm right, he's talking about tripping on acid called purple micro dot, good grief, listen to the lyrics.... - Submitted by: debi daly
The Doors', "Light My Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And our love become a funeral empire
The Real Lyrics:
And our love become a funeral pyre
The Story: I seriously thought that's what the late Jim Morrison said! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
The Doors', "Light My Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
No time to wallow window mire.
The Real Lyrics:
No time to wallow in the mire.
The Story: This is actually one my co-worker misheard. She's been singing "window mire" for the past 40 years! - Submitted by: Lisa
The Doors', "Light My Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Our love will be a few gropes higher
The Real Lyrics:
Our love will be a funeral pyre
The Story: I was playing the song on my guitar and singing it to my dad when I got that verse he started laughing & called all my family (it was a get-togethor) and told me to repeat that verse, so I did & my whole family just cracked up. Finally after everyone left my mom told me the real verse - Submitted by: april
The Doors', "People Are Strange"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When you're strange
Don't go out in the rain.
The Real Lyrics:
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain.
The Story: A know-it-all friend in 7th grade swore those were the lyrics. - Submitted by: William Bopp
The Doors', "Riders On The Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like Hector out of Rome
The Real Lyrics:
An actor out on loan
The Story: I've thought that the words were "like Hector out of Rome" for years. Imagine my shock when I looked it up a few minutes ago! - Submitted by: O. B.
The Doors', "Riders On The Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house were born
Into this world of dawn
Like a dog without a bone
An actor on a loan
Riders on the storm
There's a killer on the roam
His brain's a-squirmin' like a stone
Taykay lon halidae
Let your children play
If ya give this man a rise
Sweet Ann-Marie'll die
Killer on the roam, yeah.
The Real Lyrics:
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm
There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah.
The Story: As kids my sister and I stayed up until about 5 in the morning on Saturday trying to decipher this song, particulary the 'take a long holiday,' part. Finally we made up a word. I never knew what was actually said until one day, probably more than ten years later, I was singing the song and just suddenly understood what the words really were. It was like an ephipany. - Submitted by: Jenny
The Doors', "Riders On The Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Writers on the stone
The Real Lyrics:
Riders on the storm
The Story: My non-English girlfriend was using songs to try and learn English and it helped, but her listening needs to improve. - Submitted by: Pepper
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A hactor without a moan.
The Real Lyrics:
An actor out on loan.
The Story: My friend Denise would sing, " a hactor without a moan". She said it was a ghost that couldn't moan. - Submitted by: Tray
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And Hector out alone.
The Real Lyrics:
An actor out on loan.
The Story: Clearly I was influenced by my reading of Homer (hey, it even fits!). - Submitted by: Treach
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give this man a ride, sweet Emily will die
The Real Lyrics:
Give this man a ride, sweet family will die
The Story: I was listening to Rockline on 93.7 (Houston, TX) the night they interviewed Robby Krieger and John Densmore of the Doors. This guy called in and wanted to know who 'Emily' was in 'Riders on the Storm'. Robby said it's sweet FAMILY, not EMILY! The guy kept talking about Emily,who was she, was she a friend of the band, etc. Robby explained that the song was about a psycho killer. The whole exchange was hilarious! - Submitted by: Sondee
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you give this man a ride, sweet Emily will die
The Real Lyrics:
Give this man a ride, sweet memory will die
The Story: I told someone I was listening to this song and they misquoted the above verse. I knew it was wrong but didn't correct them. - Submitted by: DT
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a dog without a bone Hector Alamone
The Real Lyrics:
An actor all alone.
The Story: I knew an English lady who used used to call me Hector Alamone. I finally asked her why do you call me that. She replied there was a writer in England named Hector Alamone. He was a crazy writer. Unfortunately she died in an car accident. - Submitted by: Hector
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Riders rolling stone (2x)
The Real Lyrics:
Riders on the storm (2x)
The Story: One day I heard this song and thought Jim Morrison was actually saying "Riders rolling stone," and because I thought those were the actual lyrics, I sang them that way, but I sang the lyrics one octave lower than I normally would, and I sounded pretty awful. - Submitted by: Isac
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Spiders on the stove
The Real Lyrics:
Riders on the storm
The Story: When I was 14, my friends and I were in a car going somewhere and we were all just being quiet listening to the sounds of the storm in the song, when my best friend Teresa absentmindedly started to sing out loud. Let me tell you, she never lived that one down!! - Submitted by: Rose Van Zandt
The Doors', "Riders on the Storm"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Take along Harley Day
The Real Lyrics:
Take a long holiday
The Story: After this misapprehension of the Doors' lyrics was absorbed by me and my pals, we then amended it to 'Take along Harley Biggs', an acquaintance of ours whom you probably would not really want to take along. - Submitted by: Mike Ransom
The Doors', "Roadhouse Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do it Rodney do it.
The Real Lyrics:
Do it Robbie do it.
The Story: I used to think this was maybe a tribute to Rodney Dangerfield? Later I found out he was talking to the guitar player, Robbie. - Submitted by: pete burns
The Doors', "Roadhouse Blues"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Save us today
The Real Lyrics:
Save our city
The Story: I kept thinking from the first time listening to the song that it was "save us today" instead of "save our city" - Submitted by: Kevy
The Doors', "The Unknown Soldier"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Doodlie-Dee!
Hall!
Reason!
Hell!
The Real Lyrics:
Company!
Halt!
Present!
Arms!
The Story: This was the marching cadence used in the song. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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