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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 Hollies', "Bus Stop"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say, "Michelle, my umbrella."
The Real Lyrics:
Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say
Please share my umbrella
The Story: I only found the real lyrics a few days ago--I'm 60, and have been mistaken for decades! - Submitted by: Tex Lynch
The Hollies', "Bus Stop"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Thinkin' of a sweet romance
Beginning in that pew.
The Real Lyrics:
Thinkin' of a sweet romance
Beginning in a queue.
The Story: still not sure my 'misheard' version isn't the actual version! - Submitted by: Beemer
The Hollies', "Carrie Anne"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Then you played with older boys at recess.
The Real Lyrics:
Then you played with older boys and prefects.
The Story: It confused me what anyone could be "doing" if they were young enough still to have recess. But I just shrugged it off. - Submitted by: Casey S
The Hollies', "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She was a long cool woman in a flak vest.
The Real Lyrics:
She was a long cool woman in a black dress.
The Story: Well, I was just back from a second tour in Vietnam, which might explain it. - Submitted by: Lazarus51
The Hollies', "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She was born to a woman and a black man.
The Real Lyrics:
She was a long, cool woman in a black dress.
The Story: My 11-year-old nephew, who is half black, was singing it. We quickly corrected him. - Submitted by: Deb
The Hollies', "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sitting in a nest with Batman
The Real Lyrics:
Sitting in a nest of bad men.
The Story: I figured since the guy was 'working for the FBI,' he would possibly be fighting crime with a little help from Batman. I couldn't figure out what they were doing in a nest, though. - Submitted by: Jeff Smith
The Hollies', "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A pair of .45's made me open my eyes
The Real Lyrics:
A pair of tawny thighs made me open my eyes
The Story: This is probably the most misheard lyric in all of music, since I haven't seen a single website that got it right. But this is the correct one; - Submitted by: Sarah Goodwich
The Hollies', "On A Carousel"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Taking care of Sam
The Real Lyrics:
On a carousel
The Story: Yeah well Papa Walton had it on his 'Best of'. Must have heard it first when I was five down at his place in Montgomery. He played it and I thought 'Geez: Taking care of Sam was a weird name!' I mentioned this to him and he went 'Son, You come here now, don't you disrespect an old song.' - Submitted by: Billy Bob Losere
The Hollies', "Stop! Stop! Stop!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Velcro people ting-a ling-a linging
or
Bells of people ting-a ling-a linging
The Real Lyrics:
Bells on feet go ting-a ling-a linging.
The Story: I never understood this line until Internet lyrics sites were available to decipher it for me. The above misheard lyrics citations are a couple of my attempts to make sense of the line. - Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie
The Hollies', "The Air I Breathe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All I need is the MFP (as in Colgate toothpaste).
The Real Lyrics:
All I need is the air that I breathe and to love you.
The Story: When I was a kid in the 1970s, just hanging around with my friend, Michelle, the song came on the radio, and she sang 'All I need is the M-F-P and (just?) to love you; all I need is the M-F-P....'. She seriously thought they were singing about Colgate toothpaste, which at that time was sold with some additive they called MFP. Of course, she also loved the Beach Boys, so... - Submitted by: Michele Kerschbaumer
The Hollies', "The Air That I Breathe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Now think to be, no books to read.
Making love with you.
The Real Lyrics:
Nothing to eat, no books to read.
Making love with you.
The Story: This song originally recorded in 1972 by Albert Hammond, on the album, "It Never Rains in Southern California". The mondegreen is for their cover version that makes no sense at all. About this song: "The Air That I Breathe" is track #5 on their album, "Hollies", released in March 1974. It was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. The power ballad reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #6 on Billboard's Pop Chart, and entering the Top 10 in Australia (reaching #2), Austria (#3), Canada (#5), Germany (#4), Ireland (#6), the Netherlands (#1), and New Zealand (#1). Making them their biggest hit single of the 1970s and also their final biggest hit single on Billboard's Pop Chart. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
The Hollies', "The Air That I Breathe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Peace came upon my endlessly (stretched out the word endlessly)
The Real Lyrics:
Peace came upon me, and it leaves me weak
The Story: Just always heard it that way since the song came out. - Submitted by: Bruce D. MEyer
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