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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!).

Theme Song's, "'Days Of Our Lives' Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
This is my gum care and these are the days of our lives
The Real Lyrics:
This is MacDonald Carey and these are the Days of Our Lives.
The Story: I misheard this when I was a child. I even strained to hear it every day, knowing it didn't make sense. Then one day I heard it perfectly, when they redid the opening theme to "Days of our Live"s. I was like "'Duh!" He was introducing himself and the show' - Submitted by: Deaf in one ear, Can't hear out the other
Theme Song's, "All in the Family Theme Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Boy, the weakling Miller played... Giarolla Sal ran great.
The Real Lyrics:
Boy, the way Glenn Miller played... Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.
The Story: I thought that these some reminiscences by Archie about sports in the 'good old days.' Miller, perhaps a baseball manager (such as former Yankee skipper Miller Huggins), may have once put a backup player in the starting lineup, one who was a weak hitter or had a weak throwing arm—a decision which ultimate cost the team a key victory. And I always imagined ‘Giarolla Sal’ as the name of a racehorse, perhaps a longtime rival of Sea Biscuit’s, which Archie may have won a few bucks betting on. (‘Giarolla’ sounded like an Italian surname or some town in old Italy—either of which seemed plausible to include in such a name, considering the odd monikers often given to thoroughbreds. (And altogether, not such bad reasoning, given that I was in elementary school when the show first came on the air!) - Submitted by: Shemp Shady
Theme Song's, "Barney the Dinosaur (Barney Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Barney shows us lots of things--I come to play pretend.
The Real Lyrics:
Barney shows us lots of things, like how to play pretend.
The Story: I tended to hear the lyrics this way when I first watched the show. - Submitted by: Ian Sherman
Theme Song's, "Diff'rent Strokes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A man is born, he's a man of hate.
The Real Lyrics:
A man is born, he's a man of means.
The Story: My brother and I could never figure out what they were saying here. Even more confusing - Mr. Drummond was NOT a man of HATE. He loved his kids!! Plus, hate doesn't rhyme with jeans. - Submitted by: Becky
Theme Song's, "Dora The Explorer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Swiper no sniping! Swiper no sniping!
Dora the Explorer!
The Real Lyrics:
Swiper no swiping! Swiper no swiping!
Dora the Explorer!
The Story: It was around 6 with my friend watching TV, there was nothing on...flicking channels to see anything interesting. Then I saw Dora was on. They were all walking on the bridge and singing, then the fox pops out and everyone I assumed said "Swiper no sniping!". My friend let out a "WHAT! Did they say sniping?!?!". And then assuming the fox was hiding and moving differently from the others. Plus it was an old TV, so sound wasn't that good. Then my friend ACTUALLY searched it on the internet and found out it was "swiping". - Submitted by: Eric Hau
Theme Song's, "Everywhere You Look (Theme from 'Full House')"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I here the horn honk to you.
The Real Lyrics:
A hand to hold on to
The Story: For years, I thought this was the lyric. And so did the milkman, the paperboy, even MTV. - Submitted by: Kalili
Theme Song's, "Fables of the Green Forest"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pat the beaver's building a dam
Joe the otter tells him "SCRAM!"
Chatter the pomoland
Oh what a sight.
The Real Lyrics:
Pat the beaver's building a dam
Joe the otter tells him "SCRAM!"
Chatter's upon the lam
Oh what a sight!
The Story: I'm not too sure how I misheard this but I'm guessing that as a child I thought that's what the lyrics were. - Submitted by: Celeste
Theme Song's, "Fables of the Green Forrest"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In the Green Forrest
The Green Forrest
Reddy and Redtail
Fight.
The Real Lyrics:
In the Green Forrest
The Green Forrest
You will see an occasional
Fight.
The Story: When I was a kid I used to love this show but I never really knew what the lyrics to the theme song were until I loaded it from You Tube. Now I have a reason to be a bit embarrassed. - Submitted by: Celeste
Theme Song's, "Family Guy Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucky there's a man who, positively can do, all the things that make us F'n cry!
The Real Lyrics:
Lucky there's a man who
Positively can do
All the things that make us Laugh and cry!
The Story: I always thought that it was "F'n cry". I noticed one night that my wife said "laugh and cry". My brother said that he agreed with me on the lyrics. We've both been watching the show since it's original airing. I've talked to numerous people and gotten responses on both sides. - Submitted by: Redd
Theme Song's, "Family Guy Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lucky there's a man who
Positively can do
All the things that make us Effin' cry!
The Real Lyrics:
Lucky there's a man who
Positively can do
All the things that make us Laugh and cry!
The Story: I decided to try out the closed captioning function on my TV a while ago. When 'Family Guy' came on, that was the caption given for that specific part of the song. - Submitted by: comorbid
Theme Song's, "Flintstone's Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Let's ride with the family down the street.
Through the courtesy of friends from Pete
The Real Lyrics:
Let's ride, with the family down the street.
Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet
The Story: Discovered this in about 1985 from my friend Larry Putnam, as we were discussing old cartoon lyrics from the sixties. I thought the 'friends from Pete' thing was like the Beverly Hillbillies ending tune 'friends from Battle Creek (Kellogg's). Larry immediately informed me how stupid I was.... - Submitted by: David Lowrey
Theme Song's, "Golden Girls"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You would see the biggest skipper beef um me
And the heart of Tatchwood say
Thank you for being a friend
The Real Lyrics:
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say
Thank you for being a friend
The Story: I was a huge fan of Golden Girls when I was a little kid and I could never figure out what this particular lyric was supposed to mean, I figured Tatchwood was the town that they lived in (I guess I'd never heard of Miami!!) and for some reason I didn't learn otherwise until I was in 7th grade or so and they played the original song by Andrew Gold on the radio. It suddenly made a little more sense, but I kinda liked the elusiveness of my version better. - Submitted by: Cel
Theme Song's, "I Love You (The Barney Theme)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I thug you
You thug me
We're unhappy, can't you see?
The Real Lyrics:
I love you, you love me
We're a happy family.
The Story: My daughter was watching Barney. I was in the kitchen with a fan going. I could barely here the song, but I tried to make out the words. That's what I thought it said, so I got online and looked up the lyrics. I was so relived to know they weren't singing about thugs! - Submitted by: brianna
Theme Song's, "Kim Possible"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Call me, beat me
If you wanna reach me.
The Real Lyrics:
Call me, beep me
If you wanna reach me.
The Story: I am such a dork. My neice and nephew were watching TV in the next room, and I thought I heard 'call me, beat me'. I almost ran in there, thinking 'Is this a song about BDSM or what? And why are they watching a show with this song?' Then I realized it was the theme from 'Kim Possible'. *Facepalm*. - Submitted by: Carolee
Theme Song's, "Maverick Theme Song (TV)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Livin' on Jackson beans
Maverick is a legend of the west.
The Real Lyrics:
Livin' on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the West.
The Story: Seemed like an incomplete diet to me, but maybe that's why he's a legend. - Submitted by: Joel Berson
Theme Song's, "Maverick"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Living on Jackson Queens.
The Real Lyrics:
Living on Jacks and Queens.
The Story: As a joke, my brother and I always sing this song to each other and other family members (10 kids in family) at birthdays. At family reunion I typed up the words so we could all sing to one of the brothers who's birthday it was and never knew I was always singing it wrong! I thought he lived off the fancy ladies. - Submitted by: Darlene Walkden
Theme Song's, "Meet The Flintstones"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Someday, they'd be freckled for a bite
Then that-that will stay out for the night.
The Real Lyrics:
Someday, maybe Fred will win the fight
Then that cat will stay out for the night.
The Story: This lyric coincides with Fred's car turning on its side when the waitress puts the ribs on the side. So I always heards 'bite' as in snack. The cat doesn't come in until later in the song. I don't know what freckled for a bite means! But I heard that! - Submitted by: Art Kurtz
Theme Song's, "Movin' On Up ('The Jeffersons' theme song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Long sweet lips, chewin' me baby.
The Real Lyrics:
As long as we live, it's you 'n' me baby.
The Story: I used to watch "The Jeffersons" when I was younger, and I loved the theme song. But the meaning of that one line eluded me. I still can't hear the correct lyrics no matter what I do. Besides, I like the misheard ones better. - Submitted by: Lady Blues
Theme Song's, "Movin' On Up (The Jefferson's Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Took my hold out of Turin,
Just to get up that hill.
The Real Lyrics:
Took a whole lotta tryin',
Just to get up that hill.
The Story: I always loved this show, and the song, but it was more than thirty years later, during the Internet age, when lyrics began to be posted online, that I found out what the lyrics really were! - Submitted by: Nicholas
Theme Song's, "Moving On Up - Theme Song From 'The Jeffersons'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Moving on up, to designer.
The Real Lyrics:
Moving on up, to the east side.
The Story: Got caught singing the wrong lyrics by my sister. She horse laughed me for about an hour! She said everyone knew it was 'to the east side'. I guess she was right, because your search for the lyric didn't show up. Oh well, live an learn. :) - Submitted by: j
Theme Song's, "One Day At A Time"
The Misheard Lyrics:
This is it (this is it)
This is light, what you kid, so go and half of all
This is it (this is it)
Stray ahead and rest of should
You camping should all
So why your hand Joe the view
Keep on doing what ya do
Old dong tang, woe mud a too
One day at a time (one day at a time)
So wop on the deluxe harmony, and there's a new-born ba-by
Don't you had enough? A-just pinch that leg off!
One day at a time.
The Real Lyrics:
This is it. This is it
This is life, the one you get
So go and have a ball
This is it. This is it
Straight ahead and rest assured
You cant be sure at all.
So while youre here, enjoy the view
Keep on doing what you do
So hold on tight, and we'll muddle through
One day at a time, one day at a time.
So up on your feet. Up on your feet
Somewhere theres music playing.
Dont you worry none
Well just take it like it comes.
The Story: One of my earliest memories is this theme song being burned into my head, and never being able to understand the lyrics. So I searched for the song on the internet after not hearing it for nearly 30 years and I listened to it again BEFORE I looked up the lyrics, and again.....and again....half amused, half frustrated. It sounded exactly like it did then, like it was about to come on and I could see their faces and the credits all over again in my mind, but I still COULD NOT understand the lyrics!!! Finally, I gave up and searched for the lyrics. What a relief. - Submitted by: James Johnson
Theme Song's, "Overture ('Bugs Bunny Show' Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh Ma'chaah, cut the lights,
No Morrie Hussen discussing a part
The Real Lyrics:
Overture, curtain, lights,
No more rehearsing and nursing our parts.
The Story: I was little. Never encountered anyone named Ma'chaah or McChaugh. Morrie Hussein could have been of Yemeni Jewish descent, first-generation American-born maybe?? - Submitted by: Mark Van Loo
Theme Song's, "Overture (Bugs Bunny Show theme song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
overture, dim the lights,
The Real Lyrics:
overture, curtain, lights
The Story: bad memory - Submitted by: barry
Theme Song's, "Saved By The Bell"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Riding home in my Chev
She won't know that I left.
The Real Lyrics:
Ridin' low in my chair
She won't know that I'm there.
The Story: I used to think the guy was saying that he was going to drive back home in his car ('Chev' = 'Chevrolet') before the teacher knew he had even come and left. So the next day he could pretend that he had never even come to school the day before 'cause he'd been 'sick' and hand his homework in then. Now, I know what those 2 lines really are, I guess they make a little more sense and rhyme better too. Although I still my version makes some sense too (especially for older students). Well, at least I got the second part right. - Submitted by: Lady Daydreamer
Theme Song's, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Theme Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the evil Shredder attacks, these turtle boys will come and slash
The Real Lyrics:
When the evil Shredder attacks, these turtle boys cut him no slack
The Story: I'm a Finn and was much younger (around the age of 9-10), and I was just starting to learn English, so this is how I heard it and kept thinking that the lyrics were this way until I checked them back in 2012. I was in misconception for 6 years. Nowadays I can hear what the lyrics are in most English songs, if they're sung clearly. - Submitted by: Erkki
Theme Song's, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the evil Shredder of tax
Those turtle boys don't cut 'em no slack.
The Real Lyrics:
When the evil Shredder attacks
Those turtle boys don't cut 'em no slack.
The Story: I was convinced that it was about tax evasion---and that's why they lived in a sewer. - Submitted by: Jude
Theme Song's, "The Addams Family"
The Misheard Lyrics:
So get a witch's shawl on,
a Bruce that you can crawl on
The Real Lyrics:
So get a witch's shawl on,
a broomstick you can crawl on
The Story: I misheard these words from the time 'The Addams Family' first aired in the '60's until recent reruns. I once overheard my husband singing the theme song, and I said to myself, 'So that's what they're saying!' - Submitted by: Sharon Krebs
Theme Song's, "The Flinstones' Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Let's ride with family down the street
Through the courtesy of pretzeled feet.
The Real Lyrics:
Let's ride with the family down the street
Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet.
The Story: I really misheard the lyrics and thought the word was "pretzeled". Anyway when Fred and Barney used their legs for car power, they kind of looked like pretzels! - Submitted by: John
Theme Song's, "The Jefferson's Theme"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fish don't fry in the kitchen
a Beanstone burn on the grill
Took a whole lotta Too-rye ale just to get up that hill
The Real Lyrics:
Fish don't fry in the kitchen
meat's gonna burn on the grill
Took a whole lotta trying just to get up that hill.
The Story: I was about 5 or 6 and I asked my mom what a 'beanstone' was. She laughed and said they're saying 'meat', not 'beans'. I didn't ask about the 'Too-rye ale' because I figured that was wrong too, even though it sounds like some Irish beer.. Too-Rye Ale. - Submitted by: JasonL
Theme Song's, "The Rubbadubbers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
HERE'S CALVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!
The Real Lyrics:
Here's Tubb
The Story: I looked up something and someone said "0:15 HERE'S CALVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!" - Submitted by: Zach
Theme Song's, "The Rubbadubbers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Here come the Mother F*****s
Shwish, slash, slough!
The Real Lyrics:
Here come the Rubbadubbers
Splish, splash, sposh!
The Story: I have a four year-old niece who watches this show on Nick Jr. She loves it. So one day while I was in my bathroom, getting dressed, I started singing, 'Here come the Mother F*****s, shwish, slash, slough!' And I thought, 'Hey that's what the song sounds like!' - Submitted by: Mack the Knife
Theme Song's, "Theme from 'The Patty Duke Show'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
While Cathy adores a minuet
The ballet roof, and Crepe Suzettes.
The Real Lyrics:
While Cathy adores a minuet
The ballets russes, and Crepe Suzettes.
The Story: I used to sing this a lot (I was a young teenager). And my mother, who spoke French and surely also knew Les Ballets Russes, corrected my mishearing. Well, I clung stubbornly to my misinterpretation, probably because I was a typical kid who didn't want to be wrong--especially when the parent was right. But also because, while I had never seen a ballet roof, I could tell you just what one was like. And honey, they were deevoooon. Everyone who was anyone surely went to the ballet roof on a regular basis. So romantic. There aren't any, of course, so I will just have to go out and invent them. - Submitted by: Galoux
Theme Song's, "Those Were The Days (All In The Family Theme Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Didn't eat no welfare steak.
The Real Lyrics:
Didn't need no welfare state.
The Story: I always wondered what kind of steak people on welfare qualified for. Chuck? Ribeye? Round? - Submitted by: TresBay
Theme Song's, "Top Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bromiding is working a tee
The Real Lyrics:
Providing it's with dignity.
The Story: The USA bromide conspiracy vs7 - Submitted by: Toolaa
Theme Song's, "Top Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Close friends get to call him T.C.
Providing there's whipped cream for tea.
The Real Lyrics:
Close friends get to call him T.C.
Provided it's with dignity.
The Story: I remember the show in the 60's. I was convinced the lyrics went like this, until I looked it up just now. After all, I think Top Cat would appreciate whipped cream, being a cat. - Submitted by: Elwood Herring
Theme Song's, "Top Cat"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Law-abiding is witness is he.
The Real Lyrics:
Providing it’s with dignity.
The Story: Listened to it week after week as a kid, attempting to make sense of it, but never could: why isn’t it ‘Law-abiding as witness is he’ or some such? Should be, but just isn’t how it sounds… - Submitted by: Nick Pope
Theme Song's, "Transformers"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Transformers
Forms beneath the eyes.
The Real Lyrics:
Transformers
Robots in disguise.
The Story: Sang this song this way for 20 years until my wife told me I was an idiot. - Submitted by: Bob

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