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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 Rolling Stones', "19th Nervous Breakdown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Here comes your 1930s breakdown.
The Real Lyrics:
Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown.
The Story: For the longest time, I thought this was a song about the Great Depression, but I couldn't find the song on any albums. I found the song by accident on an old LP, and only then did I find out what the real lyrics for. - Submitted by: Patrick
The Rolling Stones', "Beast Of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'd never pee if your feet were burnin'.
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden.
The Story: I thought these were the right lyrics because I heard the song just after I had watched that Friends' episode when the gang go down to a beach house and Monica gets stung by a jelly fish and Joey has to pee on her leg, because Chandler saw on the Discovery Channel something about urine helping to ease the pain from a jelly fish sting. I heard this song for the first time featured on the movie 'Christine', and since they only played this line on the movie, I thought these were the real lyrics. I always thought this song was about someone who hates and despises a peson so much that he wouldn't even piss on him/her if it would bring some comfort to this person. I always thought the song had a great sound, and the lyrics were whimsically cruel and funny at the same time, which prompted me to look for the song, but it took me years until I rented the movie and saw the song title on the credits, realizing how wrong I was Needless to say I was a tad disapointed, but I still love this song. - Submitted by: Louis
The Rolling Stones', "Beast Of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll never leave your pizza burnin'.
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden.
The Story: A local radio station in the Dallas-Fort Worth area asked people to call in with what they thought the lyrics were, and this was my favorite answer. I hope you have a good laugh too. =) - Submitted by: TEAH PETTIT
The Rolling Stones', "Beast of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I never smelled your pizza burnin'
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden
The Story: My sister and I heard the first line this way when we were kids, but could not understand how the other lyrics went with it so we opted to hear the rest as "till I looked behind your pizza curtain never, never, never, never smelled" - Submitted by: Christina
The Rolling Stones', "Beast of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden
My back is broke, but it's a hurtin'
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden
My back is broad, but it's a hurtin'
The Story: I could never understand it, because of course his back would be hurtin' if it were broke. - Submitted by: Laurie Dwyer
The Rolling Stones', "Beast of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll never be your milk from Borden
My back is broke, my eggs a hurtin'
All I wanted is to make a breakfast for you
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden
My back is broad but it's a hurting
All I want is for you to make love to me
The Story: After this song was released back in 1978 when I was a sophomore in high school I could swear this was what Mick Jagger sang at the top of the song. Perhaps I was hungry and thought it would be nice for Mick to make some breakfast for me, although I didn't understand how his eggs were a hurtin' and still don't. - Submitted by: Peter
The Rolling Stones', "Beast of Burden"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'll never beat your pizza burnin'...
The Real Lyrics:
I'll never be your beast of burden
The Story: My wife, as a kid. - Submitted by: Kevin
The Rolling Stones', "Brown Sugar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I bet your momma was a treasure queen.
The Real Lyrics:
I bet your momma was a tent show queen.
The Story: That word made more sence at the time - Submitted by: Get Stoned
The Rolling Stones', "Brown Sugar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Old Joe said she copped a pile of pills
Sold in the market down in New Orleans.
The Real Lyrics:
Gold Coast slaveship bound for cotton fields
Sold in the market down in New Orleans.
The Story: I'm a professional bassist and in the first band that I was ever in that worked for money, (the summer I was 16 - 1971). We had a steady gig in a bar in Cedar Grove NJ. All the other guys in the band were in college with my big sister. This tune was sung by the drummer, and this was the closest he could get to making out Jagger's lyrics in the fiirst verse. It actually makes more grammatical sense than the real ones (What were sold in the market? The pills!) - Submitted by: John Arbo
The Rolling Stones', "Brown Sugar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Scarred old slaver know he's doin' alright.
The Real Lyrics:
Skydog slaver know he's doin' alright.
The Story: The only thing was that I, like everyone else, thought that we knew the correct lyrics. Keith Richards autobiography confirms that "Skydog" is indeed correct. (It was a nickname for Duane Allman.) - Submitted by: Joe P.
The Rolling Stones', "Emotional Rescue"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You're too deep in, you candy ass
The Real Lyrics:
You're too deep in, you can't get out
The Story: Always heard that since I was a kid. - Submitted by: Robert
The Rolling Stones', "Get Off My Cloud"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey! You! Get off of my plow!
The Real Lyrics:
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
The Story: It was actually my friend Tina. I was visiting her out in Illinois. We were driving around singing at the top of our lungs when I heard her blurt out this lyric. I couldn't stop laughing. I guess it makes perfect sense in the cornbelt. I tried to do my best impersonation of Mick Jagger dancing on top of a plow, clucking around like a chicken. - Submitted by: Terry Thorsen
The Rolling Stones', "Get Off My Cloud"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, you! Get out of my house!
The Real Lyrics:
Hey, you! Get off of my cloud.
The Story: It later says not to hang around because two's a crowd, so this makes sense. - Submitted by: Hey (hey) You (you)
The Rolling Stones', "Gimme Shelter"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Heil Hitler, it's just a shot away
The Real Lyrics:
War, children, it's just a shot away
The Story: I like this song. When I first played it on Rock Band, I heard "War, children" and it sounded like "Heil Hitler" because of the high pitch. Britney Spears told me that her father is Hitler. - Submitted by: Wally G
The Rolling Stones', "Honky Tonk Women"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I met a gentle ball-room queen in Memphis
I tried to take her upstairs for a ride.
She had to leave me right across her shoulder.
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my my mind.
AND
A lady De Francé in New York City
I had to put up some kind of a fight.
The lady then she covered me with roses,
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind.
The Real Lyrics:
I met a gin-soaked barroom queen in Memphis.
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
She had to heave me right across her shoulder
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind.
AND
I laid a divorcée in New York City,
I had to put up some kind of a fight.
The lady then she covered me with roses,
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind.
The Story: I have never been as much a lyric as an instrument person....We used to make the lyrics up anyway....it was a lot of fun to make them rhyme and of course make them slightly risqué......you know??? Sho' you do!!!!! !!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!!! - Submitted by: Dan Duntze
The Rolling Stones', "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was raised by a toothless grinning hag
The Real Lyrics:
I was raised by a toothless bearded hag
The Story: Yesterday I had a tooth extracted. Was going to
FB post along the lines of "I've now turned
into the toothless grinning hag" But in looking for the JJF full lyrics, I came across this
site. Whoops! I've been wrong for 45 years!
BTW I don't have a beard. - Submitted by: rozinoz
The Rolling Stones', "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was raised by the toothless skid it had
I was cool with a Straprite cross-eyed bag.
The Real Lyrics:
I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag
I was schooled with a strap right across my back
The Story: I didn't know who it was that had the skid but I figured Mick was pretty cool so if he thought a Straprite bag was a cool thing to have then it must be something way cool. Probably something they only had in England. - Submitted by: bullon
The Rolling Stones', "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was raised by two lesbian hags
The Real Lyrics:
I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag
The Story: Hear at a "drunken" karaoke evening - Submitted by: Alison Halls
The Rolling Stones', "Jumping Jack Flash"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jumping Jack Flash is an a** a** a**.
The Real Lyrics:
Jumping Jack Flash is a gas gas gas.
The Story: I was watching the movie 'Jumping Jack Flash' and when it played the song, I burst into laughing. - Submitted by: Adam
The Rolling Stones', "Miss You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've been hauling a** so long.
The Real Lyrics:
I've been holding out so long.
The Story: I was sitting at Steb's Amusement in Cedar Falls, Iowa on a chilly Saturday morning in October 1978. This song came on the jukebox. The guy sitting next to me overheard me sing the words and he said, 'I always thought it was 'I've been hauling a** so long.' It gave everyone at the bar a good laugh and I'm glad I've got a chance to pass it along. - Submitted by: Annette Clabough-Redman
The Rolling Stones', "Monkey Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a bleepin', painted monkey.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a fleabit peanut monkey
The Story: I thought Mick was censoring his own line. Didn't know why there was a colored primate, though. - Submitted by: buckner
The Rolling Stones', "Monkey Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a bleeping peanut monkey
The Real Lyrics:
I'm a fleabit peanut monkey
The Story: One of my friends and I were listening to this song on my MP3 player on the way home from school on the school bus. He looked at me with an arched eyebrow and said, "I'm a bleeping peanut monkey?!?" And for now on, we sing the line like that. - Submitted by: Melissa
The Rolling Stones', "Mother's Little Helper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Doctor please. Zipora please.
The Real Lyrics:
Doctor please, some more of these.
The Story: When I heard the song, I thought that line was a conversation between the doctor and the stressed out mother named Zipora, which happens to be my mother's name. - Submitted by: Osnat
The Rolling Stones', "Paint It Black"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I see my rectum. I must have it painted black.
The Real Lyrics:
I see my red door. I must have it painted black.
The Story: I don't why Mick wanted to paint that area... - Submitted by: I AM A BEAR
The Rolling Stones', "Ruby Tuesday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Goodbye U.C.Q.B.
The Real Lyrics:
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
The Story: I work for a law publishing company. U.C.Q.B. is the abbreviation for a 19th century Ontario Canada law report (Upper Canada Queen's Bench) which new editors have never heard of, so we get a lot of questions about it. We'd like to get rid of it, and so ... - Submitted by: Michael Chas
The Rolling Stones', "Satisfaction"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When a man comes on and tells me
How white my church can be
The Real Lyrics:
When a man comes on and tells me
How white my shirts can be
The Story: Always thought he was trying to make a statement about religious hypocracy. - Submitted by: Rich
The Rolling Stones', "Shattered"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Raps on the west side
Stickups in town
The Real Lyrics:
Rats on the west side
Bedbugs uptown
The Story: MY take on it was "Raps on the West Side/Stickups in town". I figured that "Raps" was Cockney for "Rapes". Bedbugs weren't as much in the news back in '78. - Submitted by: Elliott Bettman
The Rolling Stones', "Some Girls"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Black girls just wanna get f***ed all night, I just don't have that much jam.
The Real Lyrics:
Black girls just wanna get f***ed all night, I just don't have that much time
The Story: Overheard this being sung at a party by a group of young men in 1978 and believed these were the correct lyrics until recently corrected! - Submitted by: Carolyn
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Gestappio! Gestappio! Der Comissar!
The Real Lyrics:
You can start me up,
You can start me up
I'll never stop
The Story: We had just started learning about the Gestapo in school and "Der Commisar" was popular at the same time, too. - Submitted by: matty
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hey, A-stra-phia
A-stra-phia, never stop.
The Real Lyrics:
If you start me up
If you start me up, I'll never stop.
The Story: After seeing the Rolling Stones at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, we walked down Broad Street toward City Hall because the subway was too crowded. As we walked on of my friends was singing the misheard lyric...like he wrote the song. He truly believed that's what they were singing. I sing "A stra-phia" every time I hear that song. - Submitted by: Rich
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Prokofiev!
I'll make of you a superstar
Don't make a strong man cry.
The Real Lyrics:
If you start me up!
If you start me up
I'll never stop
You make a grown man cry.
The Story: I didn't think Jagger was really singing about 19th Century composers, but it was only hearing it sung by Seamus on the Joseph auditions that I realised what the lyrics really were. - Submitted by: Philsister
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Stunk me up
The Real Lyrics:
Start me up
The Story: Her perfume a bit too much for you, Mick? Great song! - Submitted by: Tattoo U Du It
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You have stunk me up!
The Real Lyrics:
If you start me up!
The Story: The opening chord made a more immediate impression on my teenage mind than the lyrics did. - Submitted by: Stones Stuff Never Stinks
The Rolling Stones', "Start Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You made it groan, made it cry
The Real Lyrics:
You made a grown man cry
The Story: I was born in the late sixties and have always loved music from the 50's on. The song came on one of those flashback stations, and I started singing it. Then I got to the lyrics mentioned and really started singing loud. My oldest sister looked at me and asked me what I had said. When I told her, she burst out laughing and told me, 'It's you made a grown man cry' you idiot! I can laugh about it now, but when it happened . . . - Submitted by: sillygirll
The Rolling Stones', "Street Fighting Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Said my name is Corbin Bernsen
The Real Lyrics:
Said my name is called disturbance
The Story: I was too young grasp the concept that the song was too old to mention him...and the fact that it made no sense. - Submitted by: Keith
The Rolling Stones', "Sympathy For The Devil"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I stuck around, said 'Beatles burn!'
The Real Lyrics:
I stuck around St. Petersburg.
The Story: I thought it was about the Beatles burnings in 1966, so when my father, me, and my brother was watching 'Live At The Max' and they played 'Sympathy For The Devil' I sang: 'I stuck around, said Beatles burn!' My father is kind of a big Stones fan, so he and my brother laughed at me. My brother said: 'Just because you´re Beatles obsessed it doesn´t mean everything is about them.' and then my father told me the real lyrics. I still think it sounds like 'Beatles burn!' anyway. - Submitted by: Dennis
The Rolling Stones', "Undercover In The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In Middlesex there's been a suicide
The Real Lyrics:
The smell of sex, the smell of suicide
The Story: I read a 1983 review of a magazine and it featured this record. The lyrical line was quoted. Before reading the review I misheard "Middlesex" and that sounds like a neighbo(u)rhood in a British town and that's how I got it all wrong. - Submitted by: Teen 83
The Rolling Stones', "Undercover In The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In Middlesex, there's been a suicide
The Real Lyrics:
The smell of sex, the smell of suicide
The Story: I was 17 when this song hit. I knew that this song was about corruption, violence and death (including suicide) and I knew that there's a British town named Middlesex so there you have it. - Submitted by: FMLN Fighter
The Rolling Stones', "Undercover Of The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Curl up baby
Curl up tight
The Real Lyrics:
Cuddle up baby
Cuddle up tight
The Story: I figured Mick was saying, "Curl up to me, honey. I'll protect you from those evil people!" I did know that the lyrical background theme concerned the fascist regimes of Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and such so there you have it. - Submitted by: Teen 83
The Rolling Stones', "Undercover of the Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
"I'll be your girl" said I-got-to-blow!,
The Real Lyrics:
All the young girls, they have got the blues
The Story: I figured maybe she wants to be "your baby" and either she wanted to give you a BJ or due to the violent theme of this song "blow some people away" with a machine gun! - Submitted by: Teen 83
The Rolling Stones', "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustrations,
If we don't we're gonna blow Fifth Avenue."
The Real Lyrics:
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration,
If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse."
The Story: I always thought this line was a reflection of the radical left going on bombing sprees in NYC, which was all too common in the late-1960's, 1970's and 1980's. - Submitted by: The Skuz
The Rolling Stones', "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You can't always get a chihuahua.
The Real Lyrics:
You can't always get what you want.
The Story: One day on the radio, I heard the dj ask for misheard song lyrics. This was his favorite one. The person who called in said he couldn't understand why the Rolling Stones wrote a song about a little Mexican dog. - Submitted by: JWinn
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