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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 Temptations', "Beauty's Only Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cuties on a skindy
The Real Lyrics:
Beauty's only skin deep
The Story: When I was a little girl I thought that was what they were saying. My parents heard me singing it and they started cracking up!! I thought that 'cuties on a skindy' was something they used to say back in the 60's. - Submitted by: Brandee Walker
The Temptations', "My Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't need no money, for chipmunk things.
The Real Lyrics:
I don't need no money, fortune, or fame.
The Story: A group of friends, in preparation for a lip-sync party, was trying to transcribe the lyrics (pre Internet days...) by listening to the song over and over. They all agreed that the line referenced 'for chipmunk things'. After I corrected them, I listened to the song again. Now I think, 'Gee, maybe they were right after all...'. - Submitted by: Craig Donath
The Temptations', "My Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't need no money, or junk my things.
The Real Lyrics:
I don't need no money, fortune or fame.
The Story: I always thought he was talking about going to a pawn shop. - Submitted by: Jim Wright
The Temptations', "My Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I've got so much honey
The bees in the knees.
The Real Lyrics:
I've got so much honey
The bees envy me.
The Story: I was a young teenage at the time the song was released; and my mother would listen to me sing the song. She told me, The youth of today do not know how to write lyrics, all they do is rhyme". I just thought that the person rubbed honey on his knees and the bees would gather on his knees. (: (: - Submitted by: cheryl
The Temptations', "My Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Murder
The Real Lyrics:
My girl
The Story: My friend played this song on our way home from high school and I seriously thought he was saying this! - Submitted by: Jason Blooey
The Temptations', "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And when he died
All he left us was his bones.
The Real Lyrics:
And when he died
All he left us was alone.
The Story: My roommate 1 year out of high school would keep all of us in stitches ad-libbing what he thought the words to popular songs were. I wish I could remember his version of Elton John's 'Rocket Man'. - Submitted by: Roger Brown
The Temptations', "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He really made things happen at home.
The Real Lyrics:
Wherever he left his hat was his home.
The Story: I was a kid when the song came out. That was always the way I heard it; as I only knew (or thought I knew) the first two lines of the chorus. - Submitted by: Jacquie
The Temptations', "The Way You Do the Things You Do"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You gotta smile so bright
You know you could've been Glen Campbell.
The Real Lyrics:
You gotta smile so bright
You know you could've been a candle.
The Story: My uncle, Fred would rewind his pacemaker and yell at his wife, ' Shut the f*** up!', when she would sing the misheard lyrics. He couldn't stand Glen Campbell. - Submitted by: Jerry Lee
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