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A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants album at Amazon.com
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't want the world
I just want to wear hats
The Real Lyrics:
I don't want the world
I just want your half
The Story: Me and my friend were doing this impersonation of tmbg for the school talent show, and I sung my version of the song. I was corrected by one of the teachers after the show. Good thing the student body was still in diapers when that song was popular! - Submitted by: Fubuki Starshine
They Might Be Giants', "Birdhouse In Your Soul"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like argent angels it's
Always near.
The Real Lyrics:
Like guardian angels it's
Always near.
The Story: I thought that this song was so cool when I first heard it. I loved the 'argent angel' lyrics, so my screen name for my email and editing wikis and such became ArgentAngel or something like that. I felt really stupid when I found it was 'guardian angel,' but (of course) I still like my lyrics better. - Submitted by: ArgentAngel
They Might Be Giants', "Experimental Film"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's the part that makes your feet turn blue
I don't know what makes you feet turn blue...
The Real Lyrics:
It's the part that makes your face implode
I don't know what makes your face implode.
The Story: I heard the song in the Homestar Runner video and misheard those words. - Submitted by: Garnish
They Might Be Giants', "For Science"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I will date the girl from Phoenix
The Real Lyrics:
I will date the girl from Venus
The Story: It was my father who actually misheard the lyric. As we were listening to teh song, he asked, 'Where is she from?' After I told him, he said, 'Ohhhh, *Venus!* I thought they said 'the girl from Phoenix,' and I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.' - Submitted by: Shana Carter
They Might Be Giants', "For Science"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I will date the girl from Phoenix
The Real Lyrics:
I will date the girl from Venus
The Story: One day I was listening to this song with my father. After it ended, he asked, 'Where was the girl from?' and after I told him he said, 'Ohhhh! I thought she was the girl from *Phoenix* and I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about.' - Submitted by: Shana Carter
They Might Be Giants', "I Am Not Your Broom"
The Misheard Lyrics:
No, John, I will not sleep for you
For I am not your broom.
The Real Lyrics:
No, John, I will not sweep for you
For I am not your broom.
The Story: When I heard this song on TMBG's "No! Songs for Children", I heard the "I will not sweep for you" part (and thought it said "sleep". I was shocked and said to myself, "SLEEP?? SONGS FOR CHILDREN!" Then I went on "This Might Be A Wiki" (webpage?) and found out it said "sweep". - Submitted by: Wesley
They Might Be Giants', "I Palindrome I"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You've gotta be stoned and that's about it
The Real Lyrics:
Egad, a base tone denotes a bad age
The Story: I swear to god, my friends and I were completely convinced these were the correct lyrics, and if you tell someone (pre-having heard the song) the false lyrics, they will believe that these are the right words. Anyways, this idea was dispelled after some know-it-all twerp on tmbg.com's chatroom corrected me. Thank you. - Submitted by: Scott Amsbary
They Might Be Giants', "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
That's nobody's business but the dirks.
The Real Lyrics:
That's nobody's business but the Turks.
The Story: I thought 'dirk' or 'derk' was an amalgram of 'berk' and 'dork'. - Submitted by: Colin Slater
They Might Be Giants', "See the Constellation "
The Misheard Lyrics:
With Gordon Liddy on his arm
Just a guy made of dots and lines
The Real Lyrics:
No cigar, no lady on his arm
Just a guy made of dots and lines
The Story: Gordon Liddy, full name- Mr. G. Gordon Liddy, was an assistant to the Nixon White House During the Watergate scandal of the 1970s. I don't know why I thought that the band was singing about Gordon Liddy. I guess "no cigar, no lady" was a lyric that I didn't think of, and that a band that sings about fingertips or lions on silver spaceship(s) would probably sing comedy songs about Mr. Liddy, too. - Submitted by: TR

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