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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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Thin Lizzy's, "Leave This Town"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was fooling around with the sheriff's daughter
She was a real fine fox ...
He showed me his mad gnome
He showed me his shotgun
He stuck it in my face
And said, "Boy, I think you best be gone"
The Real Lyrics:
I was fooling around with the sheriff's daughter
She was a real fine fox ...
He showed me his magnum
He showed me his shotgun
He stuck it in my face
And said, "Boy, I think you best be gone"
The Story: On the "Renegade" album by Thin Lizzy, there were two songs with parts in which Philipp Lynott is somehow "grunting" some words which are a bit distorted acoustically and therefore hard to understand. One of them is "Leave This Town". I listened to this grunting part in that song and always understood in the middle of it "...he showed me his mad gnome" instead of "...he showed me his magnum". I somehow imagined some kind of evil dwarf like in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun", this was my "mad gnome". - Submitted by: Mahnfried
Thin Lizzy's, "Rosalie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My tea queen, Rosalie
The Real Lyrics:
The teen queen, Rosalie
The Story: I thought it was 'tea queen', because Rosalie is like a Cockney rhyming slang for 'tea' - 'rosy lea' = tea. - Submitted by: Clive
Thin Lizzy's, "Suicide"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Peter Brent combed his hair
And sent for the police
Policeman came to feel his name
The Real Lyrics:
Peter Brent combed his hair
And sent for the police
Policeman came took Peter's name
The Story: I know that "to feel his name" is pure nonsense, but this is simply what I recognized first when I heard this song in earlier days and before I read the written lyrics. My English was not especially good at that time when I still was in school (I'm German). - Submitted by: Manfred Altmann
Thin Lizzy's, "Whiskey In The Jar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Black was my daddy-o.
The Real Lyrics:
Whack for my daddy-o.
The Story: I used to sing this song in a band for several years. One of our backup singers thought the line was 'Black was my daddy-o'. - Submitted by: Rob Campbell
Thin Lizzy's, "Whiskey In The Jar"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Waiting for my daddy-o.
The Real Lyrics:
Whack for my daddy-o.
The Story: I couldn't believe that I'd been wrong. And when I told other people, they didn't believe it either. - Submitted by: Anna

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