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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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Tom Jones', "Daughter of Darkness"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Death! Oh so sudddenly you were gone.
The Real Lyrics:
Then! Oh so suddenly you were gone.
The Story: When this song was popular in 1970, my over-melodramatic friend Cherie insisted that the very mundane 'then' in the verse was really the much more profound 'Death!' She refused to believe she was wrong. - Submitted by: Azazella
Tom Jones', "Delilah"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bye, bye, bye, Delilah!
Bye, bye, bye, Delilah!
The Real Lyrics:
My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah?
The Story: I was young and naive about why he was murdering this woman with such a bouncy backing tune, considering I was also educated on more menacing (and cool) music like Rolling Stones or AC/DC. I even got in trouble once for waving and hollering "Bye, bye, bye!" at the top of my voice at a funeral party. - Submitted by: Paul H
Tom Jones', "Delilah"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wide, wide, wide v*****
The Real Lyrics:
My, my, my Delilah
The Story: In Australia, that was the way most young guys sang the song when it came out...especially when drunk around a campfire. - Submitted by: Neil
Tom Jones', "It's Not Unusual"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's not on you's. You ought to be a lump by any wall
The Real Lyrics:
It's not unusual to be loved by anyone
The Story: didn't seem to make much sense - Submitted by: Yulan
Tom Jones', "Mama Told Me Not To Come"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mama told me nut'll come
She said, 'Just let the waiter have fun'
So-o I let the waiter have fun, so-o.
The Real Lyrics:
Mama told me not to come
She said, 'That ain't the way to have fun, son
That ain't the way to have fun, son.
The Story: When I was little, my brother used to put Tom Jones on because he knew it annoyed me. One day, we were both quite hyper, and started singing it. All of a sudden I just belt out, 'Just let the waiter have fun!' I was really little and thought these were the right ones! He still won't let me forget it! - Submitted by: Miss Kitty
Tom Jones', "Sex Bomb"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Love struck a hole in your tights
The Real Lyrics:
Love struck and hold me tight
The Story: Singing the wrong lyrics at the top of my voice in my car - Submitted by: Badger
Tom Jones', "Sex Bomb"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Set bum, set bum
You're my set bum.
The Real Lyrics:
Sex bomb, sex bomb
You're my sex bonb
The Story: When I first heard the song a few times, I was almost sure I was listening to 'Set Bum', as opposed to 'Sex Bomb'. However, since set bum doesn't make a lot of sense, realized I had to be mistaken. It was a while though, before the actual words dawned on me. - Submitted by: The Big Guy
Tom Jones', "She's A Lady"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's a lady
And the lady is a man.
The Real Lyrics:
She's a lady
And the lady is mine.
The Story: Growing up in the 70s, gender-bending was ubiquitous (Bowie, The Dolls, The Kinks' "Lola", Castro with boobs on up the sandbox). So even in grade school, I just took it for granted that this was a song about a lady who was a guy. - Submitted by: Samsa
Tom Jones', "She's A Lady"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well she always knows her place
She's got style, she's got grace
And a wiener.
The Real Lyrics:
Well she always knows her place
She's got style, she's got grace
She's a winner.
The Story: This man I know, his name is Gobby, was singing it, but he sang the wrong words. He said that his wife was a lady and then he started singing it. Then he said that his wife had a wiener. I told him what a wiener was, apart from a sausage, and he went red. I told him, "Hahaha Gobby, you're thick." - Submitted by: Rhysibabe
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