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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 Petty's, "Free Fallin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Free fallin' ABBA free fallin'
The Real Lyrics:
Free fallin' I'm-a free fallin'
The Story: That's what it sounds like, you can't really deny it... - Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
Tom Petty's, "Free Falling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Frijoles
The Real Lyrics:
Free falling
The Story: "Frijoles" means "beans" in Spanish. - Submitted by: Glenn O'Brien
Tom Petty's, "Free Falling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Its a long day Livin' in Receiving
The Real Lyrics:
Its a long day Livin in Reseda
The Story: I thought he worked in "Receiving" in some anonymous company somewhere, a prototypical boring job that would make him want to be free. I'd never heard of Reseda until I looked up the lyrics. - Submitted by: Mitch45
Tom Petty's, "Free Falling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She's got shiny bright elbows
The Real Lyrics:
She's crazy 'bout Elvis
The Story: I was driving with my daughter, and Free Falling came on. When the "crazy 'bout Elvis" line came up, she asked me, "what are shiny bright elbows?" - Submitted by: Scott Lundquist
Tom Petty's, "Free Fallng"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Phil phil collins
The Real Lyrics:
Free free falling
The Story: Nothing - Submitted by: lateos
Tom Petty's, "I Won't Back Down"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I walk downtown
The Real Lyrics:
I won't back down
The Story: My friend Rick started loudly singing along to this song repeating the wrong (and non-sensical) lyrics over and over in front of several people at a party. When we all laughed, he adamantly said that his lyrics were right. - Submitted by: Mark
Tom Petty's, "Runnin' Down a Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Running down the drain,
Never would have come to me,
Working on a mystery going to where ever it leads,
Running down the drain
The Real Lyrics:
Runnin' down a dream
That would never come to me
Working on a mystery going to where ever it leads
Runnin' down a dream
The Story: believed as a very young child as long as my memory could go...today being 25...I have finally learned the truth and I still insist that is what I heard... but all blame goes to the radio... pieces of crap they are... but now I am set straight by none other than my sweet mommy dearest. - Submitted by: Stanton Stephens
Tom Petty's, "Running Down A Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Right down the drain
The Real Lyrics:
Running down a dream
The Story: They used this song for the NBA playoffs on ABC. I thought aloud that the lyric was referring to players making shots, only to be quickly told that it was 'runnin' down a dream'. - Submitted by: Paul
Tom Petty's, "Running Down a Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Running down a tree, no one even stopped to pee
The Real Lyrics:
Running down a dream, never would come to me
The Story: I was about 5 when this song came out. I found the song hilarious because of my misheard lyrics. - Submitted by: Tara
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