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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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Tracy Chapman's, "Before Easter"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Someday people Easter comes
And I won't let Jesus by me.
The Real Lyrics:
Someday before Easter comes
And I won't let Jesus find me.
The Story: Hey! This is serious! I was going to use this in a sermon (Easter Sunday), about how this prostitute was ashamed of what she did. But she knew Easter would be there soon, and she could turn to Jesus and be forgiven. Then I made the mistake of looking up the lyrics, and now I'm up a sermon without a paddle. - Submitted by: Liz Liz Simmons Simmons
Tracy Chapman's, "Fast Car"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With your arms and legs wrapped 'round my shoulder.
The Real Lyrics:
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
The Story: I used to laugh so hard at this whenever it was played; because, I could imagine someone being wrapped around someone's shoulder while driving, further contemplating the inevitably difficulty of being able to steer the car. Not to mention how heavy and annoying it must be to have a fully grown human on you like that. - Submitted by: Devil Jones
Tracy Chapman's, "Fast Car"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With your arms and legs wrapped round my shoulder
The Real Lyrics:
Your arm felt nice wrapped round my shoulder
The Story: My friend and her brother both sang these words the same as I did so it wasn't too bad. - Submitted by: Kat
Tracy Chapman's, "Give Me One Reason"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Billy, I got your number
The Real Lyrics:
Baby, I got your number
The Story: Was Tracy Chapman thinking about a ficticious friend of Phil Collins, considering that it was picked up by his song "Don't Lose My Number"? - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Tracy Chapman's, "Give Me One Reason"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give me one reason to steer you, and I'll turn you back around
Does Yuku-haku love you, and give you what you need?
The Real Lyrics:
Give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around
This youthful heart can love you, and give you what you need.
The Story: I thought 'Yuku-haku' was some Eskimo person that was dating her old boyfriend and she was jealous! - Submitted by: Laura
Tracy Chapman's, "Smoke and Ashes"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I got a real high hope
I got a real weird house
The Real Lyrics:
I got a red hot heart
The Story: My friend and I were both singing this in the car, and I knew I didn't really know what the lyrics were at this point, but my friend thought it was 'I got a real high hope'. She wasn't sure either, and neither of us could figure out what it really was, and thought 'I got a real weird house' was funny, so we sang the whole song that way. - Submitted by: Mignonne Davis
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