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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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Warren Zevon's, "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Patty Hearst
Herman the Worst
Of 'Roland Thompson's Gun and Body'.
The Real Lyrics:
Patty Hearst
Heard the burst
Of Roland's Thompson gun
And bought it.
The Story: We were listening to records in the library sound room, and our friend decided to 'rock out' to this number. The rest of us knew the lyrics, because we'd read the liner notes and really loved wz. Still, we laugh at our friend's misheard interpretation. To be fair, the real lyrics aren't that easy to figure out. But come on; 'Herman the Worst' ??!! - Submitted by: charlie k.
Warren Zevon's, "The Factory"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I don't know much about Kennedy
The Real Lyrics:
I don't know much about ketamine
The Story: I suppose it still makes sense... - Submitted by: Dale
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves Of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There goes an onion.
The Real Lyrics:
Werewolves of London
The Story: This isn't actually my misheard lyric; it's my little (13-year-old) brother's. We were in the car, and this song came on the cd player. He perked up and yelled, 'I know this song!' He proceeded to sing 'A-oooooo, there goes an onion.' He insists, even after we showed him the title on the cd case, that those are the right lyrics. - Submitted by: Michelle Wren
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves Of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Where was the thunder?
The Real Lyrics:
Werewolves of London
The Story: Overheard flatmate singing this lyric (along with the radio) as she was working in the kitchen. Her boyfriend and I -- sitting in the living room -- stared at each other in disbelief, and waited until she got it wrong several more times before finally breaking the news to her. - Submitted by: E. Canter
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves Of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wild worlds of wonder
The Real Lyrics:
Werewolves of London
The Story: It was sung at top volume (howling and all) by a girlfriend to the radio in my car. She really thought that those were the right words. - Submitted by: Liz
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Aaahhh-chooooooo! Werewolf's thunder.
The Real Lyrics:
Hooowwll
Werewolves of London.
The Story: My buddy Brent, who is a big music guy (and great guitar player), overheard me trying to sing along with this song. He started laughing then said, 'No he's howling; and that's 'Werewolves of London,' Dumba**.' This happens a lot too. I must not hear very well. - Submitted by: Salty
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Aooooooohhhh, where rolls the thunder?
The Real Lyrics:
Aooooooohhhh, werewolves of London!
The Story: I heard this only in bits and pieces for weeks and kept wondering what this "Where rolls the thunder?" song was all about, until my bandmates started commenting on how "Sweet Home Alabama" had turned into "Werewolves of London." - Submitted by: Not R
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Warehouse of Wonder
The Real Lyrics:
Werewolves of London
The Story: Overheard being sung by our half deaf mate Muzza - Submitted by: Alvis
Warren Zevon's, "Werewolves of London"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Where was the thunder?
The Real Lyrics:
Werewolves of London
The Story: This song came on the car radio and I started singing what I thought were the lyrics, and therefore the title of the song. (I thought the howling was supposed to be the howling wind.) My girlfriend made fun of me mercilessly. Now when I hear this song, I cannot understand how I could have been mistaken -- the lyrics are crystal clear! - Submitted by: Rich
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