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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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Whitney Houston's, "Greatest Love of All"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I decided to lock the door
Never to walk in anyone's shadow.
The Real Lyrics:
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow.
The Story: I used to think the lyrics were "I decided to lock the door" until I looked up and viewed the lyrics in "John Brimhall's 67 More Popular Electronic Keyboard Pieces" that I had received for my birthday back in the 80s (though I don't remember the exact year) and noticed that the correct lyrics were "I decided long ago." - Submitted by: Isac
Whitney Houston's, "He Fills Me Up"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He feels me up
The Real Lyrics:
He fills me up
The Story: The first time I heard this song, my friend and I were in my car and it came on the radio. I said, 'Is she saying what I think she's saying?' and we were both laughing hysterically. We quickly realized what she was really saying, though. - Submitted by: Jenn
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
'Cause you know about bee stings.
The Real Lyrics:
'Cause you know about these things.
The Story: This happened when I was about 8 years old. I was singing in the car beside my Mom, and she just cracked up to tears because I sang 'bee stings'. Pretty funny. - Submitted by: TheAntar
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Looks into my eyes, takes me to the CONCERT HALL.
The Real Lyrics:
Looks into my eyes
Takes me to the clouds above.
The Story: Pop music is generally so compressed(everything as loud as everything else) that it's hard to even HEAR the lead singer, let alone understand them! lol - Submitted by: ChrisCT USA
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Looks into my eyes, takes me to the capital.
The Real Lyrics:
Looks into my eyes, takes me to the clouds above.
The Story: I was once in a supermarket and heard this on Muzak and started singing it. Then the girl handing out free cheese samples had to correct me! - Submitted by: Joseph DeTomassino
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Looks into my eyes
Takes me to the concert hall
The Real Lyrics:
There's a boy I know
He's the one I dream of
Looks into my eyes
Takes me to the clouds above.
The Story: Ever since '86 thought it was "concert hall". Was watching a YouTube clip with lyrics and was finally corrected 24 years later. LOL! - Submitted by: Chris
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Four-legged love is all that I see
The Real Lyrics:
For maybe love is all that I feel
The Story: I was at work when this came on the radio and started to unknowingly sing along when a co-worker laughed at me, thinking the screw up was intentional. I hadn't even noticed that I was singing it wrong (for years) until it was brought to my attention. - Submitted by: shannon o'brien
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know"
The Misheard Lyrics:
How will I know if he really loves me
I say a prayer with every heart beat
I fall in love whenever we meet
I'm asking you what you know about bee stings
How will I know if he's thinking of me
I try to fall but a flu shot (can't speak)
Falling in love is all better suite
This love is strong why do I feel weak
The Real Lyrics:
How will I know if he really loves me
I say a prayer with every heart beat
I fall in love whenever we meet
I'm asking you what you know about these things
How will I know if he's thinking of me
I try to phone but I'm too shy (can't speak)
Falling in love is all better suite
This love is strong why do I feel weak
The Story: I thought the song was about medical problems. I laugh and laugh everytime I hear that song. - Submitted by: anony12334
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I try to phone, buttitution (cat's feet)
The Real Lyrics:
I try to phone, but I'm too shy (can't speak)
The Story: I was about 9 years old, and was singing at the top of my lungs along with the radio, when my 14 year old sister said, 'What in the world are you singing?!' Sensing I was about to be ridiculed, I repeated it to her sheepishly, and she said, 'Buttitution isn't even a word, you moron!' The 'cat's feet' part was misheard by my friend, who fessed up to it when I told her about the word I had apparently made up on my own! - Submitted by: Amanda B.
Whitney Houston's, "How Will I Know"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, Whitney, I'm shaking, wish I had you near me now
The Real Lyrics:
Oh, wake me, I'm shaking, wish I had you near me now
The Story: I thought that she was singing to herself but it turns out it's "Oh, wake me," not "Oh Whitney." - Submitted by: jrgee
Whitney Houston's, "I Have Nothing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Jui-cy-fruit
The Real Lyrics:
You-see-through
The Story: My girlfriend and I were driving back to ny and the song came on the radio and she sang the lyric. I laughed so hard I almost flew off the New Jersey Turnpike. - Submitted by: Greger
Whitney Houston's, "I Have Nothing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mister, emerge if you dare.
The Real Lyrics:
Must I imagine you there?
The Story: My best friend and I were singing this one time, and we both sang different lyrics at this part. So we researched it and found out we were both wrong! We laugh at ourselves every time we hear this song. - Submitted by: Dawn
Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's a sweet, memories
But a bow ball bit
The Real Lyrics:
Bittersweet, memories
But above all this
The Story: I know this song to heart. Always sing it to myself. The 'but a bow bow it' doesn't make any sense, so I went to the library to find it, but there's no lyric in the album's thick booklet, only names of songs and it's makers. So I sang this song my way for more than four years until the internet become so popuplar. What a relief to know the real lyric. - Submitted by: B.Ng
Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Met a man named Maurice
That is all I am taking with me.
The Real Lyrics:
Bittersweet memories
That is all I am taking with me.
The Story: 'The Bodyguard' came out and I listened to this song twenty times a day. Finally, I asked someone, 'Why is she singing about Maurice? Kevin Costner's name wasn't Maurice. Who's Maurice?' They looked at me like I was crazy, and I tried to explain, and finally they replied, 'Bittersweet memories!!' My friend and I still get a laugh everytime we hear it. - Submitted by: Jessica
Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
boda-bom-bom-pess
The Real Lyrics:
But above all this
The Story: I was absolutely positive that the words were "boda-bom-bom-pess" - as in the sound of a drum, and I would do all these actions to go with it, as if I was banging away at the drum kit. One day I was showing off in class, being noisy etc. and I was just in the middle of this act. My teacher stopped and said "WHAT did you say?" Anyway. she made me repeat the entire performance, which I thought was pretty cool, til I found out I was singing the wrong things, and everyone was laughing AT ME! - Submitted by: Elle
Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love you"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I met a sweet man named Maurice
The Real Lyrics:
Bittersweet Memories
The Story: After watching the Bodyguard, my sister Jennifer seriously turned around and asked why the song was about a man named Maurice when Kevin Costners character was called Frank - Submitted by: Michelle
Whitney Houston's, "I'm Every Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Climb every mountain,
swim every sea
The Real Lyrics:
I'm every woman,
it's all in me
The Story: My friend is a trained opera singer and would sing this song in her opera voice instead of pop voice. She insisted that these were the lyrics....to this day I crack up when I hear this song. - Submitted by: Kim Shiely
Whitney Houston's, "I'm Every Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I dance at Walmart
The Real Lyrics:
I'm every woman.
The Story: This was actually my brother's misheard lyric. I'm just putting it here for him. - Submitted by: InsertNameHere
Whitney Houston's, "I'm Every Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Icelandic woman, she's all afreeze.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm every woman, it's all in me.
The Story: My husband kept telling me that he loved this new dance song about a woman from another country. I had no idea what he was talking about. - Submitted by: Cindy Desa
Whitney Houston's, "I'm Saving All My Love For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But that's just an open top sea.
The Real Lyrics:
But that's just an old fantasy.
The Story: I never knew what this lyric really was until today. I never minded holding the "that's just an open top seaaaaaaaaaa" note before this, though. - Submitted by: Michelle C.
Whitney Houston's, "I'm Your Baby Tonight"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hump your baby tonight.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm your baby tonight.
The Story: My wife and I heard this song recently on the radio by mistake. I laughed and sang along, 'I'm your baby tonight!' And my wife said, 'oh, *I'm* your baby tonight. That makes more sense!' And I said, 'What did you think it was?' 'Hump your baby tonight! We thought this was a dirty song when I was growing up!' I am not making this up. - Submitted by: Gary Sheppard
Whitney Houston's, "It's Not Right But It's OK"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'd rather be alone & on my feet
The Real Lyrics:
I'd rather be alone & unhappy
The Story: My friend & I were driving down to the Jersey shore when this song first came out. Being girls, of course we loved it. Anyway, we were singing & she said these lyrics. I couldn't stop laughing because they were so clear to me. She really thought it said on my feet. I don't even think that line makes any sense! - Submitted by: Denise
Whitney Houston's, "It's Not Right, But It's Okay"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'd rather be alone and not have meat
The Real Lyrics:
I'd rather be alone than not unhappy
The Story: I live in an town where there are a lot of cows. On national livestock day, I heard this song. So naturally, I thought that it went like that. - Submitted by: Dan Ford
Whitney Houston's, "Im Every Woman"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Climb every mountain.
The Real Lyrics:
Im every woman.
The Story: As above, on the dance floor showing huge mountains (breasts). Some woman found it offensive, my male mates a laugh!! - Submitted by: Peter Kakucska
Whitney Houston's, "My Love Is Your Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
F***ky a**!
The Real Lyrics:
Clap your hands!
The Story: Sorry for such a rude mishearing, but it really sounds like it, at least, to me... These words are sung by, I suppose, Whitney's daughter at the very end of the song (like she says 'Sung, mommy!' at the beginning). I was really surprised about what the little kid was saying (especially because she was a liitle kid), so I kept listening attentively every time I heard the song, and I really liked it, btw. Yet I couldn't hear anything else, until I told about this to two of my cousins. As I wanted them to make clear what I hear, I pronounced my version very clearly, of course, and said that I am very confused about such lyrics. How confused and even more embarrassed I was when they both hastily informed me about what she *really* was saying. - Submitted by: Janis
Whitney Houston's, "Queen Of The Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Freedom, oh yeah!
The Real Lyrics:
Queen of the night
The Story: I always used to ask people if they had the Whitney Houston CD with 'Freedom' on. It never struck me as weird that no one had ever heard of it. - Submitted by: Katherine Ann
Whitney Houston's, "Saving All My Love For You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm shaving all my m*** for you.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm saving all my love for you.
The Story: It was at a party. A friend of ours had told everyone at the party that his girlfriend shaved every pubic hair on her body for him as a special birthday present. So when the DJ played this song towards the end of the night, my friend just shouted the wrong lyrics to the tune. It was priceless, especially when my mate was slapped around the face by his girlfriend and then by her mother. - Submitted by: Dean Greaves
Whitney Houston's, "The Greatest Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I need you Dennis Bradley
The Real Lyrics:
And I need you des-peratly
The Story: I heard it on a radio station when the competition was to phone in about songs that had your name in them, and a guy called Dennis Bradly called in with this. - Submitted by: Anna
Whitney Houston's, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the only thing I've learned
Is that I need you, Dennis Bradley.
The Real Lyrics:
And the only thing I've learned
Is that I need you desperately.
The Story: I rememeber there being a massive thing on the radio about it. They spent a week tracking down Denis Bradley. Whenever they played the song, they had him say, 'Here I am, Whitney Baby, come and get me!' - Submitted by: Minkie Pinkie
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