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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!).


90125 album at Amazon.com
Yes', "All The Good People"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Move on back to Squirm
and
Move me on to anywhere, Squirm
The Real Lyrics:
Move on back two squares
and
Move me on to any black square
The Story: On day I heard this on the radio and wondered why they said that they were going to Squirm, which I thought was some imaginary place they made up for the song, and I was convinced that that was the lyrics. So I asked my mom where Squirm might happen to be (even though if it did exist I knew it wasn't real) and she said that it was moving on to squares, not going to Squirm, and every time I hear that part I start laughing. :) I still think that's the lyrics, sometimes. - Submitted by: Wendy
Yes', "I've Seen All Good People"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Always just beyond my tough,
Though I needed you so much
The Real Lyrics:
Always just beyond my touch,
Though I needed you so much'
The Story: The correct lyric is so obvious, don't know how anyone could mistake it! found this on the old 'dumb lyrics page and thought it was funny! - Submitted by: GSGAbabe
Yes', "Love Will Find A Way"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And each action new
The Real Lyrics:
I eat at Chez Nous.
The Story: Well, not necessarily funny. I've been a Yes fan for almost their entire career. (Ok, so I'm a little ripe.) My husband pointed out the correct lyrics. Dumbfounded, I said, 'No, that can't be true.' When he showed me the CD liner notes, I could only respond: 'That's one of the lamest, dumbest lyrics I ever heard!' - Submitted by: Stella
Yes', "Love Will Find a Way"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Did you look through my tears?
The Real Lyrics:
Vision through my tears
The Story: For a long time I thought they were actually saying "Did you look through my tears" until I looked up the lyrics on www.azlyrics.com, and I read the actual lyrics as "Vision through my tears." - Submitted by: Isac
Yes', "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Beatle in the sky
The Real Lyrics:
Eagle in the sky
The Story: The misheard lyric, we thought, alluded to John Lennon. - Submitted by: Gussy Rikh
Yes', "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely hut
The Real Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely heart
The Story: I didn't know I had misheard this until I saw someone on a sitcom say they heard the same thing, and everyone laughed at the character. - Submitted by: Tara
Yes', "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Owner of a horny goat
The Real Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely heart
The Story: every thing about the misheard lyric is funny - Submitted by: albo
Yes', "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Owner of baloney shorts is much bigger than the owner of monkey fart.
The Real Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely heart
(Much better than a)
Owner of broken heart.
The Story: We did lots of laughing in the 70's (: - Submitted by: Dodson
Yes', "Perpetual Change"
The Misheard Lyrics:
There you are!
Making love, but you sure gotta use your star
And boy you'll see
It's an illusion lying down in front of here.
The Real Lyrics:
And there you are
Making it up but you're sure that it is a star
And boy you'll see
It's an illusion shining down in front of me.
The Story: I heard the song at a gig in France and couldn't help wondering about these lines. I always thought guys used something other than a star when they bed us girls. And hey, I'm not 'just an illusion'! Great song, though, the extended live take on 'Yessongs' is a wonder. - Submitted by: Monica
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In and around the lake,
Martians come out of the sky and they stand there
The Real Lyrics:
In and around the lake,
mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
The Story: I was playing 'Songburst' with some friends, where another player sings the first few words to a lyric and have to sing the rest. My cue was 'in and around the lake,' and I sang confidently, 'Martians come out of the sky and they stand there!' Everyone busted out laughing. Hey, I thought the sci-fi like instrumental in it was about Martians landing on earth, it made sense to me... - Submitted by: Deborah Garbacik
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In and around the lake, Marlins come out of the sky and they stand there
The Real Lyrics:
In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky.
The Story: posted the misheard on Facebook got agreement from multiple others on the Marlins coming out of the sky. - Submitted by: Terry
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In and around the lake, varmints come out of the sky and they stand.
The Real Lyrics:
in and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
The Story: I have always only heard this word as Varmints. - Submitted by: Saville Katz
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mallards come of the sky and just stand there
The Real Lyrics:
Mountains come out of the sky and just stand there
The Story: A younger friend of mine thought these were the lyrics for years. - Submitted by: Bob
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Marlins come out of the sky and they stand there.
The Real Lyrics:
Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there.
The Story: I just found out looking at this site that it was mountains and not marlins! - Submitted by: Sandy
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Marmots come out of the sky and they stand there
The Real Lyrics:
Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
The Story: My husband and I were hiking in the mountains and came across 2 marmots coming out of a rock fall. They came out, stood there and looked at us and then went back in. My husband remembered my problem with the lyrics (many years earlier) and said that maybe I had been right after all! - Submitted by: Kris Kuntz
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mothers come out in the sun and they stand there
The Real Lyrics:
Mountains come out of the sky and just stand there
The Story: I've been singing it this way for more than 30 years! - Submitted by: Nancy
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mummers come out of the sky and they stand there
The Real Lyrics:
In and around the lake,
Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
The Story: figured it was some kind of enigmatic aliens who, having come here from space chose to 'just stand there' - Submitted by: john paul
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
One mile over we'll be there and missing you.
Then to summers we'll be there and laughing too.
Twenty four before my love you'll see.
I'll be there with you.
The Real Lyrics:
One mile over we'll be there and we'll see you.
Ten true summers we'll be there and laughing too.
Twenty four before my love you'll see.
I'll be there with you.
The Story: I've been waiting so long for posting this one. Several times ago, a radio announcer sing this song as "I'll be a roundabout". I think this is the longest coda ever in the world, but not, not longer than The Beatles' "Hey Jude", it ended with acoustic guitar for several seconds with Scottish folk music influence. About this song: While "Roundabout" is not longer for the longest coda ever in the world than The Beatles' "Hey Jude", but this song runs at 8 minutes and 35 seconds. While "Hey Jude" is 7 minutes and 21 seconds. The Jon Anderson and Steve James Howe-penned song was peaking at #13 on Billboard's Pop Chart. Make them the most successful progressive rock single of all time and their experiment hit before "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was more successful for them with topping on this chart. Its lyrics are about their love in a roundabout. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
Yes', "Roundabout"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Twenty-four before my love: Lucy, I'll be there with you!
The Real Lyrics:
Twenty-four before my love you'll see
I'll be there with you
The Story: Always thought it was a reference to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD) until I checked the lyrics haha. - Submitted by: Sorengama
Yes', "Yours Is No Disgrace"
The Misheard Lyrics:
... armies scatter the earth.
The Real Lyrics:
... armies gather near.
The Story: This is a legitimate correction - the words to this line are very clearly "armies gather near," as can be heard in the original and in every live version of the song that has ever been recorded (which are many). But this case appears to be one of misprinted lyrics; apparently the words were mis-heard by whoever was hired to transcribe and publish the lyrics back when the album had first come out. The reason we can guess the lyrics were originally printed this way, in some official version, is that in 2012 both SoundHound and GraceNote said they had no interest in this correction - they are going by what is in their database. The reason we can guess this was a hired-out job, after the fact, is that the lyrics were not printed on the original album cover. - Submitted by: Greg Clinton

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