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Misheard song lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. This page contains all the misheard lyrics for Elvis Costello that have been submitted to this site and the old collection from inthe80s started in 1996. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

There are 85 misheard song lyrics for Elvis Costello on amIright currently.

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"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
Misheard Lyrics:
But since the Windsor got rusted.
Y'know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes
Original Lyrics:
But since their wings have got rusted,
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
Misheard Lyrics:
But when they told me 'bout the side lot parking
That's when I knew that I could not refuse.
Original Lyrics:
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain
That's when I knew that I could not refuse.
"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, I said, 'I'm so happy, I could die.'
She said, 'Drop dead,' then left with another guy
That's what you get when you go chasing after b**ches.
Original Lyrics:
Oh, I said, 'I'm so happy, I could die.'
She said, 'Drop dead,' then left with another guy
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.
"45"
Misheard Lyrics:
Here comes Saddam Hussein.
Original Lyrics:
Here is a song to sing.
"Accidents Will Happen"
Misheard Lyrics:
Excellence will happen
Original Lyrics:
Accidents will happen
"Accidents Will Happen"
Misheard Lyrics:
There are so many people to see
So many people you can sh*t upon
At your pleasure
Original Lyrics:
There are so many people to see
So many people you can check upon
And add to your collection
This portion of the song is heard in the movie "E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial" in the scene where Michael comes home from football practice and checks the fridge for something to eat; he starts singing this song. Ever since 1982 I thought he was saying the "misheard" lyrics I wrote above!
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Addison
Original Lyrics:
Alison
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Allison, my anus, too.
Original Lyrics:
Allison, my aim is true.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Anacin, my pain is through.
Original Lyrics:
Allison, my aim is true.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Anacin
Original Lyrics:
Alison
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Have a son.
Original Lyrics:
Alison
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm not gonna get too sentimental
Like those other sickly valentines.
or
Like those other stickin' valentines.
Original Lyrics:
I'm not gonna get too sentimental
Like those other sticky valentines.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm not gonna get too sentimental
Like those other stick of valentines.
or
Like those other stinkin' valentines.
Original Lyrics:
I'm not gonna get too sentimental
Like those other sticky valentines.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Like those other sickened valentines
Original Lyrics:
Like those other stickin' valentines
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Like those other stick around types.
Original Lyrics:
Like those other sticky valentines.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
My Miss True
Original Lyrics:
My aim is true.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
My an#s tube
Original Lyrics:
My aim is true.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
My name is Drew.
Original Lyrics:
My aim is true.
"Alison"
Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, it's so funny to be seeing you at the soda shop.
Original Lyrics:
Oh, it's so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
"Beyond Belief"
Misheard Lyrics:
Be locked in Geneva's deepest vault,
Just like the cadavers of men in the great barrier reef.
Original Lyrics:
Be locked in Geneva's deepest vault,
Just like the canals of Mars and the great barrier reef
"Beyond Belief"
Misheard Lyrics:
Through a two-way looking glass
You see you're Alice.
Original Lyrics:
Through a two-way looking glass
You see your Alice.
Very subtle difference, but changes the meaning completely.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
Going off with booty
Original Lyrics:
Golden opportunity
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
Lead to a higher in-command
Who calls in for air raid strikes.
Original Lyrics:
Lead to a higher ranking man
Or a face with thin red stripes.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
Lead to higher in command
Or a face within their stripes.
Original Lyrics:
Lead to a higher ranking man
Or a face with thin red stripes.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
Something's coming, Communist days
Your hands at work aren't steady.
Original Lyrics:
Some things come in common these days
Your hands and work aren't steady.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
The boys install the merchandise
New weights are nearly dates.
Original Lyrics:
The boys next door, the mums and dads
Newlyweds and nearly-deads.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
The long arm of the law
Slides up to nice girls in town.
Original Lyrics:
The long arm of the law
Slides up the outskirts of town.
"Clubland"
Misheard Lyrics:
They lead you halfway to paradise
They lead you halfway to bliss
The latest invitation never seemed like this.
Original Lyrics:
They leave him half way to paradise
They leave you half way to bliss
The ladies' invitation never seemed like this.
"Everyday I Write The Book"
Misheard Lyrics:
Everyday I rock the boat
or
Everyday I ride the bus
or
Everyday I ride the bus
Original Lyrics:
Everyday I write the book
"Hand In Hand"
Misheard Lyrics:
You sit in your underwear but
It's gonna be syndicated.
Original Lyrics:
You sit and you wonder whether
It's gonna be syndicated.
"Hand in Hand"
Misheard Lyrics:
You sit in your underwear but
it's gonna be syndicated
Original Lyrics:
you sit and you wonder whether
it's gonna be syndicated
"Miracle Man"
Misheard Lyrics:
I've been doing everything to try and please her
Even crawling 'round Otto Falls.
Original Lyrics:
I've been doing everything to try and please her
Even crawling 'round on all fours.
"My Dark Live"
Misheard Lyrics:
And you think you're a guest,
You're a Taurus at best
Original Lyrics:
And you think you're a guest,
You're a tourist at best
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Alba Tralba
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
All of the zombies
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army
Not misheard by me, track listing on a bootleg
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
All of us only are here to stay.
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's Army are here to stay.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
I was always here to stay
Original Lyrics:
Olivers army is here to stay
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
I was wrong and I'm here to stay
I was wrong and I'm on my way
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's Army is here to stay
Oliver's Army is on their way
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Llandudno's full of Arabs.
Original Lyrics:
London is full of Arabs.
I only got to know the correct lyric when Frank Skinner impersonated Costello singing this on 'Stars In Their Eyes'!
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
London is full of apps
Original Lyrics:
London is full of Arabs
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
My Nan goes sleepwalking
While I'm putting the world to right
Original Lyrics:
My mind goes sleepwalking
While I'm putting the world to right
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Olive Assami is on the way
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army is on the way.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Olive the zombie is on her way.
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army is on the way.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Oliver Zombie
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's Army
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Only takes one itchy trigger
One more little old less white nigger
Original Lyrics:
Only takes one itchy trigger
One more widow, one less white nigger
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Our love is always.
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Out of the zombie, you're here to pay.
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's Army is here to stay.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
There was a chap called Charlie
He did a crocodile
Original Lyrics:
There was a checkpoint Charlie
He didn't crack a smile
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
We could send you to Japan or Spain
Original Lyrics:
We could send you to Johannesburg
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
We could send you to jump an iceberg
Original Lyrics:
We could send you to Johannesburg
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
We could send you tutors and a clerk.
Original Lyrics:
We could send you to Johannesburg.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
We could send you two Joes and a Burt.
Original Lyrics:
We could send you to Johannesburg.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
With just the way they miss the judge's ear.
Original Lyrics:
With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
With the fires from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne
Original Lyrics:
With the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne
"Pills And Soap"
Misheard Lyrics:
There are ashtrays of emulsion.
Original Lyrics:
There are ashtrays of emotion.
"Pump It Up"
Misheard Lyrics:
Down in the fashion show,
Down in the parking bin
Original Lyrics:
Out in the fashion show,
Down in the bargain bin
"Pump It Up"
Misheard Lyrics:
Listen to the Tropicana,
listen to the latest stats
Original Lyrics:
Listen to the propaganda,
listen to the latest slander
"Pump It Up"
Misheard Lyrics:
You wanna talk to her,
You wanna talk to her
Original Lyrics:
You wanna torture her,
You wanna talk to her
"Radio Radio"
Misheard Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the boys of reason.
Original Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the voice of reason.
"Radio Radio"
Misheard Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the vice of reason.
Original Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the voice of reason.
"Radio Sweetheart"
Misheard Lyrics:
Hydro love
Hydro love
Original Lyrics:
Hide your love
Hide your love.
"Senior Service"
Misheard Lyrics:
Silver service
Is it to your satisfaction?
Original Lyrics:
Senior service
Junior dissatisfaction
"She"
Misheard Lyrics:
She may be the song the summer sins
May be the chill the autumn brings.
Original Lyrics:
She may be the song that summer sings
Maybe the children autumn brings.
"Sour Milk-Cow Blues"
Misheard Lyrics:
Sour cat food
or
Sour cat Pooh
or
Sour cat Pooh
Original Lyrics:
Sour milk-cow blues
"Spooky Girlfriend"
Misheard Lyrics:
I could be your stupid girlfriend.
or
I could be your school-kid girlfriend.
Original Lyrics:
I could be your spooky girlfriend.
"Sulky Girl"
Misheard Lyrics:
She left her, your up being down.
Original Lyrics:
She left her European town.
"This Year's Girl"
Misheard Lyrics:
Jesse's girl
Original Lyrics:
This year's girl
"Tokyo Storm Warning"
Misheard Lyrics:
Tell Keo, "stop whining"
Original Lyrics:
Tokyo storm warning
"Tramp The Dirt Down"
Misheard Lyrics:
When they farted in your face as you lined up for punishment
Original Lyrics:
When they flaunt it in your face as you line up for punishment
"Veronica"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm the empress of emptiness
Original Lyrics:
On the Empress of India (a ship)
"Veronica"
Misheard Lyrics:
Well I used to know a girl that I used to know
And her name was Veronica
Original Lyrics:
Well I used to know a girl and I could've sworn
That her name was Veronica
"Waiting for the End of the World"
Misheard Lyrics:
The man from the television crawling through the train
I wonder whose scum is stinking up this town
Original Lyrics:
The man from the television crawled into the train
I wonder who he's gonna stick it in this time
"Watching The Detectives"
Misheard Lyrics:
Nice girls that's one with a defect.
Original Lyrics:
Nice girls, not one with a defect.
"Watching The Detectives"
Misheard Lyrics:
Red dogs under illegal eggs
Original Lyrics:
Red dogs under illegal legs
"Watching The Detectives"
Misheard Lyrics:
She looks so good that he can't stand her face
Original Lyrics:
She looks so good that he gets down and begs
"Watching The Detectives"
Misheard Lyrics:
She's washing her protectives
Original Lyrics:
She's watching the detectives
"Watching the Detectives"
Misheard Lyrics:
That girl's not one with the feet that sell fame. Shrink that - so correct
Red dolls and derelict eagle eggs.
Original Lyrics:
Nice girls not one with a defect, cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct.
Red dogs under illegal legs.
"What's So Funny Bout Peace, Love And Understanding"
Misheard Lyrics:
What's so fun about peace, love and understanding?
Original Lyrics:
What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?
"What's So Funny Bout Peace, Love And Understanding"
Misheard Lyrics:
What's so funny 'bout me slugging Ernie Stanley?
Original Lyrics:
What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?
"What's So Funny Bout Peace, Love And Understanding"
Misheard Lyrics:
What's so funny about this little earth were standing on?
Original Lyrics:
What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?
"Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)"
Misheard Lyrics:
How come you treat me like a one-eyed Jew?
Original Lyrics:
How come you treat me like a worn out shoe?
"Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)"
Misheard Lyrics:
Why don't you love me like you used to do?
How come you treat me like a one-eyed Jew?
Original Lyrics:
Why don't you love me like you used to do?
How come you treat me like a worn out shoe?
"You'll Never Be A Man"
Misheard Lyrics:
Did you make out across the lane?
Original Lyrics:
Are you made out of porcelain?

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