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Misheard Song Lyrics -> Stories -> Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

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!).

The Misheard Lyrics:
She was an American girl
Raised out in Providence.
The Real Lyrics:
She was an American girl
Raised on promises.
The Story: The picture of a spoiled, protected New England girl that wanted to explore the world appealed to me. - Submitted by: Lode
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers', "Don't Do Me Like That"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Don’t look at me like that.
The Real Lyrics:
Don't do me like that.
The Story: Me and my Dad were parked at a 7 Eleven, I think it was. I kept singing “Don’t look a’ me like that” and Dad corrected me and said “Don’t do me like that”. I told him “I thought they were saying ‘Don’t Look At Me Like That’ and saying ‘Look At’ really fast.” Dad said “No, that’s weird.” I asked “Haven’t you ever been told ‘Don’t look at me like that’”? Dad said “Yes.” I asked “Well why’s it weird?” Dad said “It just is.” - Submitted by: Joshua McDowell
The Misheard Lyrics:
All the vampires, crazy 'bout Elvis
The Real Lyrics:
...she's crazy 'bout Elvis...
All the vampires, walkin' through the valley...
The Story: I guess I always juxtaposed those lyrics in my head. - Submitted by: Eric
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