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Why Kelly Clarkson Sang "All I Wanted Was Horses" While Performing "Breakaway" in 2005

It's lyrics canon now, sorry (and Clarkon's performance is amazing). 

By Christopher Rudolph

When listening to classic pop hit "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson, do you imagine yourself leading a parade through Genovia, like Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2? Or maybe you dream of horses, galloping free through a field. 

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Perhaps that's what Clarkson had in mind when she performed the song during her Saturday Night Live debut on February 12, 2005. The singer, talk show Host, and former The Voice Coach sang her hit singles "Since U Been Gone" and "Breakaway." It was during her second performance that she had a lyrical flub she still laughs about today. 

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While singing one of the verses in "Breakway," Clarkson accidentally skips over a couple of lines, and makes up a lyric about dreaming of horses.

Watch Kelly Clarkson's 2005 "Breakway Performance" here.

Kelly Clarkson Reflects on Her "Breakaway" Lyric Flub on Her SNL Debut

"I was on SNL years ago, and I was singing 'Breakaway': 'I grew up in a small town when the rain would fall down. All I wanted was horses,'" she revealed in a 2023 interview on YouTube series The Terrell Show.

"Google it! Go on YouTube. And I swear to God, Mama said 'All I wanted was horses'," Clarkson said. "And you look at my face, and I was like 'YES.'"

Clarkson previously mentioned the flub during a 2019 Battle Round episode of The Voice, encouraging a contestant to just riff if they made a lyrical error. 

"When I was on SNL and I sang 'Breakaway' years ago, I said something about 'all I wanted was horses,'" Clarkson recounted. "I literally was like 'Grew up in a small town, when the rain would fall down...' and I blanked. And I just went, 'All I wanted was horses.'"

"I owned it," she added. "I was like, 'Yes, I did want a horse!'"

That's one of the many reasons that Clarkson is such a professional: She truly sells what she's singing. Unless you were an eagle-eyed superfan, you probably wouldn't have even noticed that she had a lyric mixup because she never missed a beat.

Whatever the reason was, the addition of "All I wanted was horses" is canon now, sorry.

Musical guest Kelly Clarkson performs onstage at Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005

Kelly Clarkson and Troye Sivan sorted another lyric debate on her show

That wasn't the last time there was some confusion when it came to Clarkson's lyrics. Last year, when she released "mine," the lead single off her latest studio album, Chemistry, some listeners thought she was mad at Australian pop singer Troye Sivan.

Why? During the emotional climatic bridge she sings, "Your choice of art / Who the hell do you think you are?" Except, instead of "your choice of art" some thought she was singing, "You're Troye Sivan," and asking him, "Who the hell do you think you are?"

"What did I do to upset Kelly Clarkson?" Sivan jokingly said in a TikTok after listening to the song. Clarkson welcomed Sivan on The Kelly Clarkson Show to set the record straight.

"Apparently Australian singer Troye Sivan thought I was calling him out in my song, 'mine.' I died when I saw this," Clarkson told her audience. "I laughed so hard. Somebody sent it to me, and I had just woken up. I laughed so hard alone in my house. Belly laughed."

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Sivan, who joined Clarkson virtually, said, "I watched it, and I immediately had the same reaction, like, belly-laughing because it's so scary. You're so sincere when you sing it, as well, that I was like, 'Oh my God, what did I do?'"

From horses to allegedly calling out Australian pop stars, Clarkson can sell any lyric.

Kelly Clarkson Can't Stop Laughing At Troye Sivan's Viral TikTok Reaction To 'mine'