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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. This page contains all the misheard lyrics for Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) 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.

Billy Joel's, "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
Misheard Lyrics:
And psyched Manhattan out, it seems
Original Lyrics:
And sank Manhattan out at sea
Billy Joel's, "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
Misheard Lyrics:
They all bought Cadillacs, and left their lawns grow.
Original Lyrics:
They all bought Cadillacs, and left there long ago.
Given that the song is about the destruction of New York City, the misheard lyric made some degree of sense. I had always interpreted the "left their lawns grow" line to mean that citizens of the city simply stopped caring about the upkeep of their properties. Letting their lawns grow wild instead of keeping them neatly mowed, so to speak.

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