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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. 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!).

Diary of Alicia Keys album at
Alicia Keys', "A Woman's Worth"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You could buy me girls
The Real Lyrics:
You could buy me pearls
The Story: I kept wondering how someone would actually buy humans - girls, particularly, like she said. I was thankfully wrong. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Alicia Keys', "Empire State of Mind Part II"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If I get naked there
I get naked anywhere
The Real Lyrics:
If I can make it there
I can make it anywhere
The Story: OK in the Big Apple, Hugh Hefner may have wanted to see her naked. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Alicia Keys', "Fallin’"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I keep on phonin’
The Real Lyrics:
I keep on fallin’
The Story: Sounded like it had to do with calling people on the phone. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Alicia Keys', "Girl on Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
This girl is albino
The Real Lyrics:
This girl is on fire
The Story: Having to do with the Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit", I thought she WAS an albino. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Alicia Keys', "If I Ain't Got You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ham in a whirl on a silver platter
The Real Lyrics:
Hand my the world on a silver platter
The Story: My mum and I were singing along to this in the car back when it was in the charts and I realised that the lyrics sounded like something else. I sang them out loud to mum and she almost had to pull over because she was laughing so hard. - Submitted by: Marianne
Alicia Keys', "If I Ain't Got You"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Some people want onion rings.
The Real Lyrics:
Some people want diamond rings.
The Story: Every time I heard this song, I always thought she was singing about having a craving for onion rings. I nearly died laughing so hard. - Submitted by: Jennifer
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