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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!).

Alice's Restaurant: The Massacree Revisited (30th Anniversary Edition) album at
Arlo Guthrie's, "City Of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fifteen cars and fifteen wrestlin' spiders
Three conductors and twenty-five sock in May.
The Real Lyrics:
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
The Story: I overheard my three year old daughter singing this to herself - 'with feeling'! - Submitted by: Sue Kershenbaum
Arlo Guthrie's, "Coming Into Los Angeles"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bringing in a couple of reefs
The Real Lyrics:
Bringing in a couple of keys.
The Story: Had a big discussion with a friend who insisted the word was: REEFS (pot) - Submitted by: lilleby
Arlo Guthrie's, "The City Of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The train pulls out again for keeps.
And the sons of Old Man Porter's.
The Real Lyrics:
The train pulls out of Kankakee.
And the sons of Pullman Porters.
The Story: I did a report on this song and turned in these lyrics, almost, until showing it to my father (Rip). He corrected me before I went to school that day. - Submitted by: Debi Montoya
Arlo Guthrie's, "The City of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Good morning, America, how old are you?
The Real Lyrics:
Good morning, America, how are you?
The Story: Thought this was talking about age...or birthdays! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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