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.
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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!).
Barbra Streisand - A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More album at Amazon.com
How many went out of my life isn't easy
Comin' in and out of my life isn't easy.
The Story: I didn't even know what this song was called -- in mishearing the lyrics, I couldn't even google the title. - Submitted by: moore
Left in the dark
The Story: A relative was going on about this song they liked called "Left-Handed Dog"; so much that by the time I actually heard the song, I that that's what it said, too. And no, that relative wasn't misspeaking. The error was mine from start to finish. - Submitted by: Gregory Weston
What's to painful to remember
We simply choose to f*** it.
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget.
The Story: I was 9 years old, and my father (who was a musician) was throwing one of his famous barbeques. So needless to say, we had a houseful of people there. One of the things that people came for was that my father's music after the barbeque was over. Everyone in the house would just sit and enjoy the music. We just got a piano at this time, and we got a friend of ours to play (since I just started taking lessons). Then people would start singing songs. Someone asked Dad if I knew how to sing. He said, "Yes". They asked me what was my favorite song. I said "The Way We Were". So our friend started playing and I sang. When it got to the part, "What's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget." Instead of forget, I sang "F*** it". The music stopped and the whole house was laughing hysterically, except my dad. (He just looked down and shook his head and laughed.) I had no idea what was going on until the piano player told me what the correct lyric was. I immediately excused myself and went to my room for the rest of the night. - Submitted by: Nick Adams
It's a one night affair over and over gain.
It's a right I defend, over and over again.
The Story: - Submitted by: sef boots
It's a ride out of fire
Over and over again.
It's a right I defend
Over and over again.
The Story: My whole life, I never knew what she was saying. I would always sing along like this, even if I knew it couldn't possibly be right (well, wasn't sure). One day, I was listening to it on my ipod---and it suddently became clear to me. Maybe it was because it was so close to my ear. - Submitted by: Bill F
I am the woman in Luvs
I am the woman in love
The Story: Imagine a woman in diapers! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
It's alright, I'm Big Ben, over and over again.
It's a right I defend over and over again.
The Story: One of those sets of lyrics which you know can't really be right but are lodged in your brain for years until even when you find out the real words they've become so ingrained that you can't shake them off. - Submitted by: Steve Larden
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