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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!).


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Bing Crosby's, "Christmas in Kilarney"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And Santa Claus before he's gone
Will bless the house and all.
The Real Lyrics:
And Father John before he's gone
Will bless the house and all.
The Story: It was more of a forgotten lyric, but it is still funny. - Submitted by: Briana Delaney
Bing Crosby's, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Santa came to the people everywhere
The Real Lyrics:
Said the king to the people everywhere
The Story: I used to listen to this song all the time in the car when we were visiting my grandma's. I misheard something that had nothing to do with the song, so I decided to look at the lyrics to find out what they really were. - Submitted by: Andrew White
Bing Crosby's, "Mele Kalikimaka"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Mele Kalikimaka is a wise way
To say Merry Christmas to you.
The Real Lyrics:
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way
To say Merry Christmas to you.
The Story: I learned this song from the movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." I was singing it one day when I was little, and tried to convince my mother that I was right, after she corrected me. After showing her that part in the movie, she agreed that I made a good point. - Submitted by: Erin
Bing Crosby's, "Swinging On A Star"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Carry movies home in a jar.
The Real Lyrics:
Carry moonbeams home in a jar.
The Story: Every time I heard this song when I was younger, I pictured some kid in the '50s running home with a jar full of 8mm film. - Submitted by: plasket
Bing Crosby's, "Swinging On A Star"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonshine home in a jar?
The Real Lyrics:
Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
The Story: This might be a funny story in retrospect, but it certainly wasn't at the time. When I was a schoolgirl, we sang this in class. One day the teacher got really mad at me for singing the misheard version above. I had no idea at the time what moonshine was. I just thought it seemed about the same as moonbeams. So I had no idea why the teacher seemed mad enough to kill me. I had to grow a great deal older to learn what moonshine is and get some idea why she went so ballistic at me. - Submitted by: Anita Burke
Bing Crosby's, "White Christmas"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Emma Dreeming, Arthur White, Chris Moss
Mayor Dazeby, Mary Anne Bright
Anne Mayall Jorg Rees, Mrs B. Whyte.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.
The Story: Heard it a few years ago, it is a list of people in an office who are or are not attending the office Christmas party. Can't find any reference to it via Google, but it is a clever spoof on the original. - Submitted by: Stephen Carey
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