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!).
Björk - Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
's, "Big Time Sensuality"
And turn in to
A big time sexuality
The hard core
And the gentle
Big time sensuality
The Story: I never read the lyrics. - Submitted by: Pottyjohn
Crankfus, I need to.
Crying 'cause I need you.
The Story: I didn't know the song's title for a long while, so I thought she was singing about someone called 'Crankfus'. However, I always wondered why she didn't finish off her sentence. - Submitted by: Devil Jones
Frankenstein needs you
Crying 'cause I need you
The Story: If you've never heard Bjork's mangled English, it may sound like s stretch to mangle the lyric this way. If you have, you'll know that MOST of her lyrics are incomprehensible without subtitles or sheet music. - Submitted by: Jeffrey
's, "Mouth's Cradle"
There is s*** all over on my thumb - oh, smee.
There is yet another one that follows me.
The Story: It took me quite a few months to work out what was said. Before then, I had images of Bjork being deprived of toilet tissue, therefore resorting to using her digits to cleaning herself after doing her business - and for some reason sounding surprised when she gets them dirty (hence the intriguing exclamation of 'oh, smee'). Quite an attractive thought. - Submitted by: Devil Jones
A secret CODE call
A secret code carved
The Story: (when two people communicate on 'side channels' with one another) - Submitted by: âˆž
He makes me want to hang myself.
He makes me want to hand myself over.
The Story: I thought this song was really dark and that line made it even darker. It scared me. However, when I read the real lyrics it seemed like a nice deep love song. Lol. - Submitted by: Mattias
Curling up inside my private tortoise
Curling up inside my private tortures
The Story: I was watching the music video. The line came up during this part were this couple is kissing in their underwear. I thought, "Hmm... private tortoise? Is this bjork's strange name for her private parts?" I thought it was too weird to be true. - Submitted by: Andromeda
's, "Possibly Maybe"
Electricians? I love them
Different problem every day.
Electric shocks? I love them
With you, a dozen a day.
The Story: I figured Bjork has a thing about tradesmen, so she keeps pretending to need work doing. - Submitted by: Xara
The sun is gone. Too bad!!!
The sun is gone to bed.
The Story: These misheard lyrics always brought tears to my eyes. I thought that's just the way of Selma, the main character in the film (Dancer in the Dark), to express her feelings of the unfairness of the world. It was like writing a kindergarden song which is totally cruel just to see the kids scream and cry. Dammit, I felt sorry for them. - Submitted by: Visitor
's, "The Modern Things"
And Chaiman Mao
Picked it out for me.
J'a, hann kemur medh
Fylgir eftir m'er.
The Story: The actual lyrics are Icelandic, but I spent years trying to hear them as English. - Submitted by: Mike Magee
's, "Venus As A Boy"
He believes in beauty He's venus as a boy He believes in beauty And... junk mail...
His wicked sense of humor
Suggests exciting sex.
The Story: When I look for what the word is if not junk mail no one has it in the lyrics posted anywhere -HELP! - Submitted by: Janine
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