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!).
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C'mon baby, don't fear the rainbow!
C'mon baby, don't fear the reaper
The Story: Just thought it was another classic drug induced rock song and they were tripping out at rainbows lol! - Submitted by: Campbell
Caesars don't fear the reaper
Seasons don't fear the reaper
The Story: Caesars would make much better sense in this song. "Cowards die many times before their death. Of all the things that I have yet seen, it seems strange to me that men should fear...seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come" - Submitted by: Lee
come on baby
don't smoke the reefer
come on baby
don't fear the reaper
The Story: My sister Hally loves this song, and after belting the song out in the middle of the local mall, she informed our mom that she wanted this song to be played at her funeral. Mom promptly bust out laughing, asking "Why on Earth would you want an anti-drug song to be played at your funeral?" I'd been through this before with Mom, and kept silent, but my older (yet somehow less intelligent) sister couldn't, and instead asked "What do you mean? 'Don't Fear the Reaper' is about not fearing death!" Mom cracked up again, and elbowed me, as if to say "Do you believe this?" "The song is "Don't Smoke the Reefer! It's an anti-drug song!" She laughed some more, and I smiled and went along with it, pretending to have known all along that my Mom was right, when she was actually wrong, and making a very big deal about Hally being wrong, when Hally was actually right. To this day I am the only person in the house who knows the real words to this song. - Submitted by: Bella
Come on baby (Go feel the reefer)
Baby, take my hand (Go feel the reefer)
We'll be able to fly (Go feel the reefer)
Baby, I'm your man.
Come on baby (Don't fear The Reaper)
Baby, take my hand (Don't fear The Reaper)
We'll be able to fly (Don't fear The Reaper)
Baby, I'm your man.
The Story: It was my ex-boyfriend, in the summer. He loved this song (We both did, mainly to Will Ferrell's representation of it with the cowbell on SNL.) But I swore that every time he sang it, something was out of place. One day, when we were driving to the beach, it came on. We both started bopping our heads and singing along to those words of the verses that we did know. Suddenly, the chorus comes around and I stop to listen. When I hear him singing, "We'll be able to fly, go feel the reefer", I burst out laughing so hard that I had to pull over to calm myself down before finally explaining to him the true lyrics. Of course, he didn't believe me. I mean, c'mon, it does all fit in pretty well with 'go feel the reefer'. It was pretty hilarious. He did stand by his version until I found the lyrics online and proved it to him, but continued to sing his personalized version the rest of the summer. - Submitted by: Sunny
I've seen signs of what freezing airlines have worked through
I've seen suns that were freezing and lives that were through.
The Story: My band covers this song and I've been singing this for years...and probably won't, I don't pay attention to lyrics at all...it's just fun to sing what I hear. - Submitted by: Free Hat
I'm burnin', I'm burnin', I'm burnin' the Jews.
I'm burnin', I'm burnin', I'm burnin for you.
The Story: A Jewish friend of mine actually pointed it out that he thought it sounded like that. As sick as it is, we still find it hilarious! - Submitted by: Kman
It will be time.
The Story: Actually, this was my little sister's mishearing. I'd read the lyrics before listening to the song. So it didn't occur to me how bad his diction was until she blurted out in the car, "Did he just say 'booby time?!'" - Submitted by: Silhouette
Don't fear the reefer.
Don't fear the Reaper.
The Story: I was in the car with my Mom, and I was singing along with the song. She goes 'Where have you heard that word and what do you know about it?' I was so clueless! Then later, it came on when I was with a group of friends. I sang along with it. They all laughed at me! - Submitted by: Durania
Hear that cowbell come.
Here but now they're gone.
The Story: After seeing Saturday Night Live Sketch ft. Christopher Walken, became aware of hefty cowbell usage in the song. Perhaps it went to my head? - Submitted by: Elaine Jack
We can be like rayon.
We can be like they are.
The Story: I was sitting at a BOC concert with my wife. She yelled, 'Why were they like rayon?' I answered, 'I don't know.' - Submitted by: Johnathon
Don't feel the reefer.
Don't fear the reaper.
The Story: My friend Richard thought the song was actually "Don't Feel the Reefer" and anti-drug song. He wanted to know why I had it on a Halloween playlist! - Submitted by: Maryrose
Laid the backboard she said she'd buy
They looked backward and said goodbye
The Story: Morbid as this song is, it's the song my wife and I chose as 'our song.' The fact that neither of us could figure out this lyric after we listened to this passage in the last verse of the song over and over again--and still came up with a twisted sexual basketball fantasy--should only serve as proof that we're perfect for each other. - Submitted by: Dan Amrich
Arm brace is found beyond the truth
How bizzare, he's found the saucer news.
All praise he's found the awful news
Balthazar, he's found the saucer news.
The Story: More funnies from my son. He's an expert on misheard lyrics! - Submitted by: Topaz
Free stone body light.
Freaks come out at night.
The Story: My cousin and I would go to the roller skating rink, every Friday night. We would sing all of the songs really loud so that everyone would hear us. I always wondered why all of the other people there would look at us strangely and even laugh at us. Now I know. - Submitted by: Jami Keyes
I've seen signs of where freezing hell lies and what through
I've suns that were freezing and lives that were through
The Story: My band just learned this song so I when I searched and printed the lyrics for our singer I was surprised to find out what they were. This one wasn't a matter of I didn't understand it that well and was guessing, I thought I was right all these years. Plus it fit the bands image so it made perfect sense. - Submitted by: Zymurgy
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