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!).
Beautiful Loser album at Amazon.com
Bad news, get down tonight.
Betty Lou's getting down tonight.
The Story: I was taping a dance recital, and these cute little girls were busting moves to this song. I thought it a paradox to have such happy children dancing to an obviously apocalyptic tune, with the words 'get down' meaning 'be sad.' Then I looked at the program and saw the title. - Submitted by: Katgrrl
Like a tiny baby grasping a great big wheel
Like a tiny blade of grass in a great big field
The Story: I thought the lyric had deep meaning regarding gaining conciousness of reality beyond our selves, but he just felt insignificant. - Submitted by: E b foster
Goin' to bowl the night away.
Who wants to go to Fire Lake?
The Story: I heard these lyrics on the version of the song off the "Nine Tonight" live album. It confused me, why would anyone write a song about an all-night bowling party? My lyrics may seem sort of funny, but if you listen to that version, with the audience murmuring and the backup singers slurring, it does sound like 'bowl the night away,' I assure you. - Submitted by: Cat
Joe's run off to Prior Lake.
Joe's run off to Fire Lake.
The Story: My friends think the song is about Prior Lake, MN. - Submitted by: Kacie Victorian
Who wants to go to buy a lake?
Who wants to go to Fire Lake?
The Story: My best friend and I were driving down the road when we were in High School listening to this song, when he said to me 'I really love this song, but the words are stupid, 'Who want to go to buy a lake''. I told him what they were really singing. Glad I caught him before he mentioned it to his girlfriend! - Submitted by: Homer Simpson
Everybody wants to do the holes on the bottom.
Everybody wants to do the horizontal bop.
The Story: I knew the song I wanted was on "Against the Wind". I am standing in the store reading the album selections, frantically searching for that 'Holes on the Bottom' song I liked. It was not until I purchased it and had listened to it several times that I could admit to myself that I was wrong. Now it is just a funny story I share with my kids. - Submitted by: Ibldgrn
Everybody wants to do the horizontal bar.
Everybody wants to do the Horizontal Bop.
The Story: How naive I was. Good thing, too, because I was only a kid when this song came out and had no business knowing what the 'horizontal bop' really meant. I did wonder why someone would sing about a horizontal bar. I thought maybe he was talking about doing the limbo or something like that. - Submitted by: Karen S.
I love to talk, could use a few friends.
I was a little too tall, could've used a few pounds.
The Story: The error lay uncorrected in my memory for about twenty years. If the Internet had not arrived, I might have carried it unto the Karaoke Eternal. - Submitted by: Scott Lahti
Workin' on some nice boobs
Workin' on the night moves
The Story: Actually it was my Uncle Roland who misheard this one. Sitting in the dining room playing cards with his girlfriend and my parents. He belted out this classic. - Submitted by: Brittany
Say I'm a bastard, say I'm over the hill.
Say I'm old-fashioned, say I'm over the hill.
The Story: I was 8 when this song came out. I was riding around in the car with my dad when this song came on the radio. I was singing along to what I thought were the lyrics. When we got back home, I learned the hard way what soap tasted like. - Submitted by: Dan Fletcher
Let down your bra, honey.
Let down your guard, honey.
The Story: I honestly thought it was "let down your bra" when I was little. I was a perverted child. - Submitted by: Andrew
I looked in my hand, I looked in the grill
I looked in Miami, I looked in Nagril
The Story: - Submitted by: Mark Ewing
We were makin' fun o' her, we were making fun o' her
We were making Thunderbirds, We were making Thunderbirds
The Story: My husband and I had camped out for 3rd row seats to Bob Seger/ March '83 Chattanooga Roundhouse. During the concert I was standing and joining in singing at the top of my lungs, "We were makin' fun o' her! We were making fun o' her!" on the chorus. My husband said, What are you saying? It's We were making Thunderbirds!. I hope Bob Seger didn't hear me...... - Submitted by: lynnduble
Sunday Lady you're to comp'ny me.
Someday lady you'll accomp'ny me.
The Story: At the time the song was popular and I heard it on the Top 30 Countdown, not only did I think Bob was saying "Sunday Lady you're to comp'ny me," I also couldn't understand what the DJ was saying, so I couldn't quite make out the title. - Submitted by: Isac
New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Brian Kelly. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.