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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I kissed the wind
I'm flying I kissed the wind
Oh, against the wind
I'm flying against the wind
The Story: First time I've heard this song, I've begun an Internet search (using the wrong lyrics, of course) and couldn't come up with anything. Then I looked up the songs by Bonnie Tyler and found the correct lyrics. That was a good laugh. - Submitted by: Dogac Senol
Where's the straight white Hercules?
Where's the streetwise Hercules?
The Story: Well, around the same time, I was hearing 'What makes a man hate another man?' as 'What makes a man - it's another man?' (Depeche Mode, People Are People). So I guess I figured someone had to be straight... ;) - Submitted by: Tim
He's gotta pressed from my body
He's gotta fresh from the fight
The Story: When I was a teenager, my best friend and I had a HUGE argument one day, because she insisted the line actually was "pressed from my body" - and English wasn't even her first language! No matter what I said, she stubbornly refused to change her mind - I guess she thought it sounded romantic or something. - Submitted by: CBD
We're livin' like a power cable givin' off sparks.
I'm livin' in a powder keg and givin' off sparks.
The Story: Carly Smithson sang this incorrectly on American Idol 3/25/08. - Submitted by: Shawn
When living in a polygag and giving off sparks
I'm living in a powder keg and giving off sparks.
The Story: I used to really really like this song around the time Pokemon was first out in the U.S., and every time I heard her sing this line, I thought of the rotund little character that was either named polywag or polygag, I forget, and wondered, what the hell does a polygag have to do with sparks? I pictured the Pokemon spinning around and around so fast it gave off sparks, but it still didn't make sense. But neither, really, does powder keg. - Submitted by: Sarah
Love is like a shadow on the oliver tide
Your love is like a shadow to me all of the time
The Story: As a young Bible-thumping wannabe, I was sure there was a path to magical spells in the lyrics of this song. Now I know it's just a sappy love song:). - Submitted by: Tim Bishop
Turn around Friday!
Turn around Bright Eyes!
The Story: Thought those were the lyrics when I was a little kid - Submitted by: Jordan Martin
livin' in a pony keg in care of Spot
I'm livin' in a powder keg and givin' off sparks
The Story: This song was in my college days.....for 25 years I was pretty convinced that these had to be the lyrics, until my husband set me straight!! - Submitted by: Linda Burton
It's Herzl, it's Herzl, it's Herzl...
It hurts so, it hurts so, it hurts so (good)
The Story: I worked with a woman whose husband's name was Herzl. When I heard a bluesy-jazz singer on the car radio singing, 'It's Herzl, it's Herzl...' I thought 'wow, I wonder if Debbie knows about this song...' - Submitted by: Wayne Nehwadowich
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