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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. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

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!).

The Coasters - 20 Greatest Hits album at
Coasters', "Yakety Yak"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yakety yak (Don't go back.)
The Real Lyrics:
Yakety-yak! (Don't talk back.)
The Story: I first heard the song when I was a kid, and often misheard lyrics (Still do). Also as a kid, you usually don't have a blind clue just what the song is about. I thought back then that it was about some big butch guy simply telling some lesser mortal in no uncertain terms to not go back. I remember my mother's aunt Sadie being in my head each time I'd hear this song. (And don't ask me why, Guys. She just did, that's all.) - Submitted by: The Big Guy

There are more Coasters misheard lyrics available.

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