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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!).


Dean Martin - All-Time Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
Dean Martin's, "Amore"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's Zamora.
The Real Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore.
The Story: A friend's mother used to sing this song. One day she drove through Zamora (small farming community off I-5 in CA) and thought the song was about the town. - Submitted by: Pudgy Benjamin
Dean Martin's, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If I had it in my power
I would arrange for every girl to have a child.
The Real Lyrics:
If I had it in my power
I would arrange for every girl to have your charm.
The Story: I was a young girl and was absolutely scandelized by what I thought was a very wanton statement (especially for the '60s). But when I discussed it with a friend, she cracked up and told me the correct wording. - Submitted by: Raynetta Manees
Dean Martin's, "Memories Are Made Of This"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Don't forget a small O.D.
or
Don't forget a small, low leek.
The Real Lyrics:
Don't forget a small moonbeam.
The Story: I definitely can't hear 'moonbeam' in this line, even though lyrics sites give that as the lyrics. Puzzling over the line a lot, I guessed a variety of things there, but never anything particularly close in sound to 'moonbeam'. - Submitted by: Ron N. O'Connor
Dean Martin's, "Memories Are Made of This"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The message you gave to me
The Real Lyrics:
The mem'ries you gave to me
The Story: When I first heard this song on the radio I was a little kid. Until I reached adulthood and bought my own copy of the record, I didn't realize that the backup singers' lyric was quite poetic and not so prosaic. - Submitted by: Doug Montgomery
Dean Martin's, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rudy, the red d***ed reindeer.
The Real Lyrics:
Rudy, the red beaked reindeer.
The Story: Not me personally, but in the area in which I live, the people made a huge stink because they thought Martin said 'red d***ed'. It's quite funny actually. - Submitted by: Birdski05
Dean Martin's, "That's Amore "
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the moon hits the sky
With a big piece of pie
Catch some more hay.
The Real Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That's amore!
The Story: After my mother heard me singing this song, she broke out into the misheard version above. I laughed real big, and she asked me why I was laughing. I explained the real words to her. But she didn't find anything about it very funny. - Submitted by: Edyth Bowen
Dean Martin's, "That's Amore"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's L'amore.
The Real Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore.
The Story: It wasn't me who misheard it. It was actually what I was taught by my singing teacher. - Submitted by: Sarah
Dean Martin's, "That's Amore"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big piece o' pie
The Real Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
The Story: We didn't eat pizza. I probably had never even heard the word. So I 'heard' words that were familiar to me. After all, "pizza pie" does sound pretty close to "piece o' pie"! It was years before I realized what the words really were. - Submitted by: Del Owens
Dean Martin's, "That's Amore"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
Add some ore egg.
The Real Lyrics:
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That's amore.
The Story: I was about three years old and from that day to this, my mother still laughs about it. What three year old non Italian knows what 'amore' is after all? - Submitted by: Poppy
Dean Martin's, "Volare"
The Misheard Lyrics:
your love and tiddlywinks
The Real Lyrics:
your love has given me wings
The Story: When I was a kid, several covers of this song, in both Italian and English, could be heard on the radio. As a small child, I always thought it sounded like Dean Martin (or whoever) was saying "Your love and tiddlywinks" instead of "Your love has given me wings". - Submitted by: Barry Cox
Dean Martin's, "When the Rhumba Rhythm starts to play"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When morongo starts to play
The Real Lyrics:
When the Rhumba Rhythm starts to play
The Story: What I understood at a spinning class - Submitted by: Alejandra marquez
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