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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!).

Devo - Greatest Hits [Warner Brothers] album at
Devo's, "Going Under"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You put me in a situation
Goin' through subconjugation.
The Real Lyrics:
Yopu put me in a situation
Goin' through soft-core mutation.
The Story: Having read syntax for a whole year I still don't have a clue how you can 'subconjugate' any one of us. Verbs may come in different conjugations, ok, but subconjugation? - Submitted by: Martha
Devo's, "That's Pep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Come back with a smile 'cause you know
You get the best of the one-man show
That's pep.
The Real Lyrics:
Come back with a smile 'cause you know
You get the best of the whole damn show
That's pep!
The Story: When my sister was six or seven, she heard me playing this song, and kept singing the 'one-man show' lyric. She's 10 now, and she knows the real lyrics. But she still sings 'one-man show', for obvious reasons. - Submitted by: Nathan Jorgensen
Devo's, "Whip It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Give your pets the slip!
The Real Lyrics:
Give the past the slip.
The Story: Influenced by 'Dare To Be Stupid,' I mistakenly believed that Devo's only purpose was to be silly. (Still like my version better. ;-) - Submitted by: Eric True
Devo's, "Whip It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rip your mama's slip!
The Real Lyrics:
Give the past a slip!
The Story: My friend's mom would not let us listen to this song because she swore it said, 'Rip Your Mama's Slip!' - Submitted by: hope
Devo's, "Whip it"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You're a Whippet.
The Real Lyrics:
You can whip it.
The Story: I owned a Whippet when this song was popular. My nephew used to sing this song to my dog, thinking it was about a Whippet. - Submitted by: Lisa

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