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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!).


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Dionne Warwick's, "Alfie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And if ugly fools are kind, Alfie
The Real Lyrics:
And if only fools are kind, Alfie
The Story: For a long time I thought it said 'ugly fools are kind', an idea arising from a thought that ugliness makes people need to be humble, and therefore kinder than good-looking people, who can afford to be more proud. - Submitted by: Trina Lufkin
Dionne Warwick's, "Alfie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Is it just for a moment we live?
The Real Lyrics:
Is it just for the moment we live?
The Story: What a difference an article can make! For years I heard this like the misheard version above, and thought the line to be a hyperbole on the brevity of the human lifespan. Recently realizing that the actual words are 'for the moment', not 'for a monent', I realized that the message is altogether different from what I thought. Living 'for the moment' has nothing to do with the length of life, but refers to living for now as if the past and future didn't matter. Seeing how much difference a change of article makes here, I got to wondering how these meanings would be expressed in languages that don't have articles. - Submitted by: Trina Lufkin
Dionne Warwick's, "High Upon This Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hi, up on this love
The Real Lyrics:
High upon this love
The Story: A vocalized version of the theme song from The Bold and the Beautiful. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Dionne Warwick's, "I'll Never Love This Way Again."
The Misheard Lyrics:
I know I'll never love this square again
The Real Lyrics:
I know I'll never love this way again.
The Story: Back when I was a little boy, I absolutely loved Sesame Street & was learning shapes at the time that I first started hearing this song, plus I am from the Boston area, so naturally,I thought she was singing "this squayah" instead of "this way". - Submitted by: Dan Cronan
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