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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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Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And good, old boys were drinking whiskey and rice
The Real Lyrics:
And good ole boys were drinking whiskey in Rhye
The Story: My mother was Korean and cooked rice on occasion. I was about 10 years old when I first heard 'American Pie' and thought about a drink made with 'whiskey and rice'. It was only a few years later that I learned about the term 'rye', but I still thought Mr. McLean meant a slice of bread that he soaked into his whiskey. - Submitted by: J.C.
Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the three men knived my most
The Real Lyrics:
And the Three Men I admire most
The Story: I was corrected by a close personal friend and co-worker while we typed lyrics to each other through the company's computer system while we worked. I still laugh about it when I think about it. - Submitted by: The Villa
Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie
The Real Lyrics:
Bye, bye MISTER American Pie
The Story: Virtually everyone thinks it's "Miss American Pie," when it was really about Buddy Holly's death, since he had a wholesome "Apple Pie" image, while his death marked the entrance of the more vulgar and sex-oriented Mick Jagger. The phrase "American Pie" refers to the other phrase "American as apple pie," which generally implies traditional values vs. the "sex, drugs and Rock&Roll" of the hippie generation. Since it was about Buddy Holly, not a woman, it would naturally be "MISTER American Pie." - Submitted by: Sarah Goodwich
Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was a lonely teenage from Kenfuck.
The Real Lyrics:
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
The Story: I always wondered how they could play this on the radio. - Submitted by: Dal Daniels
Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My, my, Miss American My
Put the chevy to the levy, Miss American My.
The Real Lyrics:
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry.
The Story: My 7 year old buddy Jeremy sings the song this way! - Submitted by: Joe Graham
Don McLean's, "American Pie"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The court took practice in the park
The Real Lyrics:
The quartet practiced in the park.
The Story: Actually, I remember doing this song for karaoke, and the version they had had a few unexpected takes on the lyrics for this song, and that was one of them. - Submitted by: Tim Kramar
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