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Misheard Song Lyrics -> Stories -> Engelbert Humperdinck

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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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Engelbert Humperdinck's, "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lady St. Claire de Versailles
The Real Lyrics:
Les bicyclettes de Belsize
The Story: I was so sure of the lyrics that when this song popped into my head today and I searched for it on Youtube to learn the song's name and play it, when "Les Bicyclettes De Belsize" showed up in the results I ignored it as "obviously" not the song I was searching for! Amazing the tricks our ears can play on us! - Submitted by: Eitan
Engelbert Humperdinck's, "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lady regrets her belt size.
or
Lady selects her belt size.
The Real Lyrics:
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
The Story: I first heard this song before I had studied any French, and then I struggled with this line, as per the above misheard versions. Later, studying French made it easier to figure out the line, except for the word 'Belsize', of whose meaning I'm still clueless. It must not be a French name as the other French lyrics woule have one guessing, because in French it's last syllable would sound like 'Sieze', not like 'Size' as it's pronounced in the song. - Submitted by: Trina Lufkin
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