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.
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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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Emotion on the ocean
In motion on the ocean
The Story: What I thought I heard seems logical, as the sea does give you feelings somehow. - Submitted by: Natasha
I want to bill Verizon.
I walk to the horizon.
The Story: I was listening to this song and I figured, "Isn't it usually the other way around?" - Submitted by: The Toronto Subway
Is swept around in bulls***
Is swept around in motion
The Story: When I first heard the song I was shocked! I never expected anything like that from Enya. And is someone like Roma Ryan really going to write something like that? So I immediately looked up in the Internet searching for the real lyrics. Then only I understood that what I heard is wrong. - Submitted by: Mahesh Chandimal Kamkanamge
No spark of constellation
Don't even know where I am.
No spark of Constellation
No Vela, no Orion.
The Story: I was plotting a story about a guy going on a walking trip when I was listening to this song on CD. So I somehow got the image of someone trying to find their way using the stars as a compass when I heard these lyrics! - Submitted by: Matrix Refugee
's, "Athair Ar Neamh"
I hate Enya,jee-ah-lay-al.
Athair ar neamh, dia linn
The Story: As I didn't realise she was singing in Irish Gaelic, I always wondered why she hated herself. I also wondered why she was making up words. - Submitted by: Natasha
Far and away
The Story: I've always called this Enya's Underwear Song. When I tell others they give me a dirty look and a "Damn you!" You can never unhear that. - Submitted by: Lord Skudley
Do I believe the guy above, is carrotbean blue?
Do I believe the sky above, is Carribean blue?
The Story: Once I was playing this song. My teacher heard it and asked me, 'What colour is carrotbean blue?' And the worst thing was, she may have been serious. - Submitted by: isobella
If everyone ate salted pecans
If every man says all he can
The Story: About a month after receiving the cd in the mail, I decided to ask my brother what the real lyrics in that 'Salted Pecan' part of 'Caribbean Blue' were. My brother checked the cd booklet and found the real lyrics. About three years later, I showed my high school Spanish teacher the song, and I told her about the hard-to-understand lyrics. I then told her the correct lyrics, and then I played the song. She somehow believed that my twisted lyrics sounded closer to what she sang because of the Irish accent. Even after playing that part a dozen times, she still wasn't convinced that Enya said 'If every man says all he can;' it sounds sort of like 'if every mon say sawl be con.' - Submitted by: JohnJoseph Gatchalian
Who can tell me the way to Heaven?
Who can tell me the way of Heaven?
Who can tell me if we have Heaven?
The Story: When we bought the 'Memory Of Trees' cd, my brother broused through the lyric book. He read the correct lyrics, but I guess he forgot them because he sang them as 'Who can tell me the way to heaven' a couple weeks later. Two years after, I bought the 'Paint the Sky With Stars' cd which had a remastered version of 'China Roses' on it, and my brother noticed that Enya sang 'The way of heaven'instead of 'The way to heaven.' I popped in the original cd 'Memory of Trees' and my brother figured out she said 'The way of heaven,' and it was a remaster. He was wrong both times! And I knew it was 'If we have heaven,' no matter what cd. - Submitted by: John Joseph A. Gatchalian
's, "Cursum Perficio"
Cuts and wounds, a perfect sequel
The Story: Latin must be a screwed-up language; if the printed lyrics are correct, I cannot understand where so many distinct syllables come from when it is sung. - Submitted by: Fuzzbean
's, "Cursum Perficio"
Thirsty sea cold
The Story: I never mention misheard lyrics really, but I was watching a documentary about a major shipwreck and this track was played as the bodies were carried in. I just assumed that 'thirsty sea *something*' were the lyrics because it was in Latin, a bit slurred and seemed to suit the mood. - Submitted by: Sam
Glory of the Sonic Moon
Glory of the Sonic Blue
Glory of the sun in blue
The Story: During the hayday of Napster, I downloaded 'Flora's Secret' before I eventually bought the cd because I wanted to know the songs before the cd even came out in stores. I thought she said, 'Sonic Moon,' some weird imagery for the song. A couple months after I bought the cd, I browsed web sites on mp3 players and came across a Sonicblue brand mp3 cd player. I was thinking, 'Hey, Enya must be an advocate for mp3 downloading.' I figured out the real truth by logging on to enya.com and enya.org, discovering that she used pretty standard imagery of the sun in the clear sky 'sun in blue.' - Submitted by: John Joseph A. Gatchalian
Night keeps all your heart.
The Story: I thought that the song was about WWII. - Submitted by: Jorge
Frito-lay, Frito-lay, Frito-lay
Dee dah dah day, dee dah dah day, dee dah day.
The Story: My sister and I were out driving when she decided to call the radio station to request a song. She couldn't remember the name of it, so she called it the Frito-Lay song, and preceded to sing the 'Frito-Lay' part for the DJ. He didn't correct her. When he played the song on the radio, he played the tape of her requesting the song. Then he corrected her. I laughed so hard I had to pull the car over. Now this will forever be the 'FritoLay' song. - Submitted by: Kat
's, "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)"
Say the word, say the word, say the word!
Sail away, sail away, sail away.
The Story: I first heard this as a song on some sort of beverage commercial in '90 or '91. I always thought it was a lovely song and wish it were more than just a song for a commercial. Imagine my joy when I found out it was a real song from an album full of such wonderful music. And imagine my suprise when I finally learned the correct words. :) - Submitted by: Bastian
From the deep sea of clouds to the island of Aruba ...
From Peru to Cebu to the Aruba below
From the deep sea of clouds to the islands of the moon ...
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon
The Story: I was sure that Enya would include Aruba in this song about sailing. - Submitted by: Julian
Samurai, samurai, samurai
Sunny day, sunny day, sunny day
Say you will, say you will, say you will.
Sail away, sail away, sail away.
The Story: I was about ten when I first heard this song. My friend Karin and I discussed what Enya actually was singing. Karin heard 'samurai' and I heard 'sunny day'. It wasn't until I saw the music video on MTV that I realized it was neither samurai or sunny day but 'sail away'! Many years later I told a friend about this, and she told me she had always thought that the lyrics read: 'Say you will'! - Submitted by: Frida
Say Vincent Vincent
Sail away sail away
The Story: I first heard this song when I was a kid in the 1980s. In 2018, 30 years after its release, it was used on a TV show, and I saw the subtitles, finally realizing what they were. - Submitted by: Abe
Save a whale, save a whale, save a whale.
Sail away, sail away, sail away.
The Story: My mom thought this song was some environmental plea to save the whales for many years. Now all we can do is laugh when we hear it on the radio. - Submitted by: Trixie
Save a whale, save a whale, save a whale
Sail away, sail away, sail away
The Story: I was working in a new age bookstore in the 80's when a customer approached me, asking for 'the save a whale' song. I asked her to hum it to me. She was not to be convinced that she was mistaken until I actually played her the song and showed her the cd jacket. She seemed irritated, as though someone had played a trick on her, but she bought it. - Submitted by: David Morrison
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