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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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Florence and the Machine's, "Heartlines"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Under sea and over sea and land over land
The Real Lyrics:
Oddysey on Oddysey and land over land
The Story: Another one of those lyrics I misheard for the longest time and sang as such until I saw the real lyrics in the Ceremonials songbook. Oops! - Submitted by: Cecilee Linke
Florence and the Machine's, "Only If for a Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And the only solution
Was to stand and fight
And my body was loosened
Like a satellite
The Real Lyrics:
And the only solution
Was to stand and fight
And my body was bruised
And I was set alight
The Story: I sang it in my misheard way for so long when I would sing along with Florence in the car. Only until I got the sheet music book for her album Ceremonials (which this song is featured on as the opening track) did I notice my error. Ooops! Suddenly it made more sense! (at least, as much as her lyrics can make sense..... :P) - Submitted by: Cecilee Linke
Florence and the Machine's, "Shake It Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Shake the duck, shake the duck...
The Real Lyrics:
Shake it out, shake it out...
The Story: I realized that duck and shaking the duck was in the song multiple times. Wow. - Submitted by: will3032840
Florence and the Machine's, "Shake It Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well it's hard to dance with a frog on your face
So shake it off!
The Real Lyrics:
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off!
The Story: After telling this to my mum, we started coming up with ways you could mishear it and I came up with "oh my god there's a slug on my face, so get it off! - Submitted by: Anonymous

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