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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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Gene Autry's, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Olive, the Other Reindeer
The Real Lyrics:
All of the other reindeer
The Story: What made this lyric - "All of the other reindeer" - into a mondegreen - "Olive, the Other Reindeer" - into a book whose title character - Olive - misheard "All of" as "Olive" and said "I thought I was a dog...I must be a reindeer". This was later turned into a television special starring the voice of Drew Barrymore as the title character. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Gene Autry's, "Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You'll go down in his storey!
The Real Lyrics:
You'll go down in history!
The Story: I always thought that a storey was a kind of stall in a stable for reindeers. - Submitted by: P H Erie
Gene Autry's, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
As they shouted out with Gleem
The Real Lyrics:
As they shouted out with glee
The Story: Actually this was my mom's misheard lyric when she was little. Gleem used to be a toothpaste brand. We still sing it this way - Submitted by: Gleem
Gene Autry's, "Up on the Housetop"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Up on the housetop reindeer fall
Down comes could old Santa Clause
The Real Lyrics:
Up on the housetop reindeer pause,
Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
The Story: I literally sang the song like this all my life, it never occurred to me that I was singing it wrong until I was in college and in the car with friends around Christmastime and this song came on the radio and I sang along. That resulted in a lot of laughter and the realization that my version of the song resulted in what might be the death of Santa. - Submitted by: Nerwen Aldarion
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