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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!).

24 Hours from Tulsa album at
Gene Pitney's, "24 Hours From Tulsa"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I was only 24 and hours from Tulsa.
The Real Lyrics:
I was only 24 hours from Tulsa.
The Story: I kept wondering what his age (i.e. 24) had to do with being hours from Tulsa. - Submitted by: Liz Mcauley
Gene Pitney's, "Only Love Can Break A Heart"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Hold me now.
The Real Lyrics:
Only love
The Story: I was only a young pre-teen when this song played on the radio in the early '60s. A cousin and I would sing the words 'hold me now' and hug each other. I suppose that we never paid much attention to the words coming after 'only love' (...can break a heart etc.) To this day, my elder brother jokes about it. - Submitted by: Colin Banfield
Gene Pitney's, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"
The Misheard Lyrics:
From the moment a girl gets the Fiji moan.
The Real Lyrics:
From the moment a girl gets to be full-grown.
The Story: A friend and I took great pride in memorizing 60's pop/rock lyrics. We always wondered what a nice girl was doing in Fiji anyway. - Submitted by: James D. Hinga
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