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!).
All for You [Extra Track] album at Amazon.com
Got a nice pack of Durex
Got a nice package alright
The Story: I simply thought it was Janet Jackson getting a bit randy as usual. And it just kind of figured, especially as the next line went 'Guess I'm gonna have to ride it tonight.' - Submitted by: Lynne
Got an ice pack, shorty
Got a nice package, all right
The Story: It sure sounded like it! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
I'm in love with a human bean pole
I'm in love with a human being
The Story: I thought it might make sense. Ya know, the movie's about a really fat girl marrying a really skinny girl. Maybe she trying to express how she doesn't care what he weighs. I don't know... I'm trying to sound not so stupid. - Submitted by: Lel
Let me take you to the Ice Capades
Let me take you on an escapade
The Story: I told my friend I knew all the lyrics to this song. She was quick to point out that it was not "Ice Capades but "escapade". I exclaimed, "Now that makes a lot more sense!" - Submitted by: Tracy Jeffrey
If I was your girl
All the things I'd do to you
I'd make you throw up and shit
My a**hole lips belong to you
If I was your girl
All the things I'd do to you
I'd make you call out my name
I'd ask who it belongs to, you.
The Story: omg it was exam week at Cornell and I was *very* punchy, when I first heard this song. I like to study with music on, and 'If' came on the radio as I sat in front of my notes. My jaw dropped because, given the risque lyrical content of the verse (all about getting 'freaky' and frisky with her man in every which way... sample verse lyric: 'your 'smooth and shiny' feels so good against my lips, sugar' -- yikes), I actually thought that this was the chorus. My best friend then heard the song and was like omg, I can't believe they're playing this on the radio. We were so punchy from exam stress that we even choreographed a ridiculous dance to go with the misheard lyrics (just *imagining* Janet. doing this dance is enough to make us pee our pants). fun further aside: we had some friends convinced that these were the lyrics and the disbelief about airplay of such scandalous fare spread like wildfire..... - Submitted by: Chrandy
Make you call my name or not it's cool, it belongs to you
Make you call out my name and ask you what belongs to you
The Story: My friend & I were reminiscing about the 90s & Janet Jackson song when she started singing the "correct" lyrics and I sang the wrong one. - Submitted by: Nadia
Our friends think we're not the same
Our friends think we're opposites
The Story: It's the same meaning whether it's the misheard lyric or the actual one, but what I misheard was what I thought. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Send an email letter
Dial you on the phone
Send it in a letter
Tell you on the phone
The Story: I was thinking of my version of a example of an old 90s computer commercial while listening to this song (example windows 98 launch video) - Submitted by: Fena the Vintage Geek Otaku Kitsune
All you Nestea boys
All you nasty boys
The Story: I was always confused between "nasty" and "Nestea". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
We are part of a river nation
We are part of a rhythm nation
The Story: My youngest son saw a biography on Janet and when 'Rhythm Nation' was on he thought she sang River Nation'..... I immediately thought of Lord of the Dance! - Submitted by: Christine Bostic
Maybe we'll pee in a bar.
Maybe we'll meet in a bar.
The Story: I heard this on the radio when I was quite small and was horrified and tramatized. I wondered if that was what grownups did in bars. - Submitted by: Rex
Old boy take a look into the sunrise
Oh boy take a look at who's sorry now
The Story: At the time, I assumed the "sunrise" in my misheard lyric was supposed to be a metaphor for starting anew. - Submitted by: redsimba
Ever since we got molested
Ever sacred, ever lasting
The Story: They play this at my workplace! Janet’s voice sounds a bit like Michael’s (I initially thought it was him). That makes this mondegreen extra creepy considering the unproven allegations against the latter. - Submitted by: Hu’s On First
So Barbara says, you've got one life to live
Soap opera says, you've got one life to live
The Story: I kept wondering who the Barbara was she was referring to - Submitted by: Barbara
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