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Misheard Song Lyrics -> Stories -> John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

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!).

The Misheard Lyrics:
Boiling the wheat
The Real Lyrics:
Boy and girl meet
The Story: I recorded myself singing this 'version' when I was a child and my friend found the recording. She has never let me forget it. Oh the shame! - Submitted by: Steph W
The Misheard Lyrics:
He was sweet, just under ten
The Real Lyrics:
He was sweet, just turned eighteen
The Story: Thought that sounded a bit young for a legal love affair... - Submitted by: Courtenay Rule
The Misheard Lyrics:
Summer heat morning to meet
The Real Lyrics:
Summer heat
Boy and girl meet.
The Story: I have been singing morning to meet since I was six in my 30s on a ski trip one of the young men, which was 19 or 20, on the trip corrected me and my friend that sang it the same way... When he said the right lyrics my friend and I looked at each other in awe because it made more sense, we had been singing the wrong lyrics for 20 yrs and a boy corrected us... One of the funniest moments in time. 😂 - Submitted by: Chrissy
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's, "You're The One That I Want"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Do da wah be dah wah
Dooba doo ba be dah
Ooh ooh ooh honey
The Real Lyrics:
You're the one that I want
You are the one I want
Ooh ooh ooh honey
The Story: AM Radio in the '70s probably contributed to more misheard lyrics than any other cause. I recall hearing this song on the radio as a 10-year-old and thinking the chorus was nonsense like "Doo Wah Diddy" or "Sha Na Na" - Submitted by: azchurch
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