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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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Kingston Trio's, "Colorado Trail"
The Misheard Lyrics:
For sixteen years she grazed the earth.
The Real Lyrics:
For sixteen years she graced the earth.
The Story: I first heard this song as a child when I was unfamiliar with the word 'grace' as a verb. I thought it peculiar that this otherwise serious and somber lament would have in it a ludicrous image of a young girl eating grass like a sheep or cow. When I heard it again as a grownup, I immediately realized that the word was 'graced', not 'grazed'. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
Kingston Trio's, "Everglades"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If the skiers don't get him, the skaters will.
The Real Lyrics:
If the 'skeeters don't get him, the gators will.
The Story: A friend of mine who lives in New York City also has a place in Vermont where he and his family ski. When his son was young, sometime in the 1980s, he heard his father playing this old-time Kingston Trio song and misheard the lyrics as above. - Submitted by: Hayford Peirce
Kingston Trio's, "Seasons in the Sun"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We had seasons in the sun,
but the stars we could reach were garbage in a heap.
The Real Lyrics:
We had seasons in the sun,
but the stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach.
The Story: Family Tradition. As a 70's child, my father would play the Kingstons and he'd sing along ---and he thought it was 'garbage in a heap'...and I would mimick him--- and so I also sang it as 'garbage in a heap' wasn't until later...into the 80's...when I realized 'hey wait a's 'Starfish on the beach'! - Submitted by: Jennifer Holmes

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