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!).
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U2, everything I wish I did
YouTube, everything I wish I did
You do everything I wish I did
The Story: I thought I heard the band U2 in this song, and although this song actually predates YouTube, it's possible that those who first heard this post-2005 could have. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
I promise, remember.
I'll always remember.
The Story: Well, my friend told me about how he overheard his workmate sing this song with those lyrics. But I still think it was he who sung it incorrectly and blamed his poor workmate for it. - Submitted by: Carlos A.
Nothin' but panties in my pocket.
Nothin' but pennies in my pocket.
The Story: My sister and I were listing to this on the radio, and we both thought she sang 'panties'. When we got home we saw the video on tv so we turned on closed captioning and found out it was 'pennies'. We actually sand this around our friends and no one ever noticed it! - Submitted by: SMHScheer24
Nothing but candies in my pocket
Nothing but yours to keep me warm
Nothing but pennies in my pocket
Nothing but faith to keep me warm
The Story: I've been out of the country for years, so the first time I heard this song on TRL, I seroiusly thought I was singing the right words! I didn't know I had it wrong until I saw someone else's misheard lyric for that song on this site. Oops! - Submitted by: Phish
And the elephants can all sleep safely.
And the innocents can all sleep safely.
The Story: The previous line is 'straw for the donkeys,' and I guess my mind just focused on elephants being connected with donkeys, as it sounds more like elephants than innocents. Guess Dad's heard the song before, though, and seemed to know that there's no 'elephant' in the song. - Submitted by: Frank15
New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Brian Kelly. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.