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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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Monkees', "Daydream Believer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Cheer up, Reepicheep.
The Real Lyrics:
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
The Story: At the time this was a hit, my sister got the box set of the 'Chronicles Of Narnia' for Christmas. On the side of the box is Reepicheep the mouse, from 'Voyage Of The Dawn Treader'. I assumed that the Monkees were telling Reepicheep to cheer up! Several years later Steve Hackett wrote 'Narnia' about C. S. Lewis's most famous book. - Submitted by: pickle*
Monkees', "Daydream Believer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh what can it mean now
The Real Lyrics:
Oh what can it mean
The Story: For years, I heard a phantom "now" after this line. - Submitted by: Gary Everett
Monkees', "I'm A Believer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Then I saw her face
now I'm a behemoth!
The Real Lyrics:
Then I saw her face
now I'm a believer.
The Story: - Submitted by: The Danster
Monkees', "I'm a Believer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When I needed sunshine on my brain
The Real Lyrics:
When I needed sunshine,I got rain
The Story: My daughter was a huge Monkee's fan in the 80's when they had a brief resurfacing and were popular for a year or so.. I heard her sing this 'on my brain lyric' and corrected her. She still thought she was right and I was wrong (as most 7 year olds will), but then I guess she realized the actual true lyric made more sense. I thought it was pretty cute. - Submitted by: Marty Plankey
Monkees', "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sandra, long hair and pig tails
The Real Lyrics:
Sandra, long hair and beat girl
The Story: I was looking up lyrics for another part of this song when I noticed this misquoted line. I went to several other lyrics sites, and they were the same. So I assumed I was hearing it wrong for the last 50 years. After additional research and listening, turns out not so. - Submitted by: Bill
Monkees', "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
See Mrs. Gray
She's proud today because her roses aren't blue.
The Real Lyrics:
See Mrs. Gray
She's proud today because her roses are in bloom.
The Story: When my son was four years old he asked me why the lady in the song doesn't like blue roses. When I asked him what he meant he quoted the misheard line in the song. - Submitted by: Keith G. Saturn
Monkees', "The Door into Summer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With a school zone stacked him all around him from a killing
And they'll mark it on the door
Julie left in my despair
As they found him in is county house
Where nothing counts but more
And he thought he heard the echo of a many-whiskered band
And the laughter from I just don't care oh man
The Real Lyrics:
With his fools gold stacked up all around him From a killing in the market on the war
Children left King Midas there, as they found him
In his counting house where nothing counts but more
And he thought he heard the echo of a penny-whistle band
And the laughter from a distant caravan
The Story: Hard to hear the right ones since I heard them wrong as a kid - Submitted by: kex

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