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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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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's, "Mr. Bojangles"
The Misheard Lyrics:
As he spoke right out
The Real Lyrics:
As the smoke ran out
The Story: Jerry Jeff Walker in his first recording of the song did say " as the smoke ran out" then they later made it "as he spoke right out....cuz the next sentence he says "he talked of they are both correct and NOT misheard.. - Submitted by: Mark
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's, "Mr. Bojangles"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The dog up and died, yup and died,
After 20 years he still grieves
The Real Lyrics:
His dog up and died
He up and died
After 20 years he still grieved
The Story: The dog is still grieving after 20 years, even though he's dead. - Submitted by: Ron Fowler

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