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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's, "A Church, A Courtroom, and the Goodbye"
Then the purple stole into the records.
Then the clerk wrote our story in the record.
The Story: I'd heard this song off and on for years, but apparently I'd never listened closely to all the lines thereof. As such I'd never suspected any misheard lyrics for this song. Then the second most recent time I'd heard it, the mishearing above suddenly grabbed me. I just couldn't make anything of the line in question other than that part about "the purple stole into the records". That sounded peculiar, so I then suspected I must have misheard the line. So I checked a lyrics site and found the real lyrics as cited above. Then I listened to the song again to try to hear it correctly. Then, having read the lyrics site, I could sort of make out those lyrics to represent what she was really singing. But without the lyrics site's help I still doubt I could make out the real words. It would probably still sound more like "the purple stole into the records" to me. - Submitted by: Karen Smith
I'm crazy for Brian, crazy for Brian
And I'm crazy for lovin' Hugh.
I'm crazy for tryin' and crazy for cryin'
And I'm crazy for lovin' you.
The Story: One of my mother's favourite songs, and she would do the house work to it. I basically learned the lyrics to the vacuum accompaniment. At 5 years old, I always wondered why she sang about two guys. - Submitted by: craig macpherson
I call two geeses
Each time I hear your name.
I fall to pieces
Each time I see you again.
The Story: Car radios in those days weren't all that clear. My mother never was good at understanding the words. One day when this came on, she said that's the stupidest song I ever heard. When asked why, she said "Why would anyone sing 'I call two geeses each time I hear your name?" - Submitted by: Dana
You walk by and I call you Jesus.
You walk by and I fall to pieces.
The Story: I had only a cheap AM radio, and the sound quality was poor. I thought it was a country religious song. I thought it was maybe about Mary Magdalene or something. I still think it's a good optional lyric...or story. - Submitted by: Lynda Akin
Like the devil hunts for bears
Like the devil hunts for bad
The Story: I heard this on a CD I was playing, and the line in question first struck me as "Like the devil hunts for bears". It was hard to make sure, but on playing it repeatedly I finally satisfied myself that the real lyrics are correct as cited above. I tried to find the song on lyrics sites, but without success, surprisingly. I'm sure I'd heard the song before, and found no reason to think it so obscure as to not be on any lyrics sites. But I got only one "hit" from google when searching for it on a lyrics site, only to find that that one site reported not yet having the lyrics for the song. It is a good enough song, and not so unknown, that it ought to be on lyrics sites. - Submitted by: Amy G. Dala
The doctor sees a weeping willow
Crying on my pillow.
I stop to see a weeping willow
Crying on his pillow.
The Story: A couple of nights ago, I heard a karaoke singer singing this song. The lines cited struck me as if she were singing the words as misheard above. I got to thinking about it, and realized it wouldn't be hard to mishear the original singer's version similarly! - Submitted by: Donna Gelpigi
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