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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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Patti Smith's, "Gloria"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She took my money
The Real Lyrics:
The Story: For a while, I thought this bit was referenced in Kanye West's "Gold Digger." - Submitted by: Crystal
Patti Smith's, "Redondo Beach"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Desk clerk told me
Girl was washed up
A swollen angel.
The Real Lyrics:
Desk clerk told me
Girl was washed up
Was small, an angel.
The Story: It kind of makes sense in a disturbing/graphic way. The song is about a girl who drowns, so she would be kind of swollen. - Submitted by: The Dormouse
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