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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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Ritchie Valens', "Charlena"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Five, five, five, please be nine, Charlena.
The Real Lyrics:
Fine, fine, fine, please be mine, Charlena.
The Story: A Catholic priest eyed me up and down outside of a Safeway when I was singin' it, of all people. Sheesh! - Submitted by: Solo
Ritchie Valens', "Come On Let's Go"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Well ....
Come on lets go lets go lets go in a Lada
The Real Lyrics:
Well ....
Come on lets go lets go lets go little darlin'
The Story: Lada= a dirt-cheap Russian car that was all over the place around 1984 (the year I first heard the song in the movie "Christine") or so in Canada. Canada's equivalent to the Yugo, and predecessor to the Hyundai Pony. - Submitted by: John Wyncroft
Ritchie Valens', "La Bamba"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Monkey city, Monkey City, Monkey City
The Real Lyrics:
Por ti sere, Por ti sere, Por ti sere
The Story: This used to be played non-stop on the radio when I was younger and since I didn't understand any word of Spanish, I couldn't make heads and tails of what he was saying. The song was played on some anonymous cartoon late in the night and I remember seeing badly drawn monkeys when hearing the misheard line. For a long while, I thought I had successfully translate his lyrics. Well, that's before I picked up on some Spanish later on. - Submitted by: The Love Almond
Ritchie Valens', "La Bamba"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yo no soy ma dinero
The Real Lyrics:
Yo no soy marinero
The Story: 'Yo no soy ma dinero,' according to the friend who caught me singing it, is 'I am not my money,' more or less. The line is actually, 'I am not a sailor.' I like my version even better, now that I know what it means! - Submitted by: Catherine Farmer
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