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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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Rupert Holmes', "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you like making love at midnight
And the doomed suffocate.
The Real Lyrics:
If you like making love at midnight
In the dunes of the cape.
The Story: My misheard line cited here was the nearest I could come to making any sense of the line in question, until I got access to the internet and learned of lyrics sites. What a learning tool lyric sites can be! - Submitted by: Sheila Evans
Rupert Holmes', "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you like p**** kolaches
The Real Lyrics:
If you like pina coladas
Rupert Holmes', "Escape (The PiƱa Colada Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you're not into yogurt
If you have half a brain
The Real Lyrics:
If you're not into yoga
If you have half a brain
The Story: For a long time, I thought it said 'yogurt' rather than 'yoga'. Interestingly, there wasn't much reason to question that hearing, since yogurt and yoga would fit about equally well on a list of the kinds of things that the song is about not being 'into'. - Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Rupert Holmes', "Escape"
The Misheard Lyrics:
if you like pina coladas, and getting cotton lorraine
The Real Lyrics:
if you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain
The Story: I didn't know what "cotton lorraine" was, but i thought it was a type of facial or something. - Submitted by: Andy
Rupert Holmes', "Pina colAda song (escape)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
On the moon suffocate
The Real Lyrics:
On the dunes of the cape
The Story: My 45 year old husband thought this was the actual lyric until two years ago! The song came on and he was singing along and I laughed so hard, I was crying - especially since we grew up in Massachusetts and go to Cape Cod every summer. - Submitted by: Sue Harris
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