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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.

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Standells', "Dirty Water"
The Misheard Lyrics:
That's where you'll find me
With all those lovers, f***ers and thieves
Ah, but they're cool people
Well, I love that dirty water.
The Real Lyrics:
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves
(Aw, but they're cool people.)
Well, I love that dirty water.
The Story: When this came out in 1966 I thought it was the first song with that four-letter word that ever got airplay un-edited. I knew I had to be wrong since it was never banned. Now I know the correct word although the meaning still eludes me. - Submitted by: Lee S

There are more Standells misheard lyrics available.

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