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!).
American Originals album at Amazon.com
Just remember that I hung
My guests like any foolish man
Just remember that I don
My jets like any foolish man.
Just remember that I'm dumb
I guess like any foolish man.
The Story: My second mishearing above came to me after my uncle told me how, in the 1960s (when the song came out), there was a craze for a while for a kind of tennis shoes called 'jets'. The real lyrics, as I've indicated them, seem to be confirmed by every lyrics site that has the song, though those lyrics seem to me to be "dumb I guess", just as the singer calls himself. No wonder I've never understood the real lyrics if the lyrics sites are right. It just doesn't seem a likely thing for anyone to say it. Plus, it's a rather crass thing that interrupts the flow of an otherwise sweet and doting song. - Submitted by: Tiffany Llewellyn-affit
I had a home and fam'ly
When they locked me in this hell.
I had a home and fam'ly
When they locked me in this cell.
The Story: When I heard this on a cd, my first thought was that the last word of this line sounded like 'hell'. Then a friend remeinded me, after finding that this song came out in the 1950s, how different things were back then; namely in that a song containing the word 'hell' would have then had that word 'bleeped' out if it were played on the radio. I got to wondering if the tendency of the line to sound like the misheard version could have been an intentional double entendre: a way to suggest 'hell' without it getting censored as it would have been back then. - Submitted by: Tiffany Llewellyn-affit
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