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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!).

Swing Out Sisiter's, "Break Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And now you found a fine Jamaican flask.
The Real Lyrics:
And now you found a break now make it last.
The Story: For 15 years I really thought that's what they were saying. Then the song came on the radio while I was driving with my wife, who looked at me incredulously as I sang along with the wrong lyrics and asked, 'What the heck are you singing?' - Submitted by: joeb
Swing Out Sisiter's, "Break Out"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Some people start laughing
If you're Sir James or something.
The Real Lyrics:
Some people stop at nothing
If you're searching for something.
The Story: I am a doctor from Russian Federation. Back in 1987, I was a student and thought this piece of lyrics was about Sir James Young Simpson, the man who 1st used chloroform in an anesthesia. So I wondered why people were laughing when they saw such a man nearby .:)) Nothing's funny by the way. Chloroform is a dangerous substance it can cause irreversible liver damage and death. [Ed's note: Thanks for that bit of advice, Nikolaj.] - Submitted by: Nikolaj
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