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!).
A Space in Time album at Amazon.com
I love you (she's the one),
but I don't know what to do
I'd love to change the world
but I don't know what to do
The Story: I actually sent email to a radio station that was playing this song and asked them who the performer was. I didn't even know the title of the song, so I sent my interpretation of the lyrics as a hint... Imagine my shame when the DJ replied and I realized how wrong I had been! - Submitted by: Sunny
Tell Iran Oppress no more.
till there are no rich no more
The Story: I was a soft rock nerd during Junior High and High School (WNIC is actually the name of the Detroit soft rock station-they are more Top 40 and Pop-oriented these days.) I switched to the Hard Stuff in 1979 in College. When I first heard these lyrics, the Iran Hostage Crisis was unfolding. (the song-of course, is much older.) But, I figured, given some of the other lyrics in that song, perhaps the lads were being insightful and prescient about the future of a shah-less Iran. - Submitted by: Elliott Bettman
Tax the rich, feed the poor, TELL OLD RONALD(Reagan) rich no more
Tax the rich, feed the poor, till there are no rich no more
The Story: First off, I did not know this song is over 40 years old! It sounds totally '80s MOR rock. That, and as a teenager my hearing was actually worse than it is now when I'm in my 40s! Hence the perceived Reagan reference. - Submitted by: The-K-Man
Think about a time.
Think about the times.
The Story: Once again, it's not the singer, Alvin Lee, it's just a radio announcer who say this. About this song: Before they released "I'd Love to Change the World" (reaching the Top 40 on Billboard's Pop Chart), they released their fifth studio album, "Watt", released in 1970 first. This album was including a blues rock/psychedelic rock number, "Think About the Times". - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
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