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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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The Andrews Sisters', "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
My dear, Mister Shane
Please, let me explain
The Real Lyrics:
Bei mir bist du schoen
Please, let me explain
The Story: The song is popular Yiddish tune written for a play in 1932. It was then brought to the Apollo Theater in Harlem by Johnny & George, two black performers. Sammy Cahn heard it and suggested it to Decca Records, which agreed except that the bulk of the lyrics had to be in English (this was 1937 and things were heating up with the Nazis already). Cahn wrote English lyrics and the Andrews Sisters became the first all-female act with a million-selling record. As for the name of the song, it has been misspelled for decades. As a child, I swore they were saying "My dear, Mister Shane." I even used the misheard lyrics for a title of one of my books. - Submitted by: Gregory Marshall Smith
The Andrews Sisters', "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He can't blow a note unless a bass guitar's playing with him.
The Real Lyrics:
He can't blow a note unless a bass and guitar are playing with him.
The Story: Being a child from the Rock Generation, what else would I thought they'd be singing about? - Submitted by: S. Tim Wood
The Andrews Sisters', "Woodpecker Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Exterminate your lady.
The Real Lyrics:
Serenade your lady.
The Story: I heard it wrong in Junior High vocal class and asked my teacher Mrs. Williams why they wanted to exterminate their lady. She cracked up and said she would send this to you. - Submitted by: Melissa Reese
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