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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!).


The Coasters - 20 Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
The Coasters', "Along Came Jones"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And then along came lonely lanky Jones
The Real Lyrics:
If you don't give me the deed to your ranch,
I'll saw you all in half
Along came long-legged, lanky Jones
The Story: I heard that song over and over again until I could sing parts of it. My version is easier to sing. Didn't realize I had misheard the original. - Submitted by: Jim Hicks
The Coasters', "Yakety Yak"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And walk your set to the laundromat
The Real Lyrics:
And walk yourself to the laundromat
The Story: The "set" is the set of clothes to be washed - Submitted by: Anonymous
The Coasters', "Yakety Yak"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Yakety yak
(Don't go broke)
The Real Lyrics:
Yakety yak
(Don't talk back)
The Story: The "Don't talk back" lyric is usually performed by the "bass-man." His voice is so deep that sometimes he ends up mumbling. It's too easy to mistake "Don't talk back" for "Don't go broke," - Submitted by: Parker Gabriel
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