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!).
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Hold that water, keep on rollin,
No black water, keep on rollin,
Old black water, keep on rollin'
The Story: The first misheard lyric "Hold that water, keep on roiiln'" made me think of holding a glass of water and pedaling a bicycle in the air. The words "No black water" in the second lyric made me think that there was no black water allowed. In the actual lyrics, black water is the name of the raft mentioned in the song. - Submitted by: Isac
I hear some Fawcetts six o land,
Pretty mama gonna take me Father Dan.
I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland.
Pretty mama, come and take me by my hand
The Story: I was 4 years old when this song came out and that's how I heard it. - Submitted by: Jerry
Ol' black woman keep on rollin'
Ol' black water keep on rollin'
mississipi moon won't you keep on shining on me
The Story: My cousin casually walked over to my house singing a familiar tune. But I noticed the lyrics didn't match. What he thought he was singing was "black water" by the Doobie brothers, but what he wa singing "ol black women keep on rolling" I calmly told him it was the wrong lyric but he insisted he sing it that way. I think this is because of his recent one night stand with a black girl that lives in a trailer a couple of miles down the road - Submitted by: Chase Carrico
The Story: I thought they were singing about me. - Submitted by: Charlie Crowe
The Story: I know this is true, because I'm the one who got it wrong. I had it wrong from its release when I was a child until a DJ actually announced the title when I was a teenager. - Submitted by: Jesse Hauserman
Dow Doh! We're the Doobies now!
Without love, where would you be right now?
The Story: I didn't pay attention to the story in the song, just the chorus where I thought they were saying "we're the Doobies Now". - Submitted by: Ron Fowler
As he rises through her apology
As he rises to her apology
The Story: I believe McDonald wanted to say 'to', but it came out as 'through' - others think this too when they hear it. 'Through' sounds much better anyway. - Submitted by: Davo
And he rises to her apostrophe
As he rises to her apology
The Story: As an adult, it's easy to hear how wrong I was, but this is what my brain heard as a little kid. The earnestness of the vocal styling had me convinced it was some kind of grown-up euphemism that I shouldn't ask anyone about. - Submitted by: J
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