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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 Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society album at Amazon.com
The Kinks', "A Well Respected Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But his mother knows the best about
The matter of owning snakes
The Real Lyrics:
But his mother knows the best about
The matrimonial stakes
The Story: As a kid I just wondered what owning snakes had to do with being a well respected man. - Submitted by: Addington
The Kinks', "Art Lover"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Like a dago ballerina
or
Like a day-glo ballerina
The Real Lyrics:
Like a Degas ballerina
The Story: I was just a kid when I got 'Give the People What They Want' album. An Italian kid who was a fan of the Kinks. And to young to know who Degas was, so this is how I heard the song. I was a little offended at first when I thought they were singing dago and then realized later they were singing day-glo. (Except, of course, they weren't.) - Submitted by: HarryMay
The Kinks', "Come Dancing"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The day they knocked down the Palley
The Real Lyrics:
The day they knocked down the Palais
My sister stood and cried.
The Story: I assumed "Palley" was a shortened form of "palladium", a music and dance venue - Submitted by: Joyce Calderone
The Kinks', "Lola"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But I know what I am, in bed I'm a man
The Real Lyrics:
But I know what I am, and I'm glad I'm a man.
The Story: Even after learning the 'correct' lyrics I still hear it wrong unless I force myself to hear it correctly. Of course, on paper it makes more sense the right way, with the little double-entendre as to what "so's Lola" in the following verse refers to. - Submitted by: Bill
The Kinks', "Lola"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I asked her her name and in a barroom voice she said Lola.
The Real Lyrics:
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola.
The Story: I did think that maybe the lyric could be "dark brown," but I dismissed that notion as not making sense! - Submitted by: galoux
The Kinks', "Picture Book"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Big shampoo
Pictures of your mama
Take 'em by your papa
A long time ago.
The Real Lyrics:
Picture book
Pictures of your mama
Taken by your papa
A long time ago.
The Story: This was on the HP commercial when I was watching Tech TV. Everybody was laughing at me in school the next day singing 'Big shampoo!' - Submitted by: Brian
The Kinks', "You Really Got Me Now"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You got me so I can't see Vadnigh
The Real Lyrics:
You got me so I can't sleep at night
The Story: My Father told me that when he heard this song he thought they said Vadnigh,a Montreal Canadians hockey player. I still crack up about this today - Submitted by: Mike
The Kinks', "You Really Got Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You really got milk You really got milk You really got milk
The Real Lyrics:
You really got me You really got me You really got me
The Story: I was listening to it and I thought they were singing about someone finally getting milk. My mom takes forever to shop. - Submitted by: Alyssa
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