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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 Left Banke's, "Walk Away, Renee"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And when I see the sign lamp points one way
The Real Lyrics:
And when I see the sign, that points one way
The Story: My friends and I sat with our ears glued to the phonograph for hours, playing this .45 over and over, until we figured out what we were sure were the lyrics-- a tale of lost love in the French underground resistance (which we believed to be literally 'underground') during World War II. It also involved a troupe of circus midgets ('though they're so small...'). Finally, I wrote away to the record company and they sent the actual lyrics, and boy were we disappointed. [Ed.'s note: My apologies, but I had to remove some of Luca's other lyrics because they were during different parts of the song. I would suggest filing separate entries next time.] - Submitted by: Luca Grella
The Left Banke's, "Walk Away, Renee"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Your diamond mine excited Art and Donna Wall. Or Four women dine inside and fart upon a wall.
The Real Lyrics:
Your name and mine inside a heart upon a wall
The Story: The first misheard lyric is mine, and the second is my uncle's. He said I could submit his along with mine if I wanted to. He was a bit shy about submiting his himself. He remembers when the song first came out. Said it took him years before the real words to that line finally 'clicked'. It was hard to get him to tell me his original 'misheard' version, but he finally did. I first heard it on his cd player when it was already an 'oldie'. The line I thought at first I was hearing may have been influenced by the fact that my parents know a couple named Art and Donna (though their last name isn't Wall). - Submitted by: Lauren Overstreet
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