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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 Seekers', "Lonesome Traveler"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I travel Poland and I travel Hungary.
The Real Lyrics:
I've travelled cold and then I've travelled hungry.
The Story: When I was a kid, I guess I studied Geography more than most kids did. And that must be what made me conducive to hearing names of countries in the above line over hearing the actual lyrics. - Submitted by: Daphne Hughes
The Seekers', "The Carnival Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But the joys of love I'm greeting
Going now and far and by.
The Real Lyrics:
But the joys of love are fleeting
For Pierrot and Columbine.
The Story: When I first heard this song, the above misheard version was as near as I could come to making it out. This is one case where I first learned the correct lyrics by seeing them cited in a previous submission to amiright.com. Others have commented on the mystery and obscurity of the reference to Pierrot and Columbine. But I looked up those terms and found that they are names for two stock-character lovers in miming. That reveals how, in this song, they become symbols of two erstwhile lovers, lamenting the short-lived nature of their love, symbolized by the ephemeral nature of a carnival and the fling of two performing there as lovers. - Submitted by: Natasha
The Seekers', "The Carnival Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
But the joys of love are fleeting
Poppy, Rose and Columbine.
The Real Lyrics:
But the joys of love are fleeting
For Pierrot and Columbine.
The Story: I'm glad you have the real words printed here. I have sung the wrong words for years! - Submitted by: Y. Walls
The Seekers', "The Carnival Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Far below and far on high
The Real Lyrics:
For Pierrot and Columbine
The Story: I heard (and sang) this song as a kid and for the next 45 years thought these were the lyrics! Oh well, I still prefer mine! - Submitted by: Ken Gray
The Seekers', "The Carnival Is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Poppy, Rose and Columbine
The Real Lyrics:
For Pierrot and Columbine
The Story: Like three flowers that fade too soon - Submitted by: acclivity
The Seekers', "The Carnival is Over"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Poppy, Rose and Columbine
The Real Lyrics:
For Pierrot and Columbine
The Story: Well, it made sense to a hearing impaired kid with some knowledge of short-lived flowers. After all, columbine is a type of flower, they don't live long, and they are considered romantic, therefore they are the joys of love, they are fleeting, and that's what the line sounded like! I finally learned the REAL line from an interview with The Seekers. Along with a lot more facts about the characters, and several jokes about mixed marriages. - Submitted by: Terri
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