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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 Stranglers', "Golden Brown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lays me down with my Cheerios
The Real Lyrics:
Lays me down with my mind she runs
The Story: When I heard this in an Ore-Ida fries commercial, I thought that's what he said! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
The Stranglers', "Golden Brown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With my man Chino
The Real Lyrics:
With my mind she runs
The Story: this song was playing at the bar i work at; one of the other waitresses suddenly asked "who's my man chino?" - Submitted by: bp0809084
The Stranglers', "Golden Brown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With my mancheeros
The Real Lyrics:
With my mind she runs
The Story: My boyfriend of 9 years was always convinced that mancheeros must have been some kind of snack until I told him the real lyrics. Now he can't believe what an idiot he was. - Submitted by: Amanda N
The Stranglers', "Golden Brown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With my mancheiros
The Real Lyrics:
With my mind, she runs.
The Story: For 15 years I was convinced these were the correct lyrics, even though had no idea what a mancheiro was. I only recently found out what the correct lyrics are. - Submitted by: Helen Gee
The Stranglers', "Golden Brown"
The Misheard Lyrics:
With my mansheeruns
The Real Lyrics:
With my mind she runs
The Story: I figured that a mansheerun was some sort of abstruse reference to the Orient. I spent ten years trying to find out what a mansheerun was until someone put me right. - Submitted by: P
The Stranglers', "Peaches"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rub it all over my p***s skin.
The Real Lyrics:
Rub it all over my peeling skin
The Story: As sung after a long drunken night following a Stranglers gig. - Submitted by: Dave Powici
The Stranglers', "Peaches"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Walking on the beaches
Looking at the features
The Real Lyrics:
Walking on the beaches
Looking at the peaches
The Story: I would've expected a lyric like this knowing how smutty this song is. - Submitted by: Steve
The Stranglers', "Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better beware of the skinned knees
The Real Lyrics:
Better beware of the skin deep.
The Story: My husband said he could never work out what this song meant... and we both though they were singing skinned knees.. not skin deep..We both went about singing that part of the song for the rest of the night..bursting into the lyrics...we couldn't get them out of our heads!!! - Submitted by: Lyne
The Stranglers', "Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better look out for the string bean.
The Real Lyrics:
Better look out for the skin deep.
The Story: I used to dance to this song in the club, the Luv Affair in Vancouver. I would want to request it, but didn't know what it was called. 'Play the string bean song' and the DJ would look at me like I was crazy. - Submitted by: Paula
The Stranglers', "Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better watch out for West Indies
The Real Lyrics:
Better watch out for the Skin Deep
The Story: My younger brother thought these were the lyrics, and after hearing the song, I agreed, and assumed it was the latest theme song for televised coverage of Australian cricket matches. - Submitted by: David Priest
The Stranglers', "Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better watch out for the schoolies
The Real Lyrics:
Better watch out for the skin deep
The Story: A friend who had never heard this song before suddenly asked was it this they were singing, in 2010! - Submitted by: Charles Starling
The Stranglers', "Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better watch out for the tea leaves
The Real Lyrics:
Better watch out for the skin deep
The Story: As like a person had already said on this page, I also thought it might be 'string bean' - I'm glad that this is a rather commonly misheard lyric - Submitted by: James
The Stranglers', "The Skin Deep"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Better watch out for the Steam Age.
The Real Lyrics:
Better watch out for the skin deep.
The Story: Hadn't heard it in twenty years. Do you know how hard it is to Google and find a song when you don't know who sang it and you know you've misheard the lyrics? - Submitted by: Charles
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