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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 Vapors', "Turning Japanese"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dirty Japaneseah, it's a dirty Japanesah.
The Real Lyrics:
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese.
The Story: I was singing it on the way to work and sang it at work. Someone turned to me and replied, "What are you singing? It's Turning' Japanese!" I felt bad. I didn't mean to offend anyone. LOL - Submitted by: Katy
The Vapors', "Turning Japanese"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I think I'm Tony Japaneza,
I think I'm Tony Japaneza, with a gemstone
The Real Lyrics:
I think I'm turning Japanese,
I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
The Story: My friend and I were lifting in the weight room when the song came on the radio. I started singing it to myself, and she looked at me funny and said 'is he saying 'I think I'm Tony Japaneza'?' I looked at her blankly and asked 'what?' Then she started singing 'I think I'm Tony Japaneza, I think I'm Tony Japaneza, with a gemstone' until I finally corrected her. - Submitted by: Veronica Peshterianu
The Vapors', "Turning Japanese"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm Chubby Checker knees, I think I'm Chubby Checker knees, a man needs insoles
The Real Lyrics:
I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
The Story: I seriously thought that's what they said when I first heard the song! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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