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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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Three Dog Night's, "Celebrate"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sell a grape, sell a grape,
dance to the music
The Real Lyrics:
Celebrate, celebrate,
dance to the music
The Story: I used to play this album and my youngest son used to always sing along on the chorus and he was sure that the words were ' sell a grape' not 'celebrate'. We used to roll out laughing because he always sang it loud and proud. So now it's the 'sell a grape' song. - Submitted by: Jim L. Poirot
Three Dog Night's, "Eli's Comin'"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Eli's comin', honk your honker
The Real Lyrics:
Eli's comin', hide your heart, girl
The Story: I thought this was the lyric until I was in my 40's and my husband set me straight. - Submitted by: Suzanne
Three Dog Night's, "Joy To The World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And he always had some malified wine.
The Real Lyrics:
And he always had some mighty fine wine.
The Story: I knew it had to be wrong, but it sounded like that. I figured that 'malified' meant 'made bad'. I've sung my version to several people who wanted to know the melody, but they didn't know better. - Submitted by: Alissa
Three Dog Night's, "Joy To The World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I helped him drink his wine
And he always had some modified wine.
The Real Lyrics:
But I helped him drink his wine
Yes, he always had some mighty fine wine.
The Story: A preteen when this song came out new. I didn't find out, until about 15 years later, what the correct lyrics were. During that entire time, I ALWAYS wondered what 'MODIFIED wine' was! - Submitted by: Dave
Three Dog Night's, "Joy To The World"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Joy to the fishes in the big oak tree.
The Real Lyrics:
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea.
The Story: When I was a child, I absolutely insisted to my parents that the fishes really were in the big oak tree. No wonder they couldn't stop laughing. - Submitted by: Leslie
Three Dog Night's, "Mama Told Me Not To Come"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm a toad and I'm drunk.
The Real Lyrics:
Mama told me not to come.
The Story: I heard someone call in to a radio show. She said her boyfriend thought the words were 'I'm a toad and I'm drunk'. After that, whenever I hear the song, that's what it sounds like to me. - Submitted by: Suzie Bolotin

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