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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!).

traditional's, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ox and feedle hay
The Real Lyrics:
Oxen feed on hay
The Story: This was not my misheard lyric. I was taking a quiz on Sporcle with my mom and sister about lines from Christmas songs and it said, "Ox and feedle hay" and we kept laughing at that so much that we couldn't concentrate for the rest of the quiz. It's actually by friendofsweeney at - Submitted by: Bridget Ilene Delaney
traditional's, "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
The Misheard Lyrics:
O little town of Beckley-hem
The Real Lyrics:
O little town of Bethlehem
The Story: Beckley is a town in southern West Virginia, and my little sister used to sing this all the time around Christmas. It cracked me up. - Submitted by: crazydon

There are more traditional misheard lyrics available.

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