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.
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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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In the Navy
The Story: I was in the car listening to it with my friend, singing really loud. She turned to me, laughing histerically, going 'What did you just say?!?' - Submitted by: Mika
The Story: Hey, karate is a "macho" thing to do, isn't it? It wasn't until I saw the flick "Can't Stop the Music" then I discovered that I heard it wrong. - Submitted by: Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Nacho, nacho man
I've got to be a nacho man
Macho, Macho Man
I've got to be a Macho Man
The Story: What I thought I heard as a 3-year-old as I remember hearing this in an Old El Paso commercial. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Every gesture there has a Midgee (Midgee)
Every gesture there has a meaning (meaning)
The Story: This is what I thought they said because I hear about Tootsie Roll Midgees a lot. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
5 and 3/8ths
The Story: Because they were all wearing hats my mother thought it was a hat size, even though 5 and 3/8ths is very small hat size. - Submitted by: Neil Kilbey
The Story: The first time I heard this song, it was on a sailing course. So I thought it was a special sailing song. - Submitted by: Philip Reid
The Story: About 5 years ago, my family were at the school dance of my old Primary School. It was a fairly informal thing, you could go up to the DJ and request pretty much anything you wanted to hear. Eventually, the DJ goes 'OK, everyone older than (some age which I can't remember but which I was older than), get on the floor for this dance' and then he puts on 'YMCA'. Everyone was dancing away doing the crazy hand things but both my brothers weren't old enough to be involved. On the way home that night, I noticed that one of them had this really puzzled expression on his face. When I asked him what was up he said 'Harry, what was that song?' I didn't know what he was going on about and so eventually he started singing it to refresh my memory 'It was a High Accident!'. We were all killing ourselves laughing and my poor brother had no idea what was so funny. Now, all the time at Socials or whenever I hear this track, I have great problems being able to keep a straight face (and not just because the dance is so weird). - Submitted by: Harry
It's fun to say you go YMCA
It's fun to stay at the YMCA
The Story: My friend and I were on a road trip with her parents and I made a joke about the YMCA. We started singing it and we got to the chorus and I yelled "It's fun to say you go YMCA!". She cracked up and told me those weren't the words but I didn't believe her. I had been singing it that way my whole life. I made sure she double checked the lyrics with her parents after and needless to say her family still makes fun of me for it to this day. - Submitted by: Audrey Carberry
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