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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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Woody Guthrie's, "This Land Is Your Land"
The Misheard Lyrics:
As I went walking that rhythmic highway
I saw a bug meet that endless skyway
I saw balony at Golden Valley
This land was made for you and me.
The Real Lyrics:
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.
The Story: The misheard lyrics are how I sung it as a kid. Then one day at school, our music teacher asked who knew the second verse after we'd sung the first. I raised my hand and sang the words as above (they are the second verse). Boy did the class get a good laugh at me! - Submitted by: Mandy Flowers
Woody Guthrie's, "This Land Is Your Land"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I saw balogna the golden valley.
The Real Lyrics:
And saw below me the golden valley.
The Story: My sister thought this song was about breakfast. After I found out that this is what she thought it was I always sang my own version: 'I saw above me fried eggs and bacon, I saw balogna' - Submitted by: Olvia
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