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"Strike the heart, enjoy the florist, fa la la la la la la la la" AmIRight collates all of those misheard song lyrics and goes a step further, organizing them by band, song, or decade. Plus for the truly band-curious, they have archives of cool and stupid band names, song parodies and commentary on lyrics that people think are repetitive, nonsensical, or just insincere. Sometimes it's tough to tell the wrong lyrics from the right ones... "You strut your rasta wear and your suicide poem" real or misheard?

"I don't think you're ready for this jelly." in Destiny's Child's Bootilicious was misheard in 50 different forms.

- Fark, June 9, 2002. Homepage

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We can't possibly compete with KissThisGuy, AmIRight, and Jon Carroll, but bring out your best misheard lyrics and share them in the comments.

...saying "I'm surprised no one mentioned 'Reverend Blue Jeans' -- I'm still not sure what that one really is." According to, there's another misheard version of this: At least one person reports hearing it as "a farmer in blue jeans."

On the misheard-lyrics site, "Teen Spirit" has the second-largest number of misheard lyrics submitted, behind only "Blinded by the Light." And I'd say it might have some of the funniest ones ever. Here we are now, in containers! A mosquito, ate my Cheetos! Amaretto, in a needle! I'm with Kato, in a Beetle!

Need another misheard lyric site to check your version? In addition to KissThisGuy, I like, which has expanded way past misheard lyrics into all kinds of musical humor.

Misheard song lyrics, sometimes referred to as mondegreens, are incredibly common, often hilarious and always a crowd pleaser, judging by the number of stories, Web sites such as KissThisGuy and AmIRight and water cooler chatter devoted to the topic.

Our John Barry digs into the rhyme, reason and mega-mondegreen collection at, arguably the hugest collection of song lyric parodies, music trivia, mondegreens and misheard lyrics on the Internet today. Here's how it works.

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One of Mr. Grosvenor's latest Web brainchildren,, also capitalizes on mistakes, containing 4,000 examples of misheard song lyrics.

"The most misheard song is 'Louie Louie,' " he said, "but nobody knows the actual lyrics to it anyway. After that, the biggest misheard lyric is "Bad Moon on the Rise" (by Creedence Clearwater), which people think is 'Bathroom on the right.' "

Another commonly misheard lyric, Mr. Grosvenor says, is from "Blinded by the Light," by Manfred Mann. The line sounds like "Wrapped up like a douche," but Mr. Grosvenor says it is actually "Revved up like a deuce." (A deuce? A hot rod. Think the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe.")

And no, Jimi Hendrix did not sing, " 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy," but, "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky."

Anyway, this is how Mr. Grosvenor spends his days, making lists of errors, mispronunciations and anachronisms, maintaining his Web sites and thinking up new ones (trivia sites for the 1970s and 1990s are up and running). As you might expect, his parents were always worried about his fascination with computers. "I would come home from school with a pile of boring physics homework, or the computer, which had infinite possibilities, and I went for the computer," he said.

...pining away until the March 9 concert, check out the most misunderstood Hall and Oates lyrics at

- Santa Rosa Press Democrat, December 8, 2000.

Misheard Lyrics Captivate Web Surfers ... Believe it or not, there are two Web sites exclusively devoted to misheard lyrics Prince, Elton John, and Nirvana are the most misheard on this site, which lets you sort by decade. It's more up to date than other sites, with bungled Eminem, Britney Spears, and N'Sync lyrics.

Dozens of Internet Web sites chart mondegreen culture. A virtual mother lode can be found at Charles Grosvenor's spot (, which receives 40 or 50 new "misheard lyrics" from aficionados every day. The site contains close to 10,000 sets of weird interpretations, spanning four decades.

Mr. Grosvenor carefully distinguishes between true mondegreens and parody lyrics, which are also welcome at the site.

He also ranks those tunes which seem most subject to misinterpretation. In the rock world, at least, the current favorites include "Hotel California" and "Jack and Diane."

The site is so busy that Mr. Grosvenor now offers a service that electronically delivers the latest entries to personal computers or palm devices on a daily basis.

"And no one is making this stuff up," he noted.

Misunderstood lyrics, song parodies, and, for no apparent reason, a silly name generator. If you run into the creator of this site at a party, head back towards the bar.

- UNLIMITED, Marlboro Magazine, Spring 2001.

As long as pop singers mumble, garble, and swallow their lyrics, listeners will continue to misinterpret them, often with hilarious results. This site taps into that wellspring of comedy, citing misreads of everyone from the Beatles ("Hey, Dude" rather than "Hey, Jude") to Shaggy ("How could I forget I had given her an STD?" rather than "... an extra key?"). Am I Right's stated purpose: "Making fun of music. One song at a time." Having logged more than 10,000 reported misinterpretations and analyzed the data to NASA-like standards, the site's creators succeed in making a mockery of mockery." B+ cleans the wax out of listeners' ears.

Mondegreens chronicled in books and Web sites. ... Three of those sites can be found at:, and ...

- The Advocate, October 14, 2001.

Parodies ease war's tension... At, parodies include O Taliban (from O Tannenbaum) and Dubya's Gonna Bomb Ya (La Bamba)".

- Edna Gundersen, USA Today, October 24, 2001.

Music can make us laugh or cry, or both at the same time, perhaps accompanied by liquids shooting out of noses. At least, that's what happened to me when I read some of the mixed-up lyrics on this site. From Steve Miller's classic "big ol' Jed had a light on" (big old jet airliner) to Chumbawamba's "I get knocked down by an elephant" (I get knocked down, but I get up again), it's fun to see that I'm not the only one singing screwed-up versions of my favorite songs. (I could've sworn Bush was singing "got a mushy head".) In addition to the misheard lyrics, the site now features original lyrics that are just as ridiculous, lots of song parodies and lists of cool/stupid/funny band names. Some are intriguing. I'd pay $5 to go see The Far Out Son of Lung, The Flopping Body Bags and Lubricated Goat. Who wouldn't, really?

Hit Site of the Day... Loopy Lyrics. is a veritable hit parade of song lyrics: parodies, misheard lyrics, and lyrics that are repetitive, funny, insulting and downright inappropriate. Check it out now before the music industry fires up its litigation machine.

For those of you who weren't alive or were sleeping through the '70s, Deep Throat was the mysterious informant who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein expose the Watergate conspiracy and eventually force President Richard Nixon to resign.

Dean, a former White House counsel for Nixon, plans to publish an electronic book on June 17, the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, that will identify Deep Throat once and for all. Maybe. Dean, after all, has made several previous stabs at identifying Deep Throat, naming everyone from Alexander Haig to Diane Sawyer.

Still, it's one of the more intriguing mysteries in American history and leads one to wonder what Americans puzzled over before Watergate. While browsing the Web site, I suddenly remembered: We wondered whether Paul McCartney was alive or dead.

- David Grimes, "Sarasota Herald Tribune", June 10, 2002.

New York Press contributor and WFMU DJ Kenneth Goldsmith has put out a new little book that weds his musical interests with his mania for oddball lists (in previous books he's listed every word he said in a week, every gesture he made in a day, etc.). Head Citations (The Figures, 88 pages, $10) lists 800 misheard lyrics he culled from various sources. He readily admits this has been done before in books like He's Got the Whole World in His Pants and When a Man Loves a Walnut, as well as on websites like and

If you've ever been caught singing the wrong lyrics to your favorite song, is the Web site to visit before planning any karaoke sessions.

Web site confirm if you've been singing wrong lyrics to songs... There are times in our lives when we all make mistakes -- and many of those times come when we're trying to sing songs along with the radio. Fortunately, the good folks at have decided to compile the best of these lyrical faux-pas sent in by the site's loyal fans.

- Meg Lawson, "America's Intelligence Wire", February 26, 2003.

Waiting is the hardest thing to do...

Nobody's done an actual study, to my knowledge, but I'm guessing that the average American spends at least two years of his or her life on hold, listening to increasingly irritating variations of Michael Jackson's "Beat It."

Instead of putting all our energies into thwarting telemarketers, I think we need to find a way to punish the companies that shorten our lives by making us listen to boring music while on hold. From now on, if our call is not answered within 10 seconds, the following "hold" tunes will play (special thanks to

- David Grimes, Sarasota Herald Tribune, August 17, 2003.

Quit that humming and learn the words...

Whether you want to solve a long-held lyrical mystery phrase or be amazed and amused at other people's misconceptions, there are two sites worth exploring.

Click on and you'll find a labyrinth of pages dedicated to misheard lyrics, amateur-written song parodies and countless commentaries about actual song lyrics.

This site is about mondegreens - misheard song lyrics - and song parodies. Funny stuff. , when it comes to certain songs, thousands of people around the world make the same mistakes. Since 1996, the website has logged more than ...

- The West Australian, Janurary 26, 2005.

Christian Aid tells us one of the chicks, Jill, is a close friend of Elton John. Which reminds us, go to misheard lyrics web site, where someone has been singing not 'Hey Nikita, is it cold?' but 'chicken tikka, is it coal?'.

- Revolution, May 6, 2005.

This compedium of thousands of song parodies even features spoofs of Weird Al. How positively meta.

POP TOP, "I blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pot pie." No, no, no. This site lists many misheard Jimmy Buffett lyrics.

- August 2, 2005, August 2, 2005.

Music quizzes. Song-lyric quizzes rock, and this site is full of them. These are multiple-choice, unlike the cruel quizzes that force you to rely on memory.

Simpson's also been photographed wearing a P-U-N-K shirt, emulating Lavigne's own "rock-chick" style. Website noted as much with its parody of the Simpson song Autobiography, entitled Clone of Avril Lavigne. The parody lyrics included the line: "I've got rivals, pop princesses Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff. They're clones too." asks for submissions of band names where one asks a question and the other title answers that questions. One example on the site goes like this. The question is The Bee Gees "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?" The answer is Don William's "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend."

You can also divulge, debate, discredit the origins of band names at

What We Think: This site has tons of music-related information like misheard lyrics, cool band names, etc. The song parodies are hilarious -- if you like Weird Al, you'll appreciate these.

50 best Web sites: readers on Arts, Kids, Info. Pop music parody site. Especially the misheard lyrics section. People post the lyrics they thought they heard and compare them with the real lyrics. Really funny.

Hold me closer, Tony Danza; count the head lice on the highway... Doctors say laughing's good for your health. Hope these oft-misheard lyrics will bring you as much joy as we had checking them out (thanks to and

SONG SUNG WRONG, Amateurs have butchered lyrics to many hits

He created "amiright" in 1996, a year after he formed, a site about 1980s music, movies and TV. Visitors to the site would write and ask for song titles, providing him snippets of lyrics.

Swine Flu to M.I.A.: "We Need You"... And the lyrics to Cream's "Strange Brew" have been replaced by "Swine Flu" over at ("Swine flu, will gut the pride in you").

Television & Radio

  • WABC, Channel 7
    This was on the air (not just their website), the tech reporter mentioned a few misheard lyrics and joked with the anchor person. Video is sadly no longer on their website. February 6th, 2004
  • Ron & Fez, WNEW-FM
    Mentioned on the New York City radio program (which is syndicated nationwide). This was on the week of March 12th, 2001. I don't really know more than that.
  • Oldies 95.7 WOTO in Memphis, TN
    Mentioned on the mid-day program by Tonya J. Powers.
  • Radio Eins, Berlin Germany
    I did an on-air interview this radio station on March 26, 2001. First time I've ever talked with anyone from Germany on the phone, and the first radio interview I've done since 1995 for my website. Lots of fun, though I have to admit to being a little nervous.. gotta work on that for the next radio interview I do.
  • EZHelp Radio Show
    September 24, 2006. Internet radio program, 15 minute interview with me about this site and a few of the others I run. Best radio interview I've done to date.