What’s It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?


Have you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? Maybe a child gave the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” a new meaning by replacing the line “life is but a dream” with “life’s a butter dream,” or an adult belted out “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” instead of “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Misinterpreted song lyrics are a fairly common phenomenon, and they’re called mondegreens.

A mondegreen is a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of another word or phrase that we hear. Mondegreens share homophony (meaning they sound like) with the original wording, but often change the meaning of the word or phrase entirely—with amusing results. The term mondegreen is usually applied to misheard song lyrics or lines of poetry, but can also refer to other types of speech. For example, someone might think the sarcastic saying “Thank you, Captain Obvious” is actually “Thank you, Katherine Obvious.”

Mondegreens are not to be confused with malapropisms, “the act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound” (as in, “dance the flamingo” instead of “dance the flamenco”) or eggcorns, “a word or phrase that is a seemingly logical alteration of another word or phrase that sounds similar and has been mishear or misinterpreted” (as in “old wise tale” for “old wives’ tale”).

So why do we call these misinterpretations mondegreens? The term is actually a mondegreen itself. Sylvia Wright, an American author, coined the term after a phrase she recalled mishearing as a young girl. According to Wright, she believed the first stanza from the 17th century ballad “The Bonny Earl O’Moray” featured two unfortunate aristocrats:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where have ye been?
They have slain the Earl O’Moray
And Lady Mondegreen.

The correct phrasing of the fourth line is actually “And laid him on the green.” While Wright gave us a name for this phenomenon in 1954, people have been misinterpreting words and phrases since the beginning of speech.

Children prove an especially entertaining source of mondegreens. Younger students in the United States are known to confuse lines of the Pledge of Allegiance, leading to mondegreens such as “I led the pigeons to the flag” (“I pledge allegiance to the flag), “to the Republic for witches’ dance” (instead of “for which it stands”), “invisible” (for “indivisible”), and “liver tea and just us four, all” (rather than “liberty and justice for all”).

Mondegreens can often be a great source of entertainment. In 2013, a six-second video on the social media platform Vine went viral for its portrayal of a young girl misinterpreting the lyric “You can call me Queen Bee” from “Royals” by New Zealand artist Lorde.

Now it’s your turn! Share some of your favorite mondegreens in the comments below. Which lyrics have you misinterpreted before?


  1. Mogie -  December 7, 2016 - 7:19 pm

    This sight is great. I thought I was the only one that messed up songs.

    Have you ever heard Men Down Under? I thought they said

    “…men down under
    where women blow and men thunder”

    But they really said (I discovered after checking the lyrics)
    “men down under
    where women glow and men plunder”

    Geeze I am an idiot sometimes!

  2. Amber -  December 6, 2016 - 10:17 am

    ‘Sing us a song, yonder piano man,’ instead of, ‘you’re the piano man.’

  3. Milly -  December 4, 2016 - 8:09 pm

    I grew up listening to Capital Radio and one of their programmes had a section on Mondegreens sent in by listeners. I loved it! These are the one that stayed with me forever lol:

    - A woman who complained that her name was never mentioned in a love song was comforted by what she wanted to believe was it’s inclusion on ‘Groovin”. ‘Life could be ecstasy, you and me endlessly’ became ‘Life could be ecstasy, you and me and Lesley.’
    - The famous track ‘The Israelites’ was misheard by a listener as. ‘My ears are alight.’ Painful, lol.
    - Most listeners were under the impression that Whitney Houston sang, ‘I’m asking you ’cause you know about these things’ in ‘How will I know?’. One more apian inclined listener was convinced that the line was, ‘I’m asking you ’cause you know about bee stings.’
    - A lot of listeners (me included) thought that instead of the pre-chorus to ‘Smooth Criminal’ being, ‘Annie are you ok, Are you ok Annie?’, Michael Jackson was singing, ‘Eddie are you wonky, Are you wonky Eddie?’

    One of my own was in Tom Jones’ ‘Sex Bomb’. I’m still adamant that the line, ‘Love struck holding you tight’ is actually, ‘Love stuck a hole in your tights’. In the UK, pantyhose are called tights. Anyway, I called out to the radio, “You need to take them off first, mate”, to which one of my friends responded. “Well, it’s one way to make her toes curl I guess.” I’d just taken a mouthful of tea so ended up spraying him with it when I started laughing. :D

  4. Wanda Shirk -  December 4, 2016 - 4:37 pm

    When I was young, I sang “For he’s a jolly good fellow… which nobody can deny” as “For he’s a jolly good fellow… with so many candy knives!”

  5. Diane -  November 24, 2016 - 6:30 am

    Jimi Hendrix – For “S’cuse me while I kiss the sky” I always heard “S’cuse me while I piss the sky”

    Lately, there’s a TV commercial running for Symbicort for managing asthma symptoms – it includes the line [as I keep hearing it] “Symbicort contains Ford Motor Oil” which cracks me up every time. It’s actually formotorol.

  6. melissa -  November 10, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    for so many years, when hearing the song LOVE SHACK by the b-52′s, i wondered who the heck was “henry russell” !? because at the end of the song when the music stops, & the guy says: “you’re WHAT!?…” – i thought the girl was yelling back, “i’m hennnnnry….russell!” however!! when i saw the video (after about 15 years of fun confusion!), i realized what she is actually saying is “your tin roof…rusted”!! at least it finally makes sense now *=) ha!

    • Patrick Ray Ronquillo -  November 13, 2016 - 7:42 pm

      Does that mean she was on back to see the Tin roof was rusted?

    • me -  November 15, 2016 - 7:04 pm

      Chug a lug, we spend our lives in latrine

    • D Lively -  November 16, 2016 - 12:38 pm

      I suppose this would be a malaprop:
      During the early 1970s the was a tv ad for Chiffon Margarine, with the jingle
      “You think it’s butter but it’s NOT.”
      We wisenheimers replaced that with,
      ‘You think it’s butter but it’s SNOT.”

  7. InsanityXterme -  November 3, 2016 - 6:27 pm

    Remember the Cheese Salads are mine!

    Actual lyrics:
    Nemeru chii sana omoi!

    From SAO opening

  8. lori -  November 3, 2016 - 10:11 am

    My 3-year old came home from nursery school excited to share a fun song she’d learned about a dog named Bingo:

    B, I, N-G-O!
    B, I, N-G-O!
    B, I, N-G-O! …and Bingo was a lame-o!

    She’s 21 now and this still cracks me up!

  9. Graham -  November 2, 2016 - 2:13 pm

    chicken tikka, tell me what’s wrong?

  10. Angel -  October 27, 2016 - 8:35 pm

    Abba -Super Trooper
    I was sick & tired of everything,
    When I called you last night from Tesco!

  11. Panthera -  October 27, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    When I was little and heard ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge, I always misheard it. “We are Emily, I’ve got all my sisters and me.”
    And I would imagine Siamese triplets.

    • Milly -  December 4, 2016 - 7:30 pm

      ‘We are Family’ was one of my mondegreens as well, but a different lyrical section. I thought the lyrics, ‘Just let me state for the record/We’re giving love in a family dose.’ were actually, ‘Just let me staple the vicar/We’re giving love in a femidom.’

  12. m. po -  October 24, 2016 - 8:54 pm

    Perhaps he is a mondegreenist?

  13. Nikkol -  October 23, 2016 - 9:05 pm

    When I was 7 we were driving in the station wagon and I was in the “way way” back, my mom driving and my older sisters in the back seat. We were listening to Boy From New York City by Manhattan Transfer. The part “his pocket full of spending loot” can on and I’m singing at the top of my lungs “pockets full of f%@#king loot”. My mom stopped the car and said “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!!?” as my sisters were dying laughing. So I said matter of factly “his pockets full of f%@#king loot” My mom couldn’t help but laugh too.

    • #trollface -  October 27, 2016 - 8:23 am


  14. Squid -  October 7, 2016 - 7:00 am

    A worship band’s name is Phillips, Craig, and Dean. I heard a song of theirs and asked my mom who was singing and I thought she said, “Phillip’s Cragendeen.” I was like, what’s a cragendeen?? She was so confused… :P
    The infamous “miss you by my taco” (for “talk, oh” in Cups) is one of my favorites… “Take me into your lemon arms” is one I can’t unhear either.

    • Highball -  October 9, 2016 - 10:25 am

      A real oldy is

      A Hispanic goes to his first American baseball game.
      He comes home all excited and tells his family his experiences
      I parked in a spot just by the door that said for special guests,
      I couldn’t believe it as I was a little late
      I walked through this dark tunnel and as I came out in to the bright stadium
      Every one stood up and started singing
      Jose can you see by the light
      And I could see everything
      Ohh America is so nice

    • circe801 -  October 10, 2016 - 7:01 am

      in the carpenters “close to you” there two lines beginning verses–’why do birds suddenly appear’ and ‘why do stars fall down from the sky” and every time i think of the song, i combine the two, “why do birds fall down from the sky every time you walk by”. just sayin’

  15. Richard -  October 7, 2016 - 3:18 am

    The first time I heard the song, I thought Joe Cocker said “Give me a chicken for an air-o-plane”

  16. Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    In Bohemian Rhapsody I sang: I lived in this life on a Monster city, instad if Spare him his life from this monstrosity.

  17. Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:58 pm

    I used to sang “We wish you a merry Chistmas and a happy new you, good tainin we bring to you and your fry… ¡Oh, bring us a piggy pudding!”

  18. Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:51 pm

    In spanish instead of “London bridge is falling down” We sing “el puente de Londres se cayó (London bridge has fallen)” but when I was 6 years old I sang it: “el puente del hombre se cayó (Man’s bridge has fallen)”

    • Daniel -  October 5, 2016 - 2:45 pm

      lmao I feel ya

  19. David -  September 28, 2016 - 4:14 pm

    When she was a toddler, my daughter used to sing from “There’s always tomorrow…” (musical Annie) a stanza as “bet your bottom on a dollar”.

  20. MJMadrid -  September 27, 2016 - 11:59 am

    This was an extremely informative article. I think the writer deserves a pullet surprise!

    • trixy8463 -  November 1, 2016 - 7:28 am

      Haha…when I was in grade school, a friend kept calling it a Poet’s Surprise award!

      • Joe Genovese -  November 6, 2016 - 6:58 am

        How’s this for size:

        A common cause of mondegreens, in particular, is the oronym: word strings in which the sounds can be logically divided multiple ways. One version that Pinker describes goes like this: Eugene O’Neill won a Pullet Surprise. The string of phonetic soun

    • Kobby -  November 14, 2016 - 5:27 am


  21. Indi -  September 23, 2016 - 11:11 am

    I heard this song that had the lyrics, “Things you never knew”, and I thought it said “pigeon the canoe”! Lol lol

  22. Muhammad -  September 16, 2016 - 9:18 am

    One of my favorites is when a spouse describes that their loved one “has that old timer’s disease” instead of “Alzheimer’s disease!”

  23. Vampy -  August 27, 2016 - 3:47 pm

    To me in Heartache Tonight by the Eagles, towards the end it sounds like he says “Let’s get down to the bowl” not Let’s get down to the bone.

    • Chris -  September 7, 2016 - 6:32 pm

      My favorite one is Bad Moon Rising: There’s a bathroom on the right.

      • Riordan -  October 19, 2016 - 6:27 pm

        That’s what my family has always heard too, and there was a song that we always heard as “no farting, my brothers” instead of “no fighting, my brothers”

    • BlueRhapsody -  October 26, 2016 - 7:12 am

      As far as the Eagles go, my favorite is “I’m looking for a lover who won’t blow my brother”.

  24. manigordo -  August 25, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark is one of the most misheard songs of all time, purposely. I suspect that’s also why the vid was shot on a live concert. The studio rec’s supposed to be similar as being on stage. When I first heard it I prejudicedly associated with selfconscious sex for some reason. But the more I listen closely, I started to realize that there was more than meets the ear. I guess you project and interpret your own take that better makes sense to you. And I just wanted to add some of the lyrics I funnily “heard” when I first listen to it a long time ago…

    Hey there baby, I could use just a little head [instead of]
    Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

    This calls for higher [instead of]
    This gun’s for hire

    There’s a joke takes a while and it’s on me [instead of]
    There’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me

    Come on baby the laughs on me [instead of]
    Come on baby this laugh’s on me

    And they’ll be calling you up alright [instead of]
    And they’ll be carving you up all night

    I need a little reaction [instead of]
    I need a love reaction


    • Dan Q -  October 1, 2016 - 6:47 pm

      Listening to “Look Down” from Les Misérables.

      “Follow to the left of your artillery” instead of
      “Follow to the letter your itinerary”
      Well oops.

  25. Caleb -  August 19, 2016 - 2:54 pm

    My daughter sang Frosty the Snowman…”with a corn cob pipe and a butt and nose…” Ha!

  26. bindy -  August 12, 2016 - 2:37 am

    The Australian National Anthem begins: “Australians all, let us rejoice” but my school friends and I would stand each morning to earnestly belt out: “Australians all are ostriches”. …Also my 8 y/o niece loved Macy Grey’s song “I Try” and would sing “I wore goggles when you’re not here” whilst making circles with her fingers i front of her eyes. The line should be “My world crumbles when you’re not here”.

  27. CC -  August 11, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Growing up I had the same pediatrician that my mother had as a child, Dr. Danger. He was a towering man with broad shoulders and monstrous hands, but moved with unhurried grace. It wasn’t until I was in my early teen that I actually read the name on his door to discover that his name was Dr. Dentinger. Thanks Mom, all those years I was always scare to go see Dr. Danger.

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    • Clarence Nugent -  July 29, 2016 - 3:15 am

      Heard someone drunkenly singing ” Don’t cry for me MARGE an TINA”

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  29. John Hougham -  June 30, 2016 - 8:17 am

    I’ve heard that the Mexican word Gringo came from the popularity of the song ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ with non-Hispanic border country folk

    • Jon S. -  October 11, 2016 - 8:00 am

      Yep, that is true. During the Mexican War the Kentucky soldiers had it as a marching song, and some mexicans named the soldiers after the song. The term soon spread to mean all Americans.

  30. Loe -  June 30, 2016 - 3:43 am

    You are reading I suppose
    the texts that you read are for a purpose.
    That you may know my heart is with you
    that’s why I chose to compose this short prose
    for the woman I love,
    the princess that I chose to love.
    Good morning

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  32. Splatman -  May 14, 2016 - 4:05 pm

    “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the street” And so I have wondered, Why is there a street in a song about rowing a boat? Maybe some of my classmates were missinging it.

    When I heard Feliz Navidad for the first time, I misheard the title lyric as She’s Not Enough”.

    And that other Christmas song: “…In a one horse soap and sleigh”.

    My Dad mishears the line “…folded hands” (in a Randy Travis song) as “Polish hands”.

    I used to mishear “Prince Of Peace” (in various Christian songs) as “Take a pee”. No longer, after learning the words prince and peace.

    That must be why kids mishear lyrics. They’ll match up the words with those they already know, and write off those they cannot match up an nonsense. I did. In addition to issues from words being run together (also applies to spoken words). E.g. Grand Parade as Grandpa’s Raid. and 72nd Street as 77th Street. When talking numbers, I’ll say “Seventy Two Street”, to avoid being misunderstood.

    Same goes when the volume is low. When I heard Jaci Velasquez’s version of Feliz Navidad, in the part she sings in English, I heard the lyric, “I want to wish you a Merry Christmas” as “I want to wish you a Merry , I want to wish you a Merry “.

    Glory And Honor as Glory And Donor is another one, especially in church, and in the Carman song Jesus Is The Lamb.
    Any word in a song that starts with a vowel or soft consonant often sounds like it starts with a D when preceded by the word And.

    I thought Wizard Of Voz was correct (That’s how my Sister says it), until I saw it in writing. Speaking of Oz, I thought the dog’s name was Total. An Eggcorn, since “In Toto” means In Entirety.

    • Jerry -  May 23, 2016 - 10:08 am

      About that “Feliz Navidad” song. It sounded like ” Felix Navy Dude” to me when I first heard it at a Christmas Party. After hearing the song again under clearer circumstances I laughed and asked a Friend that was Puerto Rican , why this blind guy was singing about some Hispanic sailor named Felix at Christmas time? Was their Santa a guy in a boat instead of a sled? After a beer or two, He saw the humor in it. Taking nothing for granted, even though it’s only May, I’ll take this moment to wish everyone , next December, a Happy and Merry Felix the Navy dude.

      • Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:23 pm

        Hi Jerry, I’m mexican and I always hear “Feliz Navidad” at Christmas.I do not use to write comments, but when I heard yours I really needed to tell you that you made my day. I coudn’t stpo laughing when I heard about Felix the Navy dude, I am laughing right now while writing this comment lol. You really made my day… and my Christmas.
        Felix Navy dude!

      • Splatman -  October 21, 2016 - 11:25 pm

        “Feliz Navidad” song. It sounded like ” Felix Navy Dude”

        I am so gonna run with that!

    • Milly -  December 4, 2016 - 8:26 pm

      As a young child I was famous for singing the words, ‘Sing a Spanner’ in school assemblies. I did so with absolute gusto, apparently. I just hope my enthusiasm made up for the fact that I should have been singing, ‘Sing Hosanna’ :)

  33. Mel -  April 18, 2016 - 5:51 pm

    When my son’s age still in single digits, he sang along to his favorite song: “Wanna pie! Wanna pie! Wanna pie down to dessert, yes!” by the Pet Shop Boys. aka “What have I done to deserve this?”

    • Susan Bockman -  May 5, 2016 - 5:17 pm

      Duran Duran’s, “My Own Way,” was often sung with “I’m never bothered what you say, someone’s denture slips for today, ain’t your problem anyway,” instead of “I’m never bothered what you say, someone’s kid just lives for today, ain’t your problem anyway.”

    • Automatonomous -  August 27, 2016 - 6:23 am

      Aww, what a precocious little faker! Has he grown up to become diabetic DJ?

      Kids… people really have them, huh? I just don’t understand the appeal (but I hear I’m not the only one who finds her accent and broken English difficult to comprehend).

      The appeal = Thea Peel

  34. Nikki Thapa -  April 4, 2016 - 10:05 pm

    I always misread longer words especially in Nepali.
    The one hilarious moment I had and I tell everyone was

    “Prime Minister’s Sachiwalaya” (Prime Minister’s office)
    which I misread as
    “Prime Minister’s Sauchalaya” (Prime Minister’s toilet).

    And for few days I kept pondering why they had to lable Prime Minister’s toilet on a big hoarding board until I re-read and correctly-read the signboard. haha

    • Jerry -  May 23, 2016 - 9:37 am

      Maybe your still not reading it quite right just yet:
      “Prime Minister’s Sauchalaya”
      “Prime Minister is such a liar”

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  36. Igor -  March 9, 2016 - 7:24 pm

    In the Covenant song Dead Stars, when performed live, the line “My favourite game, I suffer from misuse” sounds like “My favorite game, soft foam shoes.”

    On the malapropism front…

    In the Madonna song Bad Girl, I think, “In my heart I know we’re double-parked” when she is actually singing, “In my heart I know we’ve grown apart.”

    Both pretty much mean the same thing.

    And in the K.D. Lang song Trail of Broken Hearts, I think “trail of broken farts”

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  38. danielo -  February 12, 2016 - 11:55 am

    My mother used to sing “Everything i do (I do it for you)” by Bryan Adams when I Lived in Cuba and when Bryan says “You know it’s true …..” my mother thought it said in Spanish “Un Avestruz” (ostrich in English)…Nowadays when I hear this song I always say “Un avestruz..everything I do..hoooo, I do it For you”…

    • Richard -  February 16, 2016 - 2:18 pm

      Goody goody for him,
      Goody goody for you,
      And I hope you’re satisfied you asshole you. (rascal).

      And at Catholic mass children say,
      Blessed art thou among women,
      And blessed is the Fruit of the Loom Jesus. (fruit of thy womb).

      • Lee Donovan -  February 22, 2016 - 6:51 pm

        My son used to say: “Hail, Mary, full of grapes…”

        • Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

          In spanish it is said:
          “Dios te salve María, llena eres de gracia. (God save you maria, full of grace).”
          and when I was 4 years old I used to say:
          Dios te salve María, llena eres de grasa. (God save you Maria, full of fat).”

    • Howard -  March 9, 2016 - 7:08 am

      My grandson: “Stop! In the neighborhood” (name of love)

      • Max -  July 6, 2016 - 8:10 am

        Back in the day my poor old aunty would sing along to the Go-Gos, Alex The Seal. (Our lips are sealed.) :)

  39. Winters -  January 22, 2016 - 9:21 pm

    I always thought it was Mamma don’t take my coat and comb from me….instead of Kodachrome, which makes even less sense

    • Paolo -  May 16, 2016 - 1:37 pm

      Wrong kind of spell-casting, lady.

  40. Winters -  January 22, 2016 - 8:56 pm

    When we were kids my bff thought Guantanamera was ‘One ton tomato’

    What a fun thread!

    • Woodrow Smith -  May 19, 2016 - 10:18 am

      I always assumed Guantanamera was about the Hubble Telescope. “One ton-a mirror/they built a one ton-a mirror—”

  41. Myrna Dossey -  January 9, 2016 - 8:19 am

    My grandma told me that when she was a child, she boldly sang the old hymn,
    “The Consummated Cross I Bear” as
    “The Constipated Cross-eyed Bear”…
    I guess both are worthy of prayer.

  42. Myrna Dossey -  January 9, 2016 - 8:07 am

    I almost died laughing when a co-worker was offended by the lyrics of the Heart song, ”
    “Dog and Butterfly”.
    She thought it was “God Damn Butterfly”! Funny in so many ways!

  43. JT -  January 5, 2016 - 9:28 pm

    I have destroyed the lyrics to the “Good Times” jingle for years. If it wasn’t for the internet, I probably never would have gotten these lyrics right. My version is in parenthesis.

    Good Times.
    Any time you meet a payment. – Good Times. (anytime you’re on the pavement)
    Any time you need a friend. – Good Times. (anytime you feel free)
    Any time you’re out from under. (anytime you have to wonder)
    Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.
    Keepin’ your head above water, (keeping your head over water)
    Making a wave when you can. (making your way when you can)

    Temporary lay offs. – Good Times.
    Easy credit rip offs. – Good Times.
    Scratchin’ and surviving. – Good Times. (stretching and sunrising)
    Hangin in a chow line – Good Times. (hanging and jiving)
    Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em – Good Times.

    • Christine Jason -  May 29, 2016 - 6:11 am

      Funny reading this (lyrics to Good Times). I have actually been singing some of the same wrong yrics as you have all these years.

  44. Diomedea Exulans -  December 14, 2015 - 4:25 am

    Oh, dear, this article itself contains a malapropism. “They have slain the Earl O’Moray” (who was not Irish) should be “They have slain the Earl o’ Moray” (that is, “of Moray”, the fertile county east of Inverness).

    • Melvin Hurst -  January 6, 2016 - 12:40 am

      I first heard of ‘mondegreens’ in Stephen Pinker’s fascinating book “The Language Instinct”. I wrote to him to tell him that I had always mis-heard the title of the Creedance Clearwater Revival hit of the late 60s as “There’s the bathroom on the right’, instead of “There’s a bad moon on the rise”. When later I looked up a web site which listed similar ‘mondegreens’ it said that, of course, everyone knew about the CCR title, and I wondered if they did so because Stephen Pinker had subsequently used it in a revised edition of his book (acknowledged or not), or whether others had misheard in the same way as I had. I’ll never know!

      • Nancy whittaker -  January 7, 2016 - 6:45 am

        That is how I always thought it was, bathroom on the right. I didn’t find out the real words until I was in my thirties.

        • Margie Stephens -  November 19, 2016 - 11:49 am

          I, too, heard there’s a bathroom on the right. Still do sometimes.

      • Debbie Monkhouse -  January 8, 2016 - 6:37 pm

        My friend thought the song by Glen Campbell was I’m a Nine Stone Cowboy lol

        • Irene McSorley -  September 24, 2016 - 2:49 am

          My friend told me years ago that her mother’s friend thought Glen was singing, “like a right strong cowboy” (country folk, aka culshies, in N. Ireland, use “right” as a synonym of “very”)

      • Bob Chapel -  January 11, 2016 - 1:50 am

        Tell me if I have this right… you would have liked Mr. Pinker to have acknowledged you as the source of the ERROR in interpretation of the CCR song Title…Bad Moon on the Rise?? Perhaps you could make it your business to mishear and/or misinterpret other items and gain fame for this later : )

        • Melvin Hurst -  January 17, 2016 - 11:19 pm

          I would just like authors who quote other people’s observations to acknowledge them as such, if this is the case, It’s what academics are honour-bound to do in their professional work, anyway, so they should credit any source, whatever its origin. I will be generous and assume that your final sentence was intended to be humorous and not as a snide snipe.

        • McLainey -  January 24, 2016 - 7:26 pm

          I thought born on the bayou by CCR was born on a valume. =0)

  45. Smelly -  November 30, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    I always thought that the song Street Life by the Crusaders was called – Street Lights!

    • Tim Redmond -  December 13, 2015 - 11:55 pm

      The most recent, and for me, prominent, is the Malachy McCourt book “A Monk Swimming”. This was how he (and I) had for years heard the phrase in our prayer ‘Hail Mary”, the actual phrase being “……and blessed art Thou
      “amongst women”. Ah, to see and hear the world as a five year old!

  46. David -  November 19, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Mondegreen website for song lyrics kiss this guy dot com

    • don -  November 28, 2015 - 8:22 am

      !0 cc– I’m not in love

      “big boys don’t cry”

      I heard “be quiet, stay quiet”

  47. MartaK -  November 18, 2015 - 7:38 pm

    I always heard the words “chew the hot dog” instead of Do the Hustle. Never could figure out what hot dogs had to do with the song. Even after friends pointed out the correct lyrics, I still heard them as “chew the hot dog”.

  48. Hang Tuff -  November 15, 2015 - 7:31 am

    Weird Al Yankovic, Master of the Mondegreen!

    • Matt -  April 8, 2016 - 8:22 pm

      YES!!! :D

  49. Mark Kennedy -  November 7, 2015 - 6:08 am

    Thanks for putting a name to this phenomenon, which it seems many people have experienced. Our mistaken interpretations can often be quite creative, even attributing to lyrics an originality and profundity their author never intended. The first time I heard Abraham, Martin and John I caught it part-way through, and I thought a child was asking, ‘Has anyone here seen my old grandfather? Can you tell me where he’s gone? I thought I saw him walking, up over the hills… (etc.)’

    I thought the child’s grandfather had died, and I pictured him politely asking this question of a group of men sitting around outside, smoking long-stemmed pipes (no idea where this image came from). But the men were at a loss for a response, and none of them was making fun of the child, because they didn’t know the answer any more than he did.

    The actual lyric, I later discovered, is, ‘Has anybody here seen my old friend, Martin…’ It’s a perfectly good song with a poignant message but not, I think, as central to human experience as the song I’d imagined.

    • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 3:52 pm

      Especially if your grandfather has Alzheimers, and escapes from the house!

    • Myself -  April 3, 2016 - 8:51 pm

      Similarly, I no longer hold the Beatles song “A Day In The Life” in as high regard as I used to, after having discovering that I was mishearing one line all along. Each verse of the song begins with the line “I read the news today, oh boy…” Later in the song, there is a stanza which does not really thematically connect to the rest of the song at all, “I saw a film today, oh boy/The English Army had just won the war/A crowd of people turned away/But I just had to look, having read the book”. Anyway, I thought that it ended in “having read the news” and thought it was a great tie-in to the rest of the song, the narrator having been somehow enlightened by “the news”, whatever that is a metaphor for, to the point at which they stand out from the crowd and do things differently. I thought it was an amazing idea for a song. Upon discovering that I had been mishearing it, my entire perception of the song collapsed.

      • Matt -  April 8, 2016 - 8:18 pm

        I had a similar mondegreen experience enjoying the song ‘Cristalena’ by punk band MxPx. There’s a line that I appreciated ‘Cristalena happens to the boys, but not me’. I thought ‘finally here’s a pop/ punk band that isn’t sex-crazed!’ I was so disappointed to find that the line is actually ‘happens to like boys, but not me’. Meaning the singer isn’t actively choosing a safer, healthier lifestyle, but it’s simply because she doesn’t like him. It changed the whole meaning. Oh well! ;)

      • Jerry -  May 23, 2016 - 9:58 am

        Wasn’t that the song that everyone thought was in code and was informing the world of the death of Paul McCartney. That was one of the early “play the record backwards for a secret message” records from a craze of that time. I think it said in a soft raspy voice “Paul is Dead” 3 times or so. There were a couple of other Vinyl’s that were released that way back then. Beautiful Publicity stunt that skyrocketed sales of that song and album. They did everything Top Shelf with their productions.

    • Melissa -  August 24, 2016 - 10:07 pm

      …every now and again, in this age of internet trolls, one happens upon a comment of profound authenticity. This is one such comment; thank you for sharing your soulful intellect.

  50. Jason -  October 25, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    My friend in the Navy introduced me to “To Nowhere,” from the anime Hack Sign. There is a line which I always hear as “On the rolling bumpy sea, shiver with coldness.” That seemed to describe very well our lives on board ship. But when I see the lyrics written out, they give the line as “On the rolling boat we sit, shivering with coldness.”

  51. charles gentry -  October 25, 2015 - 6:53 pm

    When singing “This is my Father’s world” in Sunday school, of course I would sing “the music of the spears” instead of spheres. This was about fourth grade. I still remember the image it gave me, of scantily-clad natives with spears, standing around in a jungle.

    • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 3:54 pm


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    • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 3:56 pm

      What does that have to do with this article? At all?

      • Remguy -  January 25, 2016 - 5:16 am

        @Katy – The country code of the telephone number (234) in that “comment” is for Nigeria, and 81 means it’s a mobile phone. That and the atrocious grammar would indicate an obvious scam at play.

        This “ad disguised as a comment” is most likely inserted in the comment sections of many, many websites. It’s like a mass mailing where you fully expect a tiny percent return or success rate (0.5 – 2%), but the cost is so low it doesn’t matter.

        Incidentally, Nigeria is infamous for their telephone and Internet scams, posing as bank managers trying to find distant relatives of non-existent rich uncles to pretending to be friends or family members in serious trouble and needing money. Here in Canada, they have been known to specifically target seniors and make off with their retirement money. Slimey, eh?

        • Kind of Offended -  March 15, 2016 - 7:53 pm

          Ouch. I’m Nigerian, and your comment just . . . ouch. Though it is true, I wouldn’t like to be thought of a slimy. Just . . . ouch.

          • Ed -  April 26, 2016 - 11:32 pm

            I heard (via Steve Fry on the TV show QI), that it all comes from an old scam called “the Spanish prisoner of War”

            … so really we should be praising them for keeping this tradition going

            …phone now and you’ll be back together with the (wo)man you swore never to love again before sunset/ sunrise if they’ve moved.

          • Milly -  December 4, 2016 - 8:42 pm

            Providing you’re not diddling pensioners out of their life savings, there’s no reason for anyone to think of you as slimy.

  53. Star Sixtyseven -  October 24, 2015 - 11:49 am

    I always hear the lyrics to the famous Aerosmith song as “Loving and elevate her”. Always thought it was a very endearing song about a man who wanted to love and elevate his woman. Come to find out the real lyrics were “Love in an elevator”. I think I like my version better :)

    • Matt -  April 8, 2016 - 8:25 pm

      Your interpretation IS better! ;)

    • Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:36 pm

      I loved your version. LOL!

  54. mccartd -  October 20, 2015 - 9:19 pm

    hello there

  55. Lynne -  October 17, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Two that I CANNOT hear correctly, even KNOWING the proper words:

    “Climb every woman . . .”

    ” Ooooh, Wally! Ooooh, Hooo, Ooooh, Hoo”

    The second is the backup singers on the segment of “Who are You?” used as the theme for CSI — I’ll let you figure out the first one yourself.

    • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 3:56 pm

      I like “Climb Every Wo-man”! LOL!

    • Tolkien ar -  June 20, 2016 - 3:21 pm

      When a man loves a woman?

      • Daryl -  July 23, 2016 - 8:24 am

        Five for Fighting , Not easy being me . I always thought he said In Sodomy instead of inside of me.

  56. Amanda -  October 15, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    I have sooooo many of these. For instance, in the song “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, I always thought she was singing, “All the boys think she’s a SPAZ, she’s got Bette Davis eyes.” And I felt this total kinship with the girl in the song, because I was like, “You know, the boys think I’m a spaz a lot, too, but I, too, can be unexpectedly cool.”

    Woe was me when I found out years and years later that the actual lyric was, “All the boys think she’s a spy.”

    Well, now, I don’t relate to that at all.

    • Ben -  December 31, 2015 - 1:57 am

      Lol. Love it!

    • steve -  March 2, 2016 - 6:45 am

      You just ruined it for me too. I also thought it was spaz. Do you think that she sang “spaz” and subsequently wrote “spy” because she thought it sounded cooler? I’m going to stick with spaz, I like that version better. :)

  57. Josiah -  October 7, 2015 - 8:17 am

    No longer Catholic but when I was a 7ish year old boy, the priests would say “Thy fruit of thy womb, Jesus”. Everybody would be saying the words along with the priest but I’d mistakenly say “The fruit of the loom,” after the underwear.

    • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 3:58 pm

      Ha! L.O.L.!

  58. Flubbster. -  September 30, 2015 - 1:35 am

    The only thing that worries me now is that having read all these I’m going to start hearing them in the songs.

    • JoeBlow -  September 30, 2015 - 3:00 pm

      My friend spent some thirty years thinking the line in “Feliz Navidad” that says “Prospero ano y felicidad” (prosperous year and happiness) said “Los perros anos y felicidad” (dog years and happiness).
      Since she admitted that I can no longer hear that song without laughing. My all-time favorite mis-heard lyric!

      • Bubba Gump -  October 26, 2015 - 5:12 pm

        Felize navidad was always “fleas on my dad”

        • Dean -  April 4, 2016 - 6:24 pm

          My kids always sang “fleas mommy’s dogs”

  59. Michelle Dai -  September 26, 2015 - 5:58 pm

    In Ariana Grande’s “Break Free”, I thought the line “Like a deadly fever, yeah, babe” was “Like a deadly feeling, babe”.

    In the same song, I used to sing the line “I only want to die alive” as “I only want to die a lie”. Whatever I thought it was, it’s not like it made sense anyways.

    • Gaby -  November 13, 2015 - 12:35 pm

      And in her song, Why Try, the lyrics I heard were: ‘I know I should have farted at least I’m being honest’
      When the actual lyrics are: ‘I know I should have thought it, at least I’m being honest.’

      • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 4:01 pm


        • Gailj -  January 26, 2016 - 8:44 pm

          ME TOO!

  60. Cindy -  September 17, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    My older sister deliberately taught me “Maresy dotes and dosey dotes and little lambsy divey. Kidzelly divey too. Wouldn’t you?” I always thought it was just a children’s nonsense song. As I have seen the lyrics printed that way in various collections of children’s songs, I apparently wasn’t the only one who thought so. Years later my sister told me the real lyrics were: “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. Kids will eat ivy too. Wouldn’t you?”

    • Angel -  November 17, 2015 - 11:57 am

      With regards to “Mairzy Doats,” that’s one case where the mondegreen is intended. There is a verse that clarifies, “if the words sound queer and funny to your ear and a little bit jumbled and jivey, sing, ‘Mares – eat – oats – and – does – eat – oats – and – little – lambs – eat – ivy!’”

      My favorite mondegreen was from a roommate fresh out of college, who was singing along to a Duffy lyric which should have been, “You’ve got me begging you for mercy”: you’ve got me begging you for birdseed. Yeah, yeah.

  61. Karen -  September 17, 2015 - 6:03 am

    1. Morris Albert’s song “Feelings” was “Felix” to my sister…made perfect sense!
    2. Scorpions song “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – at ~1:50 my husband used to sing “he’s licking his lip-sees, ready to win”, the actual lyric is “he’s licking his lips, he’s ready to win”

  62. qwerty -  September 11, 2015 - 1:32 am

    see-same instead of sesame

  63. ANTHONY -  September 8, 2015 - 11:32 am

    pretty simple he or she is singing

  64. bob bevilacqua -  September 7, 2015 - 8:53 am

    Here’s a Beatles belly-laugh among our Boomer friends. In the song “Help”, we hear: “Help me get my feedbag on the grou-ou-ound” (‘Course should be ‘feet back’)

    • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 3:57 pm

      Just horsin’ around! LOL!

  65. Kathy Self -  September 6, 2015 - 10:44 am

    Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover. Just drop off the key lee…(sounded like) Just drop of the tea leaves.

  66. Miranda -  September 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

    When was 3 when Madonna came out with “Material Girl” So, I didn’t know at the time the song was actually called “Material Girl.”
    When she would sing “I am a Material Girl” I thought she was singing “I am a Cheerio Girl” (I soon became a huge Madonna Fan & loved Cheerios because of that)!

    • michael -  September 5, 2015 - 10:01 pm

      Probably one of the most famous from the 60′s from Jimi Hendrix.

      Excuse me, while I kiss the sky,

      Often heard as ….

      ‘scuse me, while I kiss this guy.

  67. Paul Waygood -  August 31, 2015 - 11:25 am

    A further step; Listen to Meddle – Pink Floyd. At about 3.30 into tyhe song the voice say’s “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces”.
    Or does it say “One of these days I’m going to dance with the evil queen or prince or pretty much anything else in your head at the time.
    Try it.

    • terri raymo -  September 1, 2015 - 3:34 pm

      Phil Collins “she seems to have an invisible touch yea, – she reaches in and grabs like polio” lol

    • Robt. B. Falls -  September 8, 2015 - 3:56 am

      many years ago, i caught a friend singing: “we go to bed with the lights on” to what should’ve been: “big ol jet airliner.” it is a treasured memory. now, i know that it is a common phenomenon and it has a name..

      • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm


    • John Endrick -  October 22, 2015 - 11:16 am

      I used to think it was “one of these days I’m going to get you in the name of Jesus”.

  68. Paul Waygood -  August 31, 2015 - 11:07 am

    The Bee Gees “more than a Woman – Bone headed woman to me. I got married QED!

    • Kathy Self -  September 6, 2015 - 10:16 am

      I thought it was ‘Bull Headed’ woman. LOL!

      • Lisa -  November 19, 2015 - 4:02 pm

        Had people called you stubborn? LOL!

      • Dean -  April 4, 2016 - 6:28 pm

        My aunt used to sing “Bald – Headed Woman!” At the top of her lungs!

  69. Dan -  August 31, 2015 - 1:00 am

    My wife, inspired by her French lessons, was feeling romantic when she returned home – so she flung the door open and enthusiastically declared, “Je t’adore!” (I adore you!)… to which I responded, “Shut it yourself!”
    Needless to say the mood was spoiled.

    • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 4:05 pm


    • V aka your conscience -  December 10, 2015 - 4:58 pm

      Are we plagiarizing Reader’s Digest circa (ca.) 1974-1976 or is it from the original circular (pre-digestation), (and I would be truly humbled and reside in a state of anticipation awaiting further mondegreens and insights into the moments that make life special and endearing).(hope you like this!) Or, are you the oar in the water propelling the S.S. Wordplay forward?

      • Bob Chapel -  January 11, 2016 - 2:12 am


        • Christine Jason -  May 29, 2016 - 6:23 am

          Thank you. I didn’t get it either. I thought it was just me.

  70. Robert Purcell -  August 29, 2015 - 10:22 pm

    When we were young, our house had a party line (telephone service shared with neighbors). Sometimes our mother would pick up the phone and would find that someone was using the service. She would say, “The line is busy.” We would then ask, “What is the lion doing, mommy?” Never could figure out why there would be lions in the phone building.

    • Kathy Self -  September 6, 2015 - 10:26 am

      My Great Aunt used to have a party-line phone in the 60,s and she would listen to other peoples conversations. My dad got a private phone installed in his new home and my Aunt asked him if he was going to be on her party-line and she said, “I thought you were going to be on my line!” When my dad graduated High School he was telling a classmate (girl) about his ring and my Aunt spread rumors that he had given an engagement ring to her! Hillbilly Headline News!

  71. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  August 29, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    I heard someone quietly say, after burping, “I[t] kills me…” (compare “excuse me” but which is not a lyric)… perhaps a non-English-native-speaker…

    When I first listened to Enya’s song, “this way ends together far-and-away” alluding to parallel-tracks, but it was not readily hearable, I came-up with a possible phrase, ‘this day ends tomorrow around the world’—a lyrical truth.

  72. bob bevilacqua -  August 27, 2015 - 9:13 am

    As a young kid growing up in the North End of Boston, I always interpreted this verse in “Jingle Bells”…”in a one horse open sleigh”, as, “in a one horse ‘soap and’ sleigh/slay”. First of all “sleigh” wasn’t a familiar word for us, as “sled” would be more common. Secondly, not that sure about sleigh, would never conceive of different “kinds” of sleigh, i.e. “OPEN” ones?!

    • Marlene -  September 1, 2015 - 1:28 am

      I thought it was ‘One horse dope and slay’. It’s still a joke to me and my friends to this day.

    • Irene -  September 7, 2015 - 10:52 am

      My son’s version when he was young was “one house opens three”.

      • Jonney Boi -  September 8, 2015 - 6:53 pm

        I used to think it said ‘and one horse opens leg’

  73. Evelyn -  August 26, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    In Imagine Dragon’s radioactive, my little brother mistook the words “Enough to make my system blow” as “Enough to make my sister broke.”

    • Angel -  November 17, 2015 - 12:07 pm

      I thought the Imagine Dragons lyric was “enough to make my sister moan” and was fairly scandalized.

  74. Jeff Dale -  August 23, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    After reading these, I feel among kindred spirits.

    As a small child, I was taught to say this bed time prayer:
    Gentle Jesus, meek and mild
    Look upon this little child
    Pity mice and plicity
    And suffer me to come to thee.

    One night, I asked my mother what plicity was. What? Well I know what mice are, I just don’t know what plicity is. On realising that I had been reciting without understanding, my simplicity was pointed out in no uncertain terms and further prayers were abandoned!

    • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:25 am

      - I always got a laugh from my friend Lisa, circa 1984, when she’d sing along with The Police’s song ‘King of Pain’ for

      “There’s a little black spot on the sun today”

      she would sing,

      “There’s a little Black Spider that’s on the way.”

      – & in their other song, ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ for

      “This girl is HALF HIS AGE!”

      she would sing:

      “This girl is HALF DISEASED!” – LoL!

      …fun stuff

      • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:42 am

        …oh, and how about Stevie Nicks’ song ‘SARA’? When, about 22 seconds into the intro, she sings:

        “Said you’d give me life, but you never told me ’bout Papayas”


    • jim barfoot -  November 3, 2015 - 1:13 pm

      My Mom tells the story of misunderstanding the hymn “Gladly the cross I’d bear” as “Gladly the cross-eyed bear.”

      • Serablue -  November 28, 2015 - 7:09 am

        This is the funniest one of all!!!

      • tom -  December 10, 2015 - 3:50 pm

        Yeah, that was my mistake as a child too. That, and misinterpreting the last line of “Silent Night” as “sleep in heavenly peas”. That one was confusing; as a child I detested peas and couldn’t imagine why anyone thought they were heavenly.

      • Ben -  December 31, 2015 - 2:09 am


  75. BMcCleary -  August 21, 2015 - 8:54 am

    There are tons of these available on the website KissThisGuy.com, so named because of the famous misinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” lyric “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” The mondegreen is obviously “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”

    Anyway, the first time I heard the Eagles “Hotel California” album, I wondered who Victor McGlove was. I was listening to the song “Victim of Love.”

  76. Julie -  August 20, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    For a long time I thought the song “Please Don’t Stop the Music” was about weasels. “Weasels got to move it.” wow.

    • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 4:10 pm

      OMG!!! LOL!!! I really can hear that in my head right now! My dad’s probably going to come up and yell at me because I’m laughing so loud right now!!!!!!

  77. Jennifer -  August 20, 2015 - 11:26 am

    Jimi Hendrix – ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy for ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky

    Eddie Murphy – my girl wants to potty all the time (the correct word is “party”, but the song was popular when my little girl was potty-training, and the word stuck)

    The Police – Walking In Your Food Stamps for Walking In Your Footsteps

  78. Chatty -  August 20, 2015 - 8:34 am

    The Police-So Lonely chorus when I was young sang “Salami”

  79. GSlunka -  August 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

    When I went fishing with my dad when I was little he explained to me about the bait we were using and it made perfect sense to me. It wasn’t until I was starting college that my mom looked at me oddly and said “It’s salmon eggs.” All this time I thought we were feeding the trout a breakfast of “ham and eggs!”

  80. Marco Pollo -  August 18, 2015 - 6:18 am

    National Anthems are always a source of entertainment when “We loyal sons and daughters all” become “We loyal sunshine daughters all”

  81. bob johnson -  August 18, 2015 - 5:08 am

    I thought in Back in Black it was “back on the crack” instead of “back on the track”

    • Laura -  July 10, 2016 - 9:19 pm

      I have always thought back in black was back in play. Of course Brian screams instead of sings, not until I heard Axl Rose sing it did I know the real lyrics. Did I mention that I never liked AC/DC because Angus let Brian ruin a bunch of great songs by singing them!!!

  82. RobH -  August 17, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    I always had to laugh when we were kids, and my brother used to insist that the lyrics for the Stampeders’ “Wild Eyes” were pronounced as ‘woun eyes’.

  83. James -  August 16, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Our Father
    Who art in heaven
    Howard be thy name

    • Cathy -  August 26, 2015 - 8:02 am

      A song about Jesus speaking to the disciples went:
      “I will make you Fishers of Men if you follow me”.

      Or, according to my friend when we were 5-ish:
      “I will make you vicious old men if you follow me”!

    • Molly -  September 30, 2015 - 7:52 pm

      I used to think that too! Also, I used to think it was this:
      Our Father
      Who art in Heaven
      Howard be thy name (also sometimes mistook it for “How low be thy name”)
      My kingdom come
      I will be dumb
      On Earth as is in Heaven
      Give us to stay our holy bread
      And forgive our trespasses
      As we forgive those who tres (like spanish 3) pass against us
      And lead us not into temptation
      But deliver us from evil
      For thine is the kingdom, and the pow er (like POW! er…), and the story forever.
      A men. (like several men, but with an a instead of the men.)

      • Rita -  September 13, 2016 - 2:22 pm

        Our Father, Art, in heaven. but God’s name is Harold, ‘Hark, ’cause Harold’s angels sing”

  84. Anonymous -  August 15, 2015 - 8:50 pm

    Most people think TSwift, in Blank Space, is singing ” all the lonely Starbucks lovers ” instead of ” got a long list of ex-lovers “. Even I had to look it up.

    • Katy -  December 7, 2015 - 4:14 pm

      I hear:
      “Got some lonley stomach-scrawlers”

    • Ben -  December 31, 2015 - 2:18 am

      A guy calling in to a radio station said he thought it was, “..got a lot of cervix lovers”. Lol.

  85. Naomi -  August 15, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Shouldn’t the title be “What It’s Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?” Or “What Is It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?”

    Anyhow, when my daughter was preschool age and learned the ABC sing, she sang it….
    Animal Pee
    I use to giggle to my self everything I heard her singing to her self. :-)

    • Naomi -  August 15, 2015 - 9:32 am

      Rather I would giggle “every time” I heard her signing it. Didn’t catch that auto fill mistake on my phone.

      • George -  October 4, 2015 - 12:10 am

        Don’t you mean ‘singing’ rather than signing?

    • Kxyz -  August 19, 2015 - 5:59 pm

      She nailed it.

      • V aka your conscience -  December 10, 2015 - 7:36 pm

        Oh Naomi !
        I was just about to laud you with praise for correcting the autofill mistake (We’re still better than computers! And why didn’t the auto correct correct the auto fill? ), but then we come upon “my self and her self” tsk, tsk, tsk.

        Anyway, I agree with Kxyz…You “nialed” it! ; )

        • V aka your conscience -  December 10, 2015 - 8:26 pm

          And great call on the title!
          Why is dictionary dot com asking me what it’s called? Really?
          Maybe they mispelled it too…Monday Greens!!!

    • Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:42 pm


  86. bobby -  August 15, 2015 - 1:34 am

    On Willie Nelson’s Album Red headed stranger there is a song that says, “Can I sleep in your arms tonight lady.” I thought it said , ” can I sleep in your arms one eyed lady.” I always asked myself who would want to sleep in the arms of a one eyed lady?

  87. Vixi -  August 15, 2015 - 12:10 am

    As a kid I never wondered about what kind of underwear Jesus wore. “Blessed is the Fruit of the Loom, Jesus.” I thought America the Beautiful went, “America, America, God spread his grapes on thee and crowned thy good with Robin Hood . . .”
    I also thought the Battle Hymn of the Republic went,”He is tramping out the vintage where the grapes of Welch are stored.” I usually pronounce words very clearly, and by the time I was 10, I had cleared up most of my Mondegreens, except for the last one. “Grapes of Welch” doesn’t even sound like “Grapes of Wrath,” but I was so sure of my interpretation, that I had to look up the lyrics.

  88. MEB -  August 9, 2015 - 10:57 pm

    Usually in class after the Pledge of Allegiance, we sang some patriotic song or other. Whenever we sang “My Country ’tis of Thee” (Greek right there), the part where the words go “of thee I sing,” to me was “of the icing” and I always thought we were singing about a cake.

    • Winters -  January 22, 2016 - 8:37 pm

      I always thought that line was ‘of V. I. C.’ Though i had no idea what that might mean. :)

  89. Bobby -  August 8, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    - The Police, Canary in a Coma > Canary in a Coalmine
    - The Police, Don’t stab your claws in me > Don’t stand so close to me
    - England Dan/John Ford Coley, I’m not talkin bout my linen > I’m not talking about moving in

    • Stephanie -  August 15, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      I have never known they were singing “I’m not talkin’ ’bout movin’ in” I have ALWAYS heard it as “I’m not talkin’ ’bout the linen.” And I knew it was wrong, and always forgot to look up the correct lyrics! Thanks!

    • Carmelor -  August 17, 2015 - 4:22 am

      For many, many years I thought the Beatles song about the “paperback writer” said instead, “take the back riser” and I supposed it was directing a driver to take a certain road! And back when my daughter was still in grade school she liked the Beach Boys song about the girl who drove the T-bird — except she sang “drives like an ape now” rather than “drives like an ace now”! She insisted the song said “ape”!

      • Dan -  August 31, 2015 - 12:21 am

        Similar – but I thought they were saying, “Take the back right turn”

      • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 1:24 pm

        “Make the Bag Right, Girl”- that’s “Paperback Writer.” Still hear it my way even though I finally learned the correct words.

  90. Toby Wallis -  August 8, 2015 - 2:31 am

    Gladly, my cross-eyed bear.

  91. Curtis B -  July 31, 2015 - 4:51 am

    Did you ever play “hide and seek” as a child?
    What did someone say at the end of the game when they finally gave up?
    “Olley Oxen Free” right?
    Talk about a mispronunciation…..
    How about “All The Outs In Free” instead?? ;-)

    • Leslie -  August 20, 2015 - 3:35 pm

      Well, that makes a lot more sense!!

    • Cindy -  September 17, 2015 - 7:48 pm

      Instead of “All the” I learned that it originally was “All ye” which would translate to “all you” today.

      • Gumbrush -  October 12, 2015 - 4:57 am

        Actually that’s not correct.
        The whole “ye” thing is a misinterpretation in itself, due to the way that in old English they used a letter ‘thorn’ to represent the T and H of ‘the’ which looks similar to a Y. This later fell out of popularity.
        So “ye” as in your example above and common faux old-sounding names like “Ye Olde Pubbe” really just means “the” – not “you” or “your” as is often assumed.
        Now you know!

  92. Curtis B -  July 31, 2015 - 4:43 am

    Credence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising”
    Wrong lyrics: “There’s a bathroom on the right”
    Correct lyrics: “There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise”

    • Leigh -  August 26, 2015 - 11:25 am

      Heck, back in those days we appreciated directions to the bathroom…
      too stoned to find it and too paranoid to ask!

  93. Joel -  July 21, 2015 - 7:27 pm

    Mariah Carey song “Without You”

    Original lyrics (Chorus):

    I can’t live
    If living is without you
    I can’t live
    I can’t give anymore
    I can’t live
    If living is without you
    I can’t give
    I can’t give anymore


    Ken lee
    Tulibu dibu douchoo
    Kenl ee
    Ken lee meju more
    Ken lee
    Tulibu dibu douchoo
    Ken lee
    Ken lee meju more

    • john stover -  August 16, 2015 - 7:16 pm

      Listen to Harry Nillson’s version, he actually enunciates!

      • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:10 am

        R.I.P. Harry, you musical, lyrical & vocal GENIUS!

    • Ochoi -  November 8, 2015 - 1:11 pm

      That’s the funniest song, you’ve made up there.

  94. ZeineGrae -  July 18, 2015 - 2:18 am

    In iggy Azalea’s song “Black Widow” my boyfriend thought the line “I’m gonna love you like a black widow, baby!” Was “…like a black little baby!”

  95. Dave -  July 15, 2015 - 1:27 am

    Mylie Cyrus “You Came in Like a Wrecking Ball.” It was only very recently that I saw it in print and realized she wasn’t singing “You came in like rainbow”!

  96. Werdnerd Logophile -  July 11, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Had a friend in middle school back in 77-78 who thought the verse in Queen’s “We Will Rock You”…somebody better put you back into your place…was… somebody better put a bag on yo face.

    • May -  August 21, 2015 - 10:21 pm

      Do you know what a great name that is?
      Word lover??? Or did you make it up, by any chance?

      NO, WERDNERD. You made it up – funny.

  97. Beebee -  July 10, 2015 - 6:50 pm

    I always thought that the Shirelles were singing (in “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”) “Can I believe the magic of your size” rather than “magic of your sighs” !!!!

  98. B.B. Kaune -  July 10, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    I always thought the Shirelles were singing (in “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?)”, not, “Can I believe the magic of your sighs”, but “Can I believe the magic of your size” !!!!! :)

  99. Colin -  July 8, 2015 - 7:38 am

    What about Jamaican singer Desmon Dekker and and his song “The Israelites”.
    The line – Darlin’ she said, “I was yours to be seen”
    sounds like- Darlin’ she said “I was yards to greasy”
    and the next line – Poor me Israelites
    sounds like – Oh me my ears are alight

    Always difficult to understand native Jamaican speakers.

    • Ruth Raymond -  July 9, 2015 - 8:21 am

      Talk about misinterpreting lyrics I laugh when I heard the hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves” as Bringing in the Sheets l” and how about the Christmas Carol ” Hark the Herald Angels” as Hark the Hairy Angels..

      • JB -  July 26, 2015 - 12:20 am

        I can certainly relate to “Bringing in the sheaves.” I heard: Bringing in the CHEESE!!” I knew I wasn’t right, but has no ideas what the actual lyrics were–ha! Thanks… My lesson for the moment. Now I’ll read on and laugh some more and possible learn some more.

        • longpurple -  August 3, 2015 - 9:04 pm

          Love the Pogo mondegreen:

          “Deck us all with Boston, Charlie

          Walla-walla Washington, Kalamazoo”

          • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 1:33 pm

            Norah’s freezin’ on the trolley
            Swaller dollar cauliflower alley garoo. (to finish the verse)

            I do sometimes sing it around Christmas.

        • john stover -  August 16, 2015 - 7:33 pm

          Or… “What a friend we have in cheeses”.

      • Rea -  August 14, 2015 - 9:15 pm

        Your story is very much like one my mother tells me. She sang to me all the time when I was young. I was maybe 3 years old, but I was very precocious and was reading when I was just 2 years old. Because of this, my mother thought I understood the words she was singing. I also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. She sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. Well, what I HEARD was, “roll me over the tie.” In my mind I can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. Mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs!

      • Kathy Self -  September 6, 2015 - 10:38 am

        I thought it was, “Bringing in the Leaves.”

    • Lucy -  July 9, 2015 - 9:13 am

      Back in 1975, Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” (“I Believe in Miracles”) was playing regularly on the radio. A girlfriend of mine asked her friend what the singer was saying. The friend told her he was saying, “I believe in Malachai.” When my girlfriend asked who Malachai was, her friend said, “I believe he was one of the twelve disciples.” LOL.

      • lori -  August 15, 2015 - 9:27 am

        I thought it was “i believe in marigolds”!

      • Laura -  July 10, 2016 - 9:41 pm

        Wasn’t Malachi the crazy red-headed crazy kid from Children of the Corn? Because of him I always was afraid of redheads, until my youngest daughter was born.

  100. Mondie -  July 7, 2015 - 8:32 am

    When I was very little, I thought that L, M, N, and O in the alphabet were one letter with a very long name, “elemeno”. So H, I, J, K, elemeno, P…

    • JB -  July 26, 2015 - 12:30 am

      Again, I can relate, as I’ve heard this from many of my nieces and nephews. Totally cute…

    • Rea -  August 14, 2015 - 9:17 pm

      Your story is very much like one my mother tells me. She sang to me all the time when I was young. I was maybe 3 years old, but I was very precocious and was reading when I was just 2 years old. Because of this, my mother thought I understood the words she was singing. I also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. She sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. Well, what I HEARD was, “roll me over the tie.” In my mind I can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. Mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs!

    • Jeff -  November 10, 2015 - 8:57 am

      I used to sing the alphabet and when I got to the L M N O P part, I always thought and sang it as a small fish urine .. thus singing it H I J K L ” a minnow pee” ..Q R S etc.. :-)

  101. Stuball -  July 6, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Coming from the Hawaiian culture where “haole” means “foreigner” in general, but non-native Caucasian in particular, what I heard as a kid was:
    “Our Father, wart in Heaven, haole be Thy name.”

  102. Steven Pratt -  June 30, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    For several years as a pre-teen, I misunderstood the words to the first verse of “Silent Night”: “Round yon version, mother and child.” I kind of new what version meant, while I had no idea what a virgin was. :-)

    • Laurel Wilkinson -  August 18, 2015 - 9:20 am

      “Round John Vergent” is a portly character who frequently finds his way into that carol.

      My mother was astonished once to hear we were about to sing “With One Green Eye” (“With Wond’ring Awe”). She said she didn’t know that was in the hymnal.

  103. Ugonna -  June 27, 2015 - 6:52 pm

    When my little sister was younger, she thought that, for the song “We Are The World”, they were saying, “It’s true, a Michael, Michael Joe, just chu and me.” instead of “It’s true, we’ll make a better day, just you and me.” I found it HILARIOUS!!!

  104. Stephen -  June 22, 2015 - 6:23 am

    My favourite one is the first line of the third verse of “To God be the glory”; which to my childish brain sounded like, “Great things He has TORTOISE!” :-D

    • LongPurple -  June 27, 2015 - 6:08 pm

      Every Christmas I hear a hymn and the words in my mind are from “Pogo” —- “Deck us all with Boston, Charlie — Walla-Walla Washington, Kalamazoo”

      • Stuball -  July 6, 2015 - 4:37 pm

        … And the second line:
        “Nora’s freezing on the trolley,
        Swaller dollar cauliflower alley ‘garoo.”

        • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 1:39 pm

          Hey @Stuball! Great minds think alike. Do you ever sing it, too?

      • jim barfoot -  November 3, 2015 - 1:29 pm

        Walla walla, Wash and Kalamazoo
        Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley
        Swaller dollar cauliflower, allygaroo!

  105. graeme -  June 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    U2′s song The Sweetest Thing – I used to hear “oh oh oh the Swiss Maid”

    Daft Punk definitely sang “Around the world, around the woodle”

    But the original one for me, and perhaps the strangest is Madonna singing “Bubble down squeak”, when in fact she was singing “Papa don’t preach”.

  106. Francis -  June 16, 2015 - 8:32 am

    My mother told me that, as a child, she misinterpreted the title of a hymn, ‘Gladly The Cross I’d Bear.’ She loved to sing about ‘Gladly, The Cross-eyed Bear.”

  107. Mary -  June 13, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    The song “Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry where she goes like, “You PMS…” I used to think it said “You pee a mess”

    • Panthera -  October 27, 2016 - 6:24 pm

      Oh man, that’s what I thought the lyrics were.

  108. Saxxi_1 -  June 10, 2015 - 2:56 pm

    Back in the ’70s, there were song titled, Sister Golden Hair, with lyrics that read, in part, ” . . . make it Monday, but I got so damned depressed . . .” My friend’s little sister thought the lyrics were, ” . . . but I’ve got some pants to press.”

    • mcat -  June 14, 2015 - 9:44 pm

      Oops trying to comment but in wrong place.

      And who doesn’t know there’s no mayonnaise in Ireland ?

      Customer: What is this?
      Waiter: It’s bean soup.
      Customer: What is it now?

  109. Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    I used to carol loudly “Olympic Wax” instead of “a whip that cracks” … I take the 5th on how old I was when I finally learned better

  110. Curi -  June 7, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    I always thought the Thunderclap Newman song / Tom Petty cover of “Something in the Air” said in the verse:

    “We’ve got to get together sooner or later
    Because the Rabbi Lucien’s here”

  111. DanG -  June 6, 2015 - 11:02 am

    My wife has always misheard Cirque du Soleil as Circus Ole, until she saw it in print.

  112. Erin E. Schmidt -  May 28, 2015 - 7:01 am

    My father swears he thought the Van Morrison song “Brown-Eyed Girl” was called “One-Eyed Girl,” but that may just have been a joke he was trying to pull on me.

    • Julie Barringer -  May 30, 2015 - 9:02 am

      A friend thought Neil Diamond was singing “For Reverend Bluejeans” instead of Forever In Blue Jeans.
      Same friend, having never heard of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, thought Paul McCartney was singing about “Ma, Lookin Tired” !!

      • John -  June 4, 2015 - 8:41 am

        No, it’s an advert for an Irish car parts firm, “Mulligan’s Tyres”.

        • arlene -  June 6, 2015 - 8:28 am

          How about these? I have a reputation for not understanding songs. Almost had a panic attack when, as a grad student, I had to bring my Spanish II students to the language lab to listen to and discuss songs sung in Spanish.

          More than highway (actual: poison ivy)

          I bow a tree to protect me (actual: poetry to protect me)

          Sentimental cup full of lard (actual: Santa Monica Boulevard)

          I’m your penis, I’m your fire (actual: I’ m your Venus, I’m your fire)

          And to the flag for widget stans. (Actual: And to the flag, for which it stands)

          Give my anus a twirly whirly (actual: Came by in his curly-whirly)

          I could go on, but you see how I got my reputation…

      • fayms -  July 5, 2015 - 11:29 pm

        I thought Mull of Kintyre was Mulligans Tyre

      • Polo -  July 30, 2015 - 6:31 am

        My piano teacher thought I should learn “Mulloch Entire.” When (a) I didn’t recognise the name and (b) I obviously had no idea how to break the sounds up into words (I said, “Mulloch???”) , she got really mad.

        I was only a kid, and I had never heard of Mull, or Kintyre – and without an f, even o’ didn’t make a lot of sense. So I thought then, and I think now, that my incomprehension was entirely justifiable.

        Maybe I’ll learn the piece now – it’s only fifty years too late.

    • EndoBXT -  June 6, 2015 - 2:25 pm

      I got some:
      -Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”:
      “We don’t need no Education…We don’t need no ‘Birth Control’ ”
      -Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” is “Hot Potatoes, Hot Potatoes..Ho-Ho- Hot Potatoes”
      -One of the Go-Go’s songs I thought had to do with Smelly Feet…Can’t remember which one!?

  113. Jodi Mikalachki -  May 25, 2015 - 1:51 am

    First-graders learning to sing the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” when asked to pronounce the second line individually (“and ransom captive Israel”) came out with:
    “and random cats of Israel” and
    “and randy Captain Israel.”
    I would like to see the latter take on the Whore of Babylon!

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  115. Ceci -  May 18, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    My mom thought Geico was saving people “15 percent moron car insurance”

    • 1340mike398 -  May 25, 2015 - 5:12 pm

      That’s hilarious!

      • wellineva -  July 18, 2016 - 7:37 pm

        A friend of mine told me once that she kept hearing an ad on TV for Mobil, or some other petrol station (gas station). Without paying much attention she kept thinking they were proudly offering “Service with a smirk”. She thought it was rather odd, but shrugged it off, picturing attendants filling your car while smirking at you.

        It was quite some time later that she realised that they were offering “Service with a Smurf”–and were giving away blue cuddly toys with a tank fill.

  116. tina -  May 18, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    some of my best include “have some snickers and snacks and just relax” from an old tune whose name i can’t recall, and if I must be honest I never really believed my interpretation was correct but i just loved the idea of someone saying that! the song must have been from the ’50′s cause the original lyric goes like this, “put on your sneakers and slacks and just relax”. and we all know nobody says “slacks” anymore!
    another winner was from the song “sway” by dean martin. I was convinced he was singing “when we sway i go WHEE!” only to find out he was in fact saying “when we sway i grow weak”. not really as exciting….

  117. Grace -  May 13, 2015 - 11:06 am

    As a kid I was convinced that the 1960s song by Johnny Tillotson went:
    “Oh a tree in motion, walking by my side…” instead of “Poetry in motion…”
    Still like my version better – I still see a tree walking by his side whenever I hear that song!

    Also, I thought a dual carriageway was a ‘jewel’ carriageway because there were once jewels lining the central reservation as they used to be special routes reserved for the king or queen to drive down in their carriages.
    My dad used to think it was a “George carriageway” :-)

    One more from my mum – when her school closed for “voting” on polling day she thought it was closed for “boating”, which was something only adults were allowed to do!

    • Rita -  September 13, 2016 - 2:33 pm

      Peter Paul and Mary sang…”the ants are my friends; they’re blowin’ in the wind.”

  118. Patricia -  May 12, 2015 - 4:54 pm

    My youngest daughter had several wonderful mondegreens. In the end of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout”, she would sing “out came the rain and dried the ball the rain.” And a popular Christmas carol began “Dashing through the snow, with a one horse soap and sleigh.” Joyous memories!

  119. Kevin Moore -  May 10, 2015 - 3:10 am

    I’m an Australian and I particularly like this one ‘ Australian’s all love ostriches’ instead of the correct ‘Australians all let us rejoice’ from our national anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’ which I love. There’s a line from ‘The Boxer’ which I have heard as ‘All lies and jests’, ‘All life’s a jest’. and ‘All’
    I suggest.’ Does anyone know what the actual line is?

    • Chuck Cee -  June 1, 2015 - 8:30 am

      “All I suggest is a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest …..”

      • Donnie Darko -  June 14, 2015 - 4:48 pm

        The lines in question are, “Such are promises/All lies & jest.” One of the most moving songs ever, IMHO.

    • fayms -  July 5, 2015 - 11:39 pm

      I though it was Advance Australia Square!

  120. Tony -  April 30, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Catholics will appreciate this one. In the Act of Contrition, we pray “O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee…” The kids in CCD/Religion class would almost always say “O, my God, I am hardly sorry for having offended thee…” Nothing like saying the exact opposite and dissing God in the process.

    • jim fordice -  May 10, 2015 - 10:54 am

      Love this site! By best friend growing up was the KING of mondegreens! In Sympathy for the Devil, “Pontius Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate” became “washed his hands in the Sea of Spain.” Same song:
      ” Anastasia screamed in vain” was “Anastasia fleed the bay.” Questionable grammar there. He would fight you if ever questioned. Love it!
      Also, The Stones ” Hang Fire” was ” Hang Five.”

  121. Julian de Meyrick -  April 29, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Just north of Sydney, Australia, is the lovely waterway known as Coal and Candle Creek. The older locals insist it is named after Colin Campbell.

  122. D-Roc -  April 28, 2015 - 5:44 pm

    “All in all you’re just another d___ (rhymes with rick) with no balls”
    - Pink Floyd

    I like my version better :D

    • RS -  June 12, 2015 - 7:28 am

      As I read, I’ve smiled at many of these, but yours is the only one that made me actually bust out laughing. Nice work!

      • RJ -  August 26, 2015 - 12:28 am

        Now I understand why the song was banned in South Africa, not politics but filthy porn

    • Leigh -  August 26, 2015 - 11:42 am

      Oh man, I like your version better too…I am laughing all the way to the bathroom before I pee my pants. That is absolutely TOO funny!

  123. Mr. Bigglesworth -  April 24, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    When I was very young, I was convinced that everybody was saying “L-bone” rather than elbow. … ‘made sense to me.

    • EL-Eez dad -  July 21, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      When my son was about 3 years old, he would refer to the screen door as the “scream door.” Plus, in the day camp he attended, the little kids his age played in the “tot-house” which he referred to as the ‘hot house.’

    • Julie -  August 18, 2015 - 9:08 am

      Me too! Hate to say that my sister and I were teenagers when our mother said “you DO know it’s elbow don’t you” and we said “wait, what????.” She thought we’d been joking all along.

  124. mixer -  April 23, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    I sang “fingerprints that leave me covered for days” from Little Mix’s DNA as “fingerprints that leave me cold for days.” I still like my version better…

  125. Cheryl B. -  April 23, 2015 - 11:38 am

    Little Miss Muffet
    Sat on her tuffet
    Eating her courage away, it should read: (eating her curds and whey)

    My big sister said this when we were little. Love her!

    • Cathy -  August 26, 2015 - 7:57 am

      Little Miss Muffet
      Sat on her Tuffet
      Eating her curtains away!

  126. map -  April 23, 2015 - 1:33 am

    In the Christmas carol “Silent Night” my younger brother changed “Round yon virgin” to “barnyard virgin”. That’s how the family sings it now!

  127. Sue Hales -  April 17, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    This thread has been going on for over four years now! But I still feel the need to contribute…

    1) When my grandmother was little, the lesson reader in church always ended by saying, “Here endeth the lesson.” However, she heard “Here rendeth the lesson” and thought that the page had been torn at that point and they couldn’t go any further!

    2) The song “Oh, What a Night” by the Four Seasons has a part that goes:

    Oh, I got a funny feeling
    When she walked in the room
    And I, as I recall
    It ended much too soon

    When I listen to it, even now when I know what it’s supposed to say, I still hear what I heard when I was younger:

    Oh, I got a funny feeling
    When she walked in the room
    I got a funny itchin’ in my two shoes

    (I could only assume that she made him want to dance!)

    • Trooper -  April 22, 2015 - 11:38 am

      Dirty Deeds! Done dirt cheap!
      Dirty Deeds! Thunder Chief!

      • Marty -  May 16, 2015 - 8:08 pm

        I always heard it as Thunder Jeep! It’s close enough. The Thunder Chief can do dirty deeds and use his Thunder Jeep to get away.

      • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 1:54 pm

        Really thought it was about these two guys – Dirty Deeds and the Dunder Chief….

    • Beachgirl -  July 4, 2015 - 2:14 pm

      In that same song, there’s a lyric I mangled until I was in my 40′s. I couldn’t even come up with real words, so for most of my life I just sang “spinnin’ mah head around and taken fo ma deh undah”. It was so enlightening to find out the words are “spinning my head around and taking my body under”!

  128. Andrew -  April 13, 2015 - 5:06 am

    Two I remember from my childhood were…

    A “chester drawers” in the bedroom, and

    a “bowen arrow”.

    • Laura -  July 10, 2016 - 9:56 pm

      Dam!!! I have been saying Chester drawers for 39 years!!! The worst part??? NO ONE has EVER corrected me!!!! Thanks

  129. Spoont Master B -  April 8, 2015 - 6:16 am

    My gf thought Metallica’s Enter Sandman had the lyric
    “sleep with a coyote”
    instead of
    “sleep with one eye open”
    no sh*t

  130. Chris -  April 8, 2015 - 3:48 am

    For a long time I misunderstood Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”:

    “This amusement never ends” sounded to me like
    “There’s amusement in the rinse.”

    It never occurred to me wonder what was in the dryer.

  131. Cheryl Johnson -  March 31, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    I knew a singer–and non-native speaker of English–whose favorites songs included “Blue Spinach Eyes.”

  132. ElecManPoweredUp -  March 31, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    I am one in the same with those who thought “There’s a bad moon on the rise” was “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

    • Mark -  July 10, 2015 - 7:08 pm

      Actually, sometimes it is. Though the official words are “There’s a bad moon on the rise”, John Fogerty, being a good sport and knowing of this humorous mondegreen, sometimes actually sings it in concerts as “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Perhaps you’ve heard this version. You can find it on YouTube where he sings it like that with a smirk on his face.

  133. ElecManPoweredUp -  March 31, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    “Dirty deeds
    Done with sheep”

    • Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      They should rerecord it that way… hilarious

    • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 1:58 pm

      Oh, high-larious! So funny, Much better than the Dunder Chief.

  134. Danielle -  March 31, 2015 - 6:56 am

    When I 1st heard the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles was on a Dog Food commercial.
    and I thought the line
    “I want to see you be Brave.” was
    “I want to see you be Great.”
    but with the “T” being under emphasized. I took a while before I learned I was wrong. And I understood why I couldn’t find the song when I searched 4 it online. LOL :P

  135. J. Michael -  March 26, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    From the CCR hit song “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” One will often hear “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

    • Diney Dee -  March 29, 2015 - 9:36 am

      For the first 40 years of my life, when I heard the phrase “The Devil May Care”, it conjured up images of a Rumpelstillskin-esque guy sitting at a spinning wheel because I thought the phrase was: “The Devil Make Hair”.

      • tina -  May 18, 2015 - 2:16 pm

        that’s a good one!

  136. Dave -  March 13, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    ….and one for the little boy who lives down the drain.

  137. Rose -  March 13, 2015 - 11:30 pm

    Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks
    “And though the truth may bury this, sh*t will carry on”
    When the real line is
    “And though the truth may not be, this ship will carry our (bodies strait to shore)”

    • V'leOnica -  March 24, 2015 - 7:08 pm

      Are you aware that the two most commonly used 4 letter words are anagrams. Ship High In Transport, which refers to the time when fertilizer was shipped over seas in Wooded ships which created such a stench that the crates used for the shipment of this substance were marked S.H.I.T. so the said stench would be stowed on a high section of the ship.
      The other is Fortification Under Consent of the King, which dates back to a time when sex,except betwixt married persons, was illegal .

      • Brian -  April 10, 2015 - 11:36 am

        I still am not “aware” of this, because I doubt if either explanation is at all an accurate recounting an etymology -although the stories are humorous.

        • Fred -  September 11, 2015 - 11:43 am

          And I heard it was from the Puritan punishment of being put in public stocks if caught in an extramarital affair, with the abbreviated sign meaning For Using Carnal Knowledge.

      • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 4:33 pm

        Your use of the word “anagrams” is incorrect. Anagrams are words or phrases that are comprised of the mixed-up letters of other words or phrases. For example LISTEN and SILENT are anagrams of each other. Or a more advanced example, “The country side” and “No City Dust Here”. I believe the word you meant to use was “acronym” which is a word that is comprised of the first letter or letters of the words in a phrase. One example of an acronym is the word RADAR, which originally was an acronym of the phrase RAdio Detection And Ranging.

        Also, in your F.U.C.K. story, while I doubt the truthfulness of this, I believe the story says that it was FORNICATION Under Consent of the King, and not “Fortification”. Both are useful words, but not really interchangeable. Who do you know goes on on Friday night looking for a little “Fortification”?

        • jbs56 -  May 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm

          It sounds like you are very familiar with the tenants of writing well! That one is now going through press like wildfire. It’s everywhere.

          • Red -  June 7, 2015 - 6:23 pm

            ” the tenants of writing well” – Was that a deliberate mondegreen for ” the tenets of writing well?”

      • Red -  June 7, 2015 - 6:28 pm

        I heard the latter was an abbreviation court clerks used to represent For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

    • Jerry -  March 25, 2015 - 4:57 pm

      I thought it was “And though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies straight to shore”

      • Mirra -  May 5, 2015 - 9:08 pm

        I thought it was

        “though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”

        I also remember thinking as a kid that in the song “Funk Soul Brother” that it said “the funk is your brother”

    • John -  September 20, 2015 - 7:47 pm

      FINALLY, a mondegreen I can relate too hahah I was thinking that something was off about that line…

  138. Jeree -  March 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    In “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” I misheard “If you like pina coladas” as “If you like bean enchiladas.”

    • Dave -  March 13, 2015 - 11:56 pm

      …I do!!!

  139. Sunay Yuseinov -  February 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

    Another popular example of misheard lyrics is Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and especially the part of the lyrics which goes “A mulatto. An albino. A mosquito. My libido.” There are different variations of mondegreens, one of them being “I’m a lion! I’m a vinyl! I’m a skittle I’m a Beatle!”

    • al chestjut -  February 19, 2015 - 2:07 am

      “That song about cleaning up dog poop.”
      “It’s my litttle doo scoop (you dont know what I got)”
      - B. Wilson

      • Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:15 pm

        I thought it was duce coupe… once I decided it wasn’t spruce coupe

    • JM -  December 11, 2016 - 10:15 am

      Always convinced the last one was JALAPEÑO!!!

  140. Cara -  January 24, 2015 - 9:26 am

    “And I’m feral. You’re my wonderwall.”

    instead of

    “And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”

    - Wonderwall by Oasis.

    • Emma -  April 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

      I thought it was “and after all, you’re my one and all” LOL !! I really did!!

  141. Christine -  January 23, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    How about: “I led the pigeons to the flag” from the US pledge of allegiance

  142. Jay -  January 22, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Got a lot of STARBUCKS LOVERS haha

    • CHi -  March 11, 2015 - 1:44 pm

      I was waiting for someone to say this haha

    • Dan -  June 9, 2015 - 1:54 pm

      “Got a Lovely Starbucks Lovers!” – had to look that one up, ’cause I knew it wasn’t right. I still prefer to sing it this way in my head, though.

  143. Simon Smythe -  December 26, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Some mondegreens

    the holy cross-eyed bear (the cross I’d bear)…

    in the father, in the son & ‘in the hole he goes’
    (in the father, in the son & in the holy ghost)…

    • Chase -  January 21, 2015 - 6:20 pm

      Southpark made a song out of a modegreen:

      Don’t wanna be… Obama’s Elf!
      Don’t wanna be… Obama’s Elf, anymore.

      (Parody of All By Myself)

      • Chase -  January 22, 2015 - 7:20 pm

        ALSO, my sister’s name Aftyn originated from a mondegreen of
        Bruce Hornsby & the Range – Mandolin Rain.

        “And Aftyn, she’d smile
        It would last for awhile”


        “I laughed and she’d smile
        It would last for awhile”

        • Lilian Acosta -  February 19, 2015 - 8:32 pm

          Wow, that’s pretty neat!

        • Sue Hales -  April 17, 2015 - 12:37 pm

          I thought it was “often I’d smile…”!

    • Tiger -  March 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

      I actually prayed … in the holy goat

    • El Condor -  July 30, 2015 - 10:06 am

      The story I recall is about the little boy who named his teddy bear “Gladly.”
      His father asked him how he chose that name. The boy said, “I named him after the hymn “Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear” (Gladly the Cross I’d Bear) It is a perfect mondegreen because the sounds are identical.

  144. Kennyp -  December 23, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    How about the old Boney M song … “Ra, ra, rice puddin …”

  145. Andtrew -  December 23, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Back in the 80′s, people in Latin America were so hopelessly hooked on Michael Jackson music, they cheerfully sang

    “jabón” (“Keep On)
    “cloroformo” ( With The Force Don’t Stop)
    “papel higiénico” ( Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough)

    • Erin E. Schmidt -  May 28, 2015 - 6:56 am

      I hear that song as, “Keep on with the French toast, don’t stop till you get enough.”

  146. Fly -  December 16, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Weird Al seems to have based his lyrics on misinterpretations.
    ‘Mondegreen’ seem so common that its infused in the evolution of human language and understanding. Adopting words from other languages, until all languages become one.

    My favorite was from Madonna, “Pappa don’t preach” “cause I’m keeping my babay”. My friends liked my interpretation of how Madonna was going to have a baby, and her father could not stop her from having this child. Of course I knew that wasn’t how it was meant to be understood.

    • Lisa -  December 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

      That’s exactly what “Papa Don’t Preach” is about.

  147. bruceteberon -  December 4, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Sting misheard as I’m an alien,I’m a little alien I’m an Englishman in New York.Really is I’m a legal alien.

  148. Julinda -  December 1, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Up until I was well into my 40s, I thought “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” said, “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the peg leg they called Gitchigumee.” It really does sound like that, due to the singer’s style where he sort of mumbles/slurs the words, but rather than a person with a peg leg, Gitchigumee apparently refers to a big lake (one of the Great Lakes, in fact).

    My husband, who corrected my misunderstanding, and I still laugh hysterically any time we discuss it.

    • Paul -  July 3, 2015 - 11:12 am

      I always thought it sounded like “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down to the big lake they call itch me goolies”. I didin’t realise what they really called it until just now!

  149. Imogen -  November 23, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    My brother used to think Beyonce’s “all the single ladies” was “I’m a single lettuce”

  150. Imogen -  November 23, 2014 - 6:40 am

    “I am the lord of the dance, said he” was apparently “I am the lord of the downstairs loo”
    and my friends used to think “Build me up, buttercup” by the Foundations was “Build me a barnacle”

  151. Ash -  November 19, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    In “Angels We Have Heard on High,” as a kid I would sing “We make Chelsea’s Day-o” instead of “In excelsis Deo.”
    :-) It still makes me smile when I hear the song.

    • KL -  January 5, 2015 - 3:04 pm

      That seems to be an easy one to mess up! I used to think that it said in Chelsea’s Name-o,(like Bingo was his Name-o). I laugh now every time I hear that song now that I know what it really says! :)

      • KL -  January 5, 2015 - 3:28 pm

        There is also a song I know called “Until the Whole World Hears” by MercyMe….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc8y0DL8Hr4
        at 0:45 especially, it sounds like “Radio says” or “Radio sells” instead of “Ready yourselves”….my mom thought that that was the funniest thing ever when she heard me sing it. I still think my lyrics fit the song just fine. :)

  152. Bryan -  November 9, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    In the song ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers nearer to the end it sounds like “Threw up on Mexicans”

    • Oni -  November 12, 2014 - 1:29 pm

      My little brother thought it was “We’ll rob a Mexican.”

    • Danny -  November 13, 2014 - 4:02 pm

      “Shirley [surely], Goodness, and Mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (The 23rd Psalm/The Lord’s Prayer).

      When I was little and recited this prayer at night, I thought three people named: Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy would always be walking behind me my whole life following me everywhere I went!

      • anonymous -  December 21, 2014 - 8:53 am

        surely you can’t be serious!

        • Michael Murphy -  January 9, 2015 - 6:51 am

          I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley

          • anonymous -  May 28, 2015 - 9:32 pm

            The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner.

    • maryannjones -  November 15, 2014 - 5:17 am

      Bryan: No, no, no.. its “ni-guhh on mess-i-canz..”
      Oh..but NOW, its offensive, huh?!

      • Mick -  November 18, 2014 - 7:18 am

        Maryann, not sure if you’re joking but one of those things is racially insensitive and one of them is just a nationality. Nothing personal, especially seeing as it really does sound like that if you listen to the end of the song. It could be anything I guess, if you want to hear it you will hear it. It’s like a…forced mondegreen.

    • erik -  December 8, 2014 - 6:32 am

      I thought it was “We’ll rub a Mexican monkey”

    • Evelyn -  December 23, 2014 - 7:41 am

      Another Christmas theme gone awry: Until I was 27 or so and my three-year niece told me otherwise, I always thought that the line in Jingle Bells was “dashing through the snow, on a one-horse soaping (soapin’ in NewYorkese dialect) sleigh”. For years I imagined big bubbles trailing behind the sleigh. Imagine my disappointment when a three-year old niece burst my bubble so to speak. À one-horse open sleigh still sounds like fun although perhaps a tad less festive without the bubbles…

    • Daniel -  September 27, 2016 - 7:25 pm

      I can’t help hearing “we’re all for mexican” even if I know the true words

  153. Helena -  October 31, 2014 - 1:13 am

    For some people, like my husband and his brother, this is a disease, not a childhood phase. My favourite (among MANY): from Suzanne Vega’s Luka. My brother-in-law thought she lived on the kitchen floor, instead of the second floor. She was beaten up by her husband but apparently he let her sleep on the bed…

    • John -  February 3, 2015 - 7:12 pm

      Luka was the name of a boy who lived in the same building as Vega.

      The song was not based on him.his name just fitted the lyrics.

  154. Moofhead -  October 30, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Precious and few are the moments we toucans share…

  155. George -  October 25, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    The Styx song “Come Sail Away” starts out “,…
    “I’m sailing away,..set an open course for the virgin sea”
    A friend of mine in high school, when this song first came out (oops!,.aged myself!), used to sing it “set an open course for emergency”

    • PtWhitey -  December 23, 2014 - 7:58 am

      Uhhh, until right now I thought it was “set an open course for emergency”! I’ll need to listen again.

  156. Mr. Fluffy -  October 12, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    I think the song unwell is by matchbox 20, but anyway, when it comes on the radio I think the first line in the chorus is “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little, um…well” instead of “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell.” Just for clarification “um” and “well” are sentence fillers in my interpretation.

  157. L.H. -  September 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Our family loved the Huron Carol. One of my younger siblings couldn’t hear the line “That might gitchi Manitou, sent angel choirs in stead” and sang instead, “that itchy itchy manitou..”

    She hates to be reminded. LOL.

    • L.H. -  September 26, 2014 - 5:17 pm

      edit: “that MIGHTY gitchi manitou” …

    • Trochilus -  February 19, 2015 - 12:58 pm

      Excellent! “You don’t get cheese or chicken!” Heh!

  158. Hai -  August 14, 2014 - 1:52 am

    My little sister would always sing to this American Authors’ song called “Luck.” The chorus goes “I am my own man, I make my own luck” but she sang it as “I am my own man, I make my own lunch.”
    I liked her version better so I didn’t correct her.

  159. KdG -  April 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Recently, Belvita has begun airing a commercial with a catchy tune, all about how a woman had a great day because she ate their biscuits. The song ends with a chirpy “morning win”, but every single time I hear ” morning wood”.

    • D-Roc -  April 28, 2015 - 5:18 pm

      I hear “morning wood” too! I know what it’s supposed to be, but I always get a laugh..
      The director of the hockey games I used to televise was the king of Mondy Green – He would break into song over the intercom, but I can’t recall him ever getting 100% of the words right!

      My mother hates when I sing “Blah, blah, blah” (Love, love, love)

      A friend’s wife used to think “freeze frame” was Grease face.. LOL

      Long live Weird AL!!

  160. Filippo -  January 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Hi, I often laught thinking at a very simple sentence, used on books here in Italy when you teach English to pupils:

    “Look: my pen is on the table!”

    I can’t help imaging it as

    “Look my penis on the table!” :)

  161. Matthew R. -  January 12, 2014 - 5:07 am

    The Metallica song “No Leaf Clover” has a pair of lines that go like this:

    “Good day to be alive, sir.
    Good day to be alive, he says.”

    My fraternity from college was called “Lancer” and we were based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, so in my head I’ve always heard:

    “Good day to be a Lancer,
    Good day to be a Knight, he says.”

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  164. Bryan -  September 23, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Not for a song, but something that used to pass on TV back in the 90s. I can only remember this on Nickelodeon, but it’s possible that other channels used it, too.

    When saying what the next shows would be, they would the next show, then say, “Followed by…” and the next show after.

    I always heard “Bollowed by…”

  165. Denise Novak -  August 22, 2013 - 8:25 am

    “Cris on August 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Kids say the darndest things! Here’s a couple from my family experience:
    A daughter wanted to sing the “donzer song”. Upon further inquiry, we learned it was the one that Francis Scott Key wrote about the “donzer lee light” so he could see the star spangled banner flying above Fort McHenry. “Oh say, can you see? By the donzer lee light.” Ha!”

    That’s pretty good, but it was originally a key plot point used by Beverly Cleary in “Ramona the Pest”. Unless your kid is over 60 years old I doubt your veracity. She spelled it “dawnzer”, if you want to keep using the story.

    • Panthera -  October 27, 2016 - 6:40 pm

      Oh wow, I had forgotten that until now. “Oh say can you see, by the dawnzer lee light…”
      Gotta love Ramona Quimby.

  166. Mark O'Baldwin -  May 17, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Another Beatles mondegreen:

    To my surprise, their song “Dead Irene” is actually supposed to be “Dear Diary!” [My version fits better with the music, since it's in a minor key, as are almost all laments.]

    I blame the simply cr@ptastic radios [& speakers] in the cars & clock radios of my youth, since that’s about the only way/place I listened to music at the time…

  167. Brian -  April 25, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    The Beatles’ song “Here There And Everywhere”:
    “I want her everywhere and if she’s beside me
    I know I need never care
    But to love her is to need her everywhere
    Knowing that love is to share”
    I sang along as a teen but I sang “.. and if she’s besides me I know I need medicare”!
    The debate in the news at that time was about medicare. (Those who spoke of the slippery slope of Leviathan, were astute.)

  168. unicorn -  February 18, 2013 - 10:30 am

    i used to think “ruffle” was “waffle”
    so when i heard “ruffled your hair” i thought someone would put waffles in your hair

    i also mixed up s and t
    so the alphabet was Q R T, SUV
    i thought Q, R, & T had an SUV

  169. unicorn -  February 18, 2013 - 10:09 am

    i used to think “L M N O P”
    was “Elmo had no pee”

    in Finding Nemo, the little baby octopus, seahorse, and fish say butt instead of boat
    so when
    Nemo touches the boat they say “Look! He’s touching the butt!”
    we watched Nemo in class
    our class cracked up when we saw that


    • Mondie -  July 7, 2015 - 9:06 am

      Hehehe…I actually wrote this as its own comment before finding yours. I thought L, M, N, and O were one letter called “elemeno”.

  170. C.Z. -  February 12, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    My father told me that when he was very young, his friends from church would practice baptizing each other. They would stand in the bathtub, shut the drain, and then say, “I now baptize you in the Father, The Son, (open the drain), and in the hole he goes”!!! It was supposed to go, “I now baptize you in the Father, The Son, and in the Holy Ghost.”

  171. Lark Girl -  January 25, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    “Santa Claus” is actually a mondegreen derived from “Saint Nicholas”! I heard something about how children in a different country couldn’t pronounce Saint Nicholas correctly in their language…? So the mondegreen became popular and spread!

    • Andrew -  December 9, 2014 - 4:25 pm

      Unless it’s a song lyric, it’s not a mondegreen.

      • Santa Claus -  December 26, 2014 - 9:04 am

        Actually Andrew, you are mistaken:
        a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.

        would of, could of & should of are mondegreens for
        Would’ve, could’ve & should’ve

        • SaSmith -  January 14, 2015 - 8:36 am

          It’s not “would of”, “could of”.
          It’s “would HAVE”, could HAVE

          • Elder Futhark -  January 15, 2015 - 8:23 am

            “Santa Claus” had it correctly, and you’re missing the point. “Would of”, “should of”, and “could of” are incorrect—that’s what makes them mondegreens (though not very meaty ones like ‘Lady Mondegreen”). “Would have” etc are merely the full, correct forms of the contractions “would’ve” etc.

    • Elder Futhark -  January 15, 2015 - 8:31 am

      Having lived in Germany, I guessed that “Santa Claus” originated as a mishearing or mispronunciation of the German “Sankt Niklaus”, which is pronounced approximately like “ZAHNkt nicLOUSE”, very close to Santa Claus. The case is a little more complicated, as etymologists trace the English name through the dialectical Dutch “Sinter Klaas”, for Saint Nicholas.

  172. Al -  January 14, 2013 - 5:19 am

    There’s a line in the song “Hook” by Blues Traveler that says something about “hip three-minute ditties”. It’s sung very quickly so it kind of all mashes together, and the first few times I heard it, I swore it said “hit them in the ti**ies”.

  173. Walter Scott -  January 7, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    In the article it should be “The bonny … ” (not “The boony … “)
    Also, James Stewart was “the Earl of Moray”, and the “of” becomes “o’”; it isn’t like O’Brien: there should be a space before “Moray”.

    Ye Highlands and ye Lawlands,
    Oh where have you been?
    They have slain the Earl o’ Moray
    And layd him on the green.

  174. Ellen Hendricks -  January 2, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    My great aunt told me that when she was a child, she thought the hymn “when the roll is called up yonder” was “when the roll is called a p-yonder”… She was raised on a ranch and they had a piece of machinery referred to as ” the roll.” she thought someday it would be renamed, and she’d be there.

  175. giogio -  December 27, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    In Don Henley’s “End of the Innocence” I thought he said “tired old man with the electric grin”, when it was actually “that we elected king”. I liked my version, since the song was talking about Reagan, and sometimes he could come across like we needed to plug him in before he would function.

  176. Carl Walker -  December 21, 2012 - 8:35 am

    “I’m shaving!” instead of Garth Brooks “I’m shameless!”
    “stepped on a pop-tart” instead of Jimmy Buffet’s “stepped on a pop-top”

  177. MAlcb -  December 19, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Jermaine Stewart, “We don’t have to take our clothes off”
    # I’m not a piece of meat and you lick my brain”

    Stereophonics “Have a nice day”
    #Lie around all day, Have a drink of cheese”

  178. lilgiggle -  December 17, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    “A pink Paradise” and put up a parking lot…should be “Paved Paradise” and put up a parking lot. I swore that song was called pink paradise.

    • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 4:50 pm

      Whenever I hear the word “paradise” in almost any song, my brain automatically translates it to “pair of dice” for some reason.

      “…Have a Cheeseburger in Paradise…”
      “…Have a Cheeseburger and pair of dice…”

  179. Robin -  December 2, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    When I was a small child, my parents had a Christmas album by the Mormon Barnacle Choir. I guess they came from Salt Lake.

  180. Califlower -  November 17, 2012 - 10:48 am

    After singing the children’s folk song, “Hop, hop a little horse, Hop, hop again, sir” then 5-year-old Chris asked, “What’s a ghinzer?” Now, in my family’s lexicon a ‘ghinzer’ is code for any misheard word or phase. We apparently created a mondegreen for mondegreen, if I’m understanding the term correctly.

    After hearing the kindergarten rule, “No running on the black top,” Elizabeth reported to us that there was to be “No running on the lap top.” A rule we would use sardonically for many a MicroSoft product.

  181. k -  November 16, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    “And all this longing, and the sheeps all left to rust,” from What the Water Gave Me by Florence and the Machine. I sang it like that for months, not having a clue what sheep had to do with the song and wondering why Florence said “sheeps” anyway, until a friend pointed out that it’s “the SHIELDS all left to rust.”

  182. Phurtis -  November 10, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    “Strummin guitar love” instead of “Come and get your love”.
    Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks are, to me, two of the worst annunciators in the music business. And they did a duet together. “nothing better to do . . . than make a meal of some bright eyed kid” came through to me as “. . . than make some innocent bright eyed kid” which I took as careless conception.

  183. Emma -  October 22, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    infanso instead of infant so in silent night.

    • Fred -  September 11, 2015 - 12:20 pm

      I heard of a little kid adding a small fat man to his depiction of the nativity. When he was asked, he said that’s Round John Virgin, mother and child.

  184. Rick -  October 16, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Animal Collective sampled a Grateful Dead lyric “whoa I walk sky” and called their new song “What Would I Want Sky”

  185. Sodesu -  October 3, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Here we come a-waffling among the greasy trees… (instead of Here we come a-wassailing among the trees so green).

  186. Lucky Akela -  September 30, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    When we were in middle school, my friend thought the line from Roxanne’s It Must’ve Been Love was “Lay a WHISKER on my pillow” instead of whisper.

  187. glenn -  September 29, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    i don’t know what you guys are talking about. can’t hear you over the beach boys singing that old fave, ‘little loose tooth’.

  188. Peter -  September 24, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Marsey dotes and dozy dotes and little lamsie divey
    A kiddly divey too, wouldn’t you? :-D

    • Moofhead -  October 30, 2014 - 1:39 pm

      I learned it with “wooden shoe” instead of “wouldn’t you”.

    • Fred -  September 11, 2015 - 12:24 pm

      It’s clearly about what to feed an animal. Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy, a kid’ll eat ivy to wouldn’t you?

  189. Garth -  September 21, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    I always thought Kim Mitchell’s song was about an Irish woman named Patty O’Lanterns.

  190. Claude -  September 20, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Frankie Valli had a song called, “My Eyes Adored Ya,” but I misheard it as “My Satorja.” I remember thinking that it was the most stupid song ever because there was no such name as ‘Satorja’.

    • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 2:32 pm

      My Eyes of Torture” ??? But I knew that couldn’t be right….

  191. brahms -  September 19, 2012 - 1:20 am

    I’m blue da ba dee da ba dah


    I’m blue i’m in need of a guy

  192. Michael -  September 18, 2012 - 11:17 pm

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me
    A Mercedes Benz.
    My friends all drive porches
    I must make amends.

    Don’t you know that I’m
    Hurtin’ through the grapevine!
    Oh, I’m hurtin’ through the grapevine!
    Just about, just about, just about
    To lose my mind.

    Takes care of C-P-T!!!

    • bigbrother -  December 26, 2014 - 9:22 am

      um… those Joplin lyrics are correct… what’s the misinterpretation?

      • Robert -  February 6, 2015 - 10:25 am

        ” . . . my friends all drive Porsches” (NOT “porches”!)

  193. Chris -  September 17, 2012 - 1:58 am

    I’m a particular fan of the BBC Radio 4 programme Crossing Continents.

    … which *always* sounds, when announced like Cross Incontinence – I rather different programme.

  194. Newt -  September 16, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Oh man, I am staying up late reading all these comments:

    My daughter was 2 or 3 and we caught her singing the line in Deck the Halls as “follow me and be very careful” instead of “follow me in merry measure” (that on melted our hearts)

    My sister thought Neil Diamond was singing ” For Reverend Blue Jeans ” instead of “Forever in Blue Jeans”

    A friend at work was singing “Rock the cashbox” instead of “Rock the Casba”

  195. David -  September 16, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Here’s a more obscure one:

    There’s a song by an old death metal band called Hypocrisy, which is about seeing UFOs. At one point, the lyric is: “I must debate it, because when I walked out they were all gone.”

    I’ve always heard it as: “I masturbated, because when I walked out, they were all gone.”

  196. Joe -  September 14, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    I think mondegreen is a fantastic result because a male represents penetration of nature, thus nature being female of equal essential.

    So really… I mean if they slain that man and “Lady Mondegreen” that logically may signify Lady Mondegreen is of personal acquaintance of the man who was slain.

    “Laying him on the green” can be the same thing as “and Lady Mondegreen”, especially since NAMES are WORDS. They both can mean the same in the sense that when he died, she died, too. Don’t think I am wrong. It’s only because of Christianity or whatever nonsense going on today that really makes you displease in a male. We’rE ALL in the same pot, when talking about which gender is guilty. But if you want to go back in time, I say this child’s interpretation is poetically correct… even JUST CORRECT!

    I honestly feel Sylvia Wright is half right there. I mean TRUE: The child’s misinterpretation weren’t the original lyrics, but essentially works the same.

    • huh? -  December 26, 2014 - 9:28 am

      you are an idiot

  197. Joe -  September 14, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    OR HOW ABOUT Smells Like Teen Spirit?

    “With the lights out, it’s the stages!”

    When it’s really “it’s less dangerous!”

    That’s my mondegreen.

  198. Jim C -  September 14, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    And I always thought it was “Blinded by the light, ramped up a fiduciary rofer in the night.”

    Hey, there wuz some WEIRD business deals in those days.

  199. Aidan -  September 14, 2012 - 8:50 am

    ” The Dog Say Goodnight” should be ” The dark sacred night” from ” What A Wonderful World” ( Louis Armstrong )

  200. Nicole -  September 7, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Elton John’s Rocket Man
    What it really is:
    And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
    Till touch down brings me round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

    What I heard: And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
    Til touchdown brings me what I’ve yet to find
    A ma ma minakick I ever known,
    No whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man, burnin’ all the shoes off farranon

    (Wrong to the point of being ridiculous, but it was great fun
    to sing! ;) )

  201. leaf -  September 4, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    I always thought the song “Tell Me Why” by Taylor Swift said: ‘you might think I’m full of poop but I’m not!’ Instead of ‘you might think I’m bulletproof but I’m not!’ makes so much more sense haha

  202. bob -  August 31, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    How to Save a Life by The Fray

    “And I pray to god he hears you”
    “And I paid a guy to kiss you”
    if you listen to the song it sounds so much like the latter

  203. David Siegelman -  August 29, 2012 - 12:49 am

    The song Cupid by Sam Cooke,
    Until I was 12 I thought he was singing “Hubert”.
    When my friend heard me singing this to the car stereo, he couldn’t help but break out into roaring laugh.

  204. ELSIE -  August 19, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    In Jingle Bells thought the lyric was “In a one horse soapin’ sleigh”

  205. Shaun -  August 14, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    The Bee Gees “Bald Headed Woman”, turned out to my surprise to actually be “More than a woman”.

  206. Em -  August 11, 2012 - 12:40 am

    And “wake me up to pour your cocoa” instead of before you go-go, in the Wham! song

  207. Dave -  August 8, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Answering my own question: “Mondegreen” is an “autologous” or “homologous” word. Interestingly, “autologous” is autologous, too, along with common words like “common” (it is common) and “short” (it is short). Ironically, “long” is not long, so it’s the opposite of autologous, it’s heterological — it does not describe itself.


  208. Dave -  August 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

    What is the word for a word like “Mondegreen” that is an example of itself? We know that a “Mondegreen” is a misheard line or lyric, as has been fully explored in the 900 comments before mine, but “Mondegreen” itself is a “Mondegreen”. Is there a word for its recursive quality?

  209. CrumlinT -  August 3, 2012 - 3:41 am

    Paul Young – “Everytime you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”.

  210. BAlly -  August 1, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Song by Calvin Harris: Sounds like he is saying “You used the whole beef” in the chorus of his song “You used to hold me” :P

    check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzujNk-yYrE
    especially at 0:50

  211. Warren -  August 1, 2012 - 3:41 am

    In the Lord’s Prayer, in addition to “Harold be Thy name” one of my young students would ask “deliver us from eagles” and in the Creed thought Jesus “suffered under Qantas pilot”.

  212. Jim LoPiccolo -  July 31, 2012 - 8:54 am

    I spent most of my life (over 60 years) saying “for all intensive purposes” until one day when I was reading a novel and saw in print “for all intents and purposes” but I still trip over the phrase when I’m in a casual conversation!

    • Perpetual Killingmachine -  November 29, 2014 - 6:17 am

      Oh my god… you just blew my mind, I still say that! I hope I can stop

  213. Tyler M -  July 27, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Sorry, Slipknot’s song, not Iron Maiden’s. My apologies.

  214. Tyler M -  July 27, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Iron Maiden’s “Before I Forget”

    Original proper lyrics: “I was a creature before I could stand”
    My misheard mondegreen: “I was a creature before I could sin”

    I think that was vastly improved.

  215. Marcin -  July 23, 2012 - 3:48 am

    Depeche Mode “Everything counts”

    Everything counts in large amounts. My version for years was “Everything counts by Roger Maus”

  216. ayamkpg -  July 22, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    No one confused Europe’s “The Final Countdown” with “A fire downtown”? Seriously?

  217. RachelAllison -  July 6, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Many people now write “should of” rather than “should’ve,” because they’ve heard it pronounced that way often and never took the time to look it up (they really shouldn’t have to… it’s ridiculous). But I suppose that would be an example of a mondegreen, right?

  218. Luna Park 29 -  July 6, 2012 - 9:30 am

    A former girlfriend once told me hysterically about hearing her middle son absent-mindedly singing the Barry Manilow tune “Looks Like We Made It” in the car as she was driving him to football. His lyrics were, “Looks like tomatoes!”

  219. Zain -  July 3, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    Any of the notice of Red Hot Pepper Chillies! :)

  220. Patrick Oliver -  July 2, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Elvis
    Real – “Take a backseat hitch-hike”
    Mine – “Take a taxi hitch-hike”
    “Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith
    Real – “Sweet Emotion”
    Mine – “Feel the ocean”

    • David Baldridge -  January 19, 2015 - 5:03 pm

      Crazy Little Thing Called Love is not an Elvis song. It’s done by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury. He was quite a musical chameleon as, I agree with you, it sounds for all the world to be an Elvis song but it’s not.

  221. Patrick Oliver -  July 2, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    These are songs I misunderstood until I saw the lyrics
    “Heaven … On Earth” – Belinda Carlisle
    Real – “And you lift me up
    In a wave of love”
    Mine – “And you lift me up
    In a web of love”
    - Favorite song-artist
    “Leave a Light On” – Belinda Carlisle
    Real – “Cause when the world takes me away
    You are still the air that I breathe”
    Mine – “Could swear the world takes me away
    You are still the edge that I need”
    Real – “Baby that’s your heart
    Baby that’s your heart
    Baby that’s your heart”
    Mine – “Baby is that so hard
    Baby is that so hard
    Baby is that so hard”
    -Favorite artist
    “Heartache Tonight” – The Eagles
    Real – “There’s gonna be a heartache tonight”
    Mine – There’s gonna be a whoring tonight”
    - Always thought virgin prostitute
    “Oh Sherry” – Steve Perry
    Real – “Oh Sherry Our love”
    Mine – “Our cherry boat’s rough”
    “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Elvis
    This is a song my teacher misunderstood
    “House of the Rising Sun” – Bob Dylan
    Real – “My mother was a tailor
    She sold these new blue jeans”
    Hers – “My mother was a traitor
    She stole my blue jeans”

    • brandylcriminal -  April 27, 2015 - 10:58 pm

      House Of The Rising Sun is by The Animals, not Bob Dylan. And the correct lyric is : my mother was a tailor/she sewed my new blue jeans…

    • Paulina -  October 4, 2016 - 2:46 pm

      Why does everybody keep saying that Crazy Little Think Called Love is an Elvis Song?

  222. John -  June 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Another one in reverse is the old song from the 1920s:
    Maresy dotes, and Doesy -dotes and Little Lambsy Divey/a Kidle tivey too wouldn’t you?
    Oh it may sound queer, and funny to your ear: a little bit jumbled and jivey, but mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy

  223. Joseph -  June 27, 2012 - 6:41 am

    My brother thought it was “thirty thieves in a thunder jeep” instead of “dirty deeds done dirt cheap”

  224. Sandy -  June 26, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Rocket Man (Elton John):
    “burning out his fuse out here alone” sounded like “burning out the duodecagon”.

    Another One Bites The Dust (Queen):
    “Steve walks warily down the street” sounded like “Stink bug’s family down the street”.

    My Country ‘Tis Of Thee:
    “of thee I sing” sounded like “of the icing”. Made me salivate when we sang it as kids.

    • Dan -  June 9, 2015 - 2:37 pm

      Mine was “ev’ry down ring,” which never made any sense to me… until I found out it’s “Let freedom ring.” Never made me the least bit hungry, anyway!

  225. Dawn -  June 14, 2012 - 6:19 am

    When I was younger I thought the line “He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich” from the Men at Work song “Land Down Under” was “He just smiled and gave me a piece of his sandwich”…. Being American I had never heard of vegemite; It wasn’t until I moved to Australia ( where I still live ) that I finally realized what was being said…I still like to sing my original version :-)

  226. Rebecca -  June 9, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Our family has at least three.
    1. My youngest daughter thought the chorus on Gloria by Laura Branigan was
    Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number/
    {I think they got Elliot’s}
    I think they got the alias/that you’ve been living under
    2. My oldest, as a two-year-old thought in Beauty and the Beast that Belle
    was not singing about a “provincial” life but an “elemential” life.
    3. I thought Floor Filler by A-Teens was “Go, Miller!”

  227. Ben -  June 9, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Stevie Wonder’s lyric “massed her braided hair” used to confuse me as a kid. How could hair play with itself?

  228. Dutchie -  June 6, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Foreign languages are great for Mondegreens !

    This Dutchman got an unexpected surprise from an american au pair girl for introducing himself.

    Shaking hands with the sixteen year old, I said “Stef Kok” .

    (Stef being short for Stephen, while Kok is dutch for Cook)

    A loud slap in my face was her answer.

    It took me years of learning English to find out what her naughty ears heard.

    Got something to do with a male chicken standing up.

  229. Siebert -  May 25, 2012 - 7:17 am

    My daughter thought the 12 days of Christmas said “and a par tra-gennapear tree” so when she saw a gilded pear ornament one holiday season she exclaimed with much delight, “Look! Mom! A gennapear!”

  230. DBM -  May 18, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    After days of reading, I finally hit bottom. A lot of repetition here. A lot seems staged. Some songs were parodies by Weird Al and Bob Rivers. I can’t believe how many credited songs to the wrong people!

    This is the day of the internet… which doesn’t always get things right either. I usually check more than one source. I’ve seen plenty of pages that credit Mrs. Robinson to the Beatles!

    Anyway, I didn’t see this listed. When singing My Country Tis of Thee, I used to sing “sweet land of liberty, of the Hi-C.” Hi-C was big back then…

  231. The Bear -  May 17, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    When hearing the song:

    After midnight .. we’re going to let it all hang out….

    for years I was hearing:

    Captain Midnight .. we’re going to let it all hang out.

    • Fred -  September 11, 2015 - 12:42 pm

      Me too

      • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 2:50 pm

        Me three.

  232. Mariko -  May 17, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    I pledge alligance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for Richard Stans(which it stands) lol

    • brandylcriminal -  April 27, 2015 - 11:19 pm

      I always said … one nation, under God is invisible to liberty and just is for all… it’s actually one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. My version is truer though, huh?

    • Becka -  October 4, 2015 - 1:04 am

      My daughter ended the PofA…. “with liverty & justice for ROB”

  233. Deja -  May 17, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    The transformers theme song, i always thought they said instead of
    “Robots In The Sky”
    i thought
    “Ho Bot In Your Eye”
    I couldnt help but laugh and wonder if that was even appropriate

    • Deceptobot -  January 30, 2015 - 2:12 pm

      You get another point. The line is, “robots in disguise”.

      (Loosely in disguise when time ends. *wink*)

  234. Sam -  May 15, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    omg in “Dynamite” i thought it said “lighz eez ohz” instead of “light it up”

    they should really sing clearer.

  235. Marshall -  May 15, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    My father told me about how as a young child he heard someone talk about how they were going to fly a “Paper Cup”. My Pops told me about all the different things he would imagine when he thought of someone flying a “paper cup”. Then One day, many years later when he was in his preteens he was in the back of the family car while my grandfather drove, there in the airfield next to them was park a single-prop Piper J-3 Cub and suddenly it became clear: Not a “paper cup” a “Piper Cub”! Myself, I couldn’t figure out the “knock-knock” joke: “knock, knock” “Who’s there?” “Centipede” “Centipede who?” “Centipede on a Christmas Tree…”. I literally pictured a centipede on a Christmas tree (“Centipede” apparently was “Santa peed”) though my father told it to me until I was about 15 before I asked him to explain it to me. After which I literally laughed ’til it hurt!

  236. Tona V. -  May 14, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl theme song: “Call Me Papa!” or “Haheeyahah!–though it’s Latin, something like “A iliad.”
    Better part of the song: “This is for people speaking Mormon–WHO CARES! This is for history.”
    True story.

  237. John -  May 14, 2012 - 6:43 am

    As a child I always sang the song verse “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore” as “Like a Rose Upon the Shore.”

  238. D -  May 12, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Only until a few months ago I thought the lyrics to Sade Smooth operator was Sue got it better, or Sue does it better.

  239. Kia Parko -  May 12, 2012 - 5:51 am

    A lot of kids have problems with the Australian National Anthem, so here it is:

    Australians all are Ostriges,
    for we are one, two, three.
    With golden foil and silver foil,
    Our home dirt by sea
    Australians all let us rejoice
    for we are young and free.
    We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil
    Our home is girt by sea.

  240. Terri Alexander -  May 8, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Until about two years ago (shamefully), I interpreted the line in Billy Joel’s song “Only the Good Die Young” as “when you were counting on your ovary” instead of “when you were counting on your rosary”.

  241. Do-Si-Dos -  May 7, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    When I was very young, I thought it went like this:

    “Mares eat oats and do-si-dos and little lambsy dive-y. A kidly dive-y too, wouldn’t you?”

    I apperently thought that female horses ate square dancers.

  242. Carole Brooks -  May 7, 2012 - 5:52 am

    When we were very young, our missionary parents had us sing at the missionary services. One song was names “Dusky Hands” and part of the lyrics were:
    Dusky hands are reaching for the bread of life

    The chorus was
    Send the gospel tidings over land and over sea
    Til the power of Jesus sets the captives free

    My little sister was singing
    Send the gospel pirates over land and over sea
    Till the pow of Jesus sets the Baptists free

    And, no, she still has not lived this down

  243. Zoltan Fibonacci -  May 3, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    For years I thought Joni Mitchell was singing about those big fuzzy dice that high school boys used to hang from the rear view mirrors in their cars. I heard:

    Wrong: Big pair o’ dice. Put up a parking lot.”

    Right: “Pave paradise; put up a parking lot.”

    Joni’s lyrics make sense. We need a place to park before we can get out and enjoy paradise. LOL

  244. K.1 -  May 1, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    this happens all the time

  245. Ally -  April 30, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    In 27 dresses when they sing “Bennie and the Jets” and get every word of the song wrong. :)
    Wrong: “She’s got electric boobs, below her shoes,”
    Right: “She’s got electric shoes, a mohair suit,”

  246. Eb -  April 25, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Just about a year ago, my brother was playing a video game and with the classic nasally voice of a horse race announcer, I heard him say: “Paul’s bein’ a ham!” I turned from the computer to ask him, “Did you just say, ‘Paul’s bein’ a ham’?” He laughed and replied, “No! I said, ‘Full speed ahead’!”

    We might have almost killed ourselves laughing so hard. But now, we openly joke and say, “Paul’s bein’ a ham!” just for the fun of it. XD

  247. Tim Hudson -  April 23, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    The best one I can think of, aside from Bruce Springsteen’s lyric, “…wrapped out like a deuce, another runner in the night.” and most Bob Dylan songs, was in fact “mondegreened” by Bob himself…

    In the Beatles’ song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, there is a line that says, “…I can’t hide…”. Bob Dylan misinterpreted this to be, “I get high”, and the story from there is that Bob went to visit the Beatles and ended up introducing them to Mrs. Cannabis Sativa and Mrs. Cannabis Sense”. They pretty much took off from there, arriving in San Fran for the Summer of Drugs…er, Love…where Paul thought it would be a great idea to drop a few stamps from Uncle Syd…they didn’t like it so much. But, we do have the song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”…on one hand, John maintained that it was named after a drawing he made when he was four, with the same title. And there are also influences from Through The Looking Glass. Hmmm…coincidence that 1. The nouns in a song title are capitalized…”LSD” 2. Through The Looking Glass was an inspiration for some other songs, referencing things around drugs, most notably “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane.
    Okay, perhaps one more—the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever, where a faint line played in slow speed by John can be heard; the line has been misinterpreted by many as being, “I buried Paul”. John maintains that it is “Cranberry Sauce”…coincidence that Paul seems to have had done something that either embarrassed John pubicly, or something that apparently (if this is what actually happened) caused John to seek vindication…so, something there happened to Paul, and John supposedly applied icing to the cake by the boastful, “I buried Paul”. Something to that extent…

    • Lynn -  February 22, 2015 - 7:31 am

      Tim… “Embarrassed John _pubicly_”…..

      …Really?!?! Gotta love it…..
      Thanks for the laugh!

  248. Karen Goldstein -  April 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Our father’s God to thee,
    Author of liberty of thee I sing.
    Lord let this land be bright
    With freedoms Holy Light,
    Protect us by thy might
    Great God Our King.

    My version:

    Protect our spy by night
    Great God Our King
    Great God Our King

  249. Mara -  April 22, 2012 - 5:27 am

    I think my most famous one as a child, was caught singing along in the car to Pink Floyd when I loudly declared “Hey! Creature!, Leave them kids a bone” instead of obviously “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!”

  250. Tom -  April 19, 2012 - 2:17 am

    When he was about 4 years old, my little brother would walk around the house doing a Pigmeat Markham imitation. He would sing: “Order in the court, Order in the court, Keep my Daddy in the order of the court.” Still cracks me up, after 50 years.

  251. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:28 am

    I was in drama one time and one of the characters in out scene was named Marissa and our teacher kept telling us to pronounce it better because her name wasn’t MRSA. lol

  252. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Just realized while reading these comments that I’ve been hearing Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees wrong. I always thought it was “You can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a wanted man, no time to talk” instead of “woman’s man”. Oops.

  253. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Oh! I almost forgot. In the song they teach kids to help them learn the continents, whenever my cousin used to get to the part about “don’t forget Australia”, she always said “don’t forget I’ll strangle ya…” I now say it her way every time I sing it. Makes me laugh every time.

  254. Breezy Whitay -  April 17, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    I always thought the line in Blinded by the Light was “wrapped up like a douch, another rumor in the night”. I still don’t think it sounds like “deuce”.
    And in the Taylor Swift song Ours, I thought the line was “People throw rocks, it’ll be just fine” instead of “… at things that shine”. Although, I think “it’ll be just fine” sounds better.
    Also, in Heartach Tonight I always thought it said “There’s goona be a party tonight…” Needless to say I didn’t know the name of the song. lol

  255. Ellie -  April 14, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    Here’s a bilingual one — when my brother was learning the first few lines of the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah, he would chant “V’ha’aretz hay’tah tohu v’vohu” — but I heard “tofu v’vohu.” To this day, I insist that before God created light, it was made up of darkness and tofu.

  256. Alice -  April 14, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    I love the way you move
    I am a whale

  257. Confusing Lissie -  April 13, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Well, most cetainly my preferable mondegreen was issued from my nana

    Lady Ga Ga’s ‘poker face’ was heard to her to be: “cherry pie, cherry pie, my poker face”

    most remarkable and highly amusing, it puts you in mind of slapstick comdey.

    I have a wonderful nana, truly I do.

  258. Jenny -  April 11, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    In the song “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, I was convinced, as a child, that Billy sung “and the piano sounds like a carnivore.” As my father informed me, he was actually singing “and the piano sounds like a carnival.”

    I also had no idea that Sara Lee’s slogan was “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” (Part of me still denies that it isn’t “Nobody does it like Sara Lee.”)

    As has just about every other person who has heard the song “Blinded By the Light,” I misunderstood “revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” I always heard him saying “repped up like a douche, another rudder in the night.”

    For years, I thought “big ol’ jet air liner” was “big ol’ Jed at a lineup.”

    One day, while my mother and I were singing along with the car radio, Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” started playing. When we got to the chorus of the song, I realized that my mother was singing “gimme the Beach Boys” instead of “gimme the beat, boys.” I gently corrected her error.

  259. Shini -  April 10, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    I remember hearding the song “Pumped Up Kicks” for the first time. I thought they said “Pupped ‘tup kisses”. Personally, I dislike that song.

  260. Josie -  April 10, 2012 - 1:42 am

    in Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson” I thought the lyrics were “We got married in a beater” for the longest time. the correct lyrics are “we got married in a fever”

  261. Scary -  April 9, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    A friend was singing Bush’s “Machine Head” as “I’ve got a Mushy Head”

  262. NDD -  April 3, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Dragostea Din Tei -by : O-Zone
    That song has a lot of mondegreens unless you speak the language fluently or have the lyrics in hand.

  263. Emily -  April 3, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Moulin Rouge fans..

    I was listening to Hindi Sad Diamonds on youtube and there was a comment that said I ONLY SPEAK TO TOAST and know I can’t imagine Toulouse singing anything else!

  264. Emily -  April 3, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Whenever The Romantics’ “Talking in Your Sleep” comes on the radio, my mom recounts the story of how when my uncle was young, he’d mistakenly replace the line “I hear the secrets that you keep” with “I hear the secret Apache chief.”


  265. theinventorofpie[iwish] -  April 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    “do the funky (or f#$!&*^) lady” instead of “dude looks like a lady”
    “climb every woman” instead of “i’m every woman”
    “pikachu’s a virgin” instead of “packaging subversion”(“psychosocial” by slipknot)

  266. Tara -  April 2, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    I always thought that Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” said..what’s love gotta do, gotta do with it, what’s love than a SECOND HAND IN MOTION…instead of second hand emotion.!

  267. arch -  March 31, 2012 - 6:26 am

    stupid classmate of mine from highschool was singing “let go” instead of “get low” by lil jon

  268. stariana -  March 29, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Song titled “Washington Bullets” by The (International) Noise Conspiracy on the album Causes 1

    They say “Washington Bullets” over and over again during the song, and it sounds to me like “washed-down pole dance”

  269. Brenda -  March 27, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    I thought Jimi Hendrix’ line (in Voodoo Child) “he took me past the outskirts of infinity” was “he took me past the downstairs of infinity.” Same difference.

  270. Clare -  March 26, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    This is not exactly a mondegreen so much as it is a parody. It isn’t something I thought of; I read it in a comic strip: Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes.”
    —”I pledge allegiance to Queen Fragg and her mighty state of hysteria…”—
    The comic strip goes on to show Calvin, the main character, being escorted/dragged towards the principal’s office by his teacher.

  271. AndyDan -  March 26, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    My brother used to think that Huey Lewis and the News were singing that “the heart of rock and roll is Topeka”. Made sense to him, since the song mentions many other cities where “the heart of rock and roll is still beating”.

  272. ms -  March 25, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I used to teach 6th grade in a Catholic school. They were learning about the Protestant Reformation in history–but when they read it out loud, they invariably said “the Prostitute Reformation”–as the word prostitute was in the Bible, and they had never heard the word Protestant.
    Also once, when my daughter was 3 or 4, she said, I love Cheez-Its.” My dad turned to me and said, “I am so glad you are teaching her about Jesus.” (Didn’t have the heart to correct him.)

  273. Scott Chase -  March 25, 2012 - 6:28 am

    When I lived in the Washington DC area it sounded to me that one of the regular announcements on the DC Metro was ‘George Clooney’. It was really ‘Doors closing’ :-)

  274. Louise -  March 22, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    I still chuckle about my friend thinking “White Punks on Dope” by the Tubes, was “White Pumps Don’t Go”!

  275. Jesse Chisholm -  March 20, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Not a song lyrics, but a friend was visiting my Lutheran Church for the first time and mistook the chanted response:

    “May the peace of the Lord be with you!”


    “May the Pizza DeLorian bewitch you!”


  276. Kayla -  March 19, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    I used to wonder what a “donzer” was, in the Star-Spangled Banner. (“Oh, say can you see, by the donzer-ly light. . .”)

  277. A Girl -  March 17, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    In a Beverly Cleary novel, young Ramona Quimby believes the sStar Spangled Banner proclaims, “Jose can you see, by the Dawnzerly lights.” I find that quite amusing!

  278. Grace -  March 16, 2012 - 7:48 am

    My brother would always play Eiffel 65′s “Blue” on road trips.

    What the song says: “I’m blue da ba dee da ba di”

    What I heard: “I’m blue, if I were green I would die.”

    • Peter -  February 21, 2015 - 4:26 am

      i would hear “I’m blue da ba dee da ba di” as “I’m blue, i believe i will die”

  279. reynbiker -  March 11, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    I hope this isn’t a repeat; I read as many of the above as I could to try to be sure it isn’t, but couldn’t read them all. I think this is the most interesting mondegreen I’ve ever heard about (it was explained on NPR some years ago at Christmas time):

    Originally the first day of Christmas was sung

    “. . . my true love gave to me a partridge une perdrix.”

    The last two words, French for “a partridge,” are (more or less) pronounced “oona pair-dree.”

  280. AJ -  March 10, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Another hymn: My brother and I always thought “bringing in the sheaves” was “bringing in the sheep.” But Betty’s “Mairzy Doats” lyrics above, that’s a classic; I bet that’s one of the most common modegreens there is. It’s certainly what I thought I heard

  281. brin -  March 10, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    I thought “God shed his grace on me” was “God shed his brains on me” for a very long time… I kid you not. :/

  282. Andy -  March 8, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Ha, this one was my favorite when I was in middle school: “This Guy is falling! This Guy is falling!”

  283. Elvwood -  March 8, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    In one episode of Casey Jones, some bad guys captured the train and decared that they’d got “ready-made hostages on board”. I was young, and got quite jeaous that they’d got ready-made sausages…

  284. Alma -  March 7, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    When I was fifteen, song by the Hollies the lyrics were -All I need is the air that I breathe, yes to love you. I dated a guy named Pierre.
    My mother heard me singing the song one day and thought I was saying, “All I need is Pierre that breathe yes I love you.
    Needless to say, she was not happy with what she thought I was saying.

  285. Bane24 -  March 6, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    My friend thought Phil Collins sang “Stranger’s lightening” instead of “strangers like me” from Tarzan.

  286. Ironic Twist -  March 6, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    I thought the star spangled banner went like:
    oh say can you sea
    by the donserly light
    what so proudly we mailed
    by the twilight’s last gleaning
    whose broad stripes and bright stars
    through the pair on us flight
    over the ram parts we watched
    were so gull and lee screaming
    and the rockets red blair
    the bombs bursting in air
    gave poof to the knight
    that our flag was still there
    oh say does that star spangle
    banner yet weave
    over the land of the free
    and the home of the brave

    yes, that is “donserly”. I thought it was a description.

  287. Megan -  March 5, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    There’s a song I used to hear on a rock radio station a lot that I thought went “oh hey the low can I…(da da da da)-ify…take my heart oh oh oh”

    Still don’t know what that song was or what the words really are. Sounds kind of creepy, actually.

  288. patsho -  March 5, 2012 - 11:48 am

    These are all so funny. I have had tears running down my face laughing so hard at some of these. Especially the Beatles song “Michelle”. I almost fell off my chair laughing so hard!!!

    My brother’s name is Jeff and since we were children, at Christmas, I always sang “Jeff’s nuts roasting on an open fire” instead of “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. There were issues between us as children as you can well imagine. Nowadays “Jeff’s Nuts” is a Christmas standard for all of us.

    Another Christmas song mondegreen is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer “he’ll go down in his story” instead of “he’ll go down in history”.

    One of my friends in high school (almost 40 years ago) used to sing the dance song “Do the Hustle” as “Eat a Hotdog”. We didnt see it, but she was sure she was right until we proved it to her.

    And back to the Christmas theme, this past holiday season there was a cell phone commercial that used “Walking in a 4G Wonderland” as its song, which is a play on “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. The first time we saw/heard the commercial we thought they were saying “walking in an orgy wonderland”!!!

  289. Cobbler -  March 5, 2012 - 1:12 am

    My dad always teased me about being musically challenged. So, when we would sing Jesus loves me, ‘this I know,’ I just figured that ‘thisino’ was one of those complicated music terms I didn’t understand.

  290. Witches -  March 2, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    When I was in elementary school reciting the Pledge of Allegence, I always thought it was: ‘…and to the republic, for witches stand…’


  291. 123ery -  March 2, 2012 - 4:47 am

    when i listen to sonngs i dont always understand the words and just sing what i hear, this is a great word to know!!

  292. Heather -  February 27, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Our parents are country music fans, so my sister and I had some interesting versions of old country songs: First it was Glen Campbell’s “Round Stout Cowboy,” also known as “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Then there was “Johnny make my Brown Eyes Blue” (Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue,” and my personal favorite, from Kenny Rogers “Lucille”: “You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille; four hundred children and a cop in the field!” (four hungry children and a crop in the field.) Our step-mom always says that she would have left 396 kids ago.

  293. Mick -  February 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Gods name is Howard.
    Our father wh art in heaven
    Howard be thy name…

  294. Mick -  February 23, 2012 - 4:40 am

    In the well known Australian song Waltzing Matilda
    the swagman’s name is Andy.
    “Andy (and he) sang, Andy he watched, Andy
    waited ’til his Billy boiled”

    There is a railway station in Sydney in rhe
    suburb of Tempe.
    It is mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer.
    “Deliver us not into Tempe station

  295. - -  February 21, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    The song “Mr. Mom” by some person (whose name has escaped me for some reason) always sounded like “Mr. Mong” when I was little. I had no idea what the song was about (about a stay at home dad…not some random asian man…”

  296. Steve -  February 21, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Remember “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown?” My dear wife wondered until recently why he stored dried fruit in his loafers, having always heard the line “…he got a .32 gun in his pocket for fun / he got a razor in his shoe…” as saying, “…he got a raisin in his shoe…”

  297. pseudonym anonymous -  February 19, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    In “Still Alive,” the song at the end of Portal, “anyway this cake is great” sounds like “many wages came too late” or “many wages came to great.”

  298. EarlOfWarwick -  February 17, 2012 - 11:02 am

    This might sound weird, but in the song “Operation Ground and Pound” by Dragonforce, it really sounds like: “Victory” and not the real “Live Tonight”. It seems impossible to get these two phrases messed up, but if you listen to the song you’ll understand.

  299. Robert -  February 14, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    How about Mariah Carey’s “I Can’t Live”???…Instead of “I can’t live, if living is without you…”, a Hungarian Idol auditioner sung “Ken Lee, tulivodivo doucho…”…Search the keyword “ken lee” on youtube…Great page anyways…Big UP!!!…

  300. Sandra -  February 14, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    I thought the Bee Gees were singing “Bald headed woman to me, bald headed woman..” instead of “more than a woman to me, more than a woman.” Seriously the next time you hear this song you are going to hear bald headed woman! LOL..

  301. Joshua Ansley -  February 13, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    In Melissa Etheridge’s ‘I Want to Come Over,’ when she says ‘I want to come over- to hell with the consequence’ I always thought it was to hell with the CONCERT PLANS-’ like the were in a fight and she just wanted to come over and be together instead of going to the concert like they had planned…

  302. mary torres -  February 11, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    @dame…i love that song i sing that in the shower and my mom tell me to shut the frunt door if you know what i mean r we alod to cuse on here ?:)

  303. dame -  February 9, 2012 - 1:30 am

    even when i read through this article, I sing…. shout to the heart..’ how embarrassing :)

  304. dame -  February 8, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    :0, can’t stop laughing seeing comments top to down. Since English is not my mother language, any lyrics are misinterpreted ’till I heard it thousand times…


  305. Grace Marotta -  February 8, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Even in church, I was confused… “Christ is risen” oops, I thought it was “Christ’s in prison!” Yeah…goofy children, huh? And I thought that the lyrics, “a light(maybe lamp) unto my path(maybe bed)” was “and a bozz unto my bed
    Wow, it is ridiculous
    Oh, and I’ve got a twitter account, so, follow me!
    is my profile page

  306. Grace Marotta -  February 8, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    I always thought the song, “Another one bites the dust”, was, “another one rides the bus”. I don’t know if the song’s actually called that LOL! My mom always thought “Fat Bottom Girls” was “black bottom girls,”. Unfortunately, it’s EXTREMELY racist…;P

  307. me8 -  February 7, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    There are so many (that I can’t think of at the moment)!

    Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”:
    Mine: “skips time for a little while”
    Actually: “escape this town for a little while”
    (a lame one, not as funny as some people’s)

    Also, there’s this song called “Chicarron, Macarron” (I think–don’t know who it’s by) it’s really funny! look it up! the only 2 distinguishable words are chicarron, macarron–the rest is just a bunch of mumbling!

  308. mary tores -  February 7, 2012 - 9:47 am


  309. me8 -  February 5, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    @ onecheer:
    Thank you for telling me that! I never could figure what that line from “Across the Universe” was (thought it was something along the lines of “you may glimpse undying love”)

    Anybody know what all they lyrics to that song are? Especially the part that sounds like “jai guru deva om” or “shai curu deva om”. I know that part isn’t English, because I’ve read the lyrics somewhere before, but I can’t remember what they are…

    • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 3:41 pm

      You can Google the phrase “Jai Guru Dev-a Om.” The Beatles studied Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s transcendental meditation(TM) in India. Jai Guru Dev refers to the Maharishi’s teacher. John Lennon added the “ah” to “dev” for melodic effect. “Om” is the mantra of creation. This chorus honors the practice of TM.

  310. zooey -  February 3, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    When I was little, if never understood that I was blessing someone. Whenever someonen sneezed, I would say “pless you” :P

  311. grrrrr -  January 22, 2012 - 9:25 am

    ok this was probably already posted but the Killers song Human

    I always believed it was
    “Are we human? Or are we denser?”
    It makes more sense as that as in are we denser than human? As in are we something more?

    But it can also be
    “Are we human? Or are we dancer?”
    It makes sense as well but not grammatically. It could be asking if we are following the steps set out for us like a dancer. Mindlessly doing what we are told.

    Another one is the Disturbed song Fear.
    Sounds like
    “Hero naked”
    is really
    “Fear awakened”

    Also at the end of all the “I don’t wanna be” it sounds like “I don’t wanna be in this, you know”
    is really
    “I don’t wanna be innocent”

  312. mary -  January 19, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Picture or pitcher it sounds the same.

  313. Tammy -  January 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

    I was unfortunate enough to hear Mark Lowry’s spoof “My Face in this World.” Before I heard the other (Um… famous Christian singer whose name escapes me) “My Place in this World.” I’m physically (or mentally?) incapable of hearing the proper lyrics now.

    I also went through kindergarden wondering why there were two ‘M’s in the alphabet.

  314. Laura -  January 4, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Er, “your bacon”. Sorry.

  315. Laura -  January 4, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    I have so many… I have two intentional ones: instead of singing Queen’s song “Under Pressure”, I sing “Under Prussia”, and my brother and I like to sing “you spin me right ’round, baby right ’round, like an oyster”. I’m not sure how we came up with that.

    As for my mistakes, I still think “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles sounds like “It’s Puppy-Love”. And I was extremely embarrassed when I discovered that the line from Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” is “promise me I’m never gonna find you begging” and not “promise me I’m never gonna find you’re bacon.”

    • mcat -  June 14, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      I always thought it was I’m never gonna find you Naked!.

  316. John -  December 29, 2011 - 6:36 am

    In the song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and made famous as performed by the Eagles:

    “It’s a girl, my Lord,
    In a flat-bed, bored,
    slowin’ down to take a look at me…”

    No… it’s “a flat-bed FORD, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

    It made sense to me that she would slow down, suddenly interested to see one of the Eagles standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. (The Eagles seemed more like Chevy folks–like Don McLean, I guess. And, hey, how many mondegreens did we hear in “American Pie”?)

    I just learned correct lyrics to “Take It Easy” THIS YEAR after nearly forty years; it was issued in 1972.

  317. Tatsumaki -  December 23, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Btw with the the mondegreen in the first quote is From “Misunderstood” by Lil Wayne:

    “For 8 1/2 months I gave Ms. Cita (my seat to) Pain.”

  318. Tatsumaki -  December 23, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    So what would you consider an modegreen that was done intentional? I see the one above was called a “pseudo-mondegreen” but what about something like what Lil Wayne does, for example

    “For 8 1/2 months I gave Ms. Cita Pain”
    -This is meant to be interpreted two ways, one, he gave his mom (Ms. Cita) pain during her pregnancy with him and two, he gave his “seat” to Pain as in T-Pain, since T-Pain was the popular Hip Hop artist prior to Lil Wayne’s album release for about 8 1/2 months.
    -Also there’s “Flow (floor) so nice you ain’t gotta put a rug on her.” and “All about my dough (door) but I don’t even check the peephole.” I wouldn’t call those double entendre’s because it’s an intentional mispronunciation of a word so that it is the colloquial version of one word, and the slang version of another, dough meaning money, and flow meaning cadence and/or rhyming technique.

  319. sam -  December 23, 2011 - 11:11 am

    another one for “our lips are sealed”– “olives are peeled”! That’s what my mom used to think.
    also, back when my little brother was young and innocent (ha) he thought that “when you’re going through hell” by rodney atkins was “when you’re going through hail” and he couldn’t understand why you couldn’t just bring an umbrella or why the devil would care if you’re there, anyway.

  320. Shannon -  December 20, 2011 - 9:11 am


    I love that song its so cool!! I saw somewhere that the song was inspired by a shooting on mall property a long time ago or something but when i tried to look it up i couldn’t find the origin on the song but the shooter’s name was Robert so thats why the song says “Robert’s got a quick hand, he’s looking ’round the room won’t tell you his plan he’s got a rolled cigarette…hanging out his mouth he’s a cowboy kid” I thought that first verse was pretty good for Foster the People :D

  321. Jeanna -  December 11, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    I used to think Lady Gaga was singing “Pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump up the bass,” and only after I figured out the title “poker Face” did I understand the lyrics… But most songs have the bass pumped up, no treble anymore!

  322. hydreigondude -  December 4, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    in the song eye of the tiger “i love the tiger”

  323. mino-san -  November 30, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Reminds me of those two songs I thought they said the F word in when I was in elementary. One I just heard today. XD “Play the funky music”
    I used to think he said, “Play the f-ing music!”
    There was another one, but I forgot how it went. Something about a parking lot.

  324. SnmnC -  November 30, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    in foster the people’s pumped up kicks
    I thought it was ” all the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
    you better run better run out run my girl,
    all the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
    you better run better run faster then my brother”
    but really its:
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You better run, better run, outrun my gun
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You better run, better run, faster than my bullet

  325. toniwashere -  November 23, 2011 - 9:30 am

    My 6 year old son sang “she’s a fax machine” instead of “she’s a fast machine” in the AC/DC song “Shook me all night long.”

  326. toniwashere -  November 23, 2011 - 7:53 am

    I notice when I’m listening to a song I’ve heard since childhood that all of a sudden I hear the right words I’ve been saying wrong the whole time.
    For example I never knew why “Vince you’re a highway” from the America song “Ventura Highway” when their talking about a guy named Joe.

    Or the argument my family had over “Chuckies in love” or “Chuck E.’s in love”

  327. Laina Barrett -  November 23, 2011 - 6:08 am

    OK, with my hearing defects, and not quite understanding lyrics, I have made some ‘Al Yankovich’ type re dos of some songs.

    One my ex husband used to laugh silly over was when I told him what one line in a song sounded like to ME…

    the line in the late Jeff Healey song ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ that goes…

    …I’ll get over you I know I will
    I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
    Hmmm….well that last came across to my hearing as
    ‘I’ll pretend my $#i!$ not stinking’

    Sorry, just my wonky-since-childhood hearing, and add my wonky sense of humor~!

  328. Blair -  November 15, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    I thought that song “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC went
    “Dirty deeds and a dander cheep.”
    I had to ask I was so confused.
    Apparently it is “Dirty deeds and they’re damn dirt cheap.”
    Pff, close enough.

    • Danielle -  March 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

      They are “done dirt cheap”. ;-)

  329. Keith Sarver -  November 8, 2011 - 6:26 am

    “wrapped up like a douche”…

  330. Keith Sarver -  November 8, 2011 - 6:26 am

    Manfred Mann and the Earth Band, too! But I heard:
    “Blinded by the light
    wrapped up like a douce…”
    and never understood what that was supposed to mean, until seeing the actual lyrics:
    [Blinded by the light
    revved up like a deuce
    Another runner in the night}

  331. NatR -  November 7, 2011 - 7:53 am

    “It’s not my style…” from a Rooster song I forget now…but I remember a friend thinking it was “It’s not nostalgia.”

  332. R -  October 25, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Eric Clapton, Cocaine. “She don’t like, she don’t like, she don’t like – cooking”

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  334. eo -  October 17, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    I for the longest time though the first line in Grateful Dead’s song Bertha was “I had a hard on” when in actuality it is “I had a hard run”

  335. Veronica -  October 17, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    my son thought Boney M’s “Run, run Rasputin..” was “Run, run rescue team”!

  336. Joshua -  October 17, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    The Adolescents song “Amoeba” has the word “amoeba” repeated by a group of voices, and it sounds like they are repeating “Tony Hawk”.

  337. qwerty -  October 15, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    sjx, I hope you were joking, but it’s the first one.

  338. Billm -  October 15, 2011 - 5:10 am

    “the Boony Earl O’Moray”? You surely mean “the bonnie Earl o’ Moray”!

  339. sjx -  October 14, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    eye of the tiger by survivor, is it thrill of the fight or cream of he fight

  340. Rainsong -  October 13, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    You know that song by System Of A Down? The one about sending only poor into the war… I think it’s called… Oh yea! It’s B.Y.O.B. I always through one part meant:
    Pigs in the pickle trough oooooooo LALALALAAAAAAAAA (that deep voice for the lalalaaaaa)
    Creepy, huh?

  341. Valentina -  October 13, 2011 - 8:23 am

    my niece whrn she was about 5 years old, whenever she wanted to go to “Burger King” she allways said “Apookining”

  342. Jena -  October 11, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    I used to think the line “one horse open sleigh” in “Jingle Bells” was “one or soap in sleigh”.

    Also, in “I am a child of God” (LDS Primary song), the line is “lead me, guide me, walk beside me”. I thought it said “lead me, guide me, rock beside me”.

    In the same song, I thought “and so my needs are great” was actually “and so my knees are great”.

    More recently, in “As long as you’re mine” from “Wicked”, I thought Fiyero was saying “it somethin’ I felt”. Later I found out he was saying “it’s up that I fell”.

  343. Carolyn -  October 11, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    My sons name is Chad and I still think in the Michael Jackson song it says “Chad is not my son.” Instead of what they tell me it says “the kid (or boy) is not my son”
    Tell me they’re wrong and I’m right.

  344. Bob -  October 5, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    I also thought in Muse’s song Hysteria it said “Its bugging near, crawling in, and twisting inside out” instead of its “its bugging me, grating me, and twisting me around”

  345. Bob -  October 5, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I thought that in Coldplay’s song Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall they said “And kids these days, or kids all night” I didn’t realize I was wrong until I looked up the lyrics online and realized it was “And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night”

  346. wordstar64 -  October 5, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Hotel California by the Eagles

    There were horses wearing corduroy, thought I heard them neigh…

    and it should be There were voices down the corridor, thought I heard them say

  347. TETO -  October 3, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Rick on August 13, 2011 at 6:57 am
    “Honors fleises = ON HORSE FLYS IS
    Income beezez,. = IN COMB BEES IS
    Inches nobsis = ON CHEST KNOB IS
    Inob keezez.” = IN KNOB KEYS IS

    This is my phonetic transcription. I’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. Anyone else remember this movie? GLAD YOU ASKED. ~~~~ TETO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  348. Mishka -  October 2, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    In 1984, one of my rustic classmates was certain that Billy Idol wasn’t singing about “Eyes without a Face” but instead was pleading “How’s about a date?”.

  349. Anone moose -  October 2, 2011 - 10:06 am

    I used to think the B.J. Thomas lyrics were” even the bathtub was better than no love”, instead of “even the bad love was better than no love”.

  350. Cristian -  October 1, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    There’re whole websites dedicated to english-spoken songs that cause mondegreens in spanish… Examples:

    In Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, the verse “BUT THE KID IS NOT MY SON” sounds a lot like “Tu quieres una manzana” (you want an apple)

    In Earth Wind and Fire’s Devotion, the verse “FROM THE FRUIT OF EVIL” sounds almost like “Toma tu sopita” (take your little soup)

    And on and on… :)

  351. Emma -  October 1, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    My niece used to sing The Vengboys – Going to Ibiza as, Hey, we’re going to eat pizza.
    Me and a friend of mine used to belt out an Ash song as, ‘Eggnog with the cold wind blowing.’ Quelle suprise to find out it was ‘at night with the cold wind blowing’!!

  352. Jayden555 -  October 1, 2011 - 10:37 am

    I thought “can’t read my, can’t read my…” from Lady Gaga’s Poker Face was “carry my, carry my”

  353. Bob -  October 1, 2011 - 8:38 am

    I always thought in Linkin Park’s song Valentines Day it said “A black winter queue away” instead of “A black wind took you away”. I feel rather stupid right now.

  354. Ray -  October 1, 2011 - 8:27 am

    The old joke about the child that thought the son of God’s name was Andy. When asked why he though so, he said it was in one of their hymns: And he walks with me and he talks with me…

  355. Rajaa -  October 1, 2011 - 2:11 am

    we as muslims around the world can write lyrics out of languages mondegreen especially English through asorted media . I believe these days English people started to figure out them & it’s about to disappear slighty . You can hardly find it which reflects how amazing they are

  356. Raincrow -  September 30, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    LittleKuriboh, the man responsible for the creation of YuGiOh! Abridged, once wrote an extended mondegreen of the original YuGiOh opening and credits songs, with such immortal lines as “Come to Iowa” and “Jim Carrey’s from Canada! (Oh?)” and substituted them for the songs’ subtitles in “The Other Abridged Movie.”

  357. Renaissance Woman -  September 30, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    ABC’s 1987 song – ‘When Smoky sings, I here violins’
    me ‘when smoke is sent, i hear violence.

  358. Dubee -  September 30, 2011 - 3:25 am

    My niece once sang, instead of “i’m a little butterfly”, “ang galing kong pumatay.” This is a Filipino way of saying “I’m good at killing.” To think that mondegreens could also jump from one language to another is just amazing.

  359. Rhiannon -  September 29, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Frank D Felker on August 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    Not: “Mares-e-dotz and doz-e-dotz and little lams-e-divy, skiddle-e-divy doo, wouldn’t you?”
    Is: “Mares eat oats and Does eat oats and little Lambs eat ivy, Kids will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?”

    Uhm, so, thank you for pointing that out- I didn’t know. I’m feeling rather dumb at the moment, because I always thought it was:
    “Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. Ah skiddle-e-divee doo, wood-ah-neuw.”

  360. Anonymous -  September 28, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    My brother was at work and one of his coworkers said, “We have enough money, I think we can make it” my brother heard, “We have enough money, let’s get naked.” another time I was talking to my sister and said, “but still though!” my mom heard, “but d*ldo” yeah, my family has lots of those… lol and I remember when I was little and was watching “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” I would always sing the theme song as “Sh***y Sh***y bang bang”

  361. just me -  September 28, 2011 - 11:35 am

    in the song LIGHTERS (cover by Jason Chen, Matty B, et al.)

    …is a scuffle of lighters

    which is supposed to : is a sky full of lighters

  362. AJ -  September 26, 2011 - 5:55 am

    sorry, that was a typo: the hot dogs go on instead of the heart does go on.

  363. AJ -  September 26, 2011 - 5:42 am

    How about Celine Dion in the theme song from Titanic?
    Since I first head it this way, I always now substitue “and the hot dogs go on” for “and the heard does go on”.

  364. Miguel -  September 22, 2011 - 7:04 am

    I think is a little better an makes more sense “Just is” Than “Just us”

  365. Karen -  September 22, 2011 - 6:21 am

    I saw it above, but my daughters interpretation of “Shot through the heart” by Bon Jovi was ‘Chocolate Heart’! She thought it was about Valentines Day!

  366. Fenja -  September 18, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Michael Jackson’s Ease on Down the Road, it says “Don’t you give up walking cause you gave up shoes,” and until RIGHT NOW when I looked it up, I thought it was “walking like a gay masseuse.” Oooops…

  367. Robin -  September 14, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    My oldest son, when he was about twelve, used to sing, “GMC trucks and fees for Cher’s “Gypsies, tramps and theives.” We still sing it that way–and so many others I recognize from the posts! His older sister sang “Red, red, white” for UB40′s “Red, red, wine.” My husband, though, is the reigning king of mondogreens– You name it and he’s misunderstood it!

  368. altalib -  September 13, 2011 - 8:08 am

    There’s a song in Cinderella called ‘Sing, sweet nightingale’, that my 5-year old sang as “Sing, sweet night in jail.” :-)

  369. Elle Gauche -  September 12, 2011 - 3:13 am

    Australian politicians (MPs Members of Parliament) in Parliament:

    “Speaking as a country member,…”
    (“Yeah, we remember…”)

  370. [...] The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today:ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen. Find out why here. [...]

  371. spencerberus -  September 9, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    This is an old one from when I was a kid, my sister & I came up with this when we were around 8 & 12, respectively. The Madonna song ‘La Isla Bonita’ starts of with a line like ‘Last night I dreamt of San Pedro’ – we always thought it was ‘last night I ate me a bagel’. Still makes me laugh.

  372. carebeee -  September 9, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    there’s a line in – The Bangles – eternal flame – that goes…’life so lonely and then you come and ease the pain ‘ …i used to sing ‘ rice-o-roni’ instead of life so lonely :)

  373. E Baldwin -  September 9, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    I still sing The Doors’ Riders on the Storm:
    …like a dog without a bone, like an actor on the phone…
    Actually, it works just as well as the original lyric.

  374. And -  September 9, 2011 - 10:53 am

    When I was younger, I remember singing along to Mustang Sally by Los Lobos. My dad walked into the room and starting laughing as I sang, “Mustang Salad, / Guess you better slow your Mustang down. / Mustang Salad, my baby, / Guess you better slow your Mustang down. / You been a runnin’ all over the town now, / Guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground. / All you wanna do is a ride around, Salad (RIDE SALAD RIDE) ”

    Nevertheless, to this day, I still can’t hear the word Sally in that song. It’s always been Salad for me.

  375. Dave -  September 9, 2011 - 10:07 am

    In Junior High, my teacher always talked about Donkey Ho Te, imagine my surprise when it was Don Quixote!

    Black Sabbath “I tell you to end your life” is really “I tell you to enjoy life”.

  376. sam -  September 9, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Kenny Rogers Lucille

    For a very long time, I couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t put some of the 400 children to work and where he got them.

    You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
    With 4 hungry children and a crop in the field

  377. Jean -  September 9, 2011 - 7:24 am

    When my daughter was small and we sang “when the roll is called up yonder”, she alwasys sang “when the rollies crawl up yonder:” She was referring to the little bugs that roll up into a ball.

  378. RJT -  September 9, 2011 - 6:19 am

    A friend of mine’s wife thought Madonna was singing,”Just like a person”. She also thought the song went,”last one off the bus” instead of another one bites the dust. Poor Otis Redding was,”sitting on the dog of the bay”, guess it was really poor dog!

  379. Ben Harding -  September 9, 2011 - 4:33 am

    four candles (fork handles) – Two Ronnies

  380. Meaghetti and Spatballs -  September 9, 2011 - 4:25 am

    A friend of mine thought the expression was, “it’s a doggy dog world.” Weirdly, I recently saw this joke used in a movie, but my friend actually thought that for her entire childhood.

  381. Meaghetti and Spatballs -  September 9, 2011 - 4:22 am

    “Last night I dreamt of some bagels” misheard from Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. “Last night I dreamt of San Pedro” is correct. This became a running joke with some friends in high school.

  382. Cindy -  September 9, 2011 - 2:30 am

    After listening to a sound recording of the musical ‘Fiddler on a Roof’ my son asked me if that guy Muttle was strong. When I told him he wasn’t my son then asked, “so how come they keep saying he is Muscle Tough?” …Mazel Tov.

  383. bel -  September 8, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    I used to think Madonna was singing “Cheerio” in “Material Girl.”

  384. Rucio_Longears -  September 8, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    One more…

    “Chopper Roll”

    Actually it’s “China Grove” by the Doobie Bros.

    I guess the Doobie had something to do with this one.

    • PieCatLady -  October 18, 2016 - 4:12 pm

      I heard a girl’s name in the chorus, “Oh, oh Tammy-Moe!”

  385. Rucio_Longears -  September 8, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    I don’t think this has been offered yet…

    “Stop driving my… Stop driving my… Stop driving my CAR around!”

    (Stop Dragging My Heart Around)
    Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks

  386. Jimbo Baggins -  September 8, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    I cracked up when a friend of mine started complaining when a certain Bananarama song came on the radio. “I hate this song,” he said. “What the hell does that even mean, ‘I’m your fetus’?”

    I’m no better, though. My brother gave me a mix CD, and what I thought was a song about a robot (“One ton of metal. For he is one ton of metal. One ton of metal…” &c) turned out to not even be in English.

    And finally, I really enjoy Dave Matthews Band, own all their studio albums and a number of their live recordings, and have even gone to a couple of their concerts. And yet, I don’t think there’s a single song of theirs that I know all the words to.

  387. KCH -  September 8, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Someone asked about “spoonerism” & “mondegreen.” No, they are not the same. A spoonerism is an error in production. No one who says “at the lop of your tongues” really believes this to be the “correct form” of “at the top of you lungs.” Likewise, we quickly realize that we should have said “baby sitter” when someone catches us saying “saby bitter.” Spoonerism are speech errors, often involving the swap of initial consonant sounds, but sometimes involving other kinds of sound swapping.

    Mondegreens have nothing to do with production and everything to do with perception (though the misperceptions are sometimes reproduced later).

    It seems people sometimes “fake” spoonerisms for fun. There was a comedy recording once based on the story of Cinderella (who was referred to as Rinder Cella) that was full of made up spoonerisms — like “a linding blash of flight” for “a blinding flash of light” and “sisty uglers” for “ugly sisters.” The second one is particularly interesting for what does (and does not) get swapped around.

  388. mjt -  September 8, 2011 - 7:10 am

    I think butterflies used to be called flutter-bys; which makes more sense.

  389. sb -  September 8, 2011 - 2:57 am

    “stand beside us, and guide us, through the night, with a light from a bulb.”

  390. skrtdng -  September 7, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    what about the song ‘cold cold hearts, hard done by you’. for 7 years i kept singing it as cocohaha… hudumba you….. how dumb was i?

  391. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    When I was a child, I though my friend’s older brother had, “sixty-five roses” instead of cystic fibrosis.

  392. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    As for the Pledge of Allegiance, does anyone remember the Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin is reciting, “I pledge allegiance to Queen Fragg, and to her mighty states of hysteria” ?

  393. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    @ betty

    LOL! I heard the exact same thing! I always thought it was a nonsense song until I was a teenager and heard my aunt singing the song to my toddler cousin.

  394. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    @ Liz Brown

    I never understood those words when my aunt sang them to me, and I always thought it was a nonsense song. I always heard, “Marsy-dotes and dozey-dotes and little lambzy-divey, I kiddley-divey too, wouldn’t you?”

  395. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    When I was little and sang in my church choir, we had to sing a song called “I Heard the Lord Call My Name.” The real lyrics were “I felt his love, from above, settle on me like a dove. Take HIs hand, we are glory bound”. For some reason our choir teacher thought it would be good enough if us kids listened to the adult choir and learned the song by ear. For the longest time all I sang was “I felt his love, from above, send salami like a dove. Take His hand, we are Glory Mom.”

  396. pam -  September 7, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    When I was a kid, on our island, Bob Marley’s songs played alot and I’d sing along to the top of my voice. My favorite was “I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love”. I’d sing “I don’t wanna wedding ring for your love”. Yikes!

  397. PiVNeRT -  September 7, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan

    That queer old goat?
    That’s fine Cole Umbrian
    Make tonight a wonderful Keema

    The Cuervo Gold
    The fine Colombian
    Make tonight a wonderful thing

    My mother and I thought the some dude named Cole was preparing and serving an Indian dish of Mutton Keema. The idea it was about 2 people getting wasted together never occurred to us.

    Even after reading the lyrics off the vinyl LP cover it didn’t make complete sense. I caught the reference to alcohol. She caught the reference to cocaine. We each had to explain part of it to the other.

  398. KITTY RIN -  September 7, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    lol this is funny!

    for the longest time I love the band “Mario Speedwagon” only to find out they are called “R.E.O. Speedwagon”…..go figure!

  399. Fred -  September 7, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    In the Pledge of Allegiance some children say ” … to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for Richard Stands …” instead of “for which it stands.”

    When taking medical histories, I’ve heard patients who claim to have had “Smilin’ Mighty Jesus” instead of Spinal Meningitis. Additionally, a number of women who claim to suffer from “Fireballs of the Eucharist,” instead of the more commonplace fibroids of the uterus.

  400. Ariel -  September 7, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots spoke of the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” on a Chicago Radio Show. He said when the song said “life in the fast lane…” as a kid, he heard “Flys in the vasoline…” that later became lyrics in STP’s “Vasoline”. Cool…

  401. KDB2 -  September 7, 2011 - 9:15 am

    The Elephant and Castle would have been the homophone of Infanta of Castile, Eleanor of Castile and Leon who married Edward I of England.