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Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

This page contains a list of the songs that have stories about their misheard lyrics submitted.

Song names are sorted by first letter, excluding A and The. This is sorted by song title only, not by song title and performer. So if two different performers preformed the same song, you'll see misheard lyrics for both on the same page (provided the song title was spelt the same both times, and misheard lyrics have been submitted for both!).

Bill Withers - Greatest Hits album at
Bill Withers', "Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
In this house, there ain't no ho.
The Real Lyrics:
And this house just ain't no home.
The Story: My girlfriend got insulted (of course). - Submitted by: Samraran
Bill Withers', "Ain't No Sunshine"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Rain or sunshine
The Real Lyrics:
Ain't no sunshine
The Story: The previous submission said "rain no sunshine", but this time the more sensical lyric of "rain or sunshine". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Bill Withers', "Lean on Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Lead somebody to Reno
The Real Lyrics:
Need somebody to lean on
The Story: As a child back in the 1980's in inland northern California, this made perfect sense to me. I knew a lot of religious zealots who talked about the day of judgement and all of that, though I knew nothing about religion myself, and Reno was a place lots of local people went on vacations and came back with wild stories about, so when I heard a song about how "it won't be long till I'm gonna lead somebody to Reno" and "we'll all lead somebody to Reno" I just figured it was a religious message about salvation. - Submitted by: Emmanuel Allison
Bill Withers', "Lean on Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We don't need somebody named Reba
The Real Lyrics:
We all need somebody to lean on
The Story: I thought they really didn't need the future of a country music star - Reba McEntire. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Bill Withers', "Lovely Day"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Just one look at you
And all the world is
Gardening, gardening, gardening, gardening, gardening.
The Real Lyrics:
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day).
The Story: I could've sworn this was a surrealist look at a daily activity. - Submitted by: Hereward
Bill Withers', "Use Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Until you lose me, mom
The Real Lyrics:
Until you use me up
The Story: In memory of Bill Withers (1938-2020) - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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