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

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

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

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Buddy Holly's, "Rave On!"
The Misheard Lyrics:
If you say "I love you", then you dumb, buddy, dumb, buddy, dumb.
The Real Lyrics:
When you say, I love you, rave on (du-ba-de-du-ba-de-dum)
The Story: I have never been able to figure out what this lyric actually was. The lyric write ups I've seen didn't include the (du-ba-de-du-ba-de-dum) from the background vocalists, so I kept looking it up and thinking I had the wrong song. - Submitted by: Dumb
Buddy Holly's, "Tell Me How"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Good ice away your love my way?
The Real Lyrics:
Could I persuade your love my way?
The Story: I was listening to this song one Saturday afternoon as always doing my Saturday chores, when I just got fed up with it and asked my stepmom what he was trying to say. She heard it once and corrected my misconception to the words in seconds. I felt dumb. - Submitted by: Tyler
Buddy Holly's, "True Love Ways"
The Misheard Lyrics:
True love waits.
The Real Lyrics:
True love ways.
The Story: For a long time I thought that the 'True Love Waits' movement, that advocates premarital 'abstinence', took its message from this song! - Submitted by: Olga Ruiz
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