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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!).

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook album at
Ella Fitzgerald's, "April In Paris"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Chesnuts in opossum
The Real Lyrics:
Chestnuts in blossom
The Story: I misheard this lyric driving to work one day. After I realized I had misheard the lyric and it was not some strange French delicacy, I tried to tell my wife. But I was laughing so hard I couldn't talk. - Submitted by: Bruce Ackman
Ella Fitzgerald's, "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm puttin' on my top hat.
Tyin' up my white tie.
Pushin' up my pants.
The Real Lyrics:
I'm puttin' on my top hat.
Tyin' up my white tie.
Brushin' off my tails
The Story: I was 9 or 10 when I heard it in a group of songs from musicals, probably on an album being sold on TV. I didn't know the song's title, and never questioned it, because at that age, I had no idea what tails were and wouldn't have considered brushing anything. But, the word sounded like pushing anyway, and the last one kind of sounded like pants, so for many years I thought that was it. - Submitted by: Doug Baseball
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