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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!).

"Harry Belafonte - All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" album at
Harry Belafonte's, "Come Back Liza"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Wipe the Tiffany eye
The Real Lyrics:
Wipe the tear from me eye
The Story: I misheard this as a kid and was set straight generations ago. - Submitted by: Stephen
Harry Belafonte's, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Run from the Taliban
The Real Lyrics:
Come Mr. Tally Man.
The Story: I heard some boys singing it not too long after 9/11. Makes perfect sense. - Submitted by: Scandia
Harry Belafonte's, "Matilda"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Real Lyrics:
The Story: After hearing Bea Arthur and the cast of 'Maude' singing this classic on the tv show when I was 9, naturally I thought they were singing about Maude herself. - Submitted by: limbo
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