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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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Harry Chapin's, "Cat's In The Cradle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He came into the world in the U.U.U.A.
The Real Lyrics:
He came into the world in the usual way.
The Story: Belted the lyrics out in the car in front of 5 people. - Submitted by: Amanda
Harry Chapin's, "Cat's in the Cradel"
The Misheard Lyrics:
He was talkin' for a new whip and as he grew
The Real Lyrics:
he was talking before i knew it and as he grew
The Story: I was 14 trying to learn this song, and transposing the lyrics, when a friend walked in on my "starting and stopping" and "rewinding" 2 second intervals of this song to get the lyrics. Upon review of the lyrics i already had he just starts laughing. heh, a little boy "could" want a whip, and a new one at that since the boy is growing up. - Submitted by: morgan
Harry Chapin's, "Taxi"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And I took off to find this guy
The Real Lyrics:
And I took off to find the sky
The Story: I could have sworn it had to do with Jimi Hendrix! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Harry Chapin's, "Taxi"
The Misheard Lyrics:
She said "Sixteen bucks I paid"
The Real Lyrics:
She said, "Sixteen Parkside Lane"
The Story: Referring to the price of the ruined gown. - Submitted by: Spencer
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