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.
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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!).
I said you're on buddy, but I'm just runnin' fun
I said 'you're on buddy, my mill's runnin' fine'
The Story: I never really knew the exact lyric, but when you sing it, you have to put some kinda words in there..Ha! - Submitted by: Fred
If you see on the street
Don't try to shoot her.
If you see her on the street
Don't try to 'choose' her.
The Story: That's what I at first thought it sounded like. I also thought it was a song about a slow driver, not a fast one (I thought a line saying 'She can't keep her foot off the accelerator' said '...on the accelerator' instead). So the words seemingly saying not to try to shoot her (presumably when stuck behind her) seemed like an early admonition against what would later become known as 'road rage'. incidentally, I'm still not sure what ''choose' her' in the real lyrics means. - Submitted by: Alison Runyon
Bust your buns.
The Story: The guy who was doing the trick I figured was 'hot dogging' so what goes with a hot dog? Mustard & buns. - Submitted by: Steve K
I'd hitch a board to my wagon, hitch a ride in my websling
I'll strap my board to my back and hitch a ride in my wetsuit
The Story: This is from my younger sister. She thought that Spiderman must be singing the song because it talked about webslinging! To this day we jokingly refer to wetsuits as "webslings." - Submitted by: A Nanny Mouse
When I get to surf city I'll be shooting the girls
When I get to surf city I'll be shooting the curves
The Story: Loved this song back in 63. I knew a bit about California talk and I assumed surfers Jan and Dean meant looking at the girls since the eye is like a camera and the camera takes a 'shot'. California slang, right? But one day I was singing this song. And I get 'whaaaaaaaaaaaa?' - Submitted by: Bob Alinkofsky
But parked in her rickety old garage
Is a brand new, shiny red super start Dodge.
But parked in her rickety old garage
Is a brand new, shiny red Super Stock Dodge.
The Story: For years I heard this song thinking it said "super start Dodge". Since "super start" doesn't seem to be an official term, I thought of this part as essentially "filler" lyrics. Then I happened to be checking this song on a lyrics site, for reasons not related to these particular lyrics, when I happened to notice "Super Stock Dodge" as the actual words of this phrase. - Submitted by: Karen Smith
Gotta take that wild-a** ride.
Gotta take that one last ride.
The Story: This was actually the misheard lyric of a friend, who was convinced this was the right lyric until someone finally enlightened him. Hope you can either print this lyric or use asterisks, but his story cracked me up. - Submitted by: Brian D. Smith
She's the chairman of Colorado Blvd
She's the terror of Colorado Blvd
The Story: Chairman can't be women, so why was it? - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Brian Kelly. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.