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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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Jerry Lee Lewis', "Great Balls Of Fire"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You broke my wheel.
The Real Lyrics:
You broke my will.
The Story: When I first heard this as a child, I was not familiar with the word will as a noun (with the possible exception of the kind of will read after somebody's death, which I guess I'd have ruled out here, as the singer seemed to be alive when singing). So the nearest known noun I could hear there was wheel. I wondered what kind of wheel got broken and how. On hearing it again as a grown-up, it was easy to hear the word will instead and how that made more sense. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
Jerry Lee Lewis', "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We got chickens in the corn.
The Real Lyrics:
We got chickens in the barn.
The Story: I was a kid on a farm when the song came out. I knew that if chickens were in the corn, there'd be a big ruckus to get them out before they foundered, not to mention all that wasted corn. Chickens in the barn would be no big deal, so I guess I heard what made sense. - Submitted by: Mary Barnes
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