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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!).

Joel, Billy's, "Piano Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm sure that I could be a movie star,
If I could get out of Des Plaines
The Real Lyrics:
I'm sure that I could be a movie star,
If I could get out of this place.
The Story: I was a know-it-all 7-year old when I first heard this song, and said with an amazing amount of certainty that he must be singing 'If I could get out of Des Plaines', which is a suburb of Chicago (and which, for those who do not live around Chicago, is pronounced Dess Planes, don't ask me why). It made perfect sense to me; if you wanna be a movie star, you probably don't want to live in Des Plaines. My mom probably did all she could not to crack up when she gently told me those might not be the lyrics he was singing. - Submitted by: DJMurphy

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