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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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Lionel Richie's, "All Night Long (All Night)"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All night long (oh my)
The Real Lyrics:
All night long (all night)
The Story: I thought the backing vocals said "oh my" - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Lionel Richie's, "All Night Long"
The Misheard Lyrics:
all nylon
The Real Lyrics:
all night long
The Story: This was from a discussion on an afternoon radio show. - Submitted by: Scott McPhee
Lionel Richie's, "All night long"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh nine oh, oh nine, oh nine . . , oh nine. Oh nine oh.
The Real Lyrics:
All night long (chorus, all night, all night) all night long.
The Story: 1980’s I worked in a record shop. We sold 45’s. People would come in and hum or sing songs they heard on the radio. Our job was to decipher what song they wanted. We would play the 45 back to make sure we got the right song. Deciphering the guy in nylon parachute pants and cappezios dancing and singing “oh nine oh” was one of the funniest. I still don’t know how the heck we finally figured out what song he wanted. - Submitted by: Robert
Lionel Richie's, "Ballerina Girl"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pallamino girl
The Real Lyrics:
Ballerina girl
The Story: Someone called a radio station requesting the song 'Pallamino Girl' by Lionel Richie. - Submitted by: Carrie
Lionel Richie's, "Dancing On The Ceiling"
The Misheard Lyrics:
What a feeling,
When we're dancing on the Sealink.
The Real Lyrics:
What a feeling
When we're dancing on the ceiling.
The Story: I could not understand why the video did not show Lional dancing on the bow of the Sealink ferry, between Britain and Ireland or Europe. - Submitted by: Gordo
Lionel Richie's, "My Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I'm so glad you spayed
The Real Lyrics:
I'm so glad you stayed
The Story: It made sense since we commonly mishear "my love" as "Milo", since Milo is a common dog name. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Lionel Richie's, "Running with the Night"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We were running with a knife
The Real Lyrics:
We were running with the night
The Story: Someone could have been stabbed if he ran with a knife! Thank goodness it wasn't right! - Submitted by: Cody Finke
Lionel Richie's, "Truly"
The Misheard Lyrics:
You wait all night long
The Real Lyrics:
You were in my arms
The Story: This is what it sounds like when a year later he had a hit with "All Night Long (All Night)". - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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