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!).
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all night long
The Story: This was from a discussion on an afternoon radio show. - Submitted by: Scott McPhee
Oh nine oh, oh nine, oh nine . . , oh nine. Oh nine oh.
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
The Story: Someone called a radio station requesting the song 'Pallamino Girl' by Lionel Richie. - Submitted by: Carrie
What a feeling,
When we're dancing on the Sealink.
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
I'm so glad you spayed
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
We were running with a knife
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
You wait all night long
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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