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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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Manhattan Transfer's, "Birdland"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bird naked
The Real Lyrics:
Bird made it.
The Story: My wife listened to this song for years thinking it was 'Bird Naked'---and would never have known the difference had it not come up in conversation that she thought the song strange. - Submitted by: Jack Cook
Manhattan Transfer's, "Trickle Trickle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Please lend me your show
The Real Lyrics:
Please lend me your short.
The Story: Short is a somewhat archaic term for an automobile, which seems to evade lyric transcribers. - Submitted by: Jay Rosen
Manhattan Transfer's, "Trickle Trickle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Tickle Tickle
Slap Slap
The Real Lyrics:
Trickle Trickle
Splash Splash
The Story: I was talking to my sister one day and mentioned how I liked Manhattan Transfer, she said she didn't because she found their lyrics sexist & a bit offensive - I asked what she meant & she told me what she thought they were - since then she has come to like them a bit more. - Submitted by: John Bainbridge

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