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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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The Ataris', "Boys Of Summer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Breasts keep shining in the sun.
Brass key shining in the sun.
The Real Lyrics:
Brown skin shining in the sun.
The Story: My husband and I got into a fight about the lyrics. I insisted that it said 'brass key', and he insisted that it was 'breasts keep'. - Submitted by: Victoria
The Ataris', "I Won't Spend Another Night Alone"
The Misheard Lyrics:
We'd buy a small house insinde secret L.A.
Raise lots of kids then we'd infiltrate a gang.
The Real Lyrics:
We'd buy a small house in south central L.A.
Raise lots of kids then we'd both join a gang.
The Story: I was talking to a friend of mine on Instant messenger, and we were having our entire conversation completely in song lyrics and quotes. I thought I'd be real smart, and show my knowledge of his favorite band by using this one. As soon as I sent it, he called me to let me know how dumb I sounded and to inform me of the real lyrics. - Submitted by: Emily Cooley
The Ataris', "The Boys Of Summer"
The Misheard Lyrics:
I can't see you
You're breasts keep shinin' in the sun.
The Real Lyrics:
I can see you
Your brown skin shinin' in the sun.
The Story: wWll, to make a long story short, my friend and I now have an inside joke about our 'breasts shinin' in the sun'. LOL. - Submitted by: hannah braidich
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