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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!).

The Eligibles', "Gilligan's Island Theme Song"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Not a single yes siree!
The Real Lyrics:
not a single luxury
The Story: My wife was terrible with lyrics and when she'd get drunk, she'd sing very loudly and off key. One of her many butchering of lyrics was the Gilligan's Island theme - Submitted by: Little Buddy
The Eligibles', "Gilligan's Island"
The Misheard Lyrics:
It's enough to fine.
The Real Lyrics:
It's an uphill climb.
The Story: For years I always wondered about if I was hearing the Gilligan's Island episode closing theme and finally Googled the lyrics and found out for all my life, I've misheard (auditory processing disorder) the intended sung lyrics! I always thought the last line of the theme was "It's enough to fine." which doesn't make a lot of sense, but the true lyrics, "It's an uphill climb." does make sense! - Submitted by: Jim
The Eligibles', "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A tail of a big boat trip
The Real Lyrics:
A tale of a faithful trip
The Story: I thought it sounded like it back in the day. Which makes no sense, since it actually is a TINY ship. - Submitted by: Cody Finke
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