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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 Mamas and the Papas', "California Dreaming"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The preacher likes the cold
The Real Lyrics:
The preacher lights the coal
The Story: absolutely absurd! how can a preacher like the cold? especially as he welcomes someone coming to his place from the cold outside! switch on your brains, guys! He lights the coal in the fireplace to make the newcomer warm! - Submitted by: gary
The Mamas and the Papas', "Creeque Alley"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Pay no rent, and breakin out the heath hog
The Real Lyrics:
It's low rent, but keeping out the heat's hard
The Story: I knew this couldn't be right, and always wondered until now what the real lyrics were! - Submitted by: Alan A.
The Mamas and the Papas', "Creeque Alley"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Visa and American Express cards
The Real Lyrics:
Greasin' on American Express cards
The Story: Yeah, I know this is an anachronism--Visa was still Bank Americard back then--but I don't think I heard this song until the 1990s. - Submitted by: David Shobe
The Mamas and the Papas', "Creeque Alley"
The Misheard Lyrics:
When Denny met Cass in the Love Bug
The Real Lyrics:
When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps
The Story: I thought this referred to one of those small Volkswagen Beetles with peace signs and all that junk painted on its doors - Submitted by: Rich Braham
The Mamas and the Papas', "Monday Monday"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sundae sundae
The Real Lyrics:
Monday Monday
The Story: my brother sing it - Submitted by: christ
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