23 Funny Hymn Lyric Mess-ups

Laugh-out-loud Misheard Hymn Lyrics

In most cases, the contents of Church songs are no laughing matter, but... did someone just sing about a badger and a squirrel? And I swear I heard "carrots" mentioned in the rest hymn. If you've ever heard something not quite right about a hymn's lyrics, you're not alone. Some of these funny mis-hearings come from kids and some are from adults, but they're all pretty darn funny:


Come, come ye saints! No toilet paper here!
From Come, Come Ye Saints 

Put your shoulder to the wheel, push along. If the wheel goes in reverse, you won't live long!
From Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel 

High on the mountain top, a badger ate a squirrel.
From High on a Mountain Top 

My Country 'tis of thee sweet land of liberty, a flea I see.
From My Country 'tis of Thee 

We thank thee, oh God, for a profit.
Sometimes called "the businessman's hymn"
From We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet 

How late thou art!
From How Great Thou Art! 

How great cows are!
From How Great Thou Art! 

There is beauty all around, when there's no one home.
From Love at Home 

Laugh-out-loud Misheard Hymn Lyrics

I Am a Child of God

This hymn deserves its own special section as it seems to be one of the most-frequently misheard songs out there. Check out these 7 different ways members have mistaken the lyrics:

I am a child of Bob!

I am a child of God, and he has left me here.

Has given me some nice warm clothes, and parents who don't hear.

Has given me an ice cream cone, from parents kind and dear!

Has given me an earthly home, with parents kind of weird!

Has given me an earthly home, with carrots kind and dear!

I am a child of God, and so my knees are grey.

Children's Songbook

Follow the Prophet, don't go in the street.
From Follow the Prophet

Swallow the Prophet, swallow the prophet!
Sung especially during the Jonah verse of Follow the Prophet

In my pretty garden, the flowers are naughty. 
From In the Leafy Treetops 

The rains came down and the flowers came up.
From The Wise Man and the Foolish Man 

Given this land if they went right to sleep!
From Book of Mormon Stories 

I belong to the church of peas and rice and rattle-y snakes.
From The Church of Jesus Christ

Have you ever heard (or misheard!) a funny hymn or primary song lyric? Let us know in the comments!