According to the almost every website on the internet that offers lyrics to popular music, Avril Lavigne once recorded a song called “Dolphins.”
Here’s how the Avril Lavigne song “Dolphins” goes, as listed on LyricsFreak:
Dolphins Are u
Dolphins Are Me
Dolphins Are eveyone that includes you and me
They love swimmming with people like you and me
Dolphins live in the ocean
Dolphins live in the sea
Dolphins live in nice clear blue sea
They are acompneed by a lot of sea animals
We love them
You love them
I love them
Who dosen’t like them
Give me a D
Give me a O
Give me a L
Give me a P
Give me a H
Give me a I
Give me a N
Then put it all together & what dose it spell
A litany of sites (MetroLyrics, SongLyrics, and WikiLyrics, to name a few) offer nearly identical lyrics for the song, with only variations in spelling—”u” changed to “you,” for example.
The only problem? “Dolphins” is not a real song. Not one recorded by Avril Lavigne, at least.
So where did it come from? How did it reach a point where the song is such a ubiquitous fake but without a hint of where it came from? Why does lyrics site after lyrics site list “Dolphins” as a real song, with recognizable, childish lyrics?
The lyrics, and their false attribution to Lavigne, account for most of the information that exists on the song. There’s no sheet music or any other sort of guidance on how to play “Dolphins,” for example. There are no recordings, video or audio, to suggest that Lavigne, or anyone else, ever played a song called “Dolphins.”
That hasn’t been enough to stop at least a few people from trying, though, and so now there are two extant and easily accessible “cover” performances of “Dolphins.”
The most recent version was uploaded to YouTube in October 2015 to an account called The Time Slug.