Thread: Mistaken Lyrics
This is a thread for all those silly moments.
For example, before I saw the words to U2's Zoo Station, I thought they were singing "crustacean." How about you? What funny lyrics did you come up with in your own head?
The term "mondegreen" was coined by Sylvia Wright in a 1954 Atlantic article. As a child, young Sylvia had listened to a folk song that included the lines "They had slain the Earl of Moray/And Lady Mondegreen." As is customary with misheard lyrics, she didn't realize her mistake for years. The song was not about the tragic fate of Lady Mondegreen, but rather, the continuing plight of the good earl: "They had slain the Earl of Moray/And laid him on the green."
Mondegreens can be found in every area of the spoken word, from the record-buyer who asks for a copy the Queen single "Bohemian Rap City" to the schoolchild who is convinced that the Pledge of Allegiance begins "I led the pigeons to the flag."
Here's another mondegreen by my roommate in college. There is a song by the Proclaimers called "Cap in Hand." The lyrics say, "I can't understand why we let someone else rule our land, cap in hand," (in regards to Scotland). One day I caught my roommate singing, "I can't understand why we let someone else rule our land, carpetland." I was on the floor I was laughing so hard.
People can't agree on the words to Louie, Louie by Richard Berry and especially that recorded by the Kingsmen in 1963.
I remember when I was little I read the word "jukebox" somewhere, and didn't know how to pronounce it, so I simply called it a "ju-ke-box" instead of a "dzjoobox".
okay, there's an obvious lyrical mix-up; in Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze", he sings what sounds like "...'scuse me while I kiss this guy", but really he wants to kiss the sky. That's an old one and I think that particular mix-up is from the movie "Wayne's World". I'll work on thinking up more. I'm sure that there's a million. Anyone ever hear a song and laugh your tail off because it sounded like it said something ridiculous?
But on the other hand the name I have on that site is one of a kind!