Misheard Lyrics

Misheard Lyrics

Postby Ray_Finkle on Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:27 pm

In the petrol station today I was stood behind a woman proudly singing,

"The only one who could ever reach me
was the son of a pizza man...." :grin:

We've all done it, so before the days of Smash Hits and lyrics.com what lyrics did you used to sing wrong?

Or maybe even ones you still sing wrong today? :shifty:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:37 pm

Well, the obvious one is Madonna's La Isla Bonita: "Young girls with eyes like potatoes." I still don't have a clue what she's really singing.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:09 am

A-Ha, The Living Daylights: "Come the morning and the head lice fade away."
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:58 am

In a conversation on here on the Elton John thread, it turned out that both me and Wendi thought the lyrics to "Sacrifice" were "Coco heart" rather than the correct "Cold, cold heart". :doh:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:30 pm

I still think Coco heart is better :yes:.

Then again, cocoa heart would have been rubbish.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Butterfield on Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:19 am

On Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode, does he really sing "Soldiers burping"?!

(line from 1:40) :grin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSKrC7dGcY
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Ray_Finkle on Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:49 am

^^ :grin:

Always thought the last line of One Vision sounded like 'gimme fried chicken', just found out it is :happy:

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby StevieBaby on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:58 am

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:38 am

Why do I always think Why Does It Always Rain On Me by Travis features the line, "I can't sleep at night. I'm being held down by electrical elves?" As far as I can make out, it doesn't.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:13 pm

A misheard lyric is called a Mondegreen. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen

The Boomtown Rats "I Don't LIke Mondays" - "silicon chips in cider head"

The Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love" - "and you come to me in a submarine"

Anyway, I'm sure you remember these. :yes:



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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:23 pm

I've never seen the second of those before. And it had never occurred to me till then that I don't have a clue what the Skids are singing.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:24 pm

The Skids played a gig in the playground of my school when I was 11. :drumbanana:
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:30 pm

Could you understand what they were singing?
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby FanGirl3 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:01 pm

'Mondegreen' strikes me as one of those words posh American college students might use to one another. I shan't be adopting it.
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:25 pm

Kate Bush. First line: "Out on the winding, windy moors, sweet Roland's calling me."

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:41 am

FanBoy3 wrote:'Mondegreen' strikes me as one of those words posh American college students might use to one another. I shan't be adopting it.


From Wikipedia:

American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen," published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.

In the essay, Wright described how, as a young girl, she misheard the final line of the first stanza from the 17th-century ballad "The Bonny Earl O'Moray."

She wrote: "When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began, as I remember:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl O' Moray,
And Lady Mondegreen.


The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green". Wright explained the need for a new term: "The point about what I shall hereafter call mondegreens, since no one else has thought up a word for them, is that they are better than the original."
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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Nightjar on Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:58 pm

Wendi's reminder of the a-ha 'headlice' lyric has reminded me of a couple I've been reminded of recently from listening to Smooth Radio.

1) Hall & Oats - "Maneater" - a portion of which I always hear as "oh-oh here she comes - watch out boy, she'll cheer you up"

Which sounds quite nice. :happy:



2) Eric Carmen - "Concrete Eyes"

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Re: Misheard Lyrics

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:23 pm

"Young girls with eyes like potatoes." :happy:

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