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smackmac
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"Walk on the Wild Side" just came on the radio, reminding me of what my then six year old thought:

Real line: "And the colored girls go..."
His line: "And the coloring girls go..."

Of course, he was six...

No excuse for DH. For the song "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh"

Real line: "My Maserati does 185."
His line: "My mother, Rowdy, does 185."

When I pointed it out to him, he said Joe Walsh looked like he'd have a mother named Rowdy.

BTW, I still sing "Purdy little love song" just to dick off DH.

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A lady I used to work with misheard U2's Beautiful Day.

Real Lyric: "It's a beautiful day, the sky falls
And you feel like
it's a beautiful day"

What she heard: "It's a beautiful day, the sky's full of felines, it's a beautiful day"

- Tam

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Brad from Georgia
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I know someone who misheard a line from "Brown-Eyed Girl."

The lyric in the song is

quote:
Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio

My buddy always thought it was

quote:

Whatever happened,
On Tuesday, it's so slow,
Goin' down on an old man
With a transistor radio....



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Brad just reminded me of when I was about ten years old and loved that song...problem was I got a lot of the lyrics wrong.

To start with:

"Hey where did we go"

I thought it was "Hey Rodrigo"

"With a transistor radio"

I thought it was "A trans scissor radio"

"Hidin' 'hind a rainbow's wall"

I thought it was "Hidey Hi (like Cab Calloway) the Rainbows walk"

And my personal favorite

"Can't remember back then Lord"

I thought it was "Casper mask upon that lawn"

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I have a friend who, when watching Grease thought that instead of:

"I've got chills, they're multiplying" was
"I got shoes, they're made of plywood"

and "Hopelessly devoted to you" was
"Hope this city voted for you".

Another friend, when I told her about the Psudeo Echo record "Autumnal Park" gave me a funny look, and repeated back incredulously "They put out a record called A Tongan in the Park ?"

And yet another friend of mine misheard the Sisters of Mercy "No Time To Cry" lyric
"No time for heartache" as
"No time for Latte "

as for my own Mondegreens;

Eddie Grant's "Gimme Hope Johanna"
"a system they call apartheid" became
"a sister they call apartheid"

Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You"
"You got a great car, yeah what's wrong with it today?" was for ages in my mind
"You got a credit card ..."

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My weirdest mondegreen was probably Prince's "Little Red Corvette."

He sings the chorus as "LIT-tle Red Cor-VETTE"

For some reason, my seven year old ears translated that as:

"BAY-bee call ME"

"Baby call me". Don't know how I turned it into that.

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NorthernLite
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Who can forget that great classic by Willie Nelson?

On the road again,
Like a band of dipsticks, wiggle down the highway.
(Like a band of Gypsies, we go down the highway)

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Morgaine La Raq Star
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There's a song called 'Star of the County Down' by the Celtic Tenors that has a line which goes:

'From Bantry Bay up to Derry Kay & from Dublin to London Town....'

I heard:

'From Bantry Bay up to Danny Kaye & from Dublin to London Town...'

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quote:
Originally posted by Morgaine La Raq Star:
There's a song called 'Star of the County Down' by the Celtic Tenors that has a line which goes:

'From Bantry Bay up to Derry Kay & from Dublin to London Town....'

That's Derry Quay.

Pogue

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The refrain in the Robert Palmer song is:

quote:
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love
My 3 year old niece sang it as:

quote:
Gonna have to face it, you're a dick in love


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From the unique words in pop songs thread, I just realized I'd always heard this line (from Pink Floyd's "The Trial"):
quote:
"The way you made them suffer, your exquisite wife and mother, fills me with an urge to defecate!"
as
quote:
"The way you pained and suffered your exquisite white mother, fills me with an urge to defecate!"
That's just bizarre.

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Ramblin' Dave, quietly making noise
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quote:
Originally posted by NorthernLite:
Who can forget that great classic by Willie Nelson?

On the road again,
Like a band of dipsticks, wiggle down the highway.
(Like a band of Gypsies, we go down the highway)

From the same song, I used to think the line "The life I love is making music with my friends" was "The wife I love..." It therefore made perfect sense to me why he couldn't wait to get back on the road again!

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Nion
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Push It" By Salt n' Peppa.

For YEARS I thought that weird, whispery guy was saying "Ahhhhhhh, this is bullshit!"

I mentioned one day to my wife how I was amazed they let them play that on the radio unedited and she just burst out laughing.

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The (Detroit) Spinners's Ghetto Child appear to have the line:

"Life ain't easy, when you're a gentle touch"

Which I assumed meant someone who was easy to bully.

It actually is "Life ain't easy, when you're a ghetto child"

I mentioned this to my Dad, & he also misheard it when it was first out, but as a "Gattau Child"

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The Pikey Snow Queen
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"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon was turned into "Your Souffle" by someone I know.

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When I first heard Moby's "Run On" I heard:

you might run on for a long time
run on, ducking and dodging

as:

you might ride a bull for a long time
ride a bull, ducking and dodging

Uh...yeeha?

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"Everybody knows, a turkey has a missing toe..."

I was about 3 or 4. I don't remember it, but my mom sure does!

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My own contribution from Don't cry for me Argentina.

... the truth is I never loved you ...

instead of

... the truth is I never left you ...

It does change the meaning a bit.

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Not really a misheard lyric, since I knew what the band was really saying, but I'm gonna post about it anyway. The song: All Over You. The band: Live.

The real lyric, "Our love is like water"

What it honest to goodness sounds like to me, "Our love is like Walter."

I KNOW what the real lyric is, but the pronunciation of "water" is so odd that it really does sound more like "Walter". What's more, after saying this to a friend of mine, he can no longer hear the song without thinking the same thing. So basically I ruined a song for someone. Not for me, though, I HATE that song.

Oh, and one other one. "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday. I can never hear the "oi" sound in Voices, and so it sounds to me like the singer is either saying, "This is scary" or "This is Gary."

Mack da "Hush, hush, keep it down now, this is Gary!" Knife

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ericsmom
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quote:
Originally posted by erinker74:
I forgot one more.

In "Silent Night", I always thought "'round yon virgin" was a proper name: "Round John Virgin".

AS a child, I kept looking for him in the nativity scene...

Slightly off topic, but...

There was a children's Chistmas movie (made for TV)on a few years ago called "Olive the Other Reindeer" that was (sort of) about misused lyrics in Christmas songs. There was a character in it call "Round John Burgen". Cute movie, with Drew Barrymore as the voice of the main character. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is a voice in it as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
The one DH still makes fun of me for:

Song: "Heard it in a Love Song"
Band: Marshall Tucker Band

Real Lyric: "Heard it in a Love Song" (yeah, the title, I'm that lame)
What I heard: "Purdy little love song"

I heard 'Ten Feet Long' instead of the real line of 'Can't be wrong'.

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... can I crawl under something because I still thought until I read this thread that it really WAS "Purdy Little Love Song"?

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Nightwish - White Night Fantasy

The lyrics:
Crestfallen soul
Rest for this night
Love is here
Right here under my wings

I heard it as:
Right under my feet
~HEY! who's stepping on souls now

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quote:
Originally posted by Filet o' Spamamander:
... can I crawl under something because I still thought until I read this thread that it really WAS "Purdy Little Love Song"?

Yeah, well until I read this thread, I thought they were saying "Yo no soy mas dinero" in La Bamba, even though I took Spanish for four years and knew it made no sense!!

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I've always had trouble with Elton John's enunciation in his songs. For a time I honestly thought he was singing "Don't let your son go down on me."

Brad "Hmm. Good advice." from Georgia

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quote:
Originally posted by Filet o' Spamamander:
... can I crawl under something because I still thought until I read this thread that it really WAS "Purdy Little Love Song"?

Got enough room for a little white mouse uner there with you?

Nonny

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quote:
Originally posted by Sister Ray:
In Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence", I thought "They're beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man they elected king" was "They're beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man with the electric wings".

I think I like your version better. [Wink]

Nonny

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smackmac
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"Plowshares" reminded me of another:

"All Along the Watchtower"

Real Lyric: "Businessmen they drink my wine. Plowman dig my earth"
I thought: "Businessmen they drink my wine, come and take my herb"

It made sense to me, being that Hendrix and Dylan are both known to dabble in drugs.

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quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
"Plowshares" reminded me of another:

"All Along the Watchtower"

Real Lyric: "Businessmen they drink my wine. Plowman dig my earth"
I thought: "Businessmen they drink my wine, come and take my herb"

It made sense to me, being that Hendrix and Dylan are both known to dabble in drugs.

OK, I thought that WAS the lyric until I read your post.
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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
I've always had trouble with Elton John's enunciation in his songs. For a time I honestly thought he was singing "Don't let your son go down on me."

I wrote a parody using that lyric back in high school. I also wrote a parody of "Your Song" titled "Your Bong", but not because it was a mondegreen.

Cer "Jesus freaks handin' tickets out for gold..." vus

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One more "Purdy Little" Tucker fan here, although I figured it out a few years ago.

The strangest I can remember mishearing:

"Piece of My Heart" as recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company - Janis sings, "You're out on the street looking good, and baby, deep down in your heart I said you know that it ain't right."

I always heard it as: "You're out on the street, looking good in BVDs, and in your heart you know that it ain't right."

"Kyrie" by Mr. Mister - In my pre-church musician days, I always heard "Kyrie eleison down the road that I must travel" as

"Gimme a laser for the road that I must travel" - hell, if Europe could sing about "The Final Countdown" why couldn't Mr. Mister be doing a sci-fi epic?

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quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
"Plowshares" reminded me of another:

"All Along the Watchtower"

Real Lyric: "Businessmen they drink my wine. Plowman dig my earth"
I thought: "Businessmen they drink my wine, come and take my herb"

It made sense to me, being that Hendrix and Dylan are both known to dabble in drugs.

I always thought that it was "Lawman take my herb."

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quote:
Originally posted by Non-Aquatic Mouse:
quote:
Originally posted by Sister Ray:
In Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence", I thought "They're beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man they elected king" was "They're beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man with the electric wings".

I think I like your version better. [Wink]

Nonny

I wondered at the time if the line was a sly reference to the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings".

Sister "i agree my version is better" Ray

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quote:
Originally posted by Griffin 2020:
quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
"Plowshares" reminded me of another:

"All Along the Watchtower"

Real Lyric: "Businessmen they drink my wine. Plowman dig my earth"
I thought: "Businessmen they drink my wine, come and take my herb"

It made sense to me, being that Hendrix and Dylan are both known to dabble in drugs.

I always thought that it was "Lawman take my herb."
I always heard the lyrics as, "Just don't stand there and drink my wine, come and dig my earth".

Remark "glass in one hand and a shovel in the other" gullabull

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They're playing "Inna gadda da vida" on WCSX right now. I used to think they were singing "In the garden of eden, baby..." Ok, I'll get it. [fish]

tag still loves that drum solo after all these years... urit

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