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Lady Mondegreen.

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Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray, [sic]
And Lady Mondegreen
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green."

A mondegreen is the misinterpretation of a line or lyric in a song due to homophony.

In honor of the word "mondegreen" being added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, I thought it appropriate to have a thread where we post our favorite mondegreen. Or any that we've heard.

When my son (CoastieMouse) was 12, he heard Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" as "You give love a Band-aid." (Sounds like a Weird Al song...)

Any you'd care to share with us?
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As our friend Spudling would say,...

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...I won't let a thread of mine go without a reply, even if I have to reply to it myself.

One of the most famous mondegreens is Jimi Hendrix's " 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy". I have recordings of "Purple Haze" by Winger (Kip seems to be very careful to be sure it sounds like "...while I kiss the sky"), Ozzy Osbourne (A little sloppy, could go either way.), and 2 versions by Hendrix himself. In the studio version, of course, you sorta hear the famous mondegreen. And in the live version, he had a little fun with it, and sang it as " 'Scuse me while I kiss that guy." [laugh]
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A couple to start with...

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In "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys, I always thought they were saying "If everybody had a notion" instead of "If everybody had an ocean." I like my version better...it makes the surf culture seem more of a state of mind to me...all you need is the desire...or notion!

"Looking Out My Back Door" by Credence. For years I heard "Listening to begonias" instead of "Listening to Buck Owens." My WIFE finally straightened me out after having a good laugh at my expense. In my defense, MY version makes as much sense as the REST of the song! :D
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Re: What a great topic! :)

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Ummm...I have a few but the first one is a real blusher. :oops:

In Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light", I swear he kept saying "Revved up Like a Douche" instead of Deuce. It makes me laugh every time I hear the song, but I still sing douche in my mind. :)

In "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, I always thought it was "Baba Boosh, Baba Boosh" instead of "Scallaboosh".

And the biggest one of all is the Beatles, "Get Back!" I always thought they were singing, "Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a woman"...LOL
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Re: A couple to start with...

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tmac396 wrote:"Looking Out My Back Door" by Credence. For years I heard "Listening to begonias" instead of "Listening to Buck Owens." My WIFE finally straightened me out after having a good laugh at my expense. In my defense, MY version makes as much sense as the REST of the song! :D
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Here's another...

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I just heard this and it reminded me! "Heard it in a Love Song" by the Marshall Tucker Band. For the longest time I thought they were saying, "Purty little love song!" :oops: Oh, well... :9449:

jodlyn wrote:And the biggest one of all is the Beatles, "Get Back!" I always thought they were singing, "Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a woman"...LOL
That's NOT what they're saying? :17418: :oops:
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I have to say hand on heart

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...that I still believe Peter Gabriel does not sing "I've been feeding the rhythm" in Sledgehammer.

I am still sure he says "I've been peeing in the river". :9461: :P
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Funny you should say that, Fee!

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In the same vein..."Honky Cat" by Elton John. He supposedly says "FISHING in a stream" but I always here...well...something along the same line as your Peter Gabriel song! :9461: :9449: :D
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Fleetwood Mac...

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I always thought they were singing:

"When the rainbows shaves you clean, you'll know" :oops:

It's really:

"When the rain washes you clean, you'll know"
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Another one from CoastieMouse:

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He told me once that he always heard Van Halen's "Running With the Devil" as "Running With a Camel". (The animal? Or the cigarette?)
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The Supremes.

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In "You Keep Me Hangin' On", there's a part where Diana just sings "Woe woe woe". I always heard it as "Want another lover". (Well, it fits the song, doesn't it?) It wasn't until I heard Vanilla Fudge and Kim Wilde sing it that I realized what the line really is.

I like my version better.
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This one isn't really a mondegreen, as I don't think...

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...my kids actually heard the song this way; they just like to sing it this way.

Imagine the Eurythmics (or just Annie Lennox) singing

Sweet dreams are made of cheese

Well, it IS the Mouse family here.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan

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I misheard a lyric to one of his songs, and started using that mondegreen to describe MamaMouse:
She's my sweet little thang....she's my Bride and Joy.
It may not be the way Stevie sang it, but it fit My Sweet Lady.
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Not sure if a misread billboard counts, but...

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I saw a billboard that says "Foxy Lady is prom heaven". My brain changed the P to an F: "Foxy Lady is from Heaven".

Made sense to me. Mine was. :wink:
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I know this isn't what he's saying, but whenever I hear...

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..."I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", by England Dan & John Ford Coley, it always sounds like he's saying "I'm not talkin' 'bout Bolivia." :roll:
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