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08 Oct 2009, 6:50 am

Sometimes lyrics to certain songs are mistaken for something else. The most well-known example is the song "'Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky" by Jimi Hendrix. It has often been mistaken for "'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy".

Anyone heard any similar ambiguous lyrics?


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08 Oct 2009, 7:07 am

Here's one example:

"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by England Dan and John Ford Coley

Actual Lyrics:

I'm not talking about moving in,
And I don't want to change your life,
But there's a warm wind blowing the stars around,
And I'd really love to see you tonight.

What I thought it was:

I'm not talking about Bolivians,
And I don't want to change your life,
But there's a warm wind blowing the stars around,
And I'd really love to see you tonight.


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08 Oct 2009, 7:15 am

I love Mondegreens!*

The one I always heard wrong was "There's a bathroom on the right"
(the line at the end of each verse of "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival: "There's a bad moon on the rise")







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*The American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term mondegreen in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen," which was published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.[3] 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 Bonnie Earl O' Murray." 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 Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen. "

The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green". As 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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08 Oct 2009, 7:19 am

Merilee Rush song "Angel of the Morning" as "Just call me angel of the morning, angel; just brush my teeth before you leave me."

it'sjust brush my cheek. . . :roll:


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08 Oct 2009, 7:24 am

sinsboldly wrote:
I love Mondegreens!*

The one I always heard wrong was "There's a bathroom on the right"
(the line at the end of each verse of "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival: "There's a bad moon on the rise")







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*The American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term mondegreen in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen," which was published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.[3] 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 Bonnie Earl O' Murray." 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 Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen. "

The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green". As 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".


Now that you mention it, it does sound like "bathroom on the right".

Another one:

The Donald Duck Theme

Who has the greatest disposition?
One guess at who;
Who never, never starts an argument?
Who never shows a bitter temperment?
Who's never wrong, but always right
(Donald: Yeah?)
Who never dreams of starting a fight?
(Donald: That so?)
Who gets stuck with all the bad luck?
No one (Donald rambling) but Donald Duck (Donald: Yeah!)

What I thought they were saying:

Who has the greatest disposition?
One guess at who;
Who never, never starts an argument?
Who never shows a bitter temperment?
Who's never wrong, but always right
(Donald: Yeah?)
Who never dreams of starting a fight?
(Donald: Fatso!)
Who gets stuck with Ottoman luck?
No one (Donald rambling) but Donald Duck (Donald: Yeah!)


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08 Oct 2009, 7:26 am

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 6 feet 4?''



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08 Oct 2009, 7:28 am

"the Ants are my friends, their blowin' in the wind"



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08 Oct 2009, 8:19 am

Tim_Tex wrote:
What I thought they were saying:

Who has the greatest disposition?
One guess at who;
Who never, never starts an argument?
Who never shows a bitter temperment?
Who's never wrong, but always right
(Donald: Yeah?)
Who never dreams of starting a fight?
(Donald: Fatso!)
Who gets stuck with Ottoman luck?
No one (Donald rambling) but Donald Duck (Donald: Yeah!)


and I heard Donald saying'
Donald Duck!
(Donald: "Whaber Whack!" )
Donald Duck!
(Donald: "Whaber Whack!" )


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08 Oct 2009, 8:21 am

``Who is the daddy of the angel Aquarius?''
Angel Aquarius, Angel Aquarius, Aquariussss


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08 Oct 2009, 10:22 am

I have never understood a single word Donald Duck has ever said. But as to lyrics there's a Verve song " The Drugs Don't Work":

All this talk of getting old
It's getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bath
Waiting to drown...

I'm thinking obviously this guy has never owned a cat.

(supposed to be cat in a bag)



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08 Oct 2009, 10:24 am

or how about gypsies chimpanzees by Cher?



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08 Oct 2009, 7:33 pm

So was Robert Palmer really talking about Michael Jackson?

"Might as well face it, you're a d**k with a glove."


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08 Oct 2009, 8:57 pm

there used to be a collection of mondegreens on the web, in the early days...

Mine was an oldie called '4 dead in Ohio'

tin soldiers and Nixon's coming
We're finally on our own
The Samurai hear the drumming
Oh Daddy Ohio...

well, it was on a jukebox with a blown speaker...and it was the 60s, it could actually have been the lyrics....;)


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08 Oct 2009, 8:59 pm

The Vines
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"And I'll be robbing all the biscuits
Cos it makes me feel alright"



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08 Oct 2009, 9:33 pm

And didn't TAFKAP sing "She wore raspberries and grapes" the kind you buy from a second hand store . . .


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08 Oct 2009, 9:36 pm

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Hold me closer Tony Danza


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