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Old 13 July 2012, 11:50 AM
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Song 2 by Blur- the final 'Pleased to meet you!' line in the shouty bit sounds astonishingly like 'Is there any jam?'

Youse just reminded me of another Bette Davis Eyes example: 10-year old me used to hear 'All the boys think she's a spaz', which was uncomfortable because it was a word one doesn't use, and also not complimentary, so why did all the boys like her so much?

My best one- when we went up from first to middle school they assumed a lot of things, including that we already knew how to play rounders and the words to the Lord's Prayer and several hymns we'd never sung before. (This wasn't a church school but at the time you got mandatory worship whether you believed or not. Separate rant, that.) They also didn't have a projector with the words on, so you had to piece them together- and DOYCforbid you didn't join in. So I used to mouth vaguely.

Anyway, they were particularly fond of Lord of the Dance, which was new to me. For at least four years, I was singing "I am the lord of the damn settee."
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Old 13 July 2012, 01:54 PM
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My dad was Lord of the Damn Settee at our house. Well, he called it a davenport, but he was clearly the lord of of it.
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Old 13 July 2012, 02:08 PM
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'Lord of the Davenport' is the grandest of all!
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Old 13 July 2012, 03:36 PM
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I finally figured out that in Only the Horses they're singing "only the horses." I was pretty sure I was mishearing the lyrics, but couldn't look them up until I was able to get the title off a playlist.

I thought they were singing "only the voices" which makes very little sense ("only the voices will get us home tonight.")

And Pudding Crawl, isn't it too bad that the Davenport (couch) wasn't named for Lord Davenport? That would bring things full circle.

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Old 13 July 2012, 07:10 PM
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For the longest time, I thought the line in Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" was "Remember what the doorknob said." After all, there's a talking doorknob in Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland.

What? It's "Remember what the dormouse said"? Okay, then.

*wanders off to look up "dormouse"*
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Old 13 July 2012, 07:20 PM
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In Glen Campbells' Rhinestone Cowboy, I thought the end of the chorus was:

Gettin' cards and letters from people I don't even know
And Old Folks callin' over the phone.

Dang those pesky old folks interrupting all the time!
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Old 13 July 2012, 08:50 PM
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Then there's Elton John's Benny and the Jets where I have generally heard as:
"She's got electric boobs, I'll know her soon, I read it in a magazine"
"She's got electric boobs, her ma has too..."
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Old 13 July 2012, 09:36 PM
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Then, there's "Fame" by David Bowie: "Is it any wonder I reject your breasts?" I've read that the line is "I reject you first," but that just doesn't sound like what Davey is singing.
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Old 14 July 2012, 01:41 AM
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A couple minor ones: for years, I thought the second line of the chorus of the Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes" was "and your smile just can't disguise" instead of "and your smile is a thin disguise," and Badfinger's "No Matter What" had "'Cause no matter what you do" when it's actually "Doesn't matter what you do."

And a young cousin of mine thought the Beach Boys' "Litte Deuce Coupe" was "Little Two Scoop." (Of raisins? )
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Old 14 July 2012, 04:30 AM
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When I was a kid I thought George Thorogood had "a brand-new house on the Lower East Side".

I thought a house made from rattlesnake hide and human skulls would stand out a bit, even in Manhattan.
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Old 14 July 2012, 06:19 AM
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This is more of a quasi-mondegreen since I heard it correctly but I misinterpreted the lyrics. During Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" I thought he was referring to "all my action figures are Cherryh", as in the hard SF writer CJ Cherryh. Regular nerds have Boba Fett action figures, ultra-nerds would have Pyanfar Chanur, Morgaine, a tiny Downbelow Station, and a kif and knnn for good measure.
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Old 14 July 2012, 09:23 AM
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And a young cousin of mine thought the Beach Boys' "Litte Deuce Coupe" was "Little Two Scoop." (Of raisins? )
My favorite Beach Boys mondegreen is the first line of "Help Me Ronda"...it's really "Well since she put me down I've been out doing in my head," but when I was a kid I always heard "She said she put me down, yeah, but I do it in my head." Hey, middle school can certainly be like that.
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Old 14 July 2012, 03:47 PM
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My favorite Beach Boys mondegreen is the first line of "Help Me Ronda"...it's really "Well since she put me down I've been out doing in my head," but when I was a kid I always heard "She said she put me down, yeah, but I do it in my head." Hey, middle school can certainly be like that.
I've also heard "There's been owls pukin' in my bed." Um, ew...
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Old 14 July 2012, 03:48 PM
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Owl yak in your bed would be gross and uncomfortable -- all those little bones, ya know?
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Old 14 July 2012, 03:50 PM
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Not only is Saturday night all right for fighting, it's "better than election eve."
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Old 16 July 2012, 01:34 AM
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A friend of mine thought "Eminence Front" was "Dirty Little Slut."

One of mine: Marshall Tucker Band "Heard it in a Love Song" I always thought was "Purty Little Love Song."
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Old 16 July 2012, 01:47 AM
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I heard Thee Michelle Gun Elephant's "West Cabaret Drive" as "dress the killer in drag" - sounded like a song Ed Wood might've written.

My brother thought the background singers in Roxy Musics "Re-Make / Re-Model" were singing "See the hell my mind creates" instead of the liscence plate number "CPL593H" that they actually sing.



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One of mine: Marshall Tucker Band "Heard it in a Love Song" I always thought was "Purty Little Love Song."
I heard the same thing.
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Old 16 July 2012, 02:29 AM
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Another one for "Purty little love song!"

Back when I was in high school I got to take my high school's portable sound system home over vacation to play with. We basically used it as a karaoke machine, hooking up our home stereo and a few microphones and using the channel EQ to lower the original vocals on our albums while we sang along with cranked-up volume and plenty of reverb. It turned out to be a good venue for discovering some of our personal mondegreens. The one that I'll always remember was my brother's version of "Stairway to Heaven" (the end part):

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"...and all the winos on the road,
their shadows smaller than a toad..."
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Old 16 July 2012, 03:28 AM
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One that I found on a website ages ago and can't not hear now: "And there's a wino down the road/I shoulda stole his Oreos."

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Old 16 July 2012, 03:50 AM
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I have misheard so many lyrics in my life I should write my own book


Beatles “Come Together”
Actual Line: one and one and one is three
My version: War and war and war in the street


Beach Boys “help me Rhonda”
Actual Line: Help me Rhonda
My Version: You got a, healthy body hel-healthy body

Pat Benatar “Heartbreaker
Actual Line: The Invincible Winner
My Version: The Events of a Winner

Judas Priest “Private Property”
Actual Line: Keep your hands off, private property
My Version: Keep your a**hole, right in front of me
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