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What Is It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?

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Have you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? Maybe a child gave the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” a new meaning by replacing the line “life is but a dream” with “life’s a butter dream,” or an adult belted out “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” instead of “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Misinterpreted song lyrics are a fairly common phenomenon, and they’re called mondegreens.

A mondegreen is a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of another word or phrase that we hear. Mondegreens share homophony (meaning they sound like) with the original wording, but often change the meaning of the word or phrase entirely—with amusing results. The term mondegreen is usually applied to misheard song lyrics or lines of poetry, but can also refer to other types of speech. For example, someone might think the sarcastic saying “Thank you, Captain Obvious” is actually “Thank you, Katherine Obvious.”

Mondegreens are not to be confused with malapropisms, “the act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound” (as in, “dance the flamingo” instead of “dance the flamenco”) or eggcorns, “a word or phrase that is a seemingly logical alteration of another word or phrase that sounds similar and has been mishear or misinterpreted” (as in “old wise tale” for “old wives’ tale”).

So why do we call these misinterpretations mondegreens? The term is actually a mondegreen itself. Sylvia Wright, an American author, coined the term after a phrase she recalled mishearing as a young girl. According to Wright, she believed the first stanza from the 17th century ballad “The Bonny Earl O’Moray” featured two unfortunate aristocrats:

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

The correct phrasing of the fourth line is actually “And laid him on the green.” While Wright gave us a name for this phenomenon in 1954, people have been misinterpreting words and phrases since the beginning of speech.

Children prove an especially entertaining source of mondegreens. Younger students in the United States are known to confuse lines of the Pledge of Allegiance, leading to mondegreens such as “I led the pigeons to the flag” (“I pledge allegiance to the flag), “to the Republic for witches’ dance” (instead of “for which it stands”), “invisible” (for “indivisible”), and “liver tea and just us four, all” (rather than “liberty and justice for all”).

Mondegreens can often be a great source of entertainment. In 2013, a six-second video on the social media platform Vine went viral for its portrayal of a young girl misinterpreting the lyric “You can call me Queen Bee” from “Royals” by New Zealand artist Lorde.

Now it’s your turn! Share some of your favorite mondegreens in the comments below. Which lyrics have you misinterpreted before?

1,173 Comments

  1. Miranda -  September 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

    When was 3 when Madonna came out with “Material Girl” So, I didn’t know at the time the song was actually called “Material Girl.”
    When she would sing “I am a Material Girl” I thought she was singing “I am a Cheerio Girl” (I soon became a huge Madonna Fan & loved Cheerios because of that)!

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  2. Paul Waygood -  August 31, 2015 - 11:25 am

    A further step; Listen to Meddle – Pink Floyd. At about 3.30 into tyhe song the voice say’s “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces”.
    Or does it say “One of these days I’m going to dance with the evil queen or prince or pretty much anything else in your head at the time.
    Try it.
    Weird.

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    • terri raymo -  September 1, 2015 - 3:34 pm

      Phil Collins “she seems to have an invisible touch yea, – she reaches in and grabs like polio” lol

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  3. Paul Waygood -  August 31, 2015 - 11:07 am

    The Bee Gees “more than a Woman – Bone headed woman to me. I got married QED!

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  4. Dan -  August 31, 2015 - 1:00 am

    My wife, inspired by her French lessons, was feeling romantic when she returned home – so she flung the door open and enthusiastically declared, “Je t’adore!” (I adore you!)… to which I responded, “Shut it yourself!”
    Needless to say the mood was spoiled.

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  5. Robert Purcell -  August 29, 2015 - 10:22 pm

    When we were young, our house had a party line (telephone service shared with neighbors). Sometimes our mother would pick up the phone and would find that someone was using the service. She would say, “The line is busy.” We would then ask, “What is the lion doing, mommy?” Never could figure out why there would be lions in the phone building.

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  6. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  August 29, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    I heard someone quietly say, after burping, “I[t] kills me…” (compare “excuse me” but which is not a lyric)… perhaps a non-English-native-speaker…

    When I first listened to Enya’s song, “this way ends together far-and-away” alluding to parallel-tracks, but it was not readily hearable, I came-up with a possible phrase, ‘this day ends tomorrow around the world’—a lyrical truth.

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  7. bob bevilacqua -  August 27, 2015 - 9:13 am

    As a young kid growing up in the North End of Boston, I always interpreted this verse in “Jingle Bells”…”in a one horse open sleigh”, as, “in a one horse ‘soap and’ sleigh/slay”. First of all “sleigh” wasn’t a familiar word for us, as “sled” would be more common. Secondly, not that sure about sleigh, would never conceive of different “kinds” of sleigh, i.e. “OPEN” ones?!

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    • Marlene -  September 1, 2015 - 1:28 am

      I thought it was ‘One horse dope and slay’. It’s still a joke to me and my friends to this day.

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  8. Evelyn -  August 26, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    In Imagine Dragon’s radioactive, my little brother mistook the words “Enough to make my system blow” as “Enough to make my sister broke.”

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  9. Jeff Dale -  August 23, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    After reading these, I feel among kindred spirits.

    As a small child, I was taught to say this bed time prayer:
    Gentle Jesus, meek and mild
    Look upon this little child
    Pity mice and plicity
    And suffer me to come to thee.

    One night, I asked my mother what plicity was. What? Well I know what mice are, I just don’t know what plicity is. On realising that I had been reciting without understanding, my simplicity was pointed out in no uncertain terms and further prayers were abandoned!

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    • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:25 am

      - I always got a laugh from my friend Lisa, circa 1984, when she’d sing along with The Police’s song ‘King of Pain’ for

      “There’s a little black spot on the sun today”

      she would sing,

      “There’s a little Black Spider that’s on the way.”

      – & in their other song, ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ for

      “This girl is HALF HIS AGE!”

      she would sing:

      “This girl is HALF DISEASED!” – LoL!

      …fun stuff

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      • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:42 am

        …oh, and how about Stevie Nicks’ song ‘SARA’? When, about 22 seconds into the intro, she sings:

        “Said you’d give me life, but you never told me ’bout Papayas”

        …???

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  10. BMcCleary -  August 21, 2015 - 8:54 am

    There are tons of these available on the website KissThisGuy.com, so named because of the famous misinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” lyric “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” The mondegreen is obviously “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”

    Anyway, the first time I heard the Eagles “Hotel California” album, I wondered who Victor McGlove was. I was listening to the song “Victim of Love.”

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  11. Julie -  August 20, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    For a long time I thought the song “Please Don’t Stop the Music” was about weasels. “Weasels got to move it.” wow.

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  12. Jennifer -  August 20, 2015 - 11:26 am

    Jimi Hendrix – ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy for ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky

    Eddie Murphy – my girl wants to potty all the time (the correct word is “party”, but the song was popular when my little girl was potty-training, and the word stuck)

    The Police – Walking In Your Food Stamps for Walking In Your Footsteps

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  13. Chatty -  August 20, 2015 - 8:34 am

    The Police-So Lonely chorus when I was young sang “Salami”

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  14. GSlunka -  August 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

    When I went fishing with my dad when I was little he explained to me about the bait we were using and it made perfect sense to me. It wasn’t until I was starting college that my mom looked at me oddly and said “It’s salmon eggs.” All this time I thought we were feeding the trout a breakfast of “ham and eggs!”

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  15. Marco Pollo -  August 18, 2015 - 6:18 am

    National Anthems are always a source of entertainment when “We loyal sons and daughters all” become “We loyal sunshine daughters all”

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  16. bob johnson -  August 18, 2015 - 5:08 am

    I thought in Back in Black it was “back on the crack” instead of “back on the track”

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  17. RobH -  August 17, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    I always had to laugh when we were kids, and my brother used to insist that the lyrics for the Stampeders’ “Wild Eyes” were pronounced as ‘woun eyes’.

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  18. James -  August 16, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Our Father
    Who art in heaven
    Howard be thy name

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    • Cathy -  August 26, 2015 - 8:02 am

      A song about Jesus speaking to the disciples went:
      “I will make you Fishers of Men if you follow me”.

      Or, according to my friend when we were 5-ish:
      “I will make you vicious old men if you follow me”!

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  19. Anonymous -  August 15, 2015 - 8:50 pm

    Most people think TSwift, in Blank Space, is singing ” all the lonely Starbucks lovers ” instead of ” got a long list of ex-lovers “. Even I had to look it up.

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  20. Naomi -  August 15, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Shouldn’t the title be “What It’s Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?” Or “What Is It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?”

    Anyhow, when my daughter was preschool age and learned the ABC sing, she sang it….
    A
    B
    C
    D
    F
    G
    H
    I
    J
    K
    Animal Pee
    Q
    R
    S
    T
    U
    V
    W
    Z
    Y
    And
    Z…
    I use to giggle to my self everything I heard her singing to her self. :-)

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    • Naomi -  August 15, 2015 - 9:32 am

      Rather I would giggle “every time” I heard her signing it. Didn’t catch that auto fill mistake on my phone.

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    • Kxyz -  August 19, 2015 - 5:59 pm

      She nailed it.

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  21. bobby -  August 15, 2015 - 1:34 am

    On Willie Nelson’s Album Red headed stranger there is a song that says, “Can I sleep in your arms tonight lady.” I thought it said , ” can I sleep in your arms one eyed lady.” I always asked myself who would want to sleep in the arms of a one eyed lady?

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  22. Vixi -  August 15, 2015 - 12:10 am

    As a kid I never wondered about what kind of underwear Jesus wore. “Blessed is the Fruit of the Loom, Jesus.” I thought America the Beautiful went, “America, America, God spread his grapes on thee and crowned thy good with Robin Hood . . .”
    I also thought the Battle Hymn of the Republic went,”He is tramping out the vintage where the grapes of Welch are stored.” I usually pronounce words very clearly, and by the time I was 10, I had cleared up most of my Mondegreens, except for the last one. “Grapes of Welch” doesn’t even sound like “Grapes of Wrath,” but I was so sure of my interpretation, that I had to look up the lyrics.

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  23. MEB -  August 9, 2015 - 10:57 pm

    Usually in class after the Pledge of Allegiance, we sang some patriotic song or other. Whenever we sang “My Country ’tis of Thee” (Greek right there), the part where the words go “of thee I sing,” to me was “of the icing” and I always thought we were singing about a cake.

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  24. Bobby -  August 8, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    - The Police, Canary in a Coma > Canary in a Coalmine
    - The Police, Don’t stab your claws in me > Don’t stand so close to me
    - England Dan/John Ford Coley, I’m not talkin bout my linen > I’m not talking about moving in

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    • Stephanie -  August 15, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      I have never known they were singing “I’m not talkin’ ’bout movin’ in” I have ALWAYS heard it as “I’m not talkin’ ’bout the linen.” And I knew it was wrong, and always forgot to look up the correct lyrics! Thanks!

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    • Carmelor -  August 17, 2015 - 4:22 am

      For many, many years I thought the Beatles song about the “paperback writer” said instead, “take the back riser” and I supposed it was directing a driver to take a certain road! And back when my daughter was still in grade school she liked the Beach Boys song about the girl who drove the T-bird — except she sang “drives like an ape now” rather than “drives like an ace now”! She insisted the song said “ape”!

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      • Dan -  August 31, 2015 - 12:21 am

        Similar – but I thought they were saying, “Take the back right turn”

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  25. Toby Wallis -  August 8, 2015 - 2:31 am

    Gladly, my cross-eyed bear.

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  26. Curtis B -  July 31, 2015 - 4:51 am

    Did you ever play “hide and seek” as a child?
    What did someone say at the end of the game when they finally gave up?
    “Olley Oxen Free” right?
    Talk about a mispronunciation…..
    How about “All The Outs In Free” instead?? ;-)

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    • Leslie -  August 20, 2015 - 3:35 pm

      Well, that makes a lot more sense!!

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  27. Curtis B -  July 31, 2015 - 4:43 am

    Credence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising”
    Wrong lyrics: “There’s a bathroom on the right”
    Correct lyrics: “There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise”

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    • Leigh -  August 26, 2015 - 11:25 am

      Heck, back in those days we appreciated directions to the bathroom…
      too stoned to find it and too paranoid to ask!

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  28. Joel -  July 21, 2015 - 7:27 pm

    Mariah Carey song “Without You”

    Original lyrics (Chorus):

    I can’t live
    If living is without you
    I can’t live
    I can’t give anymore
    I can’t live
    If living is without you
    I can’t give
    I can’t give anymore

    Mondegreen:

    (Chorus)
    Ken lee
    Tulibu dibu douchoo
    Kenl ee
    Ken lee meju more
    Ken lee
    Tulibu dibu douchoo
    Ken lee
    Ken lee meju more

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    • john stover -  August 16, 2015 - 7:16 pm

      Listen to Harry Nillson’s version, he actually enunciates!

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      • Scooter -  August 26, 2015 - 11:10 am

        R.I.P. Harry, you musical, lyrical & vocal GENIUS!

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  29. ZeineGrae -  July 18, 2015 - 2:18 am

    In iggy Azalea’s song “Black Widow” my boyfriend thought the line “I’m gonna love you like a black widow, baby!” Was “…like a black little baby!”

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  30. Dave -  July 15, 2015 - 1:27 am

    Mylie Cyrus “You Came in Like a Wrecking Ball.” It was only very recently that I saw it in print and realized she wasn’t singing “You came in like rainbow”!

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  31. Werdnerd Logophile -  July 11, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Had a friend in middle school back in 77-78 who thought the verse in Queen’s “We Will Rock You”…somebody better put you back into your place…was… somebody better put a bag on yo face.

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    • May -  August 21, 2015 - 10:21 pm

      Do you know what a great name that is?
      Word lover??? Or did you make it up, by any chance?

      NO, WERDNERD. You made it up – funny.

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  32. Beebee -  July 10, 2015 - 6:50 pm

    I always thought that the Shirelles were singing (in “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”) “Can I believe the magic of your size” rather than “magic of your sighs” !!!!

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  33. B.B. Kaune -  July 10, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    I always thought the Shirelles were singing (in “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?)”, not, “Can I believe the magic of your sighs”, but “Can I believe the magic of your size” !!!!! :)

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  34. Colin -  July 8, 2015 - 7:38 am

    What about Jamaican singer Desmon Dekker and and his song “The Israelites”.
    The line – Darlin’ she said, “I was yours to be seen”
    sounds like- Darlin’ she said “I was yards to greasy”
    and the next line – Poor me Israelites
    sounds like – Oh me my ears are alight

    Always difficult to understand native Jamaican speakers.

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    • Ruth Raymond -  July 9, 2015 - 8:21 am

      Talk about misinterpreting lyrics I laugh when I heard the hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves” as Bringing in the Sheets l” and how about the Christmas Carol ” Hark the Herald Angels” as Hark the Hairy Angels..

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      • JB -  July 26, 2015 - 12:20 am

        I can certainly relate to “Bringing in the sheaves.” I heard: Bringing in the CHEESE!!” I knew I wasn’t right, but has no ideas what the actual lyrics were–ha! Thanks… My lesson for the moment. Now I’ll read on and laugh some more and possible learn some more.
        J

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        • longpurple -  August 3, 2015 - 9:04 pm

          Love the Pogo mondegreen:

          “Deck us all with Boston, Charlie

          Walla-walla Washington, Kalamazoo”

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        • john stover -  August 16, 2015 - 7:33 pm

          Or… “What a friend we have in cheeses”.

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      • Rea -  August 14, 2015 - 9:15 pm

        Your story is very much like one my mother tells me. She sang to me all the time when I was young. I was maybe 3 years old, but I was very precocious and was reading when I was just 2 years old. Because of this, my mother thought I understood the words she was singing. I also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. She sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. Well, what I HEARD was, “roll me over the tie.” In my mind I can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. Mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs!

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    • Lucy -  July 9, 2015 - 9:13 am

      Back in 1975, Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” (“I Believe in Miracles”) was playing regularly on the radio. A girlfriend of mine asked her friend what the singer was saying. The friend told her he was saying, “I believe in Malachai.” When my girlfriend asked who Malachai was, her friend said, “I believe he was one of the twelve disciples.” LOL.

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      • lori -  August 15, 2015 - 9:27 am

        I thought it was “i believe in marigolds”!

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  35. Mondie -  July 7, 2015 - 8:32 am

    When I was very little, I thought that L, M, N, and O in the alphabet were one letter with a very long name, “elemeno”. So H, I, J, K, elemeno, P…

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    • JB -  July 26, 2015 - 12:30 am

      Again, I can relate, as I’ve heard this from many of my nieces and nephews. Totally cute…

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    • Rea -  August 14, 2015 - 9:17 pm

      Your story is very much like one my mother tells me. She sang to me all the time when I was young. I was maybe 3 years old, but I was very precocious and was reading when I was just 2 years old. Because of this, my mother thought I understood the words she was singing. I also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. She sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. Well, what I HEARD was, “roll me over the tie.” In my mind I can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. Mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs!

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  36. Stuball -  July 6, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Coming from the Hawaiian culture where “haole” means “foreigner” in general, but non-native Caucasian in particular, what I heard as a kid was:
    “Our Father, wart in Heaven, haole be Thy name.”

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  37. Steven Pratt -  June 30, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    For several years as a pre-teen, I misunderstood the words to the first verse of “Silent Night”: “Round yon version, mother and child.” I kind of new what version meant, while I had no idea what a virgin was. :-)

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    • Laurel Wilkinson -  August 18, 2015 - 9:20 am

      “Round John Vergent” is a portly character who frequently finds his way into that carol.

      My mother was astonished once to hear we were about to sing “With One Green Eye” (“With Wond’ring Awe”). She said she didn’t know that was in the hymnal.

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  38. Ugonna -  June 27, 2015 - 6:52 pm

    When my little sister was younger, she thought that, for the song “We Are The World”, they were saying, “It’s true, a Michael, Michael Joe, just chu and me.” instead of “It’s true, we’ll make a better day, just you and me.” I found it HILARIOUS!!!

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  39. Stephen -  June 22, 2015 - 6:23 am

    My favourite one is the first line of the third verse of “To God be the glory”; which to my childish brain sounded like, “Great things He has TORTOISE!” :-D

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    • LongPurple -  June 27, 2015 - 6:08 pm

      Every Christmas I hear a hymn and the words in my mind are from “Pogo” —- “Deck us all with Boston, Charlie — Walla-Walla Washington, Kalamazoo”

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      • Stuball -  July 6, 2015 - 4:37 pm

        … And the second line:
        “Nora’s freezing on the trolley,
        Swaller dollar cauliflower alley ‘garoo.”

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  40. graeme -  June 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    U2′s song The Sweetest Thing – I used to hear “oh oh oh the Swiss Maid”

    Daft Punk definitely sang “Around the world, around the woodle”

    But the original one for me, and perhaps the strangest is Madonna singing “Bubble down squeak”, when in fact she was singing “Papa don’t preach”.

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  41. Francis -  June 16, 2015 - 8:32 am

    My mother told me that, as a child, she misinterpreted the title of a hymn, ‘Gladly The Cross I’d Bear.’ She loved to sing about ‘Gladly, The Cross-eyed Bear.”

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  42. Mary -  June 13, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    The song “Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry where she goes like, “You PMS…” I used to think it said “You pee a mess”

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  43. Saxxi_1 -  June 10, 2015 - 2:56 pm

    Back in the ’70s, there were song titled, Sister Golden Hair, with lyrics that read, in part, ” . . . make it Monday, but I got so damned depressed . . .” My friend’s little sister thought the lyrics were, ” . . . but I’ve got some pants to press.”

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    • mcat -  June 14, 2015 - 9:44 pm

      Oops trying to comment but in wrong place.

      And who doesn’t know there’s no mayonnaise in Ireland ?

      Customer: What is this?
      Waiter: It’s bean soup.
      Customer: What is it now?

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  44. Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    I used to carol loudly “Olympic Wax” instead of “a whip that cracks” … I take the 5th on how old I was when I finally learned better

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  45. Curi -  June 7, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    I always thought the Thunderclap Newman song / Tom Petty cover of “Something in the Air” said in the verse:

    “We’ve got to get together sooner or later
    Because the Rabbi Lucien’s here”

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  46. DanG -  June 6, 2015 - 11:02 am

    My wife has always misheard Cirque du Soleil as Circus Ole, until she saw it in print.

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  47. Erin E. Schmidt -  May 28, 2015 - 7:01 am

    My father swears he thought the Van Morrison song “Brown-Eyed Girl” was called “One-Eyed Girl,” but that may just have been a joke he was trying to pull on me.

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    • Julie Barringer -  May 30, 2015 - 9:02 am

      A friend thought Neil Diamond was singing “For Reverend Bluejeans” instead of Forever In Blue Jeans.
      Same friend, having never heard of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, thought Paul McCartney was singing about “Ma, Lookin Tired” !!

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      • John -  June 4, 2015 - 8:41 am

        No, it’s an advert for an Irish car parts firm, “Mulligan’s Tyres”.

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        • arlene -  June 6, 2015 - 8:28 am

          How about these? I have a reputation for not understanding songs. Almost had a panic attack when, as a grad student, I had to bring my Spanish II students to the language lab to listen to and discuss songs sung in Spanish.

          More than highway (actual: poison ivy)

          I bow a tree to protect me (actual: poetry to protect me)

          Sentimental cup full of lard (actual: Santa Monica Boulevard)

          I’m your penis, I’m your fire (actual: I’ m your Venus, I’m your fire)

          And to the flag for widget stans. (Actual: And to the flag, for which it stands)

          Give my anus a twirly whirly (actual: Came by in his curly-whirly)

          I could go on, but you see how I got my reputation…

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      • fayms -  July 5, 2015 - 11:29 pm

        I thought Mull of Kintyre was Mulligans Tyre

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      • Polo -  July 30, 2015 - 6:31 am

        My piano teacher thought I should learn “Mulloch Entire.” When (a) I didn’t recognise the name and (b) I obviously had no idea how to break the sounds up into words (I said, “Mulloch???”) , she got really mad.

        I was only a kid, and I had never heard of Mull, or Kintyre – and without an f, even o’ didn’t make a lot of sense. So I thought then, and I think now, that my incomprehension was entirely justifiable.

        Maybe I’ll learn the piece now – it’s only fifty years too late.

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    • EndoBXT -  June 6, 2015 - 2:25 pm

      I got some:
      -Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”:
      “We don’t need no Education…We don’t need no ‘Birth Control’ ”
      -Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” is “Hot Potatoes, Hot Potatoes..Ho-Ho- Hot Potatoes”
      -One of the Go-Go’s songs I thought had to do with Smelly Feet…Can’t remember which one!?

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  48. Jodi Mikalachki -  May 25, 2015 - 1:51 am

    First-graders learning to sing the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” when asked to pronounce the second line individually (“and ransom captive Israel”) came out with:
    “and random cats of Israel” and
    “and randy Captain Israel.”
    I would like to see the latter take on the Whore of Babylon!

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  50. Ceci -  May 18, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    My mom thought Geico was saving people “15 percent moron car insurance”

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    • 1340mike398 -  May 25, 2015 - 5:12 pm

      That’s hilarious!

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  51. tina -  May 18, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    some of my best include “have some snickers and snacks and just relax” from an old tune whose name i can’t recall, and if I must be honest I never really believed my interpretation was correct but i just loved the idea of someone saying that! the song must have been from the ’50′s cause the original lyric goes like this, “put on your sneakers and slacks and just relax”. and we all know nobody says “slacks” anymore!
    another winner was from the song “sway” by dean martin. I was convinced he was singing “when we sway i go WHEE!” only to find out he was in fact saying “when we sway i grow weak”. not really as exciting….

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  52. Grace -  May 13, 2015 - 11:06 am

    As a kid I was convinced that the 1960s song by Johnny Tillotson went:
    “Oh a tree in motion, walking by my side…” instead of “Poetry in motion…”
    Still like my version better – I still see a tree walking by his side whenever I hear that song!

    Also, I thought a dual carriageway was a ‘jewel’ carriageway because there were once jewels lining the central reservation as they used to be special routes reserved for the king or queen to drive down in their carriages.
    My dad used to think it was a “George carriageway” :-)

    One more from my mum – when her school closed for “voting” on polling day she thought it was closed for “boating”, which was something only adults were allowed to do!

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  53. Patricia -  May 12, 2015 - 4:54 pm

    My youngest daughter had several wonderful mondegreens. In the end of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout”, she would sing “out came the rain and dried the ball the rain.” And a popular Christmas carol began “Dashing through the snow, with a one horse soap and sleigh.” Joyous memories!

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  54. Kevin Moore -  May 10, 2015 - 3:10 am

    I’m an Australian and I particularly like this one ‘ Australian’s all love ostriches’ instead of the correct ‘Australians all let us rejoice’ from our national anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’ which I love. There’s a line from ‘The Boxer’ which I have heard as ‘All lies and jests’, ‘All life’s a jest’. and ‘All’
    I suggest.’ Does anyone know what the actual line is?

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    • Chuck Cee -  June 1, 2015 - 8:30 am

      “All I suggest is a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest …..”

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      • Donnie Darko -  June 14, 2015 - 4:48 pm

        The lines in question are, “Such are promises/All lies & jest.” One of the most moving songs ever, IMHO.

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    • fayms -  July 5, 2015 - 11:39 pm

      I though it was Advance Australia Square!

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  55. Tony -  April 30, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Catholics will appreciate this one. In the Act of Contrition, we pray “O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee…” The kids in CCD/Religion class would almost always say “O, my God, I am hardly sorry for having offended thee…” Nothing like saying the exact opposite and dissing God in the process.

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    • jim fordice -  May 10, 2015 - 10:54 am

      Love this site! By best friend growing up was the KING of mondegreens! In Sympathy for the Devil, “Pontius Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate” became “washed his hands in the Sea of Spain.” Same song:
      ” Anastasia screamed in vain” was “Anastasia fleed the bay.” Questionable grammar there. He would fight you if ever questioned. Love it!
      Also, The Stones ” Hang Fire” was ” Hang Five.”

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  56. Julian de Meyrick -  April 29, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Just north of Sydney, Australia, is the lovely waterway known as Coal and Candle Creek. The older locals insist it is named after Colin Campbell.

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  57. D-Roc -  April 28, 2015 - 5:44 pm

    “All in all you’re just another d___ (rhymes with rick) with no balls”
    - Pink Floyd

    I like my version better :D

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    • RS -  June 12, 2015 - 7:28 am

      As I read, I’ve smiled at many of these, but yours is the only one that made me actually bust out laughing. Nice work!

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      • RJ -  August 26, 2015 - 12:28 am

        Now I understand why the song was banned in South Africa, not politics but filthy porn

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    • Leigh -  August 26, 2015 - 11:42 am

      Oh man, I like your version better too…I am laughing all the way to the bathroom before I pee my pants. That is absolutely TOO funny!

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  58. Mr. Bigglesworth -  April 24, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    When I was very young, I was convinced that everybody was saying “L-bone” rather than elbow. … ‘made sense to me.

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    • EL-Eez dad -  July 21, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      When my son was about 3 years old, he would refer to the screen door as the “scream door.” Plus, in the day camp he attended, the little kids his age played in the “tot-house” which he referred to as the ‘hot house.’

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    • Julie -  August 18, 2015 - 9:08 am

      Me too! Hate to say that my sister and I were teenagers when our mother said “you DO know it’s elbow don’t you” and we said “wait, what????.” She thought we’d been joking all along.

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  59. mixer -  April 23, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    I sang “fingerprints that leave me covered for days” from Little Mix’s DNA as “fingerprints that leave me cold for days.” I still like my version better…

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  60. Cheryl B. -  April 23, 2015 - 11:38 am

    Little Miss Muffet
    Sat on her tuffet
    Eating her courage away, it should read: (eating her curds and whey)

    My big sister said this when we were little. Love her!

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    • Cathy -  August 26, 2015 - 7:57 am

      Little Miss Muffet
      Sat on her Tuffet
      Eating her curtains away!

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  61. map -  April 23, 2015 - 1:33 am

    In the Christmas carol “Silent Night” my younger brother changed “Round yon virgin” to “barnyard virgin”. That’s how the family sings it now!

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  62. Sue Hales -  April 17, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    This thread has been going on for over four years now! But I still feel the need to contribute…

    1) When my grandmother was little, the lesson reader in church always ended by saying, “Here endeth the lesson.” However, she heard “Here rendeth the lesson” and thought that the page had been torn at that point and they couldn’t go any further!

    2) The song “Oh, What a Night” by the Four Seasons has a part that goes:

    Oh, I got a funny feeling
    When she walked in the room
    And I, as I recall
    It ended much too soon

    When I listen to it, even now when I know what it’s supposed to say, I still hear what I heard when I was younger:

    Oh, I got a funny feeling
    When she walked in the room
    I got a funny itchin’ in my two shoes

    (I could only assume that she made him want to dance!)

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    • Trooper -  April 22, 2015 - 11:38 am

      Dirty Deeds! Done dirt cheap!
      Dirty Deeds! Thunder Chief!

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      • Marty -  May 16, 2015 - 8:08 pm

        I always heard it as Thunder Jeep! It’s close enough. The Thunder Chief can do dirty deeds and use his Thunder Jeep to get away.

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    • Beachgirl -  July 4, 2015 - 2:14 pm

      In that same song, there’s a lyric I mangled until I was in my 40′s. I couldn’t even come up with real words, so for most of my life I just sang “spinnin’ mah head around and taken fo ma deh undah”. It was so enlightening to find out the words are “spinning my head around and taking my body under”!

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  63. Andrew -  April 13, 2015 - 5:06 am

    Two I remember from my childhood were…

    A “chester drawers” in the bedroom, and

    a “bowen arrow”.

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  64. Spoont Master B -  April 8, 2015 - 6:16 am

    My gf thought Metallica’s Enter Sandman had the lyric
    “sleep with a coyote”
    instead of
    “sleep with one eye open”
    no sh*t

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  65. Chris -  April 8, 2015 - 3:48 am

    For a long time I misunderstood Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”:

    “This amusement never ends” sounded to me like
    “There’s amusement in the rinse.”

    It never occurred to me wonder what was in the dryer.

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  66. Cheryl Johnson -  March 31, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    I knew a singer–and non-native speaker of English–whose favorites songs included “Blue Spinach Eyes.”

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  67. ElecManPoweredUp -  March 31, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    I am one in the same with those who thought “There’s a bad moon on the rise” was “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

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    • Mark -  July 10, 2015 - 7:08 pm

      Actually, sometimes it is. Though the official words are “There’s a bad moon on the rise”, John Fogerty, being a good sport and knowing of this humorous mondegreen, sometimes actually sings it in concerts as “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Perhaps you’ve heard this version. You can find it on YouTube where he sings it like that with a smirk on his face.

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  68. ElecManPoweredUp -  March 31, 2015 - 6:35 pm

    “Dirty deeds
    Done with sheep”

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    • Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      They should rerecord it that way… hilarious

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  69. Danielle -  March 31, 2015 - 6:56 am

    When I 1st heard the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles was on a Dog Food commercial.
    and I thought the line
    “I want to see you be Brave.” was
    “I want to see you be Great.”
    but with the “T” being under emphasized. I took a while before I learned I was wrong. And I understood why I couldn’t find the song when I searched 4 it online. LOL :P

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  70. J. Michael -  March 26, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    From the CCR hit song “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” One will often hear “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

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    • Diney Dee -  March 29, 2015 - 9:36 am

      For the first 40 years of my life, when I heard the phrase “The Devil May Care”, it conjured up images of a Rumpelstillskin-esque guy sitting at a spinning wheel because I thought the phrase was: “The Devil Make Hair”.

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      • tina -  May 18, 2015 - 2:16 pm

        that’s a good one!

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  71. Dave -  March 13, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    ….and one for the little boy who lives down the drain.

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  72. Rose -  March 13, 2015 - 11:30 pm

    Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks
    “And though the truth may bury this, sh*t will carry on”
    When the real line is
    “And though the truth may not be, this ship will carry our (bodies strait to shore)”

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    • V'leOnica -  March 24, 2015 - 7:08 pm

      Are you aware that the two most commonly used 4 letter words are anagrams. Ship High In Transport, which refers to the time when fertilizer was shipped over seas in Wooded ships which created such a stench that the crates used for the shipment of this substance were marked S.H.I.T. so the said stench would be stowed on a high section of the ship.
      The other is Fortification Under Consent of the King, which dates back to a time when sex,except betwixt married persons, was illegal .

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      • Brian -  April 10, 2015 - 11:36 am

        I still am not “aware” of this, because I doubt if either explanation is at all an accurate recounting an etymology -although the stories are humorous.

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      • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 4:33 pm

        Your use of the word “anagrams” is incorrect. Anagrams are words or phrases that are comprised of the mixed-up letters of other words or phrases. For example LISTEN and SILENT are anagrams of each other. Or a more advanced example, “The country side” and “No City Dust Here”. I believe the word you meant to use was “acronym” which is a word that is comprised of the first letter or letters of the words in a phrase. One example of an acronym is the word RADAR, which originally was an acronym of the phrase RAdio Detection And Ranging.

        Also, in your F.U.C.K. story, while I doubt the truthfulness of this, I believe the story says that it was FORNICATION Under Consent of the King, and not “Fortification”. Both are useful words, but not really interchangeable. Who do you know goes on on Friday night looking for a little “Fortification”?

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        • jbs56 -  May 27, 2015 - 12:15 pm

          It sounds like you are very familiar with the tenants of writing well! That one is now going through press like wildfire. It’s everywhere.

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          • Red -  June 7, 2015 - 6:23 pm

            ” the tenants of writing well” – Was that a deliberate mondegreen for ” the tenets of writing well?”

      • Red -  June 7, 2015 - 6:28 pm

        I heard the latter was an abbreviation court clerks used to represent For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

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    • Jerry -  March 25, 2015 - 4:57 pm

      I thought it was “And though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies straight to shore”

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      • Mirra -  May 5, 2015 - 9:08 pm

        I thought it was

        “though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”

        I also remember thinking as a kid that in the song “Funk Soul Brother” that it said “the funk is your brother”

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  73. Jeree -  March 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    In “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” I misheard “If you like pina coladas” as “If you like bean enchiladas.”

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    • Dave -  March 13, 2015 - 11:56 pm

      …I do!!!

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  74. Sunay Yuseinov -  February 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

    Another popular example of misheard lyrics is Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and especially the part of the lyrics which goes “A mulatto. An albino. A mosquito. My libido.” There are different variations of mondegreens, one of them being “I’m a lion! I’m a vinyl! I’m a skittle I’m a Beatle!”

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    • al chestjut -  February 19, 2015 - 2:07 am

      “That song about cleaning up dog poop.”
      “It’s my litttle doo scoop (you dont know what I got)”
      - B. Wilson

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      • Paul -  June 9, 2015 - 9:15 pm

        I thought it was duce coupe… once I decided it wasn’t spruce coupe

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  75. Cara -  January 24, 2015 - 9:26 am

    “And I’m feral. You’re my wonderwall.”

    instead of

    “And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”

    - Wonderwall by Oasis.

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    • Emma -  April 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

      I thought it was “and after all, you’re my one and all” LOL !! I really did!!

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  76. Christine -  January 23, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    How about: “I led the pigeons to the flag” from the US pledge of allegiance

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  77. Jay -  January 22, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Got a lot of STARBUCKS LOVERS haha

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    • CHi -  March 11, 2015 - 1:44 pm

      I was waiting for someone to say this haha

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    • Dan -  June 9, 2015 - 1:54 pm

      “Got a Lovely Starbucks Lovers!” – had to look that one up, ’cause I knew it wasn’t right. I still prefer to sing it this way in my head, though.

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  78. Simon Smythe -  December 26, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Some mondegreens

    the holy cross-eyed bear (the cross I’d bear)…

    in the father, in the son & ‘in the hole he goes’
    (in the father, in the son & in the holy ghost)…

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    • Chase -  January 21, 2015 - 6:20 pm

      Southpark made a song out of a modegreen:

      Don’t wanna be… Obama’s Elf!
      Don’t wanna be… Obama’s Elf, anymore.

      (Parody of All By Myself)

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      • Chase -  January 22, 2015 - 7:20 pm

        ALSO, my sister’s name Aftyn originated from a mondegreen of
        Bruce Hornsby & the Range – Mandolin Rain.

        “And Aftyn, she’d smile
        It would last for awhile”

        from

        “I laughed and she’d smile
        It would last for awhile”

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        • Lilian Acosta -  February 19, 2015 - 8:32 pm

          Wow, that’s pretty neat!

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        • Sue Hales -  April 17, 2015 - 12:37 pm

          I thought it was “often I’d smile…”!

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    • Tiger -  March 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

      I actually prayed … in the holy goat

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    • El Condor -  July 30, 2015 - 10:06 am

      The story I recall is about the little boy who named his teddy bear “Gladly.”
      His father asked him how he chose that name. The boy said, “I named him after the hymn “Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear” (Gladly the Cross I’d Bear) It is a perfect mondegreen because the sounds are identical.

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  79. Kennyp -  December 23, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    How about the old Boney M song … “Ra, ra, rice puddin …”

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  80. Andtrew -  December 23, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Back in the 80′s, people in Latin America were so hopelessly hooked on Michael Jackson music, they cheerfully sang

    “jabón” (“Keep On)
    “cloroformo” ( With The Force Don’t Stop)
    “papel higiénico” ( Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough)

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    • Erin E. Schmidt -  May 28, 2015 - 6:56 am

      I hear that song as, “Keep on with the French toast, don’t stop till you get enough.”

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  81. Fly -  December 16, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Weird Al seems to have based his lyrics on misinterpretations.
    ‘Mondegreen’ seem so common that its infused in the evolution of human language and understanding. Adopting words from other languages, until all languages become one.

    My favorite was from Madonna, “Pappa don’t preach” “cause I’m keeping my babay”. My friends liked my interpretation of how Madonna was going to have a baby, and her father could not stop her from having this child. Of course I knew that wasn’t how it was meant to be understood.

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    • Lisa -  December 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

      That’s exactly what “Papa Don’t Preach” is about.

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  82. bruceteberon -  December 4, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Sting misheard as I’m an alien,I’m a little alien I’m an Englishman in New York.Really is I’m a legal alien.

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  83. Julinda -  December 1, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Up until I was well into my 40s, I thought “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” said, “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the peg leg they called Gitchigumee.” It really does sound like that, due to the singer’s style where he sort of mumbles/slurs the words, but rather than a person with a peg leg, Gitchigumee apparently refers to a big lake (one of the Great Lakes, in fact).

    My husband, who corrected my misunderstanding, and I still laugh hysterically any time we discuss it.

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    • Paul -  July 3, 2015 - 11:12 am

      I always thought it sounded like “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down to the big lake they call itch me goolies”. I didin’t realise what they really called it until just now!

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  84. Imogen -  November 23, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    My brother used to think Beyonce’s “all the single ladies” was “I’m a single lettuce”

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  85. Imogen -  November 23, 2014 - 6:40 am

    “I am the lord of the dance, said he” was apparently “I am the lord of the downstairs loo”
    and my friends used to think “Build me up, buttercup” by the Foundations was “Build me a barnacle”

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  86. Ash -  November 19, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    In “Angels We Have Heard on High,” as a kid I would sing “We make Chelsea’s Day-o” instead of “In excelsis Deo.”
    :-) It still makes me smile when I hear the song.

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    • KL -  January 5, 2015 - 3:04 pm

      That seems to be an easy one to mess up! I used to think that it said in Chelsea’s Name-o,(like Bingo was his Name-o). I laugh now every time I hear that song now that I know what it really says! :)

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      • KL -  January 5, 2015 - 3:28 pm

        There is also a song I know called “Until the Whole World Hears” by MercyMe….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc8y0DL8Hr4
        at 0:45 especially, it sounds like “Radio says” or “Radio sells” instead of “Ready yourselves”….my mom thought that that was the funniest thing ever when she heard me sing it. I still think my lyrics fit the song just fine. :)

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  87. Bryan -  November 9, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    In the song ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers nearer to the end it sounds like “Threw up on Mexicans”

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    • Oni -  November 12, 2014 - 1:29 pm

      My little brother thought it was “We’ll rob a Mexican.”

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    • Danny -  November 13, 2014 - 4:02 pm

      “Shirley [surely], Goodness, and Mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (The 23rd Psalm/The Lord’s Prayer).

      When I was little and recited this prayer at night, I thought three people named: Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy would always be walking behind me my whole life following me everywhere I went!

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      • anonymous -  December 21, 2014 - 8:53 am

        surely you can’t be serious!

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        • Michael Murphy -  January 9, 2015 - 6:51 am

          I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley

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          • anonymous -  May 28, 2015 - 9:32 pm

            The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner.

    • maryannjones -  November 15, 2014 - 5:17 am

      Bryan: No, no, no.. its “ni-guhh on mess-i-canz..”
      Oh..but NOW, its offensive, huh?!

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      • Mick -  November 18, 2014 - 7:18 am

        Maryann, not sure if you’re joking but one of those things is racially insensitive and one of them is just a nationality. Nothing personal, especially seeing as it really does sound like that if you listen to the end of the song. It could be anything I guess, if you want to hear it you will hear it. It’s like a…forced mondegreen.

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    • erik -  December 8, 2014 - 6:32 am

      I thought it was “We’ll rub a Mexican monkey”

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    • Evelyn -  December 23, 2014 - 7:41 am

      Another Christmas theme gone awry: Until I was 27 or so and my three-year niece told me otherwise, I always thought that the line in Jingle Bells was “dashing through the snow, on a one-horse soaping (soapin’ in NewYorkese dialect) sleigh”. For years I imagined big bubbles trailing behind the sleigh. Imagine my disappointment when a three-year old niece burst my bubble so to speak. À one-horse open sleigh still sounds like fun although perhaps a tad less festive without the bubbles…

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  88. Helena -  October 31, 2014 - 1:13 am

    For some people, like my husband and his brother, this is a disease, not a childhood phase. My favourite (among MANY): from Suzanne Vega’s Luka. My brother-in-law thought she lived on the kitchen floor, instead of the second floor. She was beaten up by her husband but apparently he let her sleep on the bed…

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    • John -  February 3, 2015 - 7:12 pm

      Luka was the name of a boy who lived in the same building as Vega.

      The song was not based on him.his name just fitted the lyrics.

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  89. Moofhead -  October 30, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Precious and few are the moments we toucans share…

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  90. George -  October 25, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    The Styx song “Come Sail Away” starts out “,…
    “I’m sailing away,..set an open course for the virgin sea”
    A friend of mine in high school, when this song first came out (oops!,.aged myself!), used to sing it “set an open course for emergency”
    :o)

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    • PtWhitey -  December 23, 2014 - 7:58 am

      Uhhh, until right now I thought it was “set an open course for emergency”! I’ll need to listen again.

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  91. Mr. Fluffy -  October 12, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    I think the song unwell is by matchbox 20, but anyway, when it comes on the radio I think the first line in the chorus is “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little, um…well” instead of “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell.” Just for clarification “um” and “well” are sentence fillers in my interpretation.

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  92. L.H. -  September 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Our family loved the Huron Carol. One of my younger siblings couldn’t hear the line “That might gitchi Manitou, sent angel choirs in stead” and sang instead, “that itchy itchy manitou..”

    She hates to be reminded. LOL.

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    • L.H. -  September 26, 2014 - 5:17 pm

      edit: “that MIGHTY gitchi manitou” …

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    • Trochilus -  February 19, 2015 - 12:58 pm

      Excellent! “You don’t get cheese or chicken!” Heh!

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  93. Hai -  August 14, 2014 - 1:52 am

    My little sister would always sing to this American Authors’ song called “Luck.” The chorus goes “I am my own man, I make my own luck” but she sang it as “I am my own man, I make my own lunch.”
    I liked her version better so I didn’t correct her.

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  94. KdG -  April 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Recently, Belvita has begun airing a commercial with a catchy tune, all about how a woman had a great day because she ate their biscuits. The song ends with a chirpy “morning win”, but every single time I hear ” morning wood”.

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    • D-Roc -  April 28, 2015 - 5:18 pm

      I hear “morning wood” too! I know what it’s supposed to be, but I always get a laugh..
      The director of the hockey games I used to televise was the king of Mondy Green – He would break into song over the intercom, but I can’t recall him ever getting 100% of the words right!

      My mother hates when I sing “Blah, blah, blah” (Love, love, love)

      A friend’s wife used to think “freeze frame” was Grease face.. LOL

      Long live Weird AL!!

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  95. Filippo -  January 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Hi, I often laught thinking at a very simple sentence, used on books here in Italy when you teach English to pupils:

    “Look: my pen is on the table!”

    I can’t help imaging it as

    “Look my penis on the table!” :)

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  96. Matthew R. -  January 12, 2014 - 5:07 am

    The Metallica song “No Leaf Clover” has a pair of lines that go like this:

    “Good day to be alive, sir.
    Good day to be alive, he says.”

    My fraternity from college was called “Lancer” and we were based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, so in my head I’ve always heard:

    “Good day to be a Lancer,
    Good day to be a Knight, he says.”

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    • Diane -  August 14, 2014 - 7:41 am

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  99. Bryan -  September 23, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Not for a song, but something that used to pass on TV back in the 90s. I can only remember this on Nickelodeon, but it’s possible that other channels used it, too.

    When saying what the next shows would be, they would the next show, then say, “Followed by…” and the next show after.

    I always heard “Bollowed by…”

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  100. Denise Novak -  August 22, 2013 - 8:25 am

    “Cris on August 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Kids say the darndest things! Here’s a couple from my family experience:
    A daughter wanted to sing the “donzer song”. Upon further inquiry, we learned it was the one that Francis Scott Key wrote about the “donzer lee light” so he could see the star spangled banner flying above Fort McHenry. “Oh say, can you see? By the donzer lee light.” Ha!”

    That’s pretty good, but it was originally a key plot point used by Beverly Cleary in “Ramona the Pest”. Unless your kid is over 60 years old I doubt your veracity. She spelled it “dawnzer”, if you want to keep using the story.

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  101. Mark O'Baldwin -  May 17, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Another Beatles mondegreen:

    To my surprise, their song “Dead Irene” is actually supposed to be “Dear Diary!” [My version fits better with the music, since it's in a minor key, as are almost all laments.]

    I blame the simply cr@ptastic radios [& speakers] in the cars & clock radios of my youth, since that’s about the only way/place I listened to music at the time…

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  102. Brian -  April 25, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    The Beatles’ song “Here There And Everywhere”:
    “I want her everywhere and if she’s beside me
    I know I need never care
    But to love her is to need her everywhere
    Knowing that love is to share”
    *******
    I sang along as a teen but I sang “.. and if she’s besides me I know I need medicare”!
    The debate in the news at that time was about medicare. (Those who spoke of the slippery slope of Leviathan, were astute.)

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  103. unicorn -  February 18, 2013 - 10:30 am

    i used to think “ruffle” was “waffle”
    so when i heard “ruffled your hair” i thought someone would put waffles in your hair

    i also mixed up s and t
    so the alphabet was Q R T, SUV
    i thought Q, R, & T had an SUV

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  104. unicorn -  February 18, 2013 - 10:09 am

    i used to think “L M N O P”
    was “Elmo had no pee”

    in Finding Nemo, the little baby octopus, seahorse, and fish say butt instead of boat
    so when
    Nemo touches the boat they say “Look! He’s touching the butt!”
    we watched Nemo in class
    our class cracked up when we saw that

    LOL

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    • Mondie -  July 7, 2015 - 9:06 am

      Hehehe…I actually wrote this as its own comment before finding yours. I thought L, M, N, and O were one letter called “elemeno”.

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  105. C.Z. -  February 12, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    My father told me that when he was very young, his friends from church would practice baptizing each other. They would stand in the bathtub, shut the drain, and then say, “I now baptize you in the Father, The Son, (open the drain), and in the hole he goes”!!! It was supposed to go, “I now baptize you in the Father, The Son, and in the Holy Ghost.”

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  106. Lark Girl -  January 25, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    “Santa Claus” is actually a mondegreen derived from “Saint Nicholas”! I heard something about how children in a different country couldn’t pronounce Saint Nicholas correctly in their language…? So the mondegreen became popular and spread!

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    • Andrew -  December 9, 2014 - 4:25 pm

      Unless it’s a song lyric, it’s not a mondegreen.

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      • Santa Claus -  December 26, 2014 - 9:04 am

        Actually Andrew, you are mistaken:
        mon-de-green
        [mon-di-green]
        noun
        1.
        a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.

        would of, could of & should of are mondegreens for
        Would’ve, could’ve & should’ve

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        • SaSmith -  January 14, 2015 - 8:36 am

          It’s not “would of”, “could of”.
          It’s “would HAVE”, could HAVE

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          • Elder Futhark -  January 15, 2015 - 8:23 am

            “Santa Claus” had it correctly, and you’re missing the point. “Would of”, “should of”, and “could of” are incorrect—that’s what makes them mondegreens (though not very meaty ones like ‘Lady Mondegreen”). “Would have” etc are merely the full, correct forms of the contractions “would’ve” etc.

    • Elder Futhark -  January 15, 2015 - 8:31 am

      Having lived in Germany, I guessed that “Santa Claus” originated as a mishearing or mispronunciation of the German “Sankt Niklaus”, which is pronounced approximately like “ZAHNkt nicLOUSE”, very close to Santa Claus. The case is a little more complicated, as etymologists trace the English name through the dialectical Dutch “Sinter Klaas”, for Saint Nicholas.

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  107. Al -  January 14, 2013 - 5:19 am

    There’s a line in the song “Hook” by Blues Traveler that says something about “hip three-minute ditties”. It’s sung very quickly so it kind of all mashes together, and the first few times I heard it, I swore it said “hit them in the ti**ies”.

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  108. Walter Scott -  January 7, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    In the article it should be “The bonny … ” (not “The boony … “)
    Also, James Stewart was “the Earl of Moray”, and the “of” becomes “o’”; it isn’t like O’Brien: there should be a space before “Moray”.

    Ye Highlands and ye Lawlands,
    Oh where have you been?
    They have slain the Earl o’ Moray
    And layd him on the green.

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  109. Ellen Hendricks -  January 2, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    My great aunt told me that when she was a child, she thought the hymn “when the roll is called up yonder” was “when the roll is called a p-yonder”… She was raised on a ranch and they had a piece of machinery referred to as ” the roll.” she thought someday it would be renamed, and she’d be there.

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  110. giogio -  December 27, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    In Don Henley’s “End of the Innocence” I thought he said “tired old man with the electric grin”, when it was actually “that we elected king”. I liked my version, since the song was talking about Reagan, and sometimes he could come across like we needed to plug him in before he would function.

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  111. Carl Walker -  December 21, 2012 - 8:35 am

    “I’m shaving!” instead of Garth Brooks “I’m shameless!”
    “stepped on a pop-tart” instead of Jimmy Buffet’s “stepped on a pop-top”

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  112. MAlcb -  December 19, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Jermaine Stewart, “We don’t have to take our clothes off”
    # I’m not a piece of meat and you lick my brain”

    Stereophonics “Have a nice day”
    #Lie around all day, Have a drink of cheese”

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  113. lilgiggle -  December 17, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    “A pink Paradise” and put up a parking lot…should be “Paved Paradise” and put up a parking lot. I swore that song was called pink paradise.

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    • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 4:50 pm

      Whenever I hear the word “paradise” in almost any song, my brain automatically translates it to “pair of dice” for some reason.

      “…Have a Cheeseburger in Paradise…”
      becomes
      “…Have a Cheeseburger and pair of dice…”

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  114. Robin -  December 2, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    When I was a small child, my parents had a Christmas album by the Mormon Barnacle Choir. I guess they came from Salt Lake.

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  115. Califlower -  November 17, 2012 - 10:48 am

    After singing the children’s folk song, “Hop, hop a little horse, Hop, hop again, sir” then 5-year-old Chris asked, “What’s a ghinzer?” Now, in my family’s lexicon a ‘ghinzer’ is code for any misheard word or phase. We apparently created a mondegreen for mondegreen, if I’m understanding the term correctly.

    After hearing the kindergarten rule, “No running on the black top,” Elizabeth reported to us that there was to be “No running on the lap top.” A rule we would use sardonically for many a MicroSoft product.

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  116. k -  November 16, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    “And all this longing, and the sheeps all left to rust,” from What the Water Gave Me by Florence and the Machine. I sang it like that for months, not having a clue what sheep had to do with the song and wondering why Florence said “sheeps” anyway, until a friend pointed out that it’s “the SHIELDS all left to rust.”

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  117. Phurtis -  November 10, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    “Strummin guitar love” instead of “Come and get your love”.
    Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks are, to me, two of the worst annunciators in the music business. And they did a duet together. “nothing better to do . . . than make a meal of some bright eyed kid” came through to me as “. . . than make some innocent bright eyed kid” which I took as careless conception.

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  118. Emma -  October 22, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    infanso instead of infant so in silent night.

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  119. Rick -  October 16, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Animal Collective sampled a Grateful Dead lyric “whoa I walk sky” and called their new song “What Would I Want Sky”

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  120. Sodesu -  October 3, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Here we come a-waffling among the greasy trees… (instead of Here we come a-wassailing among the trees so green).

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  121. Lucky Akela -  September 30, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    When we were in middle school, my friend thought the line from Roxanne’s It Must’ve Been Love was “Lay a WHISKER on my pillow” instead of whisper.

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  122. glenn -  September 29, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    i don’t know what you guys are talking about. can’t hear you over the beach boys singing that old fave, ‘little loose tooth’.

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  123. Peter -  September 24, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Marsey dotes and dozy dotes and little lamsie divey
    A kiddly divey too, wouldn’t you? :-D

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    • Moofhead -  October 30, 2014 - 1:39 pm

      I learned it with “wooden shoe” instead of “wouldn’t you”.

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  124. Garth -  September 21, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    I always thought Kim Mitchell’s song was about an Irish woman named Patty O’Lanterns.

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  125. Claude -  September 20, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Frankie Valli had a song called, “My Eyes Adored Ya,” but I misheard it as “My Satorja.” I remember thinking that it was the most stupid song ever because there was no such name as ‘Satorja’.

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  126. brahms -  September 19, 2012 - 1:20 am

    I’m blue da ba dee da ba dah

    =

    I’m blue i’m in need of a guy

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  127. Michael -  September 18, 2012 - 11:17 pm

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me
    A Mercedes Benz.
    My friends all drive porches
    I must make amends.

    Don’t you know that I’m
    Hurtin’ through the grapevine!
    Oh, I’m hurtin’ through the grapevine!
    Just about, just about, just about
    To lose my mind.

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    Takes care of C-P-T!!!

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    • bigbrother -  December 26, 2014 - 9:22 am

      um… those Joplin lyrics are correct… what’s the misinterpretation?

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      • Robert -  February 6, 2015 - 10:25 am

        ” . . . my friends all drive Porsches” (NOT “porches”!)

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  128. Chris -  September 17, 2012 - 1:58 am

    I’m a particular fan of the BBC Radio 4 programme Crossing Continents.

    … which *always* sounds, when announced like Cross Incontinence – I rather different programme.

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  129. Newt -  September 16, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Oh man, I am staying up late reading all these comments:

    My daughter was 2 or 3 and we caught her singing the line in Deck the Halls as “follow me and be very careful” instead of “follow me in merry measure” (that on melted our hearts)

    My sister thought Neil Diamond was singing ” For Reverend Blue Jeans ” instead of “Forever in Blue Jeans”

    A friend at work was singing “Rock the cashbox” instead of “Rock the Casba”

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  130. David -  September 16, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    Here’s a more obscure one:

    There’s a song by an old death metal band called Hypocrisy, which is about seeing UFOs. At one point, the lyric is: “I must debate it, because when I walked out they were all gone.”

    I’ve always heard it as: “I masturbated, because when I walked out, they were all gone.”

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  131. Joe -  September 14, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    I think mondegreen is a fantastic result because a male represents penetration of nature, thus nature being female of equal essential.

    So really… I mean if they slain that man and “Lady Mondegreen” that logically may signify Lady Mondegreen is of personal acquaintance of the man who was slain.

    “Laying him on the green” can be the same thing as “and Lady Mondegreen”, especially since NAMES are WORDS. They both can mean the same in the sense that when he died, she died, too. Don’t think I am wrong. It’s only because of Christianity or whatever nonsense going on today that really makes you displease in a male. We’rE ALL in the same pot, when talking about which gender is guilty. But if you want to go back in time, I say this child’s interpretation is poetically correct… even JUST CORRECT!

    I honestly feel Sylvia Wright is half right there. I mean TRUE: The child’s misinterpretation weren’t the original lyrics, but essentially works the same.

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    • huh? -  December 26, 2014 - 9:28 am

      you are an idiot

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  132. Joe -  September 14, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    OR HOW ABOUT Smells Like Teen Spirit?

    “With the lights out, it’s the stages!”

    When it’s really “it’s less dangerous!”

    That’s my mondegreen.

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  133. Jim C -  September 14, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    And I always thought it was “Blinded by the light, ramped up a fiduciary rofer in the night.”

    Hey, there wuz some WEIRD business deals in those days.

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  134. Aidan -  September 14, 2012 - 8:50 am

    ” The Dog Say Goodnight” should be ” The dark sacred night” from ” What A Wonderful World” ( Louis Armstrong )

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  135. Nicole -  September 7, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Elton John’s Rocket Man
    What it really is:
    And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
    Till touch down brings me round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

    What I heard: And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
    Til touchdown brings me what I’ve yet to find
    A ma ma minakick I ever known,
    No whoa, whoa, whoa, I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man, burnin’ all the shoes off farranon

    (Wrong to the point of being ridiculous, but it was great fun
    to sing! ;) )

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  136. leaf -  September 4, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    I always thought the song “Tell Me Why” by Taylor Swift said: ‘you might think I’m full of poop but I’m not!’ Instead of ‘you might think I’m bulletproof but I’m not!’ makes so much more sense haha

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  137. bob -  August 31, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    How to Save a Life by The Fray

    “And I pray to god he hears you”
    becomes
    “And I paid a guy to kiss you”
    if you listen to the song it sounds so much like the latter

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  138. David Siegelman -  August 29, 2012 - 12:49 am

    The song Cupid by Sam Cooke,
    Until I was 12 I thought he was singing “Hubert”.
    When my friend heard me singing this to the car stereo, he couldn’t help but break out into roaring laugh.

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  139. ELSIE -  August 19, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    In Jingle Bells thought the lyric was “In a one horse soapin’ sleigh”

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  140. Shaun -  August 14, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    The Bee Gees “Bald Headed Woman”, turned out to my surprise to actually be “More than a woman”.

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  141. Em -  August 11, 2012 - 12:40 am

    And “wake me up to pour your cocoa” instead of before you go-go, in the Wham! song

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  142. Dave -  August 8, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Answering my own question: “Mondegreen” is an “autologous” or “homologous” word. Interestingly, “autologous” is autologous, too, along with common words like “common” (it is common) and “short” (it is short). Ironically, “long” is not long, so it’s the opposite of autologous, it’s heterological — it does not describe itself.

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

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  143. Dave -  August 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

    What is the word for a word like “Mondegreen” that is an example of itself? We know that a “Mondegreen” is a misheard line or lyric, as has been fully explored in the 900 comments before mine, but “Mondegreen” itself is a “Mondegreen”. Is there a word for its recursive quality?

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  144. CrumlinT -  August 3, 2012 - 3:41 am

    Paul Young – “Everytime you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”.

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  145. BAlly -  August 1, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Song by Calvin Harris: Sounds like he is saying “You used the whole beef” in the chorus of his song “You used to hold me” :P

    check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzujNk-yYrE
    especially at 0:50

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  146. Warren -  August 1, 2012 - 3:41 am

    In the Lord’s Prayer, in addition to “Harold be Thy name” one of my young students would ask “deliver us from eagles” and in the Creed thought Jesus “suffered under Qantas pilot”.

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  147. Jim LoPiccolo -  July 31, 2012 - 8:54 am

    I spent most of my life (over 60 years) saying “for all intensive purposes” until one day when I was reading a novel and saw in print “for all intents and purposes” but I still trip over the phrase when I’m in a casual conversation!

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    • Perpetual Killingmachine -  November 29, 2014 - 6:17 am

      Oh my god… you just blew my mind, I still say that! I hope I can stop

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  148. Tyler M -  July 27, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Sorry, Slipknot’s song, not Iron Maiden’s. My apologies.

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  149. Tyler M -  July 27, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Iron Maiden’s “Before I Forget”

    Original proper lyrics: “I was a creature before I could stand”
    My misheard mondegreen: “I was a creature before I could sin”

    I think that was vastly improved.

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  150. Marcin -  July 23, 2012 - 3:48 am

    Depeche Mode “Everything counts”

    Everything counts in large amounts. My version for years was “Everything counts by Roger Maus”

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  151. ayamkpg -  July 22, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    No one confused Europe’s “The Final Countdown” with “A fire downtown”? Seriously?

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  152. RachelAllison -  July 6, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Many people now write “should of” rather than “should’ve,” because they’ve heard it pronounced that way often and never took the time to look it up (they really shouldn’t have to… it’s ridiculous). But I suppose that would be an example of a mondegreen, right?

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  153. Luna Park 29 -  July 6, 2012 - 9:30 am

    A former girlfriend once told me hysterically about hearing her middle son absent-mindedly singing the Barry Manilow tune “Looks Like We Made It” in the car as she was driving him to football. His lyrics were, “Looks like tomatoes!”

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  154. Zain -  July 3, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    Any of the notice of Red Hot Pepper Chillies! :)

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  155. Patrick Oliver -  July 2, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Correction.
    “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Elvis
    Real – “Take a backseat hitch-hike”
    Mine – “Take a taxi hitch-hike”
    “Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith
    Real – “Sweet Emotion”
    Mine – “Feel the ocean”

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    • David Baldridge -  January 19, 2015 - 5:03 pm

      Crazy Little Thing Called Love is not an Elvis song. It’s done by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury. He was quite a musical chameleon as, I agree with you, it sounds for all the world to be an Elvis song but it’s not.

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  156. Patrick Oliver -  July 2, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    These are songs I misunderstood until I saw the lyrics
    “Heaven … On Earth” – Belinda Carlisle
    Real – “And you lift me up
    In a wave of love”
    Mine – “And you lift me up
    In a web of love”
    - Favorite song-artist
    “Leave a Light On” – Belinda Carlisle
    Real – “Cause when the world takes me away
    You are still the air that I breathe”
    Mine – “Could swear the world takes me away
    You are still the edge that I need”
    Real – “Baby that’s your heart
    Baby that’s your heart
    Baby that’s your heart”
    Mine – “Baby is that so hard
    Baby is that so hard
    Baby is that so hard”
    -Favorite artist
    “Heartache Tonight” – The Eagles
    Real – “There’s gonna be a heartache tonight”
    Mine – There’s gonna be a whoring tonight”
    - Always thought virgin prostitute
    “Oh Sherry” – Steve Perry
    Real – “Oh Sherry Our love”
    Mine – “Our cherry boat’s rough”
    “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Elvis
    This is a song my teacher misunderstood
    “House of the Rising Sun” – Bob Dylan
    Real – “My mother was a tailor
    She sold these new blue jeans”
    Hers – “My mother was a traitor
    She stole my blue jeans”

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    • brandylcriminal -  April 27, 2015 - 10:58 pm

      House Of The Rising Sun is by The Animals, not Bob Dylan. And the correct lyric is : my mother was a tailor/she sewed my new blue jeans…

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  157. John -  June 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Another one in reverse is the old song from the 1920s:
    Maresy dotes, and Doesy -dotes and Little Lambsy Divey/a Kidle tivey too wouldn’t you?
    Oh it may sound queer, and funny to your ear: a little bit jumbled and jivey, but mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy

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  158. Joseph -  June 27, 2012 - 6:41 am

    My brother thought it was “thirty thieves in a thunder jeep” instead of “dirty deeds done dirt cheap”

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  159. Sandy -  June 26, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Rocket Man (Elton John):
    “burning out his fuse out here alone” sounded like “burning out the duodecagon”.

    Another One Bites The Dust (Queen):
    “Steve walks warily down the street” sounded like “Stink bug’s family down the street”.

    My Country ‘Tis Of Thee:
    “of thee I sing” sounded like “of the icing”. Made me salivate when we sang it as kids.

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    • Dan -  June 9, 2015 - 2:37 pm

      Mine was “ev’ry down ring,” which never made any sense to me… until I found out it’s “Let freedom ring.” Never made me the least bit hungry, anyway!

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  160. Dawn -  June 14, 2012 - 6:19 am

    When I was younger I thought the line “He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich” from the Men at Work song “Land Down Under” was “He just smiled and gave me a piece of his sandwich”…. Being American I had never heard of vegemite; It wasn’t until I moved to Australia ( where I still live ) that I finally realized what was being said…I still like to sing my original version :-)

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  161. Rebecca -  June 9, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Our family has at least three.
    1. My youngest daughter thought the chorus on Gloria by Laura Branigan was
    Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number/
    {I think they got Elliot’s}
    I think they got the alias/that you’ve been living under
    2. My oldest, as a two-year-old thought in Beauty and the Beast that Belle
    was not singing about a “provincial” life but an “elemential” life.
    3. I thought Floor Filler by A-Teens was “Go, Miller!”

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  162. Ben -  June 9, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Stevie Wonder’s lyric “massed her braided hair” used to confuse me as a kid. How could hair play with itself?

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  163. Dutchie -  June 6, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Foreign languages are great for Mondegreens !

    This Dutchman got an unexpected surprise from an american au pair girl for introducing himself.

    Shaking hands with the sixteen year old, I said “Stef Kok” .

    (Stef being short for Stephen, while Kok is dutch for Cook)

    A loud slap in my face was her answer.

    It took me years of learning English to find out what her naughty ears heard.

    Got something to do with a male chicken standing up.

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  164. Siebert -  May 25, 2012 - 7:17 am

    My daughter thought the 12 days of Christmas said “and a par tra-gennapear tree” so when she saw a gilded pear ornament one holiday season she exclaimed with much delight, “Look! Mom! A gennapear!”

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  165. DBM -  May 18, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    After days of reading, I finally hit bottom. A lot of repetition here. A lot seems staged. Some songs were parodies by Weird Al and Bob Rivers. I can’t believe how many credited songs to the wrong people!

    This is the day of the internet… which doesn’t always get things right either. I usually check more than one source. I’ve seen plenty of pages that credit Mrs. Robinson to the Beatles!

    Anyway, I didn’t see this listed. When singing My Country Tis of Thee, I used to sing “sweet land of liberty, of the Hi-C.” Hi-C was big back then…

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  166. The Bear -  May 17, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    When hearing the song:

    After midnight .. we’re going to let it all hang out….

    for years I was hearing:

    Captain Midnight .. we’re going to let it all hang out.

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  167. Mariko -  May 17, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    I pledge alligance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for Richard Stans(which it stands) lol

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    • brandylcriminal -  April 27, 2015 - 11:19 pm

      I always said … one nation, under God is invisible to liberty and just is for all… it’s actually one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. My version is truer though, huh?

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  168. Deja -  May 17, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    The transformers theme song, i always thought they said instead of
    “Robots In The Sky”
    i thought
    “Ho Bot In Your Eye”
    I couldnt help but laugh and wonder if that was even appropriate

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    • Deceptobot -  January 30, 2015 - 2:12 pm

      You get another point. The line is, “robots in disguise”.

      (Loosely in disguise when time ends. *wink*)

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  169. Sam -  May 15, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    omg in “Dynamite” i thought it said “lighz eez ohz” instead of “light it up”

    they should really sing clearer.

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  170. Marshall -  May 15, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    My father told me about how as a young child he heard someone talk about how they were going to fly a “Paper Cup”. My Pops told me about all the different things he would imagine when he thought of someone flying a “paper cup”. Then One day, many years later when he was in his preteens he was in the back of the family car while my grandfather drove, there in the airfield next to them was park a single-prop Piper J-3 Cub and suddenly it became clear: Not a “paper cup” a “Piper Cub”! Myself, I couldn’t figure out the “knock-knock” joke: “knock, knock” “Who’s there?” “Centipede” “Centipede who?” “Centipede on a Christmas Tree…”. I literally pictured a centipede on a Christmas tree (“Centipede” apparently was “Santa peed”) though my father told it to me until I was about 15 before I asked him to explain it to me. After which I literally laughed ’til it hurt!

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  171. Tona V. -  May 14, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl theme song: “Call Me Papa!” or “Haheeyahah!–though it’s Latin, something like “A iliad.”
    Better part of the song: “This is for people speaking Mormon–WHO CARES! This is for history.”
    True story.

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  172. John -  May 14, 2012 - 6:43 am

    As a child I always sang the song verse “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore” as “Like a Rose Upon the Shore.”

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  173. D -  May 12, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Only until a few months ago I thought the lyrics to Sade Smooth operator was Sue got it better, or Sue does it better.

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  174. Kia Parko -  May 12, 2012 - 5:51 am

    A lot of kids have problems with the Australian National Anthem, so here it is:

    Australians all are Ostriges,
    for we are one, two, three.
    With golden foil and silver foil,
    Our home dirt by sea
    vs
    Australians all let us rejoice
    for we are young and free.
    We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil
    Our home is girt by sea.

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  175. Terri Alexander -  May 8, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Until about two years ago (shamefully), I interpreted the line in Billy Joel’s song “Only the Good Die Young” as “when you were counting on your ovary” instead of “when you were counting on your rosary”.

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  176. Do-Si-Dos -  May 7, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    When I was very young, I thought it went like this:

    “Mares eat oats and do-si-dos and little lambsy dive-y. A kidly dive-y too, wouldn’t you?”

    I apperently thought that female horses ate square dancers.

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  177. Carole Brooks -  May 7, 2012 - 5:52 am

    When we were very young, our missionary parents had us sing at the missionary services. One song was names “Dusky Hands” and part of the lyrics were:
    Dusky hands are reaching for the bread of life

    The chorus was
    Send the gospel tidings over land and over sea
    Til the power of Jesus sets the captives free

    My little sister was singing
    Send the gospel pirates over land and over sea
    Till the pow of Jesus sets the Baptists free

    And, no, she still has not lived this down

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  178. Zoltan Fibonacci -  May 3, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    For years I thought Joni Mitchell was singing about those big fuzzy dice that high school boys used to hang from the rear view mirrors in their cars. I heard:

    Wrong: Big pair o’ dice. Put up a parking lot.”

    Right: “Pave paradise; put up a parking lot.”

    Joni’s lyrics make sense. We need a place to park before we can get out and enjoy paradise. LOL
     

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  179. K.1 -  May 1, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    this happens all the time

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  180. Ally -  April 30, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    In 27 dresses when they sing “Bennie and the Jets” and get every word of the song wrong. :)
    Wrong: “She’s got electric boobs, below her shoes,”
    Right: “She’s got electric shoes, a mohair suit,”

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  181. Eb -  April 25, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Just about a year ago, my brother was playing a video game and with the classic nasally voice of a horse race announcer, I heard him say: “Paul’s bein’ a ham!” I turned from the computer to ask him, “Did you just say, ‘Paul’s bein’ a ham’?” He laughed and replied, “No! I said, ‘Full speed ahead’!”

    We might have almost killed ourselves laughing so hard. But now, we openly joke and say, “Paul’s bein’ a ham!” just for the fun of it. XD

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  182. Tim Hudson -  April 23, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    The best one I can think of, aside from Bruce Springsteen’s lyric, “…wrapped out like a deuce, another runner in the night.” and most Bob Dylan songs, was in fact “mondegreened” by Bob himself…

    In the Beatles’ song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, there is a line that says, “…I can’t hide…”. Bob Dylan misinterpreted this to be, “I get high”, and the story from there is that Bob went to visit the Beatles and ended up introducing them to Mrs. Cannabis Sativa and Mrs. Cannabis Sense”. They pretty much took off from there, arriving in San Fran for the Summer of Drugs…er, Love…where Paul thought it would be a great idea to drop a few stamps from Uncle Syd…they didn’t like it so much. But, we do have the song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”…on one hand, John maintained that it was named after a drawing he made when he was four, with the same title. And there are also influences from Through The Looking Glass. Hmmm…coincidence that 1. The nouns in a song title are capitalized…”LSD” 2. Through The Looking Glass was an inspiration for some other songs, referencing things around drugs, most notably “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane.
    Okay, perhaps one more—the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever, where a faint line played in slow speed by John can be heard; the line has been misinterpreted by many as being, “I buried Paul”. John maintains that it is “Cranberry Sauce”…coincidence that Paul seems to have had done something that either embarrassed John pubicly, or something that apparently (if this is what actually happened) caused John to seek vindication…so, something there happened to Paul, and John supposedly applied icing to the cake by the boastful, “I buried Paul”. Something to that extent…

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    • Lynn -  February 22, 2015 - 7:31 am

      Tim… “Embarrassed John _pubicly_”…..

      …Really?!?! Gotta love it…..
      Thanks for the laugh!

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  183. Karen Goldstein -  April 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Our father’s God to thee,
    Author of liberty of thee I sing.
    Lord let this land be bright
    With freedoms Holy Light,
    Protect us by thy might
    Great God Our King.

    My version:

    Protect our spy by night
    Great God Our King
    Great God Our King

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  184. Mara -  April 22, 2012 - 5:27 am

    I think my most famous one as a child, was caught singing along in the car to Pink Floyd when I loudly declared “Hey! Creature!, Leave them kids a bone” instead of obviously “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!”

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  185. Tom -  April 19, 2012 - 2:17 am

    When he was about 4 years old, my little brother would walk around the house doing a Pigmeat Markham imitation. He would sing: “Order in the court, Order in the court, Keep my Daddy in the order of the court.” Still cracks me up, after 50 years.

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  186. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:28 am

    I was in drama one time and one of the characters in out scene was named Marissa and our teacher kept telling us to pronounce it better because her name wasn’t MRSA. lol

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  187. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Just realized while reading these comments that I’ve been hearing Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees wrong. I always thought it was “You can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a wanted man, no time to talk” instead of “woman’s man”. Oops.

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  188. Breezy Whitay -  April 18, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Oh! I almost forgot. In the song they teach kids to help them learn the continents, whenever my cousin used to get to the part about “don’t forget Australia”, she always said “don’t forget I’ll strangle ya…” I now say it her way every time I sing it. Makes me laugh every time.

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  189. Breezy Whitay -  April 17, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    I always thought the line in Blinded by the Light was “wrapped up like a douch, another rumor in the night”. I still don’t think it sounds like “deuce”.
    And in the Taylor Swift song Ours, I thought the line was “People throw rocks, it’ll be just fine” instead of “… at things that shine”. Although, I think “it’ll be just fine” sounds better.
    Also, in Heartach Tonight I always thought it said “There’s goona be a party tonight…” Needless to say I didn’t know the name of the song. lol

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  190. Ellie -  April 14, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    Here’s a bilingual one — when my brother was learning the first few lines of the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah, he would chant “V’ha’aretz hay’tah tohu v’vohu” — but I heard “tofu v’vohu.” To this day, I insist that before God created light, it was made up of darkness and tofu.

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  191. Alice -  April 14, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Actual:
    I love the way you move
    Mondegreen:
    I am a whale

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  192. Confusing Lissie -  April 13, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Well, most cetainly my preferable mondegreen was issued from my nana

    Lady Ga Ga’s ‘poker face’ was heard to her to be: “cherry pie, cherry pie, my poker face”

    most remarkable and highly amusing, it puts you in mind of slapstick comdey.

    I have a wonderful nana, truly I do.

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  193. Jenny -  April 11, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    In the song “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, I was convinced, as a child, that Billy sung “and the piano sounds like a carnivore.” As my father informed me, he was actually singing “and the piano sounds like a carnival.”

    I also had no idea that Sara Lee’s slogan was “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” (Part of me still denies that it isn’t “Nobody does it like Sara Lee.”)

    As has just about every other person who has heard the song “Blinded By the Light,” I misunderstood “revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” I always heard him saying “repped up like a douche, another rudder in the night.”

    For years, I thought “big ol’ jet air liner” was “big ol’ Jed at a lineup.”

    Finally:
    One day, while my mother and I were singing along with the car radio, Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” started playing. When we got to the chorus of the song, I realized that my mother was singing “gimme the Beach Boys” instead of “gimme the beat, boys.” I gently corrected her error.

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  194. Shini -  April 10, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    I remember hearding the song “Pumped Up Kicks” for the first time. I thought they said “Pupped ‘tup kisses”. Personally, I dislike that song.

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  195. Josie -  April 10, 2012 - 1:42 am

    in Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson” I thought the lyrics were “We got married in a beater” for the longest time. the correct lyrics are “we got married in a fever”

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  196. Scary -  April 9, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    A friend was singing Bush’s “Machine Head” as “I’ve got a Mushy Head”

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  197. NDD -  April 3, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Dragostea Din Tei -by : O-Zone
    That song has a lot of mondegreens unless you speak the language fluently or have the lyrics in hand.

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  198. Emily -  April 3, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Moulin Rouge fans..

    I was listening to Hindi Sad Diamonds on youtube and there was a comment that said I ONLY SPEAK TO TOAST and know I can’t imagine Toulouse singing anything else!

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  199. Emily -  April 3, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Whenever The Romantics’ “Talking in Your Sleep” comes on the radio, my mom recounts the story of how when my uncle was young, he’d mistakenly replace the line “I hear the secrets that you keep” with “I hear the secret Apache chief.”

    :)

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  200. theinventorofpie[iwish] -  April 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    “do the funky (or f#$!&*^) lady” instead of “dude looks like a lady”
    “climb every woman” instead of “i’m every woman”
    “pikachu’s a virgin” instead of “packaging subversion”(“psychosocial” by slipknot)

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  201. Tara -  April 2, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    I always thought that Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” said..what’s love gotta do, gotta do with it, what’s love than a SECOND HAND IN MOTION…instead of second hand emotion.!

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  202. arch -  March 31, 2012 - 6:26 am

    stupid classmate of mine from highschool was singing “let go” instead of “get low” by lil jon

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  203. stariana -  March 29, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Song titled “Washington Bullets” by The (International) Noise Conspiracy on the album Causes 1

    They say “Washington Bullets” over and over again during the song, and it sounds to me like “washed-down pole dance”

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  204. Brenda -  March 27, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    I thought Jimi Hendrix’ line (in Voodoo Child) “he took me past the outskirts of infinity” was “he took me past the downstairs of infinity.” Same difference.

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  205. Clare -  March 26, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    This is not exactly a mondegreen so much as it is a parody. It isn’t something I thought of; I read it in a comic strip: Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes.”
    —”I pledge allegiance to Queen Fragg and her mighty state of hysteria…”—
    The comic strip goes on to show Calvin, the main character, being escorted/dragged towards the principal’s office by his teacher.

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  206. AndyDan -  March 26, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    My brother used to think that Huey Lewis and the News were singing that “the heart of rock and roll is Topeka”. Made sense to him, since the song mentions many other cities where “the heart of rock and roll is still beating”.

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  207. ms -  March 25, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I used to teach 6th grade in a Catholic school. They were learning about the Protestant Reformation in history–but when they read it out loud, they invariably said “the Prostitute Reformation”–as the word prostitute was in the Bible, and they had never heard the word Protestant.
    Also once, when my daughter was 3 or 4, she said, I love Cheez-Its.” My dad turned to me and said, “I am so glad you are teaching her about Jesus.” (Didn’t have the heart to correct him.)

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  208. Scott Chase -  March 25, 2012 - 6:28 am

    When I lived in the Washington DC area it sounded to me that one of the regular announcements on the DC Metro was ‘George Clooney’. It was really ‘Doors closing’ :-)

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  209. Louise -  March 22, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    I still chuckle about my friend thinking “White Punks on Dope” by the Tubes, was “White Pumps Don’t Go”!

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  210. Jesse Chisholm -  March 20, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Not a song lyrics, but a friend was visiting my Lutheran Church for the first time and mistook the chanted response:

    “May the peace of the Lord be with you!”

    as

    “May the Pizza DeLorian bewitch you!”

    -Jesse

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  211. Kayla -  March 19, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    I used to wonder what a “donzer” was, in the Star-Spangled Banner. (“Oh, say can you see, by the donzer-ly light. . .”)

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  212. A Girl -  March 17, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    In a Beverly Cleary novel, young Ramona Quimby believes the sStar Spangled Banner proclaims, “Jose can you see, by the Dawnzerly lights.” I find that quite amusing!

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  213. Grace -  March 16, 2012 - 7:48 am

    My brother would always play Eiffel 65′s “Blue” on road trips.

    What the song says: “I’m blue da ba dee da ba di”

    What I heard: “I’m blue, if I were green I would die.”

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    • Peter -  February 21, 2015 - 4:26 am

      i would hear “I’m blue da ba dee da ba di” as “I’m blue, i believe i will die”

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  214. reynbiker -  March 11, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    I hope this isn’t a repeat; I read as many of the above as I could to try to be sure it isn’t, but couldn’t read them all. I think this is the most interesting mondegreen I’ve ever heard about (it was explained on NPR some years ago at Christmas time):

    Originally the first day of Christmas was sung

    “. . . my true love gave to me a partridge une perdrix.”

    The last two words, French for “a partridge,” are (more or less) pronounced “oona pair-dree.”

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  215. AJ -  March 10, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Another hymn: My brother and I always thought “bringing in the sheaves” was “bringing in the sheep.” But Betty’s “Mairzy Doats” lyrics above, that’s a classic; I bet that’s one of the most common modegreens there is. It’s certainly what I thought I heard

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  216. brin -  March 10, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    I thought “God shed his grace on me” was “God shed his brains on me” for a very long time… I kid you not. :/

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  217. Andy -  March 8, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Ha, this one was my favorite when I was in middle school: “This Guy is falling! This Guy is falling!”

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  218. Elvwood -  March 8, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    In one episode of Casey Jones, some bad guys captured the train and decared that they’d got “ready-made hostages on board”. I was young, and got quite jeaous that they’d got ready-made sausages…

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  219. Alma -  March 7, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    When I was fifteen, song by the Hollies the lyrics were -All I need is the air that I breathe, yes to love you. I dated a guy named Pierre.
    My mother heard me singing the song one day and thought I was saying, “All I need is Pierre that breathe yes I love you.
    Needless to say, she was not happy with what she thought I was saying.

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  220. Bane24 -  March 6, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    My friend thought Phil Collins sang “Stranger’s lightening” instead of “strangers like me” from Tarzan.

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  221. Ironic Twist -  March 6, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    I thought the star spangled banner went like:
    oh say can you sea
    by the donserly light
    what so proudly we mailed
    by the twilight’s last gleaning
    whose broad stripes and bright stars
    through the pair on us flight
    over the ram parts we watched
    were so gull and lee screaming
    and the rockets red blair
    the bombs bursting in air
    gave poof to the knight
    that our flag was still there
    oh say does that star spangle
    banner yet weave
    over the land of the free
    and the home of the brave

    yes, that is “donserly”. I thought it was a description.

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  222. Megan -  March 5, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    There’s a song I used to hear on a rock radio station a lot that I thought went “oh hey the low can I…(da da da da)-ify…take my heart oh oh oh”

    Still don’t know what that song was or what the words really are. Sounds kind of creepy, actually.

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  223. patsho -  March 5, 2012 - 11:48 am

    These are all so funny. I have had tears running down my face laughing so hard at some of these. Especially the Beatles song “Michelle”. I almost fell off my chair laughing so hard!!!

    My brother’s name is Jeff and since we were children, at Christmas, I always sang “Jeff’s nuts roasting on an open fire” instead of “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. There were issues between us as children as you can well imagine. Nowadays “Jeff’s Nuts” is a Christmas standard for all of us.

    Another Christmas song mondegreen is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer “he’ll go down in his story” instead of “he’ll go down in history”.

    One of my friends in high school (almost 40 years ago) used to sing the dance song “Do the Hustle” as “Eat a Hotdog”. We didnt see it, but she was sure she was right until we proved it to her.

    And back to the Christmas theme, this past holiday season there was a cell phone commercial that used “Walking in a 4G Wonderland” as its song, which is a play on “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. The first time we saw/heard the commercial we thought they were saying “walking in an orgy wonderland”!!!

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  224. Cobbler -  March 5, 2012 - 1:12 am

    My dad always teased me about being musically challenged. So, when we would sing Jesus loves me, ‘this I know,’ I just figured that ‘thisino’ was one of those complicated music terms I didn’t understand.

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  225. Witches -  March 2, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    When I was in elementary school reciting the Pledge of Allegence, I always thought it was: ‘…and to the republic, for witches stand…’

    lol.

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  226. 123ery -  March 2, 2012 - 4:47 am

    when i listen to sonngs i dont always understand the words and just sing what i hear, this is a great word to know!!

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  227. Heather -  February 27, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Our parents are country music fans, so my sister and I had some interesting versions of old country songs: First it was Glen Campbell’s “Round Stout Cowboy,” also known as “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Then there was “Johnny make my Brown Eyes Blue” (Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue,” and my personal favorite, from Kenny Rogers “Lucille”: “You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille; four hundred children and a cop in the field!” (four hungry children and a crop in the field.) Our step-mom always says that she would have left 396 kids ago.

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  228. Mick -  February 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Gods name is Howard.
    Our father wh art in heaven
    Howard be thy name…

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  229. Mick -  February 23, 2012 - 4:40 am

    In the well known Australian song Waltzing Matilda
    the swagman’s name is Andy.
    “Andy (and he) sang, Andy he watched, Andy
    waited ’til his Billy boiled”

    There is a railway station in Sydney in rhe
    suburb of Tempe.
    It is mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer.
    “Deliver us not into Tempe station

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  230. - -  February 21, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    The song “Mr. Mom” by some person (whose name has escaped me for some reason) always sounded like “Mr. Mong” when I was little. I had no idea what the song was about (about a stay at home dad…not some random asian man…”

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  231. Steve -  February 21, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Remember “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown?” My dear wife wondered until recently why he stored dried fruit in his loafers, having always heard the line “…he got a .32 gun in his pocket for fun / he got a razor in his shoe…” as saying, “…he got a raisin in his shoe…”

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  232. pseudonym anonymous -  February 19, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    In “Still Alive,” the song at the end of Portal, “anyway this cake is great” sounds like “many wages came too late” or “many wages came to great.”

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  233. EarlOfWarwick -  February 17, 2012 - 11:02 am

    This might sound weird, but in the song “Operation Ground and Pound” by Dragonforce, it really sounds like: “Victory” and not the real “Live Tonight”. It seems impossible to get these two phrases messed up, but if you listen to the song you’ll understand.

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  234. Robert -  February 14, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    How about Mariah Carey’s “I Can’t Live”???…Instead of “I can’t live, if living is without you…”, a Hungarian Idol auditioner sung “Ken Lee, tulivodivo doucho…”…Search the keyword “ken lee” on youtube…Great page anyways…Big UP!!!…

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  235. Sandra -  February 14, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    I thought the Bee Gees were singing “Bald headed woman to me, bald headed woman..” instead of “more than a woman to me, more than a woman.” Seriously the next time you hear this song you are going to hear bald headed woman! LOL..

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  236. Joshua Ansley -  February 13, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    In Melissa Etheridge’s ‘I Want to Come Over,’ when she says ‘I want to come over- to hell with the consequence’ I always thought it was to hell with the CONCERT PLANS-’ like the were in a fight and she just wanted to come over and be together instead of going to the concert like they had planned…

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  237. mary torres -  February 11, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    @dame…i love that song i sing that in the shower and my mom tell me to shut the frunt door if you know what i mean r we alod to cuse on here ?:)

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  238. dame -  February 9, 2012 - 1:30 am

    even when i read through this article, I sing…. shout to the heart..’ how embarrassing :)

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  239. dame -  February 8, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    :0, can’t stop laughing seeing comments top to down. Since English is not my mother language, any lyrics are misinterpreted ’till I heard it thousand times…

    lol

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  240. Grace Marotta -  February 8, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Even in church, I was confused… “Christ is risen” oops, I thought it was “Christ’s in prison!” Yeah…goofy children, huh? And I thought that the lyrics, “a light(maybe lamp) unto my path(maybe bed)” was “and a bozz unto my bed
    Wow, it is ridiculous
    Oh, and I’ve got a twitter account, so, follow me!
    is my profile page

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  241. Grace Marotta -  February 8, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    I always thought the song, “Another one bites the dust”, was, “another one rides the bus”. I don’t know if the song’s actually called that LOL! My mom always thought “Fat Bottom Girls” was “black bottom girls,”. Unfortunately, it’s EXTREMELY racist…;P

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  242. me8 -  February 7, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    There are so many (that I can’t think of at the moment)!

    Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”:
    Mine: “skips time for a little while”
    Actually: “escape this town for a little while”
    (a lame one, not as funny as some people’s)

    Also, there’s this song called “Chicarron, Macarron” (I think–don’t know who it’s by) it’s really funny! look it up! the only 2 distinguishable words are chicarron, macarron–the rest is just a bunch of mumbling!

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  243. mary tores -  February 7, 2012 - 9:47 am

    WHAT IZ EVERY ONE THING TO DO ?

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  244. me8 -  February 5, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    @ onecheer:
    Thank you for telling me that! I never could figure what that line from “Across the Universe” was (thought it was something along the lines of “you may glimpse undying love”)

    Anybody know what all they lyrics to that song are? Especially the part that sounds like “jai guru deva om” or “shai curu deva om”. I know that part isn’t English, because I’ve read the lyrics somewhere before, but I can’t remember what they are…

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  245. zooey -  February 3, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    When I was little, if never understood that I was blessing someone. Whenever someonen sneezed, I would say “pless you” :P

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  246. grrrrr -  January 22, 2012 - 9:25 am

    ok this was probably already posted but the Killers song Human

    I always believed it was
    “Are we human? Or are we denser?”
    It makes more sense as that as in are we denser than human? As in are we something more?

    But it can also be
    “Are we human? Or are we dancer?”
    It makes sense as well but not grammatically. It could be asking if we are following the steps set out for us like a dancer. Mindlessly doing what we are told.

    Another one is the Disturbed song Fear.
    Sounds like
    “Hero naked”
    is really
    “Fear awakened”

    Also at the end of all the “I don’t wanna be” it sounds like “I don’t wanna be in this, you know”
    is really
    “I don’t wanna be innocent”

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  247. mary -  January 19, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Picture or pitcher it sounds the same.

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  248. Tammy -  January 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

    I was unfortunate enough to hear Mark Lowry’s spoof “My Face in this World.” Before I heard the other (Um… famous Christian singer whose name escapes me) “My Place in this World.” I’m physically (or mentally?) incapable of hearing the proper lyrics now.

    I also went through kindergarden wondering why there were two ‘M’s in the alphabet.

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  249. Laura -  January 4, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Er, “your bacon”. Sorry.

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  250. Laura -  January 4, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    I have so many… I have two intentional ones: instead of singing Queen’s song “Under Pressure”, I sing “Under Prussia”, and my brother and I like to sing “you spin me right ’round, baby right ’round, like an oyster”. I’m not sure how we came up with that.

    As for my mistakes, I still think “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles sounds like “It’s Puppy-Love”. And I was extremely embarrassed when I discovered that the line from Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” is “promise me I’m never gonna find you begging” and not “promise me I’m never gonna find you’re bacon.”

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    • mcat -  June 14, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      I always thought it was I’m never gonna find you Naked!.

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  251. John -  December 29, 2011 - 6:36 am

    In the song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and made famous as performed by the Eagles:

    “It’s a girl, my Lord,
    In a flat-bed, bored,
    slowin’ down to take a look at me…”

    No… it’s “a flat-bed FORD, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

    It made sense to me that she would slow down, suddenly interested to see one of the Eagles standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. (The Eagles seemed more like Chevy folks–like Don McLean, I guess. And, hey, how many mondegreens did we hear in “American Pie”?)

    I just learned correct lyrics to “Take It Easy” THIS YEAR after nearly forty years; it was issued in 1972.

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  252. Tatsumaki -  December 23, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Btw with the the mondegreen in the first quote is From “Misunderstood” by Lil Wayne:

    “For 8 1/2 months I gave Ms. Cita (my seat to) Pain.”

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  253. Tatsumaki -  December 23, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    So what would you consider an modegreen that was done intentional? I see the one above was called a “pseudo-mondegreen” but what about something like what Lil Wayne does, for example

    “For 8 1/2 months I gave Ms. Cita Pain”
    -This is meant to be interpreted two ways, one, he gave his mom (Ms. Cita) pain during her pregnancy with him and two, he gave his “seat” to Pain as in T-Pain, since T-Pain was the popular Hip Hop artist prior to Lil Wayne’s album release for about 8 1/2 months.
    -Also there’s “Flow (floor) so nice you ain’t gotta put a rug on her.” and “All about my dough (door) but I don’t even check the peephole.” I wouldn’t call those double entendre’s because it’s an intentional mispronunciation of a word so that it is the colloquial version of one word, and the slang version of another, dough meaning money, and flow meaning cadence and/or rhyming technique.

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  254. sam -  December 23, 2011 - 11:11 am

    another one for “our lips are sealed”– “olives are peeled”! That’s what my mom used to think.
    also, back when my little brother was young and innocent (ha) he thought that “when you’re going through hell” by rodney atkins was “when you’re going through hail” and he couldn’t understand why you couldn’t just bring an umbrella or why the devil would care if you’re there, anyway.

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  255. Shannon -  December 20, 2011 - 9:11 am

    SnmnC:

    I love that song its so cool!! I saw somewhere that the song was inspired by a shooting on mall property a long time ago or something but when i tried to look it up i couldn’t find the origin on the song but the shooter’s name was Robert so thats why the song says “Robert’s got a quick hand, he’s looking ’round the room won’t tell you his plan he’s got a rolled cigarette…hanging out his mouth he’s a cowboy kid” I thought that first verse was pretty good for Foster the People :D

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  256. Jeanna -  December 11, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    I used to think Lady Gaga was singing “Pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump up the bass,” and only after I figured out the title “poker Face” did I understand the lyrics… But most songs have the bass pumped up, no treble anymore!

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  257. hydreigondude -  December 4, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    in the song eye of the tiger “i love the tiger”

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  258. mino-san -  November 30, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Reminds me of those two songs I thought they said the F word in when I was in elementary. One I just heard today. XD “Play the funky music”
    I used to think he said, “Play the f-ing music!”
    There was another one, but I forgot how it went. Something about a parking lot.

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  259. SnmnC -  November 30, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    in foster the people’s pumped up kicks
    I thought it was ” all the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
    you better run better run out run my girl,
    all the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
    you better run better run faster then my brother”
    but really its:
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You better run, better run, outrun my gun
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You better run, better run, faster than my bullet

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  260. toniwashere -  November 23, 2011 - 9:30 am

    My 6 year old son sang “she’s a fax machine” instead of “she’s a fast machine” in the AC/DC song “Shook me all night long.”

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  261. toniwashere -  November 23, 2011 - 7:53 am

    I notice when I’m listening to a song I’ve heard since childhood that all of a sudden I hear the right words I’ve been saying wrong the whole time.
    For example I never knew why “Vince you’re a highway” from the America song “Ventura Highway” when their talking about a guy named Joe.

    Or the argument my family had over “Chuckies in love” or “Chuck E.’s in love”

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  262. Laina Barrett -  November 23, 2011 - 6:08 am

    OK, with my hearing defects, and not quite understanding lyrics, I have made some ‘Al Yankovich’ type re dos of some songs.

    One my ex husband used to laugh silly over was when I told him what one line in a song sounded like to ME…

    the line in the late Jeff Healey song ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ that goes…

    …I’ll get over you I know I will
    I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
    Hmmm….well that last came across to my hearing as
    ‘I’ll pretend my $#i!$ not stinking’

    Sorry, just my wonky-since-childhood hearing, and add my wonky sense of humor~!

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  263. Blair -  November 15, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    I thought that song “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC went
    “Dirty deeds and a dander cheep.”
    I had to ask I was so confused.
    Apparently it is “Dirty deeds and they’re damn dirt cheap.”
    Pff, close enough.

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    • Danielle -  March 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

      They are “done dirt cheap”. ;-)

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  264. Keith Sarver -  November 8, 2011 - 6:26 am

    sorry,
    “wrapped up like a douche”…

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  265. Keith Sarver -  November 8, 2011 - 6:26 am

    Manfred Mann and the Earth Band, too! But I heard:
    “Blinded by the light
    wrapped up like a douce…”
    and never understood what that was supposed to mean, until seeing the actual lyrics:
    [Blinded by the light
    revved up like a deuce
    Another runner in the night}

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  266. NatR -  November 7, 2011 - 7:53 am

    “It’s not my style…” from a Rooster song I forget now…but I remember a friend thinking it was “It’s not nostalgia.”

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  267. R -  October 25, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Eric Clapton, Cocaine. “She don’t like, she don’t like, she don’t like – cooking”

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  269. eo -  October 17, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    I for the longest time though the first line in Grateful Dead’s song Bertha was “I had a hard on” when in actuality it is “I had a hard run”

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  270. Veronica -  October 17, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    my son thought Boney M’s “Run, run Rasputin..” was “Run, run rescue team”!

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  271. Joshua -  October 17, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    The Adolescents song “Amoeba” has the word “amoeba” repeated by a group of voices, and it sounds like they are repeating “Tony Hawk”.

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  272. qwerty -  October 15, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    sjx, I hope you were joking, but it’s the first one.

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  273. Billm -  October 15, 2011 - 5:10 am

    “the Boony Earl O’Moray”? You surely mean “the bonnie Earl o’ Moray”!

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  274. sjx -  October 14, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    eye of the tiger by survivor, is it thrill of the fight or cream of he fight

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  275. Rainsong -  October 13, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    You know that song by System Of A Down? The one about sending only poor into the war… I think it’s called… Oh yea! It’s B.Y.O.B. I always through one part meant:
    Pigs in the pickle trough oooooooo LALALALAAAAAAAAA (that deep voice for the lalalaaaaa)
    Creepy, huh?

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  276. Valentina -  October 13, 2011 - 8:23 am

    my niece whrn she was about 5 years old, whenever she wanted to go to “Burger King” she allways said “Apookining”

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  277. Jena -  October 11, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    I used to think the line “one horse open sleigh” in “Jingle Bells” was “one or soap in sleigh”.

    Also, in “I am a child of God” (LDS Primary song), the line is “lead me, guide me, walk beside me”. I thought it said “lead me, guide me, rock beside me”.

    In the same song, I thought “and so my needs are great” was actually “and so my knees are great”.

    More recently, in “As long as you’re mine” from “Wicked”, I thought Fiyero was saying “it somethin’ I felt”. Later I found out he was saying “it’s up that I fell”.

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  278. Carolyn -  October 11, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    My sons name is Chad and I still think in the Michael Jackson song it says “Chad is not my son.” Instead of what they tell me it says “the kid (or boy) is not my son”
    Tell me they’re wrong and I’m right.

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  279. Bob -  October 5, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    I also thought in Muse’s song Hysteria it said “Its bugging near, crawling in, and twisting inside out” instead of its “its bugging me, grating me, and twisting me around”

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  280. Bob -  October 5, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I thought that in Coldplay’s song Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall they said “And kids these days, or kids all night” I didn’t realize I was wrong until I looked up the lyrics online and realized it was “And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night”

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  281. wordstar64 -  October 5, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Hotel California by the Eagles

    There were horses wearing corduroy, thought I heard them neigh…

    and it should be There were voices down the corridor, thought I heard them say

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  282. TETO -  October 3, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Rick on August 13, 2011 at 6:57 am
    “Honors fleises = ON HORSE FLYS IS
    Income beezez,. = IN COMB BEES IS
    Inches nobsis = ON CHEST KNOB IS
    Inob keezez.” = IN KNOB KEYS IS

    This is my phonetic transcription. I’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. Anyone else remember this movie? GLAD YOU ASKED. ~~~~ TETO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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  283. Mishka -  October 2, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    In 1984, one of my rustic classmates was certain that Billy Idol wasn’t singing about “Eyes without a Face” but instead was pleading “How’s about a date?”.

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  284. Anone moose -  October 2, 2011 - 10:06 am

    I used to think the B.J. Thomas lyrics were” even the bathtub was better than no love”, instead of “even the bad love was better than no love”.

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  285. Cristian -  October 1, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    There’re whole websites dedicated to english-spoken songs that cause mondegreens in spanish… Examples:

    In Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, the verse “BUT THE KID IS NOT MY SON” sounds a lot like “Tu quieres una manzana” (you want an apple)

    In Earth Wind and Fire’s Devotion, the verse “FROM THE FRUIT OF EVIL” sounds almost like “Toma tu sopita” (take your little soup)

    And on and on… :)

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  286. Emma -  October 1, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    My niece used to sing The Vengboys – Going to Ibiza as, Hey, we’re going to eat pizza.
    Me and a friend of mine used to belt out an Ash song as, ‘Eggnog with the cold wind blowing.’ Quelle suprise to find out it was ‘at night with the cold wind blowing’!!

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  287. Jayden555 -  October 1, 2011 - 10:37 am

    I thought “can’t read my, can’t read my…” from Lady Gaga’s Poker Face was “carry my, carry my”

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  288. Bob -  October 1, 2011 - 8:38 am

    I always thought in Linkin Park’s song Valentines Day it said “A black winter queue away” instead of “A black wind took you away”. I feel rather stupid right now.

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  289. Ray -  October 1, 2011 - 8:27 am

    The old joke about the child that thought the son of God’s name was Andy. When asked why he though so, he said it was in one of their hymns: And he walks with me and he talks with me…

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  290. Rajaa -  October 1, 2011 - 2:11 am

    we as muslims around the world can write lyrics out of languages mondegreen especially English through asorted media . I believe these days English people started to figure out them & it’s about to disappear slighty . You can hardly find it which reflects how amazing they are

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  291. Raincrow -  September 30, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    LittleKuriboh, the man responsible for the creation of YuGiOh! Abridged, once wrote an extended mondegreen of the original YuGiOh opening and credits songs, with such immortal lines as “Come to Iowa” and “Jim Carrey’s from Canada! (Oh?)” and substituted them for the songs’ subtitles in “The Other Abridged Movie.”

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  292. Renaissance Woman -  September 30, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    ABC’s 1987 song – ‘When Smoky sings, I here violins’
    me ‘when smoke is sent, i hear violence.

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  293. Dubee -  September 30, 2011 - 3:25 am

    My niece once sang, instead of “i’m a little butterfly”, “ang galing kong pumatay.” This is a Filipino way of saying “I’m good at killing.” To think that mondegreens could also jump from one language to another is just amazing.

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  294. Rhiannon -  September 29, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Frank D Felker on August 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    Not: “Mares-e-dotz and doz-e-dotz and little lams-e-divy, skiddle-e-divy doo, wouldn’t you?”
    Is: “Mares eat oats and Does eat oats and little Lambs eat ivy, Kids will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?”

    Uhm, so, thank you for pointing that out- I didn’t know. I’m feeling rather dumb at the moment, because I always thought it was:
    “Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. Ah skiddle-e-divee doo, wood-ah-neuw.”

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  295. Anonymous -  September 28, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    My brother was at work and one of his coworkers said, “We have enough money, I think we can make it” my brother heard, “We have enough money, let’s get naked.” another time I was talking to my sister and said, “but still though!” my mom heard, “but d*ldo” yeah, my family has lots of those… lol and I remember when I was little and was watching “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” I would always sing the theme song as “Sh***y Sh***y bang bang”

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  296. just me -  September 28, 2011 - 11:35 am

    in the song LIGHTERS (cover by Jason Chen, Matty B, et al.)

    …is a scuffle of lighters

    which is supposed to : is a sky full of lighters

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  297. AJ -  September 26, 2011 - 5:55 am

    sorry, that was a typo: the hot dogs go on instead of the heart does go on.

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  298. AJ -  September 26, 2011 - 5:42 am

    How about Celine Dion in the theme song from Titanic?
    Since I first head it this way, I always now substitue “and the hot dogs go on” for “and the heard does go on”.

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  299. Miguel -  September 22, 2011 - 7:04 am

    I think is a little better an makes more sense “Just is” Than “Just us”

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  300. Karen -  September 22, 2011 - 6:21 am

    I saw it above, but my daughters interpretation of “Shot through the heart” by Bon Jovi was ‘Chocolate Heart’! She thought it was about Valentines Day!

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  301. Fenja -  September 18, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Michael Jackson’s Ease on Down the Road, it says “Don’t you give up walking cause you gave up shoes,” and until RIGHT NOW when I looked it up, I thought it was “walking like a gay masseuse.” Oooops…

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  302. Robin -  September 14, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    My oldest son, when he was about twelve, used to sing, “GMC trucks and fees for Cher’s “Gypsies, tramps and theives.” We still sing it that way–and so many others I recognize from the posts! His older sister sang “Red, red, white” for UB40′s “Red, red, wine.” My husband, though, is the reigning king of mondogreens– You name it and he’s misunderstood it!

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  303. altalib -  September 13, 2011 - 8:08 am

    There’s a song in Cinderella called ‘Sing, sweet nightingale’, that my 5-year old sang as “Sing, sweet night in jail.” :-)

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  304. Elle Gauche -  September 12, 2011 - 3:13 am

    Australian politicians (MPs Members of Parliament) in Parliament:

    “Speaking as a country member,…”
    (“Yeah, we remember…”)

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  305. [...] The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today:ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen. Find out why here. [...]

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  306. spencerberus -  September 9, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    This is an old one from when I was a kid, my sister & I came up with this when we were around 8 & 12, respectively. The Madonna song ‘La Isla Bonita’ starts of with a line like ‘Last night I dreamt of San Pedro’ – we always thought it was ‘last night I ate me a bagel’. Still makes me laugh.

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  307. carebeee -  September 9, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    there’s a line in – The Bangles – eternal flame – that goes…’life so lonely and then you come and ease the pain ‘ …i used to sing ‘ rice-o-roni’ instead of life so lonely :)

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  308. E Baldwin -  September 9, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    I still sing The Doors’ Riders on the Storm:
    …like a dog without a bone, like an actor on the phone…
    Actually, it works just as well as the original lyric.

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  309. And -  September 9, 2011 - 10:53 am

    When I was younger, I remember singing along to Mustang Sally by Los Lobos. My dad walked into the room and starting laughing as I sang, “Mustang Salad, / Guess you better slow your Mustang down. / Mustang Salad, my baby, / Guess you better slow your Mustang down. / You been a runnin’ all over the town now, / Guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground. / All you wanna do is a ride around, Salad (RIDE SALAD RIDE) ”

    Nevertheless, to this day, I still can’t hear the word Sally in that song. It’s always been Salad for me.

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  310. Dave -  September 9, 2011 - 10:07 am

    In Junior High, my teacher always talked about Donkey Ho Te, imagine my surprise when it was Don Quixote!

    Black Sabbath “I tell you to end your life” is really “I tell you to enjoy life”.

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  311. sam -  September 9, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Kenny Rogers Lucille

    For a very long time, I couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t put some of the 400 children to work and where he got them.

    You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
    With 4 hungry children and a crop in the field

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  312. Jean -  September 9, 2011 - 7:24 am

    When my daughter was small and we sang “when the roll is called up yonder”, she alwasys sang “when the rollies crawl up yonder:” She was referring to the little bugs that roll up into a ball.

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  313. RJT -  September 9, 2011 - 6:19 am

    A friend of mine’s wife thought Madonna was singing,”Just like a person”. She also thought the song went,”last one off the bus” instead of another one bites the dust. Poor Otis Redding was,”sitting on the dog of the bay”, guess it was really poor dog!

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  314. Ben Harding -  September 9, 2011 - 4:33 am

    four candles (fork handles) – Two Ronnies

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  315. Meaghetti and Spatballs -  September 9, 2011 - 4:25 am

    A friend of mine thought the expression was, “it’s a doggy dog world.” Weirdly, I recently saw this joke used in a movie, but my friend actually thought that for her entire childhood.

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  316. Meaghetti and Spatballs -  September 9, 2011 - 4:22 am

    “Last night I dreamt of some bagels” misheard from Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. “Last night I dreamt of San Pedro” is correct. This became a running joke with some friends in high school.

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  317. Cindy -  September 9, 2011 - 2:30 am

    After listening to a sound recording of the musical ‘Fiddler on a Roof’ my son asked me if that guy Muttle was strong. When I told him he wasn’t my son then asked, “so how come they keep saying he is Muscle Tough?” …Mazel Tov.

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  318. bel -  September 8, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    I used to think Madonna was singing “Cheerio” in “Material Girl.”

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  319. Rucio_Longears -  September 8, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    One more…

    “Chopper Roll”

    Actually it’s “China Grove” by the Doobie Bros.

    I guess the Doobie had something to do with this one.

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  320. Rucio_Longears -  September 8, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    I don’t think this has been offered yet…

    “Stop driving my… Stop driving my… Stop driving my CAR around!”

    (Stop Dragging My Heart Around)
    Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks

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  321. Jimbo Baggins -  September 8, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    I cracked up when a friend of mine started complaining when a certain Bananarama song came on the radio. “I hate this song,” he said. “What the hell does that even mean, ‘I’m your fetus’?”

    I’m no better, though. My brother gave me a mix CD, and what I thought was a song about a robot (“One ton of metal. For he is one ton of metal. One ton of metal…” &c) turned out to not even be in English.

    And finally, I really enjoy Dave Matthews Band, own all their studio albums and a number of their live recordings, and have even gone to a couple of their concerts. And yet, I don’t think there’s a single song of theirs that I know all the words to.

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  322. KCH -  September 8, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Someone asked about “spoonerism” & “mondegreen.” No, they are not the same. A spoonerism is an error in production. No one who says “at the lop of your tongues” really believes this to be the “correct form” of “at the top of you lungs.” Likewise, we quickly realize that we should have said “baby sitter” when someone catches us saying “saby bitter.” Spoonerism are speech errors, often involving the swap of initial consonant sounds, but sometimes involving other kinds of sound swapping.

    Mondegreens have nothing to do with production and everything to do with perception (though the misperceptions are sometimes reproduced later).

    It seems people sometimes “fake” spoonerisms for fun. There was a comedy recording once based on the story of Cinderella (who was referred to as Rinder Cella) that was full of made up spoonerisms — like “a linding blash of flight” for “a blinding flash of light” and “sisty uglers” for “ugly sisters.” The second one is particularly interesting for what does (and does not) get swapped around.

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  323. mjt -  September 8, 2011 - 7:10 am

    I think butterflies used to be called flutter-bys; which makes more sense.

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  324. sb -  September 8, 2011 - 2:57 am

    “stand beside us, and guide us, through the night, with a light from a bulb.”

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  325. skrtdng -  September 7, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    what about the song ‘cold cold hearts, hard done by you’. for 7 years i kept singing it as cocohaha… hudumba you….. how dumb was i?

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  326. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    When I was a child, I though my friend’s older brother had, “sixty-five roses” instead of cystic fibrosis.

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  327. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    As for the Pledge of Allegiance, does anyone remember the Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin is reciting, “I pledge allegiance to Queen Fragg, and to her mighty states of hysteria” ?

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  328. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    @ betty

    LOL! I heard the exact same thing! I always thought it was a nonsense song until I was a teenager and heard my aunt singing the song to my toddler cousin.

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  329. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    @ Liz Brown

    I never understood those words when my aunt sang them to me, and I always thought it was a nonsense song. I always heard, “Marsy-dotes and dozey-dotes and little lambzy-divey, I kiddley-divey too, wouldn’t you?”

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  330. John of the Jungle -  September 7, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    When I was little and sang in my church choir, we had to sing a song called “I Heard the Lord Call My Name.” The real lyrics were “I felt his love, from above, settle on me like a dove. Take HIs hand, we are glory bound”. For some reason our choir teacher thought it would be good enough if us kids listened to the adult choir and learned the song by ear. For the longest time all I sang was “I felt his love, from above, send salami like a dove. Take His hand, we are Glory Mom.”

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  331. pam -  September 7, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    When I was a kid, on our island, Bob Marley’s songs played alot and I’d sing along to the top of my voice. My favorite was “I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love”. I’d sing “I don’t wanna wedding ring for your love”. Yikes!

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  332. PiVNeRT -  September 7, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan

    INCORRECT:
    That queer old goat?
    That’s fine Cole Umbrian
    Make tonight a wonderful Keema

    CORRECT:
    The Cuervo Gold
    The fine Colombian
    Make tonight a wonderful thing

    My mother and I thought the some dude named Cole was preparing and serving an Indian dish of Mutton Keema. The idea it was about 2 people getting wasted together never occurred to us.

    Even after reading the lyrics off the vinyl LP cover it didn’t make complete sense. I caught the reference to alcohol. She caught the reference to cocaine. We each had to explain part of it to the other.

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  333. KITTY RIN -  September 7, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    lol this is funny!

    for the longest time I love the band “Mario Speedwagon” only to find out they are called “R.E.O. Speedwagon”…..go figure!

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  334. Fred -  September 7, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    In the Pledge of Allegiance some children say ” … to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for Richard Stands …” instead of “for which it stands.”

    When taking medical histories, I’ve heard patients who claim to have had “Smilin’ Mighty Jesus” instead of Spinal Meningitis. Additionally, a number of women who claim to suffer from “Fireballs of the Eucharist,” instead of the more commonplace fibroids of the uterus.

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  335. Ariel -  September 7, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots spoke of the Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” on a Chicago Radio Show. He said when the song said “life in the fast lane…” as a kid, he heard “Flys in the vasoline…” that later became lyrics in STP’s “Vasoline”. Cool…

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  336. KDB2 -  September 7, 2011 - 9:15 am

    The Elephant and Castle would have been the homophone of Infanta of Castile, Eleanor of Castile and Leon who married Edward I of England.

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  337. Roger -  September 7, 2011 - 8:06 am

    “…for witches stand…”

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  338. John -  September 6, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    Our auditory senses do have a strange and strong effect on our comprehension. I was reminded of an excellent example by this article, though it may be a bit old. I used to own the album Led Zeppelin IV on 33rpm, and the rumor was always that there were satanic lyrics if you hooked up the motor backwards on the turntable. I found a website with several recordings, played forward and backwards, so you can judge for yourself. The most revealing for me is to listen to the backwards version first, and write down the words you hear. Then read the supposed ‘lyrics’. I was convinced the backwards ‘lyrics’ given were accurate, though they differed quite a bit from what I wrote down! If you like understanding things about yourself, try this!
    The site is: http://jeffmilner.com/backmasking/index.html

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  339. Sam -  September 6, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    I crack up everytime i hear Beast of Burden by the stones….
    “I’ll never be your Beast of Burden”
    “I’ll never be your pizza burning”

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  340. Leo -  September 6, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    I always wonderd who John Virgin was and why he was gatherd around the baby Jesus with the shepherds and wise men. Untill i fond out the lyrics were “Round yon virgin, Mother and child” not “Round John Virgin”

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  341. carl -  September 6, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    In my household growing up, my parents referred to a bureau as a “chest of drawers.” Maybe it was their West Texas pronunciation that had me thinking (until second grade, or so) that it was a “Chester Drawers.”
    Also– my (much) older brother loved Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” and played it incessantly. I always heard Chuck telling a Big Toe Man to roll over.

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  342. Renee -  September 6, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    When my son was 4 yrs. old, he would sing (at the top of his lungs) “Take it to the lemon one more time”, by The Eagles.

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  343. pecntan -  September 6, 2011 - 10:50 am

    My daughter had to do a class assignment naming the Presidents in her first grade class. She gave Abraham Lincoln the name “April Ham Linken”. Too funny!!!

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  344. Tina -  September 6, 2011 - 6:47 am

    Like that song ‘All I need is a Miracle’ which can easily be misheard as “All I need is a beer or two…” :D Seemed appropriate.

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  345. Joyce Wu -  September 6, 2011 - 3:39 am

    I thought the words to a song were “I see the stars today” instead of “our school will shine today”….

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  346. Susan -  September 5, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    When I was a little girl, my dad was a big gum chewer. He would say he wanted some chewing gum; only I would hear it as “chwingum”, and for years, I thought that’s what it was called! LOL

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  347. Gigi -  September 5, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    LMAO – oh my god, haven’t laughed this much in a long time. Thanks all you guys and the original writer… must bookmark!!!

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  348. Bob -  September 5, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    My favorite is Stewie’s solo line in the theme song to “Family Guy:”
    (this is how I hear it; sing along if you know it!)

    Lois: It seems today, That all you see,
    Is violence in movies, and sex on T.V.

    Peter: But where are those good old fashion values….

    All: On which we used to rely?!
    Lucky there’s a family guy!

    Lucky there’s a man who,
    positively can do, all the things that make us…

    Stewie: effin’ cry!

    All: He’s a Fam-ily Guy!

    According to official written lyrics,
    Stewie supposedly sings “laugh and cry!”

    But I don’t think I’m hearing it wrong…what do you think?

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  349. Dan -  September 5, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Classic Simpsons moment ^^^

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  350. skot -  September 5, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    My girlfriend in highschool thought Huey Lewis and the News (this tells you when I was in high school) were singing “The heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland” (instead of “still beatin’ “). Which it may be, for all I know.

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  351. Neil -  September 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. I always thought it said, “can you help me, I thought you were my friend,” when it actually says, “can you help me, I thought you were my brain.” I like mine better. Also, The Beatles, “she’s got a ticket to ride,” I always thought it said, “she’s got a chicken to ride,” very disappointed when I figured that out.

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  352. Moriwenne -  September 5, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Kanye West – Gold digger
    Jamie Foxx’s bit

    She gives me money
    When I’m in need
    I gotta Wii
    (Personally I prefer the PS3)

    Check it out – http://youtu.be/6vwNcNOTVzY

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  353. Ilcorago -  September 5, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    I know this a few weeks later, Rick, but the “Honors flieses” song is from a 1945 Fred MacMurray film called “Murder, He Says.”

    The “translation” is:
    “on a horse are flies, in a comb are bees, on a chest is a knob, in the knob is a key.”

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  354. Ralph -  September 5, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    When I was in high school, I had the stereo turned up real loud when my dad came home from work. He asked my brother, “What’s all that noise?” My brother replied, “That’s Aerosmith, dad” to which my dad asked, “Harold Smith? Who’s Harold Smith?” My brother corrected, “No, its Aerosmith.” By then, my dad was exasperated and said, “Well I don’t care who it is, tell him to turn it down.” This is the same man who couldn’t understand why CCR would make a song about a “baboon on the right.”

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  355. Jenni -  September 5, 2011 - 12:32 am

    It took me 20 years before I admitted to mine – You Sexy Thing. I could never quite figure out who Malcolm was and why the Hot Chocolates believed in him so much.

    In my head: “I believe in Malcolm. Where you from, you sexy thing.”
    The lyrics: “I believe in miracles. Where you from, you sexy thing,”

    Really makes just sooooo much more sense.

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  356. N.G. -  September 4, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    in Asleep by the Smiths “there must be” definitely = masturbate. My sister and I certainly thought so.

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  357. Lmac -  September 4, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    “Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea / and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah-lee…”
    As a kid I heard “auto-mist” and assumed it was a poetic way of saying car exhaust. Poor Jackie Paper!

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  358. Mela -  September 4, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    My aunt informed me after regaining her breath from laughing at me that Carly Simon was not singing about “the wife of the postman” in “You’re So Vain.” I still think it makes as much sense as “wife of a close friend.”

    Also, I was always confused by Weezer singing “Beverly Hills, rolling like a silver grenade”

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  359. Whoa -  September 4, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    This always happens to me! The first time I heard the song “Pretty Girls” by Iyaz, I wasn’t really listening to the lyrics and thought it said “Gotta do the white boy jump, do the white boy jump.” The next time I heard it I was singing “gotta do the white boy jump,” and it sounded stupid so I listened to the lyrics and it turned out he said “Trying to pick the right one, trying to pick the right one.” LOL :)

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  360. allison -  September 4, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    When I was younger, I thought the lyric for ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ was “the girl with colitis go by” instead of the correct “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes”. :)

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  361. Origami GIrl -  September 4, 2011 - 8:38 am

    I used to think the line in jingle bells was “a one horsopenslay”

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  362. Jeff -  September 4, 2011 - 8:34 am

    I thought “Life in the fast lane” was “Life in the Bat Plane.”

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  363. kch674 -  September 4, 2011 - 8:28 am

    I used to mistake the lyric “gave proof through the night” in the Star Spangled Banner for “Babe Ruth through the night”

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  364. Karleen -  September 4, 2011 - 8:14 am

    This happens often with young children as was the case when my sons were toddlers. I overheard my oldest son explain to his brother, “Tomorrow is a holiday called Happy St. Pat Sajak’s Day, and if you don’t wear green, I can pinch you.” This was after having watched Wheel of Fortune at his grandma’s house.

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  365. taohinton -  September 4, 2011 - 4:01 am

    me: Are you ready?

    her: I’m Russian, I’m Russian!

    me: You should be Finnish by now!

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    • mcat -  June 14, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      Customer: What is this?
      Waiter: It’s bean soup.
      Customer: What is it now?

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  366. taohinton -  September 4, 2011 - 3:30 am

    some fantastic examples here (as well as some unbelievable mis-hearings ;)). One perhaps reverse mondegreen that I’m surprised to find missing is “Isle of view”, the name of an album by the Pretenders.

    It was a long time after listening to the album before I tried saying it out loud ;)

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  367. Matt -  September 3, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    When I was a kid, I misinterpreted the following line from the holiday favorite, “Winter Wonderland”:

    Real lyric: Later on, we’ll conspire, as we dream by the fire
    My mondagreen: Later on, we’ll PERSPIRE, as we dream by the fire

    It made perfect sense to me…that fire must have felt quite hot. :-)

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  368. Emily -  September 3, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    My principal used to always tell us the story of how, when she was little, she’d go to church and sing hymns about “Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.” That is, until she realized that the song actually said “Gladly the cross I’d bare.”

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  369. Luck in W -  September 3, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    @Norm on August 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations

    My name is Hooben…Do you know what a “Hoobenism” is?
    (I also coined a word.)

    A hoobenism is when you can say something that is grammatically correct but impossible to write grammatically correct. There’s lots of them but the one I most often use for an example is: (now don’t forget this is grammatically incorrect)

    “There are three two’s in the English language.”
    —————————————————————-
    Yes, that can be a complication, can’t it?

    As a teacher, I would probably turn the whole thing around a little in order to make it clearer: “There are three words in English that are spoken or pronounced like the word “to.” It’s certainly longer than your “three two’s.”
    —————————————-
    Which other examples have you come across? I guess it occurs most frequently with homonyms, but have you come across other types of examples?

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  370. Amy -  September 3, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    I have a thing for mondagreens.( and now I actually know what it’s called!) especially in song lyrics… and I have this habit of singing the wrong lyrics, even though I know they are wrong, just because I think it’s funny. One good example, is The only song I like by Fallout boy ” This ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race” There is a video of the “misheard lyrics” on you tube somewhere… but I only sing the wrong lyrics, becuase they are waaay better. ” I’m a little man/ and I’m also evil/ also into cats/ also into caaaaaaats.”

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  371. Theresa -  September 3, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    I distinctly remember in elementary saying, “For Richard stands,” instead of, “For which it stands,” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

    I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way.
    I have a cousin that said it a little different, “I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all oxes and cows in my way!!!”

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  372. Awesomechic -  September 3, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    I thought in Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” when they say “you’re the best of both” that they were saying “you’re a vegetable.” lolz

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  373. Vee -  September 3, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    I used to sing Roger Miller’s King of The Road, “I’m a man of means, by gummy!” (I’m a man of means, by no means)

    I thought John Fogerty’s Centerfield lyric was “Put me in cold” meaning to me that he had never played before. (Put me in, coach)

    When my kids were little, they sang Jackson Five’s I Want You Back with “Oh, baby, I was born in Mexico!” (Oh, baby, I was blind to let you go!)

    And don’t forget the Rascals’ classic from Groovin’ “Life would be ecstasy, you and me and Lesley”!!! (you and me endlessly)

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  374. Rachel -  September 3, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    I could read these all day! I love mondegreens!

    Some of my favorites:

    My college roommate thought Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” was “Hot Slup Got to do with it.” When I asked her what the hell she thought “hot slup” was, she said she imagined it to be similar to porridge or Cream of Wheat.

    My 4 yr niece came home from Bible school singing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Barbie tells me so.” She didn’t know what a Bible was. Mwahahaha!

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  375. trilby -  September 3, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Every time I listen to “Crash” by Gwen Stefani, I hear “Drive back, baby, to me, fast in your car. I’m here waiting. Crash! And do me real hard”, while the actual lyrics go “Drive back, baby, to me, fast in your car. I’m here waiting, crash into me real hard.”

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  376. Ein -  September 3, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    I would hate for a wonderful mondegreen to get out there in the universe incorrectly, so I feel compelled to correct someone’s comment above about Mairzy Doats, &c…The words to that cute little song are “Mares eat oats, and ‘DOES’ eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. A kid will eat ivy, too; wouldn’t you?” “Does” as in “Doe, a deer, a female deer.”, not “lambs eat oats.” Thanks to my dearly departed mother for teaching me that. Thanks to the person who thought of it, too. An excellent mondegreen. To the person who thougt of this, I’m sorry. You probably just forgot the proper lyrics, and when you read this you’ll be saying… “Oh, yah!” The mondegreen now stands corrected as “Mairzydoats and dozydoats and lidelamsydivy, a kidlidivy too, wouldn’t you?” It’s so much fun to say when you know what it is supposed to be, don’t you agree?

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  377. ubiq -  September 3, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.

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  378. UbuT -  September 3, 2011 - 9:14 am

    For thirty years I thought the Beatles song ‘Penny Lane’ was ‘And Elaine’ until I recited my version to a music store salesperson in front of a line of waiting customers. Several of those customers were injured from lack of oxygen as they struggled to breathe while laughing – for this I am truly sorry.

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  379. Naima -  September 3, 2011 - 7:42 am

    For a long time, I thought Kenny Rogers was singing –

    It’s a fine time to leave me, Lucille, “four hundred children” and a crop in the field.

    Eventually I realized it was “four hungry children”.

    Love mondegreens. Some great ones here, like “and to the republic for Richard Stands” — Hilarious!

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  380. James Hutchings -  September 3, 2011 - 5:49 am

    The band Radio Birdman is named after a misheard lyric by the Stooges. It’s actually “radio burnin’”

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  381. Tochukwu -  September 2, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    When I was 5-6 when the original Mighty Morphing Power Rangers came out; my my brother and I thought that theme song went like this “Coco Power Rangers………..CoCo Power Rangers”

    instead of ” GO GO Power Rangers……………GO GO Power Rangers”
    we didnt realize that until umm….when the Samurai Rangers come out again this year right? hahahahaha

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  382. Hernan -  September 2, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    I pleasure legions, to the flag of the ninety stays of America.

    And to the public, for riches dance, one asian, under cod, with liver tea and just this for all.

    Now put down your chairs and I want no talking.

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  383. massageninja -  September 2, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    My brother thought Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” said “Eddie are you walk jay, are you walk jay Eddie?” Which led to years of “Are you guys walk jay back there?”

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  384. JoPo -  September 2, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    The song with the lyrics, “I believe in miracles, you sexy thing…” I thought they were singing, “I believe in milk-o, you sexy thing…” LOL

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  385. Mary -  September 2, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    My mom once turned off the radio in horror when she thought she heard Rod Stewart sing “all you did was “wet” my bed”

    hmmmm… what where was mom’s mind?

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  386. Ava -  September 2, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    I always thought a lyric in the Nirvana song “About A Girl” said ‘I’m taking Benadryl’ when in actually said ‘I’ll take advantage while’. And the Oasis song “Wonderwall” lyric ‘Backbeat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out’ said ‘Might be, the weather’s on the street, there’s a fire in your Auntie’s house’. As well with the Bikini Kill song “Feels Blind” lyric ‘We eat your hate like love, we eat your hate like love’ said ‘We eat your hate like blood, we eat your like blood’.

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  387. Kb -  September 2, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys was always “Bomb Iran”
    …I think the Ayatollah Khomeini was unpopular at that time and we were hearing a lot about issues in Iran.

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  388. Sandra -  September 2, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    It took my father many years to find out what he thought were Chester Draws were actually a “chest of drawers.”

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  389. babybear -  September 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    I used to think in the song “Groovin’ that he was singing “You and me and Leslie”
    (Instead of you and me endlessly)

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  390. babybear -  September 2, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    My friend used to say “Entire State Building” for the Empire State Bldg!

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  391. Kasia -  September 1, 2011 - 9:24 am

    In “Across the Universe” when John Lennon sang “Jai guru deva” I thought he was singing about a guy named Jackaroo Dave.

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  392. Sam -  August 30, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    My friend’s little sister used to say “Olives are seals” instead “our lips are sealed”
    And when i was little i thought the line “right about now, the funk soul brother” was “right down now, the funk is so rubber” :)

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  393. Brunca -  August 29, 2011 - 10:21 am

    My kid used to say I want some “funky fry shitken” instead of “Kentucky Fried Chicken”

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  394. Brunca -  August 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

    ” I pled a leader 2 da new ninety stays of America” for the opening line of the “Pledge of Allegiance”, instead of “I pledge allegiance to the United States of America”…

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  395. Marisa -  August 27, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    When I was little, I took Spanish at my elementary school from a woman from Argentina. We sang Feliz Navidad with her, and she always sang “from the button of my heart”.
    Another one was I misheard “is that the man I once adored”…I thought it was “is that the man I want, some doard”. I simply figured that a doard was a stupid jerky kind of guy.
    And in the Nicene Creed, I always used to say “one holy and athostolic church” instead of “Apostolic church”…I only found that out like a year ago…pretty depressing for a lifelong Catholic.

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  396. Sami -  August 25, 2011 - 1:01 am

    People at my school sing this:

    “Australia all let us ring joyce, for she is young and free”

    instead of “Australia all let us rejoice, for we are young and free”

    makes me laugh every time

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  397. Shannyn -  August 24, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    My dad has the best ones (he can’t understand the lyrics to any song):

    In Rod Stewart’s “We’re Having a Party”, “on the radio” became “on the alley-o”. In Guy Sebastian’s “Who’s That Girl”, “walking in the club” became “walking the kerb”. And, my personal favourite, is The Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up”: “be careful what you wish for ’cause YOU’RE JUST LIKE JANET!” (just might get it).

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  398. Mart -  August 23, 2011 - 11:58 pm

    Went to a dance
    Lookin’ for romance
    Saw Bobarantz
    So I thought I’d take a chance

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  399. kathy humphres -  August 23, 2011 - 6:36 am

    I always thought that Barbara Ann was : “Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob Moran.” I wondered why a man wanted Bob Moran to take his hand.

    Also, When Tom Jones sang, Guatanerumera, I thought he was saying, One Ton Tomato, I Ate a One Ton Tomato. I wondered how someone would be able to eat a one ton tomato, and even still why they would be able to sing about it!

    In the “All in the Family” , I thought they sang, “O the way that Miller (Glen Miller) played, songs that made the hit parade” , and “Jee our ole Lasalle ra grate” (our old LaSalle ran great) What is la grate, and how does a Lasalle do it? LOL And Archie came up with some great malapropisms! Hilarious! Just like my Dad!

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  400. Maggie J. -  August 22, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    My babysitter had to correct me when I was a little girl. I thought The Archie’s sang, “Sugar, oh honey, honey, you are my camping girl and I can’t stop wanting you..’ I’d much rather be a CAMPING girl than a candy girl any day.

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  401. Beth -  August 22, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    My bother thought the “light from above” in God Bless America was “light from a bug.”

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  402. A-M -  August 22, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Oh, that’s funny! I’m glad to know there’s actually a word for this! Everybody is applying it to misheard lyrics, but in my family this happens alllll the time in normal conversation. lol

    Is there a word to describe when you blend words together (“tricopterous” – some kind of blend between triceratops and rhinocerous or something…?) or when kids can’t say words properly (my nephew used to call his trampoline the “pantrolie”)?

    My favourite above is “raisins doubt their place in biscuits”… :D

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  403. Kate -  August 22, 2011 - 6:42 am

    Neal Sadaka’s “Laughter in the Rain” was popular when my son was very young. He thought the line “Ooo, I hear laughter in the rain” was “Who are you after in the rain” I had him listen very carefully, but he could never be disuaded.

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  404. Rebecca -  August 21, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    In the song “Loser” by Beck, the Spanish phrase “Soy un perdedor” means “I’m a loser” but it sounds like “Soil on a cabinet door.” Credit to my friend Alex for offering me this as a possible lyric to this confusing song.

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  405. Phixitphox -  August 21, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    My own contribution to the WWM (Wonderful World of Mondegreens) comes from the 60s rock and roll song “Love Potion Number Nine.” I always heard the lyric as

    I took my troubles down to Madam Rue
    You know, the gypsy with the polecat stew.

    It wasn’t until I actually saw the lyrics printed out a couple of years ago that I realized the lady in question was Madam Ruth, who had a “gold-capped tooth.” I kind of like the mondegreen version just as well. Polecat stew sounds interesting.

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  406. Archon -  August 21, 2011 - 11:36 am

    @ Confused :P

    It’s not cofused…but it wasn’t proofread either.

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  407. Archon -  August 21, 2011 - 11:32 am

    @ Cofused :P

    It’s hallowed, not haloed

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  408. Honey -  August 20, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    I have two. When I was a child my mom would have me and my brother recite The Lord’s Prayer. I thought “hallow it be thy name” was “Halloween thy name”. There was also…”Now I lay me down to sleep”. For some reason to me, it always sounded like. “Now-a-late me”…

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  409. beachboys -  August 20, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    I misheard a lot of the Beach Boys’ lyrics when I was five years old. This one’s my favorite:

    Bop her head
    She thinks I’m dead
    Bop her head
    You’ve got me rockin’ and a-rollin’
    Rockin’ and a-reelin’
    Bop her head, Bop, Bop,
    Bop, Bop her head.

    (Should be:
    “Barbara Ann
    Take my hand
    Barbara Ann
    You’ve got me rockin’ and a-rollin’
    Rockin’ and a-reelin’
    Barbara Ann, Ba, Ba
    Ba, Barbara Ann.”)

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  410. Mondegreen Talk -  August 20, 2011 - 10:53 am

    Childern are great for mondegreens:

    As a child, I remeber ordering Sunday dinner for myself and with great pride I requested a chicken fried “snake” instead of “stake.” The family stills jokes about it!

    Oh, and as kids, a friend’s brother wished her a “happy dirt day!”

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  411. Archon -  August 20, 2011 - 10:24 am

    @ Evan

    I think it’s “Don we now, our gay apparel.”

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  412. ASSUMING -  August 19, 2011 - 9:46 am

    I assume that mondegreen would also mean blooper/s?

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  413. Whoa -  August 18, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    Just remembered another… so the nickelback song “savin’ me” came on the radio one day and my mom was sure that on the part that said “I’m fallin, I’m fallin” they were actually singing “I’m farting, I’m farting.” Yeah mom, they would definitely be singing about that!

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  414. Crystal -  August 18, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    My sister used to think the words to Shania Twain’s song Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? was “whose bed have your boobs been under?”

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  415. Confused :P -  August 18, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    i have sooo many of these..

    me: im blue i was beat i must die i was beat i must die i was beat i must die
    real: im blue da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die
    me: im leavin Wendy im Pitter Pan knowin jesus way things i couldnt do before i jumpinthepan cuz im leavin ears a Pitter Pan
    real: im leavin here a better man knowin you this way things i couldnt do before now i know i can and im leavin here a better man
    me: so test all of your boys and hollywood girls will you dance on your feet and hold on with your claws
    real: so testosterone boys and harlequin girls will you dance to this beat and hold a lover close
    me: and they came with bears gifts of old common sense and furs
    real: and they came bearing gifts of gold frankinsense and mhyrr
    me: frosty the snowman jolly pappy soul ..mm.. popcorn and a button….(mumbling)…. FROOOSTY snowmannn!!!!!
    real: frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul. with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal
    me: our father has art in heaven halloween be thynam.. king dumb, COME!!! Willby DONE!!!!!! erf as inside of kevin. give a day of hairy bread and forgive pet Travis as we give those a pet Travis against us. Lead us not into menstruation, but liver us in evil. ah, men :)
    real: our father who art in heaven, halo’ed be thy name. thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. amen.
    me:

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  416. Nxtiq -  August 18, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Boyz II Men – On Bended Knee

    I was singing “Stomp on your fingers, the baby so mean” for at least 14 years. lol!!

    The correct lyric is “Stop pointing fingers, the blame is on me”

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  417. seabee -  August 18, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    “……..in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is PARSE and brown.” Never knew what a PARSE was until my wife explained what made so much more sense….
    “…….and pretend that he is PARSON Brown”

    I hate it when that happens.

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  418. valroc -  August 18, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Then they say: “Well, most of them anyway”

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  419. valroc -  August 18, 2011 - 11:14 am

    The Radio stations “The River” and “Classic Rewind” had these things that said, “The good thing about classic rock is that you know all the words:” And then had some hilarious mondegreens:
    “I’ve got a slack-jacket (black-magic) woman”
    “You’re like a canary in a coma(coal mine)”
    “I want to rock and roll all night and part of (party) every day)

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  420. Tom E -  August 18, 2011 - 11:11 am

    ….I thought, for almost a year, that Eric Clapton’s was singing “Captain Midnight” instead of “After Midnight.”

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  421. Michael -  August 18, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Ain’t no woman like the one I got ===> Ain’t no woman like the one-eyed Gott.

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  422. chris -  August 18, 2011 - 10:19 am

    “you’d say anything to a butterfly” instead of “You’d say anything to avoid a fight” (Huey lewis)

    “Hungrey Thighs” instead of “Hungrey Eyes”

    and my fave

    “Believe in a worm.” instead of “Evil Woman.” (ELO)

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  423. teaguer -  August 18, 2011 - 10:00 am

    My six-year-old is great for these:

    Lyrics for Blake Shelton’s ‘She wouldn’t be gone’ read:
    “Now I’m cursin’ like a fool,
    Prayin’ it ain’t too late,
    All I wanna do is fix my mistakes.”
    He replaces “Mistakes” with “Mustang.”

    Zac Brown Band’s ‘Toes’:
    He sings, “Got my toes in the water, ANTS in the sand,” which, for those of you that know the song, is preferable to hear from a child… By now we’re pretty sure he knows the ‘correct’ lyric, but continues to sing it his way to avoid trouble…

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  424. les plant -  August 18, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Rolling Stones “Beast of Burden” sounds like “pizza burning”

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  425. Rhonda -  August 18, 2011 - 9:22 am

    “I Was Barney Rubble” instead of “I Was Born a Rebel” by Tom Petty

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  426. Brushfire -  August 18, 2011 - 9:11 am

    In “You and Whose Army?” by Radiohead, I thought the “we ride tonight” part was “we want to know”. But I guess Radiohead songs are prime mondegreen territory, right? xD

    A lot of lyric sites have the “there there” part of “There There” (also by Radiohead) down as “thin air”

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  427. zach -  August 18, 2011 - 8:28 am

    @Mike – ‘pulling mussels from a shell’ is by Squeeze, not Blue Oyster Cult

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  428. Ania -  August 18, 2011 - 8:22 am

    How about in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven,
    “And every wino down the road” instead of “and as we wind on down the road”?

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  429. mohit -  August 18, 2011 - 6:45 am

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    dana
    dan

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  430. mary -  August 18, 2011 - 6:40 am

    I heard about a little girl who drew a Christmas manger scene. She included an unexplained chubby man in her picture.. When asked who that was, the child replied “Round John Virgin”.

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  431. Ben -  August 18, 2011 - 4:51 am

    Can’t remember what the song was called but the lyrics go “I’m blue, double dee double die”. I always thought it was “I’m blue, in Aberdeen I will die.”

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  432. HG -  August 18, 2011 - 3:46 am

    “Just speed it” instead of “Just beat it” (Michael Jackson)

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  433. janey -  August 18, 2011 - 3:18 am

    Not a song but along the same lines……..

    There’s a story that went around where I work that one of our secretaries misheard some dictation. Instead of typing ‘ipso facto’ she typed ‘if so, fatso….’ and then spent the rest of the afternoon wondering why we were calling one of our valued customers ‘fatso’.

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  434. Dan -  August 18, 2011 - 12:50 am

    Mondegreen. I didn’t know that word existed to describe what many people may experience. My personal blunder is expressed below.

    Rihanna: “Horse play”

    It should be, in fact it is! “What’s my name?”

    I “corrected” my fiance (who has waaaay better hearing than I do) that it is in fact the mondegreen.

    Cheers,

    Daniel

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  435. Daniel -  August 18, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Two examples that work in German only (sorry, guys):

    “I got the power” (Snap) -> “Agathe Bauer”
    “All the leaves are brown” (California dreaming) -> “Anneliese Braun”

    And one of my favorites in English:

    “Give me hope, Joanna” (Eddy Grant) -> “Give me dope, Joanna”

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    • Dan -  August 31, 2015 - 12:50 am

      Even now there seems to be some confusion about another line in “California Dreamin’… on such a winter’s day”…

      Given that it’s a winter’s day, is it “You know the preacher liked the cold”? or “You know the preacher locked the door” (He knows I’m gonna stay)?

      They both make sense and I’ve found both versions on the web.

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  436. Evan -  August 17, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    One that I remember fondly is from, of all things, “Deck the Halls.” I always thought the line “donning now our gay apparel” was “dawning now our day of peril.” I often wondered why this was a Christmas song.

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  437. Shabna -  August 17, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    I used to sing and at the same time wonder what “up above the verse of sky” meant in the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ! :)…..may be the lack of effort from my side..but I found out that its actually “up above the world so high” only in my high school!!!..sad but true….anyways I am happy to learn that it has a name and I love it..”Mondegreen!!!”

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  438. Archon -  August 17, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    @ Mike

    Pulling mussels from a shell.

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  439. shukov -  August 17, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    One thing is certain, rock n roll lyrics are fertile ground for the ol’ Men on the Green.

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  440. Tracy -  August 17, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    Tiff Wimberly on August 12, 2011 at 8:30 am
    “Bingo Jed had a light on” instead of “Big ‘Ol Jet Airliner” from the The Steve Miller Band song. – I had a friend who thought it was, “Bingo shed had its light on”.

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  441. John Dique -  August 17, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    moi cousin got a wee jobbie at some place in town where they were using

    magic counting boxes [ I think they are called computers] for some thing or

    terother……

    for a couple of weeks , he would tell me he was working at the Nerd

    centre….figures , don’t it….

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  442. ara -  August 17, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    …and my classic favourite from childhood. this is from sesame street: “who are the people in your neeboro, in your neeboro, in your nee-bo-ro…” instead of who are the people in your neighbourhood, in your neighbourhood, in your neigh-bour-hood…

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  443. Stefan -  August 17, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    If i were green, i would die
    if i were green i would die
    correct:
    da bu dee, da bu da
    da bu dee da bu da
    {Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65}

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  444. Hope -  August 17, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Caramelldansen misheard lyrics. ’nuff said. ;3

    And in the song “Love You Like a Lovesong” by Selena Gomez and the Scene I keep hearing/singing “A centerfold miracle, lyrical” as “A sinful miracle, lyrical.”

    And when I went to listen to “Poor Unfortunate Souls” on Youtube, I noticed a lot of people misheard when Ursula sings “They come flocking to me crying” as “They come f******* to me crying” in the song… And I occasionally heard it like that after that… heh. xD;

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  445. Paul -  August 17, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    My brother and sister jumped all over me when I sang the lines from The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” that go:

    “He likes to keep his fire engine clean
    It’s a clean machine” as

    “He likes to keep his fire engine clean
    With a Gleam Machine”.

    I still like my version better.

    Also, for years and years I thought the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” was about a guy named “Bob Barant”:

    “Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob Bob Barant…”

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  446. John -  August 17, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    Continuing the Beatles theme, I could never make sense of”take the back right turn!” It made more sense as written by Lennon & McCartney: Paperback Writer!!!

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  447. quanarose -  August 17, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel

    The lyric repeated at the beginning and end is “Jeux Sans Frontieres,” which is French for “Games Without Frontiers.”

    I thought it was “She’s so funky, Yeah!”

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  448. Erin -  August 17, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    My uncle is 69 years old. Until about 3 years ago, he thought “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was “Big Girl, Small Fry.” We all had a good laugh when we heard him singing along to the song :)

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  449. goldenmarie2555 -  August 17, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Carol King–Winter spring summer or fall.All you have to do is play football
    Cher– cheap cheap Tramps and queens

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  450. aarjayaitch -  August 17, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    To Rick:
    “Honors fleises
    Income beezez,.
    Inches nobsis
    Inob keezez.”

    This is my phonetic transcription. I’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. Anyone else remember this movie?

    Yes! “Murder, He Says” starring Fred MacMurray! I saw it once on TV as a child and loved it! Have always wanted to see it again

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  451. Diane -  August 17, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    I thought the line in Kokomo by The Beach Boys “that Montserrat mystique” was “your mom’s a rotten stink!”

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  452. rich -  August 17, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    When I was 8 years old WWII was in its first year. My family always went to church. There is a prayer or something that everyone would say out loud together called the Apostles Creed where Jesus went through all these problems and that goes in one part that he “suffered under Pontius Pilate” (the Roman Emperor – Pontius is pronounced “ponshus”)

    Well with the war going on strong, and lots of warplanes, I was apparently influenced pretty much because I always said it “suffered unconcious pilot”
    and I clearly remember that I would actually visualize Jesus with his long hair and his halo, slumped in the cockpit of a crashed and burning plane and I always wondered how he got out in time to be crucified later. I sure was dumb at age 8!

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  453. Cathy -  August 17, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    My family uses mondegreens all the time. Just the other day, my mom misheard “bomb patrol” as “boob patrol.” She also misheard the commercial in which they say, “We take Garlique every day” as “we take our leak every day.” She quickly figured out her mistake, but it’s still a running joke in my family.

    When I was a child, I thought Journey’s “Open Arms” was “Agatha.” And my sister thought that when they said, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is Elton John” in the middle of one of his songs, that they were saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the song.” For years, she was confused about why they said that halfway through the song!

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  454. daner -  August 17, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Oh dear – I have so many. The ones I can think of:

    EmilyFrances, I thought it was “The dark’s a chasm in the classroom” up until I read your post re Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall.

    A childhood friend always sang “Take your pants down and make it happen” instead “Take your passion and make it happen”. (Irene Cara’s Flashdance/What A Feeling)

    I thought the Go-Go’s “Our lips are sealed” was “Honest I feel ya”.

    From REM’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It: “a tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies” was “turn ‘em in ‘n turn ‘em in ‘n turn ‘em into flies.”

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  455. Richard Treadgold -  August 17, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    ‘Overheard@ at funerals: in the name of the father, and the son, and INTO THE HOLE ‘E GOES…

    From Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific):
    Who can explain it
    Who can tell you why
    Fools give you reasons
    WHITE MEN NEVER CRY (Wise men never try)

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  456. Theo -  August 17, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    I had a much older 1/2 sister named Shirley. We memorized the 23rd Psalm in Grade 3 and I was well into my 20s before I realized it was not “Shirley, goodness and mercy” that would follow me all the days of my life

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  457. grey -  August 17, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Oops! Wrong song! Should be Guns N’ Roses Knocking on Heaven’s Door. I’m terrible at remembering songs and bands!

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  458. grey -  August 17, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin is a favorite in our house. The song came on the radio and my kids were singing along. When it got to “knocking on heaven’s door”, my 4 year old daughter looked at her older brother and stated, “It’s Kevin’s door, duh! Heaven has a gate.” Now whenever we hear it we end up laughing.

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  459. Annon -  August 17, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Bobberan by the Beach Boys. Bob, bob, bob, bob-bobberan. Took forever to figure out it was Barbara Ann.

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  460. Dan -  August 17, 2011 - 10:49 am

    CCR Keep on Choogling- “Keep on chewin, if you don’t know, you are not a man”

    The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever- ” Strawberry Fields for Rabbits”

    Morrissey Wide to Recieve- “Why, Why, Why Whine to receive”

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  461. E -  August 17, 2011 - 10:34 am

    My mom, until we got some sheet music for the Pocahontas song Colors of the Wind, thought that we were asking the spinning bobcat why he spins. The real lyrics are “or ask the grinning bobcat why he grins.”

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  462. jkl; -  August 17, 2011 - 10:13 am

    In high school we had to sing “When They Saw the Star” in chorus; the boys always sang the line “one bright day I saw in rich array” as “one bright day I saw Rachel Ray.” Every time.

    And Barbara Streisand’s song “People” always sounded like “people who eat people are the hungriest people in the world.” The “no more hunger and thirst” line was extra convincing.

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  463. Fab -  August 17, 2011 - 10:08 am

    In Metallica’s song, “Frayed End’s of Sanity” there’s a line that correctly says, “fighting the fear of fear” and it sounds like “buying a Miller beer.”

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  464. Fab -  August 17, 2011 - 10:06 am

    A friend of mine used to think Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” sounded like “Paying the rent collect.”

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  465. Mike -  August 17, 2011 - 9:47 am

    I haven’t seen it yet but what about Blue Oyster Cult… I don’t know if it’s supposed to be:
    “Pulling muscles from a shell”
    or
    “Pulling muscles for Michelle”

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  466. Mike -  August 17, 2011 - 9:40 am

    When I was a kid, I thought the lyrics to Irene Cara’s song “What a Feeling” from the movie Flashdance were “Take your pants down and make it happen” instead of “Take your passion and make it happen”… I was maybe 5, I didn’t know any better!

    Also,

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  467. Nick -  August 17, 2011 - 9:36 am

    From Breathe’s “Hands to Heaven[Sweet Caress]” –

    When we were little, my brother and I thought the lyrics was “who will eat my sandwich?” not “you relive my sadness.”

    Chorus:

    Tonight, I need your sweet caress
    Hold me in the darkness
    Tonight, you calm my restlessness
    You relieve my sadness

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  468. willow 678 -  August 17, 2011 - 9:34 am

    LOL… i am actually Laughing Out Loud as I read some of these….. they are hilarious… and I must admit, I am guilty of using some of these same mondegreens!!

    When I was a beginning reader–preschooler–I often took rides with my aunt & uncle down I-75 to my grandmother’s farm in Kentucky. My uncle, as I now understand, had kidney stones and needed to ‘relieve himself’ frequently. In those days–nearly 50 years ago–before 24-hour restaurants, gas stations at every exit, etc., sometimes we had to make a quick stop so my uncle could dash behind a clump of trees and ‘take care of business.’

    Well, I was quite proud of my emerging reading skills when I realized that there were signs on the interstate designed specifically to help a person with this issue! How thoughtful the ‘highway makers’ were to have those large, yellow, reflecting signs that read “P*ss With Care,” and “Do Not P*ss” prominently placed for every driver and passenger to see!!!

    LOL…. I’m sooooo glad I never shared that with my elders until I was old enough not to be punished for saying those words!!!

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  469. Jane Magarigal -  August 17, 2011 - 9:13 am

    My favorite intended mondegreen is from Boynton, the cartoonist.
    Hippo Birdies Two Ewes. Is a translation necessary? Happy Birthday to you.

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  470. Jane Magarigal -  August 17, 2011 - 9:02 am

    My favorite intended mondegreen is Boynton’s Hippo Birdies Two Ewes.
    Anyone need a translation? Happy Birthday two you.

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  471. grace -  August 17, 2011 - 8:52 am

    When my son was little he told me he learned to say the thing about the witch and the bucket: “and to the bucket for witch it stands….”

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  472. WordSmith -  August 17, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Simon & Garfunkel’s I Am a Rock: “I’ve been waltzed (I’ve built walls) in fortress deep and mighty / that none may penetrate / I have no need of friendship / friendship causes pain / it’s laughter and it’s nothing like its name (it’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain)…”

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  473. Waters -  August 17, 2011 - 8:49 am

    When I was younger, I heard part of an Elvis song in a movie. When he said “We can’t go on together”, I thought it was “We’ll bash two gnomes together”.

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  474. Mamachino -  August 17, 2011 - 8:34 am

    Sade’s song, “You give (uh), you give me a Swedish tattoo.”

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  475. Eyrene -  August 17, 2011 - 8:01 am

    I always thought it was “oh what fun it is to ride in a one more sopen sleigh” instead of “in a one horse open sleigh”. I ALWAYS wondered what the heck a “sopen” was. LOL

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  476. Monty Greene -  August 17, 2011 - 7:56 am

    For the longest time, I thought Van Halen’s song “Panama” was about “Marilyn Monroe”. Then one day one of my highschool teachers mentioned the coincidence that the song, while being about a car of the same name, was actually once used for sonic warfare in Panama.

    I’m also a victim of Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady”. I originally thought it was “Do the Leggy Lady”, some kind of dance move perhaps. I only recently learned that the song is actually about a transvestite. Every one of my friends was similarly duped and just as surprised when I revealed the truth.

    Eiffel 65′s song “Blue” was also a trip-up for me and my friends back in junior high. We spent a week arguing over what was being said during the chorus – the most popular theory was “I’m blue, if I was green I would die”. When we finally looked at the lyrics, we were sad to discover they were simply “I’m blue, daba-dee daba-dye”.

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  477. Voidrise -  August 17, 2011 - 7:15 am

    And, of course, The Israelites by Desmond Deckker & the Aces, which is one long string on mondegreens from end to end:

    Het up in the morning
    Staying in bed, son
    So that every mouse can be bled
    Oooh, oooh, MY EARS ARE ALIGHT!

    I think, actually, Maxell tapes made and advert based on that.

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  478. mmes -  August 17, 2011 - 7:06 am

    Johnny Rivers secret “asian” man.
    And lead in song for Shawn Hannity’s radio show…Let freedom ring, let the “white girl sing”.

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  479. Clark -  August 17, 2011 - 7:06 am

    I read a LOT of these and didn’t see it mentioned that a commercial a few years back worked in a mondegreen on purpose, when two guys confuse Rock the Casbah with Lock the cash-box.

    I also had a problem with Lucy in Disguise with diamonds and Elton John’s ‘I hope you don’t mind if I put down the words’ instead of put down ‘in’ words….

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  480. MetsFanInNJ -  August 17, 2011 - 7:04 am

    I attempted to transcribe Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” many years ago. No matter how many times I listened to the first line of the second verse, I could only get “It’s a blind hard fazo” out of it. A while later, I finally saw the lyrics were “It’a a bright horizon” I probably could have listened to it a hundred more times and not gotten that!

    To this day, I get the last two lines of the first verse of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” mixed up…”Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’, I took a wrong turn and just kept going” For some reason, I always sing “Like a river that don’t know where it’s going, I took a wrong turn and just kept flowin’” which could make sense…

    A great recent source of mondegreens is CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” I can only imagine how many people have misinterpreted “She’s a X-Box and I’m Atari” into all sort of perverted things (sexbot, sexpot, etc…)

    It’s great that we have lyrics.com and sites like it to keep up honest and settle those bar bets!

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  481. Monica -  August 17, 2011 - 6:41 am

    When I listened to Lady GaGa’s “Love Game” I thought for weeks she was singing “Domino game” after the chorus but what was actually said was “Doin’ the love game.” My cousin looked at me like I was stupid when we were singing it in the car, never knew why until about a week later when I learned the real lyrics.

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  482. Pat -  August 17, 2011 - 6:34 am

    For those of you old enough to remember Herman’s Hermits’ song ‘Silhouettes’, there’s a line that says ‘Let me in or else I’ll beat down your door’, which sounded like ‘Let me in or else I’ll pee down your door’.

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  483. ~Nile -  August 17, 2011 - 6:26 am

    “Huh mosh a kuh” for “I’m all shook up.”

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  484. Margaret Betaudier -  August 17, 2011 - 6:25 am

    My nephew, Bill, thought the words of a song were “let’s lock the door and throw away the kitty now and was very upset!” It should be “let’s lock the door and throw away the key now.” Jay and the Americans of course! Margaret b2da

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  485. JW -  August 17, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Instead of: I pledge allegiance to the flag

    - I lead the pigeons to the flag

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  486. BS -  August 17, 2011 - 6:21 am

    My grandfather convinced my 12 year old cousin that the Star Spangled Banner was actually about a boy who couldn’t afford Yankees tickets. He climbed a tree to watch the game, and they sang to him, “Jose, can you see?” She believed him (because Grandpa is always right) and the next day, she tried to convince her classmates and teacher at school that they’d been wrong all along.

    My college roommate thought the correct lyrics to “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette were “It’s not fair to deny me this *cross-eyed bear* that you’ve given me.” She explained that it was a gift he won her at the carnival and wanted to take back. (It’s “cross I bear.”)

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  487. Megan -  August 17, 2011 - 5:58 am

    Man, I don’t even know where to start! I’m deaf in one ear, and am ALWAYS mishearing what people say. It got so bad that my coworkers made up a twitter account (www.twitter.com/whatmeganheard) and started recording what people actually said vs. what I heard. lol Songs? Forget it! Hot Chocolate’s “I Believe in Miracles” was, until recently, “I believe in Malcolm”, The Temptations’ “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” was “Sugar Pie Honey Butt”, and so many more…

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  488. Harriet -  August 17, 2011 - 5:56 am

    Well, this article really hit home for me. I have CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder, so what might be an unusual event for most folks – mondergreens – is an every day occurrence for me. I am constantly deciphering what people are saying, sometimes with unexpected results. For instance, I was donating blood for the Red Cross earlier this week. I thought the interviewer, who had just confirmed my name, was now asked me for my email address “what is your email?” He was actually asking “have you always been female?”. The look on his face when I started rattling off my email was enough to tell me I’d misinterpreted the question. Another time, I was in Philly walking to work early and the street was faily empty. A guy accosted me, saying (or so I thought at first” if I “had the time of day”. I realized my error when he repeated the question – which to do with getting laid – not the time of day. I sidestepped away from him and managed to get to work safely. And like some others, I thought the commercial for “secret agent man” sounded like “secret asian man”.

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  489. Darwin Christ Almighty! -  August 17, 2011 - 5:56 am

    (lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates;
    music composed by Samuel A. Ward —
    more history on the poem and music)
    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!

    America! America!
    God shed His grace on thee,
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to Chinese sea!

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  490. Bogosguy -  August 17, 2011 - 4:58 am

    Irene Kara’s “Flashdance”: “Take your passion and make it happen.” I thought it was “Take your pants down and make it happen.” I was in sixth grade, in my defense.

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  491. Steve -  August 17, 2011 - 4:37 am

    KD (Kati) Lang – Constance Gravy instead of Constant Craving.

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  492. John -  August 17, 2011 - 4:23 am

    Sofa King, as in “He’s Sofa King awesome!”

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  493. SteveB -  August 17, 2011 - 3:08 am

    In the middle of Madonna’s Like a Prayer, one of my mates used to sing “level crossing” at the top of his voice, just as Madonna was actually singing “let the choir sing”.
    Despite us insisting that there was no logical reason for the phrase level crossing to crop up at that point in the song ( or any other song ever written since the dawn of time for that matter ) he was absolutely convinvced this was the lyric !
    Takes all sorts I guess………………………………

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  494. mb -  August 17, 2011 - 2:21 am

    dogs say goodnight (Dark Sacred Nights), in Louis Armstrong’s interpretation of “What A Wonderful World”.

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  495. Ramamurthi -  August 17, 2011 - 1:51 am

    IN a favorate couple have a secreat signal their personal life in talk a group friends a little man asked some question ,that couple remember their secreat signal,that situation under standing only that couple, see in to eyes and lough no one understanding, that calds>>>>>>>>

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  496. tabea -  August 17, 2011 - 1:50 am

    Now I feel weird that I don’t mishear lyrics like this…very interesting word to know, though!

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  497. RubyTuesday -  August 17, 2011 - 12:17 am

    I used to think “your to blame” in Bon Jovi’s Shot Through The Heart was “your to late” still makes sense though.

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  498. RubyTuesday -  August 17, 2011 - 12:05 am

    Coach: The line from Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” the line is “far away my well-lit door Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly.” Not “Far away my welly blew up”

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  499. Junfan Mantovani -  August 17, 2011 - 12:04 am

    I once made a mistake thinking that an amy winehouse song went: “they tried to make me go to rehab”. which is ironic cos thats where she should have been.

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  500. XyloKitty -  August 16, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    TLC “Waterfalls” …as a little kid I always sang, “Don’t go Jason Waterfalls” instead of “Don’t go CHASING waterfalls!”

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  501. Eyewitness -  August 16, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    In my early childhood, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” was headlining Broadway, famous in particular for the non-operatic singing of bass Ezio Pinza. His show-stopping number was the classic, “Some Enchanted Evening.”

    I distinctly remember one of my childhood playmates thought the song title was “Sam and Janet Evening.” sort of like a married couple, like Ozzie and Harriet, or Lucy and Dezi.

    Apparently, it did not matter what the rest of the lyrics were. It made sufficient sense that way.The idea of UNmarried couples never occurred to us.

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  502. bh -  August 16, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    For a long time I thought the Gin Blossoms song “Hey Jealousy” said “Hey Chelsea.” And I don’t think I’m the only one!

    Also, who knows if it’s a joke or not, I heard of someone thinking the Elvis Costello song “Oliver’s Army” said “I’ll Have a Lasagna” :)

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  503. Eyewitness -  August 16, 2011 - 11:05 pm

    @ Izzi’s mum

    I have heard another interpretation of the lyric in the song “Human” by the Killers. Instead of “Are we human or are we dancers?” I have heard some say the line is “Are we human or are we denser?”

    It actually makes some philisophical sense that way.

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  504. Eyewitness -  August 16, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    Until I could easily check lyrics on the internet, I was mystified why “Heart of Glass” by Blondie would include a line like, “…riding high on love’s true jewish light…”

    As anyone else can probably tell, the words are “… riding high on love’s true bluish light…”

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  505. Jen -  August 16, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    My 3y/o Stepdaughter use to sing “there’s a man on the rug” for the song “Band on the Run.”

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  506. Erra F. -  August 16, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    My mom at age 3 asked her dad what a rancer do was. He asked her to use it in a sentence. She said it was in a song, “Daisy, Daisy, give me your rancer do.” (answer do)

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  507. E Trip -  August 16, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    HA! I can’t believe I’m not the only one (other than my mother) to hear the word douche in “Blinded By The Light,” as well as many other mistaken lyrics that I thought only my weird little brain contrived.

    As a small child, I thought the line from Dion’s song “Runaround Sue” was “I keep away from a run away sewer” instead of “A-keep away from-a Runaround Sue.” If you listen to it, you’ll hear the extra syllable that he adds to the word Sue.

    When I was in middle school, my friends and I noticed a girl that we knew singing “Everything Zen” by Bush out loud while listening on her cassette player (yes, I said cassette player to anyone out there born after the 80′s). She was singing the line “there’s no sex in your violence” as “there’s no sex in Nevada.” She only realized her mistake when she noticed us falling over ourselves laughing. To be fair, a lot of Bush’s lyrics seem kind of random, but we made jokes about this for years, like if there’s no sex in Nevada, why is prostitution legal there?

    Also, in her defense, I thought a different lyric from the song was “Trust you with my wife,” but in reality it’s “Try to see it once my way.” I still hear my version when that song plays…

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  508. JackieSparrow -  August 16, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    Before I watched the movie with the subtitles, I thought that in Prince Caspian, during the duel between Peter and King Miraz, Miraz says “Das is eines nid espite” when really he’s saying “Does His Highness need a respite”…. I seriously thought they’d just put a bit of German in there…. rofl :P

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  509. MartyB -  August 16, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Our particularly bland Australian national anthem has a line: “Our home is girt by sea” ie. surrounded by sea. But often misinterpreted as “Gert(rude) by sea”

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  510. Linda -  August 16, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    For years my sister would sing a line in Kenny Rogers wrong. instead of ‘you picked a fine time to leave me Lucille, 4 hungry children and a crop in the fields’ she sang ’400 children…’

    there were probably a dozen others she came up with if i could only recall them all

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  511. Miss Piggy -  August 16, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    Curious to know what the lyrics were actually supposed to be, instead of the nonsense that my brain thought they were, I looked up the lyrics for “Enough” by a Rotterdam November. Apparently, the person who typed up the lyrics had as hard of a time as me, since they said the lyrics were “All that I wanted and all that I needed was my life, precated uniqueness.” Precated, huh? Apparently, it’s actually “you created a uniqueness”. Honestly, though, precated sounds a lot cooler.

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  512. Bill -  August 16, 2011 - 8:11 pm

    In grade school we learned the Pledge of Allegence by rote with my teacher leading a daily repeat-after-me until the class had it down. Finally one of the kids asked, “Who is Richard Stands?” Who? “You know…’ and to the Republic for Richard Stands…’! One of the original signer of the Declaration of Independence no doubt!

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  513. Amanda -  August 16, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    I remember back when it first came out and I’d never heard the song, I saw someone on a message board online post that they thought the lyrics to the chorus of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” went, “Imma fight til we see the sudden light.” (Someone else corrected it as sunlight instead of sudden light.) I then went and listened to the sample available on iTunes, and it does sound like sudden light. Personally, I kind of like sudden light better than sunlight.

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  514. Surfnsolo -  August 16, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    An ol’ classic, “Mareze Doats and Doze Doats and little Lamze Divey, a Kidelle Divey II, Wood Nut and you?” (Mares eat oats and Doe’s eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kidd will eat ivy too…wouldn’t you?)

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  515. Jersey shore in 80s -  August 16, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    Summer weekends at the Jersey shore. My friends laughed as I sang Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics… dead devil in the freezer. Took they awhile to realize I was NOT singing 10th avenue freeze out :) Still love hearing Bruce.

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  516. Lenny... -  August 16, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    A Hungarian friend of mine who was a big fan of Lenny Kravits, but not very good with English, would always sing “as long as i’m breeding” instead of “as long as i’m breathing” in the song I’ll Be Waiting… and couldn’t understand why I found it hilarious.

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  517. Hippie3 -  August 16, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    I was listening to a song called “Be Thou My Vision,” and the lyric is “Riches I heed not, nor mens’ empty praise.” For a long time, I thought the lyrics were, “Riches I heed not, nor mens’ empty brains.”

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  518. Kaila -  August 16, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    When the “Like A G6 ” song comes on, my sister sings like a “cheese stick ” haha.

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  519. Jamie -  August 16, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    Smooth Criminal to a child’s mind “You’ve been hit by.. You’ve been struck by.. A smooth dinner roll!” instead of “smooth criminal.” I got it right eventually much to the amusement of my parents..

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  520. Gt50 -  August 16, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    Try this…
    I pledge all egiance toda flagged, of United dates of America, one nation, under sod, with liver tea & just ice for all.

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  521. SylviasDaddy -  August 16, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Back in the mid-1960s there was a song with the refrain:

    Dance, dance, dance when you hear that beat
    Dance, dance, dance — get up off of your feet
    Dance, dance, dance — let your backbone slip
    Let’s go to the place out on the Sunset Strip

    I was grown before I realized what the true words were. I thought the refrain went:

    Dance, dance, dance when you hear that beat
    Dance, dance, dance — get a whop on your seat
    Dance, dance, dance — let your backbone slip
    Let’s all do the eck-ba on the Sunset Strip

    I still visualize people doing a dance called the eck-ba and whopping one another on the sit-down!

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  522. Archon -  August 16, 2011 - 4:10 pm

    The British band, The Who, were among the first to go beyond merely singing songs onstage. They “put on a show” which included smashing electric guitars at the end. Pete Townsend still has a guitar he calls Frankenstein, because it is made of parts of seven different smashed guitars. It didn’t take long though, to find that smashing guitars can be expensive, and there aren’t a lot of replacements. On their next tour, as part of the stage decorations, there was a huge wooden guitar. As the climax, they would release a wrecking ball, which swung across the stage and smashed some plywood.

    Step forward to (Jefferson) Starship’s song, We Built This City. There’s an homage line in it which says, “Who, rides the wrecking ball into our guitar.” One lyric site translates it as, “in two fast guitars,” another one gives it as, “in two hard guitars.” In the background there is a radio DJ talking about, “Lookin’ out over the Golden Gate Bridge, and I’ve seen that bumper-to-bumper traffic.” This is listed as, “a minimum amount of traffic.”

    @ Al

    Re; Star Trek pledge of allegiance

    Because it would be “The (common) People” who spoke the pledge, I heard it as, “E PLEB nista,” as in the Latin for common man, pleb. Plebe, plebian, plebiscite.

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  523. NeverMispell -  August 16, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    ‘and the republic of Richard Stans.’ (the republic for which it stands from the pledge of allegiance)

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  524. luls -  August 16, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    I was 6 yrs old and learned how to sing Yankee Doodle.
    Correct lyrics are: “…And with the girls be han-dy.”
    My interpretation: “and whip the girls be han-dy.”
    A very confusing point in my life!

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  525. luls -  August 16, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Van Halen’s hit “Panama”.
    Always thought they were singing “Animal! Ani-mal-al!”
    Until I was corrected. lol

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  526. anon -  August 16, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    I am surpsied I didn’t see this: “One ton tomato. I ate a one ton tomato” Or this: “One pound of metal. Juanita one pound of metal”. Both were meant to be this: “Guantanamera”.

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  527. TheChosenOne -  August 16, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    In “Always” I thought he said “When it’s cold, Outsideeee, and I hear, Your nameeeee” but he really says “Am I here in Vain” LOL

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  528. Jessi -  August 16, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    oh, another one i just remembered. last year at Christmas time my son (then 5) would sing the Twelve Days of Christmas. He needed help remembering 12, 11, and 10 but then he’d do the rest from memory and i thought it way too cute to correct him. amongst other things, there were 6 geese a’ playing, 5 gold and rings, 3 french hands, 2 turtle ducks, and some parts in a gingerbread tree.

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