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Old 08-30-2016, 11:49 PM
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For the holiday season, I always heard:

Later on, we'll perspire
As we dream by the fire
My mother always heard that, too.
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:22 AM
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A line in the Irish song “Kelly The Boy from Killan”, about the 1798 uprising against British rule -- the words go:

But the gold sun of freedom grew darkened at Ross,
And it set by the Slaney’s red waves...”


When I first heard that song – performed by the Dubliners – I had trouble making sense of the second line, as above: did not know then, that “Slaney” is the name of a river in the relevant part of Ireland. All I could make of the line was, “And upset by the slaveys that wait.” I knew it couldn’t actually be that, but had no idea what the correct wording might be. From my version, I spun just for the heck of it, a fantasy historical episode. “Slavey” in Britain long ago, connoted the lowest and most wretched type of maidservant. I imagined a scenario similar to that of the Apprentice Boys of Londonderry: the Scullery Maids of Ross, who for some reason espoused the British / Protestant cause, and awaited their best opportunity and then struck with devastating force...
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:53 AM
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I was three when I heard the theme song to the old Art Linkletter show,
People are Funny.

Lyrics: Whooo...people are funny...

I heard: Whoopie the bunny...
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:09 PM
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Another one I am sure about, and the rest of the world is wrong: Surfin' Bird:


B-bird's the word a-well-a bird bird

I am certain it actually is:

B-bird is a weirdo
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Old 12-03-2016, 01:33 PM
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I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my message in a butthole yeah
Message in a butthole yeah
Oh message in a butthole yeah
Message in a butthole yeah

Walked out this morning I don't believe what I saw
A hundred billion buttholes washed up on the shore
Seems I'm not alone in being alone
A hundred billion castaways looking for a home
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The first couple of times I heard Yes sing Owner of a Lonely Heart, I was sure that I was hearing Shooting at a Lonely Horse.
"Odor of baloney fart."
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You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.
With four hundred children and a crop in the field.
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You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.
With four hundred children and a crop in the field.
Me too. Though I can't remember if I actually misheard it, or if I intentionally 'misheard' it. (When I think of the song nowadays, I like to imagine With four hundred children and an old Glockenspiel. )
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:56 PM
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For quite some time, i heard the following line From Blink-182's "I Miss You":

The webs from all the spiders

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And what's with all the spiders?

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You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.
Loose wheel.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:46 PM
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:52 PM
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Me too. Though I can't remember if I actually misheard it, or if I intentionally 'misheard' it. (When I think of the song nowadays, I like to imagine With four hundred children and an old Glockenspiel. )
I honestly thought that they ran an orphanage or something. I could not imagine any other situation where there would be two adults and 400 kids. Thinking about it now, he could have had the 400 kids work the field without lifting a finger himself.
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I don't know if I posted this already.

Spirit In The Night
Lyrics: It's a mile down on the dark side of Route 88
Misheard: It's a mile on the dark side of Rudy the 8th
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My Very Own Mondegreens...


At my workplace, the "music in the air" is modern country, so I end up with a lot of "countrified" mondegreens. In the interest of honoring copyrights, I leave finding the real lyrics as an exercise for the student. Here are a few of my "warped" ones:

"Keepin' you forever in the hallways..." (Shania Twain)
"All the 8-tracks in the world ain't gonna clean your dirty laundry." (Unknown; she's a more recent artist)
"If everybody everywhere had a lion or a bear..." (Unknown, again; sounded like Travis Tritt to me)

And lastly, from musical turf closer to my own, here's one that puzzled me for years before I finally got hold of the real lyric:

"Come, let out the baby..." (David Bowie)

Enjoy! Giggles are good for you!
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:46 PM
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Just happened to me today ... heard a very catchy tune by Sweets —

"That don't look like Mommy, Mommy, Mommy doesn't have a sweater like that ..."

Looked it up ...

"That don't look like my man, my man, my man doesn't have a swagger like that ..."

I like my version better
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:03 AM
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Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling.

Heard: "Nowhere to hide when I'm gettin' new clothes"
Actual lyric: "Nowhere to hide when I'm gettin' you close."

And an oldie - in Dinah Washington's rendition of We'll take Manhattan, the last line is "We'll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy". But with her accent it sounds like she's singing "We'll turn Manhattan into an Olive Joy", which I've always visualized as a disgusting variant on an Almond Joy.
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:50 PM
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I asked in May, 2010, about a lyric from Dalai Lama, by Clambake.

Dalai Lama, with no hair
Soul vibrations in the air
There's a question I've got for you
Why are you named after a beast of burden with an Aunt Beru?


Two months later, I realized it was:

... living in Peru?
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My son insists that Carrie Underwood sings "carved my name into your legacy". It's "carved my name into your leather seats" I mean the whole song is about effing up the guys car lol his girlfriend and I still laugh at him.
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Elton John, again. I've said this before in like threads, but I prefer my mis-hearing better than the original lyrics. From Someone Saved My Life Tonight:

Original version: "Someone saved my life tonight. Sugar Bear."
My version: "Someone saved my life tonight. Should've they?"

I think mine sounds better, with more pathos. EJ's version gives me a vision of him being given mouth-to-mouth by this guy.
and "sugar bear" term of endearment in England?

I've been an Elton fan since the early 70's. I know all the words to the songs...or do I?
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guess I should have tried to edit...

Anyway, I thought I was the only one in the world that cant hear the correct words

Most all of the ones in here that people have messed up, I've always gotten right. So many others I have screwed up!

Isnt it
later on, we'll perspire while we wait by the fire?? I thought it was conspire

I have yet to get Hotel California right
I need to get Stayin Alive right.


I love Jive Talkin! I think it helps a lot to see the videos of the songs to know what the lyrics are
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:29 PM
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From David Bowie's Changes This is pretty commonly misheard, or actually purposely misheard in the St Louis area:
Turn and face the strange, Chaannges. . . Don't tell them to grow up in Olivette [a municipality in west St Louis County]
I finally looked it up recently, it is Don't tell them to grow up, and out of it
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:40 PM
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Used to wonder if the Thompson Twins regret writing that line in the third stanza of "Lies": "The bigger, the better / Some nip from Old Saigon..."

But no, the actual line is: "Some nicked from Old Saigon"
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:44 PM
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Jim Croce's "I Got a Name":

Being a birder, I was deeply surprised (after I DLed it last week) to go to several lyric sites to see that they all had this line as

Like the whippoorwill and the baby's cry

When to me it is clearly and unambiguously

Like the whippoorwill and the phoebe's cry

I mean, he's talking about the songs of two birds for criminy's sake. "Baby" makes zero sense in context.

Alas, only 4 sites come up on Google for the last one (in "), 2 of them misheard lyric sites. They can go and blow me.
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The first time I heard this song...

Illegal Alien - Genesis
Lyric: 'It's no fun being an illegal alien.'
Heard: It's no fun being a league of aliens.'
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Lisa Hannigan, "Lille".

There's this part where I could swear that she sings "what I read in the john". Of course, I realized pretty much right away that this couldn't possibly be the actual line, and some research reveals it to be "what I read it the charms". But now I'm stuck with a mental image of Lisa Hannigan reading on the loo, which will not go away. Frankly, I could do without it. So, if anyone has any tips for purging your brain of that sort of thing, please let me know.
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Too late for edit: "What I read in the charms." Well, make that my misheard-misspelt lyrics.
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:55 AM
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The Cult, "Big Neon Glitter"...

All the lyric sites insist:


And drag me back, drag me back, drag me back
Through that revolution, without solution



But we all know how reliable they are.

I instead think it is:


And drag me back, drag me back, drag me back
To the ocean, of absolution


Why would you want to be dragged back to an unsolvable scenario? An ocean which washes away your sins makes a lot more sense to me.
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As a little'un I had a couple:

Instead of "We can work it out" (Beatles) I thought it was "Wicket, wicket, out".

"Lookin for my last shaker o'salt" (Jimmy Buffet) - "Lookin for my last nigger assault".

"oooooo, ooooo, witchy woman" (Eagles) - "oooooo, ooooo, windshield woman".

"and her name was McGill" (Beatles) - "and her name was Moogie-Ill".

"There, beneath the blue, suburban skies" (Beatles) - "There, beneath the blue, so purple skies".

"You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain" - (Beatles) - "You can get married and then you call it a spring".
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My husband and I both heard this before we ever discussed it.
Jack Wilson Said by Van Morrison
Actual lyric :
I'm in heaven
We hear:
Drunken animal

I've never been able to discern "I'm in heaven" from that song.
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My husband and I both heard this before we ever discussed it.
Jack Wilson Said by Van Morrison
Actual lyric :
I'm in heaven
We hear:
Drunken animal

I've never been able to discern "I'm in heaven" from that song.
Maybe he was drunken animal during the recording and slurred the words?
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Run Runaway - Slade

This one just came to me.

Lyric: If you gotta crush, don't beat about the bush
Misheard: If you gotta crush, don't be an octopus




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Last edited by Johnny L.A.; 06-14-2017 at 12:30 PM.
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another heard the Go-Gos' Our Lips Are Sealed as "Olives or Seals."
I thought it was "Honest, Lucille!"

And instead of "telling lies" I thought it was "telling my ass." Good pop song but they seem to mumble the lyrics.
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Just recently I learned the actual lyrics to the Fleetwood Mac/Judas Priest song "The Green Manalishi" go like this:

Now when the day goes to sleep and the full moon looks
And the night is so black that the darkness cooks


Whereas I've always heard it like this:

Now when the day goes to sleep and the full moon lurks
And the night is so black that the darkness cuts


I still prefer my version.

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All the lyric sites insist:

And drag me back, drag me back, drag me back
Through that revolution, without solution


But we all know how reliable they are.
No kidding. Here's what most of the lyrics sites say for Alan Parsons Project's "Games People Play":

"Games people play, you take it or you leave it
Things that they say, Honor Brite"


"Honor Brite"??? That makes no sense at all. More likely the real lyrics are: "Things that they say, are not right."
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The Cult, "Big Neon Glitter"...

All the lyric sites insist:


And drag me back, drag me back, drag me back
Through that revolution, without solution



But we all know how reliable they are.

Those sites are a hoot!
Jimmy Buffett "Pencil Thin Mustache"
"A two-tone Ricky Ricardo jacket..."

One site gave us
"A two-tone regular carnival jacket..."
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Are you living in the East
Strolling away the time?
Are you gathering up the years?
Do you have a diamond mine?
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Quick note, listened to a live version of Big Neon Glitter, it's as the lyric sites say it is. Oh weel.
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When Streisand sings Don't Rain on My Parade, about twice as many people think "the sun's a ball of butter" (25,000 Google hits) than "the sun's a bowl of butter" (11,300 Google hits).
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Are you living in the East
Strolling away the time?
Are you gathering up the years?
Do you have a diamond mine?
There's no way in hell this can be serious.
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Oh, but it is. For years I thought those were the lyrics. Seriously.
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The song, Strawberry Letter 23, the issue is at about 1'27"-

I hear: These bitches look high.
Actual: See speakers of kite.
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Oh, but it is. For years I thought those were the lyrics. Seriously.
I used to think Steely Dan was singing, "Are you reeling in the eaves?" As in, walking drunkenly along the edge of the roof.
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There was an absolutely horrible (yes, enough even to besmirch my good name) piece of flotsam called "I Got a New Girl Now" by a band called Honeymoon Suite.

Either it's "she's not like yoooooouuuuu" or "she's a lot like yoooooouuuuu".
I'm not really losing sleep over solving this one - just the time and effort to type this out was something in itself I was debating.

I always used to wonder what in the name of Margaret Hamilton was "living in a fish-islands" in Rush's "Limelight" all about.

Was sad to find out it was "rotten" and not "ROCKIN, to tha core!" in VH's "Ain't Talkin Bout Love".
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From the Stones, Brown Sugar:

Drums beatin' cold, English blood runs hot
Lady of the house wonderin' when it's gonna stop
House boy knows that he's doin' all right
Use it in a hurry, just around midnight

I always figured "it" was a condom or something.
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I wasn't the originator of this abuse. It was some Dumbshit McGee on the Intartubes that made me saw it and now I can't unheard it.

All my friends are eating steak and snow.

Which, I mean, if you add a bit of pepper to that snow it might be some cool eatings.
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I don't know how I was hearing this, but for years, until I looked at the lyrics to "No One is to Blame" from Howard Jones I heard the line:

You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can't have a swim

as

You can feel cheerful as a fool, but you can't have a swim.
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For a long time, I thought the folk song "The Shoals of Herring" was "The Shores of Erin."
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In "Twists in My Sobriety" I heard "Look, my eyes are hollow glass," not "Look, my eyes are holograms."
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Girl by Beck

Real lyrics: "and her rags were burning"

Sounds like: black Suburban (like the SUV)
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Neal Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" sounded like The Reverend Blue Jeans to me.
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