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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 8:52am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Ever thought someone was saying something other than they were saying during an Xmas song. This is the topic to talk about it. 

Paul McCartney did the song "Wonderful Christmastime". It's playing right now. There's the line: "Simply having a wonderful Christmastime!" 

No matter how many times I hear it, it sounds like: 

"Simply having a one-double Christmastime!" I was a kid when it was released. At the time, I wondered what a "one-double Christmastime" was.
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 9:15am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Robbie, there was a comedy skit of some kind here in the states about that very subject. I forget the source, but they referenced things like;
CCR's "There's a bad moon on the rise" being heard as "There's a bathroom on the right", Hendrix' "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" as "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" and Elton John's "Hold me close now Tiny Dancer" as "Hold me close now Tony Danza" among others.

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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Interesting!

It's like with the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal". When I first heard the lyrics, "Annie, are you okay?", I thought he was singing, "Eddie, are you okay?" 
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The FLINTSTONE's lyrics I misheard as a child as "Let's ride with the family down the street, thru the courtesy of folks you'll meet." (I thought it was a reference to the advertisers.)

My father used to tell of how, when recently arrived in Canada, he heard one line of the National Anthem as "…we stand on God for thee." "Stand on guard" is the actual line.

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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 3:49pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Look up `Peter Kay Misheard Lyric`s` on Youtube,comedy
gold!

In Mr Blue Sky by ELO i hear `Mr Blue you dirty rat`
instead of `Mr Blue you did it right`
In Need Her Love by ELO i hear `She never shares her
submarines` not `She never shares her suffering`

Regarding Michael Jackson in Billie Jean i hear `The
general is not my son` not `The child is not my son`
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 5:42pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

The cover to Flaming Carrot Comics #5 has the hero telling a woman with a small chair wrapped in a blanket "The chair is not my son... It's just a chair..."

Misheard lyrics are often called Mondegreens and were popularized in a series of humorous collections by Gavin Edwards. My favorite from the first book was a line from Grease, "I've got chills; they're multiplyin'" misheard as "I've got shoes; they're made of plywood."

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Brian Miller
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Billie Jean is “the kid is not my son.” Not “child.”
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 6:06pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

like so many of us in the seventies getting BLINDED BY THE LIGHTS wrong;

"....wrapped up like a douche...."

should be;

"....revved up like a deuce..."

Yikes!
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 5:55pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I prefer "I've got shoes; they're made of plywood." Those are some cheap wooden shoes right there. 
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 27 December 2017 at 5:57pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

And I still prefer to believe that the line from "All Apologies" by Nirvana isn't

I'll take all the blame
Aqua seafoam shame

Instead, it's

I'll take all the blame
I'll proceed from shame

Makes more sense, no? 
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Brian Hague
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Re: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, I know what the lyric is supposed to be and that it's comparing the level of excitement the singer is feeling to the energy of a super-charged deuce coupe. I get all that, but I'm not so sure the singer did. It really does sound as if he's the one getting the lyric wrong.

Sarah Mclachlan's FALLEN has the line "I messed up. Better I should know." that I initially took to be "Better I should go," which I do think makes more sense in context. It would make the song less of a learning experience, however, and therefore less positive ultimately. 

Also: Post 7000! Really, if asked, I might have bet money against my ever having done anything at all 7000 times...

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"S-A-D-U-WAH-D-U-WAH Night" -- "Saturday Night" Bay City Rollers.
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I had a French-Canadian roommate years ago who had this problem. The one I remember was when he asked the DJ at the nightclub to play "The Parmason Song". It took us a while to figure out the song he meant had the lyrics  "How Bizarre".
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When I first heard the lyrics, "Annie, are you okay?", I thought he was singing, "Eddie, are you okay?" 

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Pffft. It's "Annie are you walking?" Because she's been hit by a smooth criminal who is taunting her now that she has been crippled.
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Michael Jackson seems to be a common theme here.

I originally thought the opening lines in the first verse to Man in the Mirror were: As I turned up the car door, my baby went to court.

(correct lyrics: As I turn up the collar on my favourite winter coat).
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David Miller
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Michael Jackson did actually sing "shamon" on "Bad," right? There's not some real lyric everybody misheard?
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I think it's fairly clearly "shamone", but if memory serves, the lyrics listed on the album inner sleeve said it was "c'mon". Which it clearly isn't. 
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 2:58pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Elton John's Rocket Man:
"Rocket man burning up the shoes of Paramore..." is what I hear. 
I'm pretty sure that's what the lyrics really are, because I still sing it that way even after I've looked up them up several times. The song makes way more sense to sing it my way, too. Yup... 
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I was convinced that Elvis sang "She rode a pony, Return to Sender" ...  
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I didn't know until recently is that Manfred Mann's version of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a cover. It was written and originally performed by Bruce Springsteen. I've never heard the original.



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Speaking of Elton John, in "Crocodile Rock" there's a lyric that supposedly goes, "When Susie wore her dresses tight," but I could swear he's hitting a hard consonant in the middle there somewhere, turning "dresses" into "dresdales" or something similar. I've spent way too much time looking up "dresdales" or other items of 50's-60's era fashion trying to find a better match than what the lyrics sheets and websites all claim is simply "dresses."

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My favorite misheard lyric is of recent vintage. In “Blank Space”, Taylor Swift sings, “Got a long list of ex-lovers”, but a lot of people hear, “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.”
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Yeah, it's really hard not to hear Starbucks lovers, even knowing the real lyric. At first I thought it was a clever reference to the way they write your name on the cup in Starbucks.
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"When Susie wore her dresses tight"... as a kid I thought he was singing that she "wore her dress ass-tight." Puberty affects the brain!   
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The David Bowie version of "Wild is the Wind."

The actual lyric, properly heard:

"Don't you know you're life itselllllllllllf"

Which I heard as:

"Don't you know your life is sooooooooo"

I kept thinking "It's so...what, David?"

Then came The Internet and I could look up the lyrics and go "oh."
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