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    What's your favourite mondegreen?

    A mondegreen, in case you didn't know, is a misheard lyric (the origin of the word is too boring to relate).

    One of the most famous is from Purple Haze; Hendrix sings 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky', but people thought, and continue to think, he was singing 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy'.

    In Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke the chorus is 'You can feel it all over' which sounds a lot like 'Dick and Phyllis are lovers' on the record.

    And for Nationwide fans (remember Frank Boff?) the chorus of The Police's 'So Lonely' sounds an awful lot like Sting is singing 'Sue Lawley'.

    Gene Cotton had a minor seventies hit with 'Me and the elephants'; the opening line goes 'I remember the day we had nothing to do, so we went down to the city zoo, just to kill an hour or two....', but it sounds like he is singing '....just to kill an owl or two'.

    And, I kid you not, I was once standing looking at a pub juke box, when the fella next to me said 'where's that Wings' song - you know, Mother Can't Iron'. For those not aware of Macca's 1977 masterpiece, it was entitled 'Mull of Kintyre'.

    So, what's your favourite mondegreen?

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    ya got a great car . the dandy warhols bohemian like you , i thought it said ya got a great cock.

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Oooooh ooohhhhh me.........





    ...... :D

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Everytime you go away
    You take a piece of meat with you

    -Paul Young

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Quote Originally Posted by magirus
    Oooooh ooohhhhh me.........



    Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEe0qqPAC6E :D




    A couple from me:

    Bonnie Tyler - "It's a hard egg"

    Heard it Through the Grapevine - "Between the two of the skies, you know I love you more"




    ...... :D

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Kylie Minogue - In my arms, sounds like "In my arse"!

    I will never look at Kylie in the same light again :twisted:

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    At the end of Queen's One Vision, the last line of the song is meant to be...One Vision...however when heard, the last line of the song is ...Fried Chicken...

    I was told this years ago and still to this day, can't get 'One Vision' into these lyrics!

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Madonna - Erotic: 'Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie, put your hands all over my body'

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Quote Originally Posted by andyjay
    At the end of Queen's One Vision, the last line of the song is meant to be...One Vision...however when heard, the last line of the song is ...Fried Chicken...

    I was told this years ago and still to this day, can't get 'One Vision' into these lyrics!
    No, he meant fried chicken. :wink:

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    From my mother's youth -

    'There are tears in my eyes because the man I'm with is a Jew' (isn't you)

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Suburban Lawns - Janitor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnuC-VpCXuM

    Great song but it sounds like "oh my genitals" :lol:

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Every Christmas out comes "Olive, the other reindeer"

    jim

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    This is not strictly on topic, but what about the visual equivalent. I used to own a fleiger, with the usual triangle flanked by two dots at twelve. One day I looked at it and saw a duck....I had to sell it and still can't look at such a watch without seeing a bloody duck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baz
    One day I looked at it and saw a duck....I had to sell it and still can't look at such a watch without seeing a bloody duck.
    Errrrrr...... Of course. A duck, you say. Hmmmmm.......

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Del Shannon's "Runaway"

    "Tears a-falling and I feel a pain"

    For ages I thought it was "'tis appalling and I feel a pain"

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Surely, it has to be Crystal Gayle's "Donuts make my brown eyes blue"!? ;)

    Cheers,

    Guy :)

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Mondegreen in action - the famous Ken Lee!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Now that is funny!

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Isn't there a common one from Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater revival?

    Something like "There's a bathroom onthe right"?

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    I like Abba's song; "Chicken-Tikka".

    What REALLY upsets my wife & Teenage daughter (both Abba fans) is my attempts to change the lyrics into a lament for the closure of Sweden's only Indian takeaway and the groups attempts to cook Chicken-Tikka at home.

    My other is Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes singing; "No lift goes up where we belong" which is a really sad song about living in a high-rise council flat.

    Mike.

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Quote Originally Posted by quoll
    Mondegreen in action - the famous Ken Lee!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI
    PMSL! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    I had a great deal of difficulty at the time trying to fathom out the lyrics to "into the valley" by the Skids and in the past Maxell made an ad of just that ridiculous but great completely mondegreen track.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsmf1LGcpA
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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Quote Originally Posted by magirus
    Quote Originally Posted by andyjay
    At the end of Queen's One Vision, the last line of the song is meant to be...One Vision...however when heard, the last line of the song is ...Fried Chicken...

    I was told this years ago and still to this day, can't get 'One Vision' into these lyrics!
    No, he meant fried chicken. :wink:
    How I wish this was true, Queen did have a few random lyrics, but I (sadly) remember checking the lyrics and still trying to work out how One Vision could become Fried Chicken...

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    Re: What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Wiki, should you chose to believe it, says that it is indeed "Fried Chicken":

    "Fried chicken"

    The final line of the song (in both the studio and live versions) is "fried chicken", although the lyrics say "One vision". This was a result of a prank that Freddie Mercury did in the studio, as the band had fried chicken for tea. Jim Hutton, who knew Freddie Mercury, says in his book that wasn't sure he would include it in the final cut. Jim Hutton encouraged him saying "You are big enough" (to get away with it).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Vision

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    This is a song, to my ears at least, about a Native American tribe called 'Geraldine' -



    YMMV!
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    ​Jim.

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    Wow, thread resurrection!

    But here's Peter Kay with some great mis-heard lyrics


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    Rihanna, want you to love me like im a hot pie.

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    What's your favourite mondegreen?

    Iím sure that Donít Go by Yazoo opens with ĎCame in from the city, walked into a doorí

    And Rihanna is definitely singing Hot Pie, we never sing anything else.

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    Bowie, Ziggy Stardust . . . "Making love with his eagle".

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    Tina Turner...

    What's a glove got to do with it?

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    Too shy-shy... Hush-hush, why do I?

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    Living on the Kent coast as a teenage new romantic we were sure visage were ‘stepping out from a backstuck Folkestone’ in fade to grey
    https://youtu.be/UMPC8QJF6sI

    And of course Roberta flack and Peabo Briceon
    Tonight I sellotape my glove to you
    https://youtu.be/2GOLnWz_Osc
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