Mel Hynes (takhisis) wrote,
Mel Hynes


Everyone's done it at least once. You hear something, a lyric or a jingle, and the words embed themselves in your head, and you go on your merry way. And then, days or months or years later, you find out you've been singing the wrong words the whole time, usually in public and to hilarious results. Mondegreens.

Sometimes your lyrics are just plain better, darnit. I've had more than a couple of story ideas result from misheard song lyrics (although usually not ones that are that funny).

My first one, a fairly common one, was "There's a bathroom on the right", which caused my Dad no end of glee.

I got my first laugh at someone else in high school from one of my friends singing loudly on the bus about "The Dukes of Hazzard are in the classroom".

When I got to meet Terri Nunn, I bit my tongue to avoid mentioning I'd thought for years she'd been singing about "swimming through a pile of cheese".

I'm not immune by far in adulthood, and I've just about killed J. with "Chicken on my head... CHICKEN ON MY HE-YEAD!" and "Pepperoni ANGRY PEPPERS mushrooms olives chives".

My oldest running one I only realized a year or two ago, when I found out Mr. Mister was actually not singing about a romantic, introspective sci-fi hero. "Carry a laser down the road that I must travel" indeed.

So... what are your favorite/most infamous mondegreens? And Manfred Mann's "revved up like a douche" doesn't count, because EVERYONE heard that one. ;)

EDIT: I was just reminded of one of my oldest, which I JUST NOW found out the real words to... I knew mine were wrong but I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the real ones were. Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit": "And this, for my gift of feeding bears."
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