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Lady mondegreen... 
15th-Oct-2012 10:23 pm
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There this one song that I love, love, love, but even though I know the singer's actually saying "the clocks are on strike" (probably referencing Auden's poem 'Funeral Blues'), I always hear "the clucks are on strike". And it makes me giggle, almost every time. I just get this vision of Gonzo, Camilla and the other chickens, refusing to go on stage. Does anyone else have lyrics they persistently mishear? Did you discover your mistake yourself or was there someone else there to point it out?
15th-Oct-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
It wasn't until I was a teenager I realised Elton John was singing 'Hold me close, my tiny dancer'. I'd always heard 'Hold me close, don't tie me down, Sir.'

It think my lyrics is better, and makes sense.

I realised my error when I realised the song is, in fact, called 'Tiny Dancer'....

Get Back by the Beatles still sounds, to me, like 'Jojo was a man who thought he was a woman, but he was another man'.
16th-Oct-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
Heee, your Elton John example is adorable. I will always deliberately mishear it as "hold me closer Tony Danza" thanks to some comedy show.
18th-Oct-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Jojo didn't think he was a woman, but Sweet Loretta Martin certainly did.
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16th-Oct-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Hahahaa. And now I will too.
18th-Oct-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
I've heard "there's a bathroom on the right" as a frequent mishearing of that line, but I like the baboon one better.
15th-Oct-2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
There's an Indigo Girls song in which the chorus includes the line "reach out and take my hand"; I delight in mishearing it as "eat chowder from my hand".
16th-Oct-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Hahaha :D om nom nom. Isn't chowder hard to hold in one's hand?
15th-Oct-2012 03:02 pm (UTC)

They play Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman a lot at clubs here. For years I thought she was singing "I'm every woman's disco enemy" until a mate pointed out it's "I'm every woman, they're all in me."
16th-Oct-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
I prefer your version. I also had no idea that's what she was singing for a long, long time.
15th-Oct-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you are afflicted with this song or not. Death Cab for Cutie sings I'll Follow You into the Dark and the lyric is: Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs. . .

. . . but I always hear: Illuminate the nose on their vacancy signs. Like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

I don't really mis-hear it, but every time I do hear it, I wonder if they did that on purpose or if it is just stupid.

Edited at 2012-10-15 10:48 pm (UTC)
16th-Oct-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I actually love this song, but when I sing it, I always make it a singular no, for that very reason.

Edited at 2012-10-16 07:01 am (UTC)
18th-Oct-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
One that comes to mind is the They Might Be Giants song "Bangs." One of the lines is "blow my mind, your royal flyness," but I used to hear "blow" as "below," which I thought was a clever way of referring to the subconscious.
18th-Oct-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
I only recently discovered that Elvis Costello was singing "Being a nice girl and kiss the warders" rather than "kiss the waters" which made "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" even creepier than it was before.
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