Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Songs We Love To Screw Up

One of the greatest joys in life is listening to what people think some misheard song lyrics are. Growing up, I KNOW I completely ruined songs with what I thought I heard. For example, when The Clash came out with "Rock the Casbah," I was 9 years old and I thought in the chorus, he was singing:

Put your weenie on the side yea. Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah.

But the proper lyric was: Sharia don't like it. Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah.

This is what's called a mondegreen.

So in the spirit of Christmas, I give you a bunch of holiday songs either I personally have misheard or maybe was in the presence of someone butchering a song using the wrong lyrics to these treasured classics.

Winter Wonderland. Later on, we're perspire. As we dream by the fire...

Deck The Halls. Deck the halls with Buddy Holly, fa la la la la...la la la la...

Strike the heart, enjoy the florist...fa la la la la...la la la la...

Noel. Noel, noel. Noel, noel. Barney's the king of Israel

Carol of the Bells: Gaily they ring, white people sing, songs of good cheer, Christmas is here...

The Christmas Song: Jeff's nuts roasting on an open fire. Hot sauce dripping from your nose...

Faliz Navidad: Pa-leaze Mommy's dead. Pa-leaze Mommy's dead.

Oh Come All Ye Faithful: Sing choir of angels, sing on eggs on stations

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you buy my slave tonight?

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What do the follow people have in common: Alyssa Milano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Criss Angel, and me? We all share the same birthday - December 19th.

Man, I am getting old...

27 comments:

Dafeenah said...

ooh happy birthday!! the feliz navidad has to be my favorite. I can't say I ever did with christmas carols, but my favorite show is CSI and until the beginning of this year even though I've watched pretty much every single CSI episode in every city it's in, I swore the opening line was "Blue water" until I saw online somewhere about misheard lyrics that it's really "who are you". But I still sing it as 'blue water" because I think that's just cooler lol

Jay Noel said...

Dafeenah: Thanks! Misheard song lyrics is always good for a laugh. And I like the "blue water" version better too.

Milo James Fowler said...

Feliz cumpleanos + Feliz Navidad! Ever heard "Chipmunks roasting on an open fire..."?

The Desert Rocks said...

I like your versions a bit better than some of the originals! Very cute!

Rusty Webb said...

I'm not sure I know the real lyrics to any song. I enjoy it so much that I do it on purpose, now I am always surprised when people point out I'm singing the wrong lyrics to a song. Go figure.

Ian Montgomery said...

Happy Birthday, Jay. You're permitted to take the rest of the day off.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Barney is the King of Israel? The purple dinosaur?
I'm getting old as well...

Jay Noel said...

Milo: Yes! I heard some kids singing about chipmunks over the open fire. I bet they're good with hot sauce dripping from their nose

Eve: It adds a whole new dimension to these songs, right?

Rusty: I know. Even after I've learned the real lyrics, I still go with the misheard ones.

Jay Noel said...

Ian: Thank you, kind sir. I just might!

Alex: Yes he is. And yes we ARE. It sucks. That's why I need my time machine pronto.

Riann Coltan said...

Even though it's not a Christmas Carol I loved what a friend would do to Depeche Mode: "I just can't get it up."

Happy birthday to yoooooou!

Jay Noel said...

That's funny. Up until this year, I thought that one song titled "I Really Love to See You Tonight" had the lyric: "I'm not talkin' about the linen."

But it's: "I'm not talkin' 'bout movin' in."

And thank you, my dear!

Ciara said...

Happy Birthday!!! I laughed so hard reading this. I was one of those that always sang the wrong lyrics. :)

BTW - You are right about my book. Not your typical 'romance' read. My husband read it and loved it. A guy from Nasa (huge tech geek) read it and was shocked. I guess the book is something men can enjoy too. :)

Julius Cicero said...

Happy birthday! I really loved this post, I think we're all in the same boat of misinterpreting song lyrics. But it's all fun just the same.

The Golden Eagle said...

Happy Birthday!

LOL. Mondegreens can be so funny.

M Pax said...

Can't stop laughing about Barney. :) These are great, Jay.

Jay Noel said...

Ciara: There's just a TON of young adult paranormal romance written by women authors. And that's great, but there's just so much! I think it's tougher to write something men will read.

Julius: Thank you! I think we should keep on singing the wrong lyrics anyway.

Golden Eagle: Thanks! Maybe I should do a post with non-Christmas mondegreens.

Mary: I know. But it really does sound like "Barney!"

Miranda Hardy said...

Happy belated birthday! Love those little mishaps. So funny.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks so much Miranda!

David P. King said...

Well happy birthday, sir. If I had known, I would have gotten you a virtual cruller.

Misheard songs are hilarious, aren't they? I like listening to the radio while doing yard work for that very reason. :)

Kelley said...

Hi Jay! I followed you from my blog here! Thanks for stopping by.

And I'm a new follower now. Love your blog. And those are hilarious!

Tiyana, aka "Yoyo" said...

"Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you buy my slave tonight?"

Haha, I literally LOL'd at that one.

Yes, and a happy belated B-day, Jay!

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

I love this post. I too mishear lyrics and always thought that it was just me. LOL. There is an Indian version of American Idol where a woman totally flubs Mariah Carey's "Livin' Without You" song. It is hilarity but I feel sorry for her because she misheard the lyrics so bad.

Jay Noel said...

David: Is that like a tasty giant pretzel or something? Thanks so much!

Tiyana: That's what we sang in grade school...we just didn't know any better. Thank you!

Michael: I prefer the mondegreen versions of songs. And now I'm going to see if I can find video of that Indian singer messing up a Mariah Carey song.

I do remember on the last season of American Idol where the country boy who won it all sang "I Hope You Dance" and in one of the lines, he said, "I hope you never lose your nuts of wonder."

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