Monday, June 24, 2013

Mondegreen Monday...Misheard Song Lyrcis

Okay, I've been really down this whole month. Just look at all my posts the last couple weeks!

Things are still difficult, and being in limbo is tough. But I will continue to work with my two editors and go about my business. If something happens, I'll just have to worry about it when it's in my face.

Otherwise, I will go insane.

So I want to cheer myself up, and make this blog a happy place again. And nothing gets me in a better mood than singing my favorite songs that are filled with all kinds of misheard lyrics. That's what a mondegreen is: basically when you hear a word or phrase, and completely mishear them. I posted about Christmas ones back in 2011.

My most favorite mondegreens are from childhood, so my faves tend to be older songs. All of you know I'm also a fan of the 80s, and with the second wave of the British Invasion hitting that decade, it presented all kinds of opportunities to mishear lyrics.

Here's a few of those that I know I sing incorrectly, but it's so much fun to do so!

Rock the Casbah by the Clash
What I sing: "Put your weenie on the side, yeah. Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah."
Actual words: "The Shareef don't like it. Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah."

Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
What I sing: "It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not..."
Actual words: "It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not..."

Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young
What I sing: "Every time you go...away. You take a piece of meat with you."
Actual words: "Every time you go...away. You take a piece of me with you."

Tiny Dancer by Elton John
What I sing: "Hold me close, young Tony Danza."
Actual words: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."

Blinded By the Light by Manfred Man (I had to look this up. Had no idea who sang this song)
What I sing: "Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche another rubber in the night."
Actual words: "Blinded by the light...revved up like a deuce another runner in the night."

Dancing Queen by ABBA
What I sing: "See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen."
Actual words: "See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen."

Africa by TOTO
What I sing: "There's nothin' that a hundred men on Mars could ever do."
Actual words: "There's nothin' that a hundred men or more could ever do."

What I sing: "I left my brains down in Africa."
Actual words: "I bless the rains down in Africa."

She's a Lady by Tom Jones
What I sing: "She's got style. She's got grace. She's a wiener."
Actual words: "She's got style. She's got grace. She's a winner."

How about you? You have any fun mondegreen songs?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You just made that Toto song a thousand times better!
Tony Danza? That's creative.
Back in the day, my friend and I would always insert the word slug for love. Really put a new twist on some of those love songs.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I laughed out loud at the Tony Danza line. Too funny! And I love the "Cheese" lyrics at the top of the post.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I gotta try that!

Madeline: Big Who's the Boss fan here, so as a kid, that's what I heard.

Pat Dilloway said...

The one I never get is Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight" where he sings, "Just like....[something] be my little baby" what? I tried looking it up on Pandora once but people disagree about exactly what the rest of the lyric is.

Jay Noel said...

I think that one is "Just like Ronnie said..." The girl singing that part of the chorus is Ronnie Spector.

As a kid, I sang it: "Just like a water slide...feed my little baby..."

Dana said...

LOL Thanks for this post! You've just started my day off exactly right. :)

When she was young, my cousin used to sing Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to do With It" on the school bus. She'd always say "sexy handy motion" instead of "secondhand emotion," which cracked me up every time. Haha!

Have a great day!

Jay Noel said...

Dana: Whoa there Nelly!!! That's pretty awesome.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Ha! Ha! Living on a Prayer is popular for incorrect lyrics. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen. ROFLMAO. My world will never be the same.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's been a rough couple of weeks for you but thanks for the laughs Jay!

delmer said...

I heard Bruce Springsteen make a comment about Blinded By the Light once. He said when he wrote it he sang it about a car that was wound up ... and the song went nowhere. Manfred Mann took the song, he continued, and made it about a feminine hygiene product and turned it into a hit.

The Desert Rocks said...

Hilarious. Had to tweet this!

Jay Noel said...

Sheena: It sure is!

Robin: That damn dancing queen is such a little priss.

Maurice: Thanks for stopping by

delmer: DELMER??? You're alive?????? So glad you're still around. It's been a couple years and I wondered what happened to you! Hope you're back to blogging. Too many of us old timers are gone.

Eve: Glad you enjoyed it!

Emily R. King said...

I totally sing the "Tony Danza" line. Ha! Keep at it, Jay. Sending good vibes your way!

Brinda said...

These are hilarious. I will now hear your version if I ever hear these songs.

DEZMOND said...

OMG, you mean they're not really kicking the dancing queen? For years I've thought it really is about kicking and wonder who on Earth would kick the dancing queen!

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

I'm so with you on "Blinded by the Light." What the heck is a deuce anyway?

Jay Noel said...

Emily: Thanks so much. I appreciate it.

Brinda: Hope I didn't ruin too many songs for you.

Dez: I know, right?

Michael: No idea. What the heck was Springsteen thinking when he wrote that song?

M Pax said...

Those are all great, Jay. The Paul Young takes on a whole new meaning... lol

I believe everyone makes up words in spots to Elton John's Rocket Man

And I don't think I sing the right words to Muse's Super Massive Blackhole. Now You have me thinking I should change it to super massive back hoe

David List said...

Was hoping you'd include "blinded by the light"... I've gotten in heated arguments over the definition of those lyrics!

farawayeyes said...

Thanks for clearing that up on 'blinded by the Light'. I never did know what they were singing.

My oldest daughter used to sing 'then one FROGGY Christmas Eve' Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. She probably still does.

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Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Ha! That's funny. I remember reading a bunch of these on a website years ago. I think it was ;)

jaybird said...

Those are fab Jay. When I first heard the Biffy Clyro song "Black Chandelier" I swore they were singing "black diarrhea" My kid still sing it that way, of course, to tease me.

And thank you for posting this and making me laugh!!

Jay Noel said...

You guys crack me up

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