You love singing and you always know the lyrics? Are you sure? Sometimes we think that we know the lyrics until we see them printed in magazines or online. It happens because some words and phrases in combination may mislead by sounding completely different from what they are supposed to mean. Have you ever heard of mondegreens?
Mondegreen is the term that first appeared in the Harper’s magazine 1954.The American writer Sylvia Wright used it in her essay called The Death of Lady Mondegreen where she wrote about her long-term mistake thinking that the last line of the ballad “The Bonny Earl of Murray” is And Lady Mondegreen while the actual lyrics are And they laid him on the Green.
Sylvia Wright is not the only one who is misled by the song lyrics. You think you do better? Check this out then:
|Ray Charles||Come shave my heart|
|Unchain my heart|
|The Monkees||Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her.|
|Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer.|
|Elton John||She’s got electric boobs, a mohair too.|
|She’s got electric boots, a mohair suit.|
|UB-40||Red, red wine, steak, lobster meat.|
|Red, red wine, stay close to me.|
|Eagles||Life in the Vaseline.|
|Life in the fast lane.|
|Right said Fred||I’m 264 my shirt, 264 my shirt, 264.|
|I’m too sexy for my shirt too sexy for my shirt.|
|Crystal Gale||Donuts make my brown eyes blue.|
|Don’t it make my brown eyes blue.|
|Aerosmith||Do the lucky lady.|
|Dude looks like a lady.|
And even one of the lyrics in English sometimes is perceived by people as something in French!
The artist Michelle, the Beatles: Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble; tres bien ensemble.
Actual lyrics: Sunday monkey won’t play piano song, play piano song.
Speaking about the Beatles; recently the Beatles.ru website reported the top three mondegreens in the history of music.
According to the Beatles.ru, the most popular mondegreen is the line Scuse me while I kiss the sky n the famous song “Purple Haze”, which often is heard as Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
The second most popular mondegreen is the name of the song “Paper Back Writer” by Beatles heard as “Paint the black writer”.
And, finally, the third place goes to the name of the song “Smooth Operator” by Sade (or as most of the people thought “Smoother the better”.
So, now you know what a mondegreen is, right? Make sure you know the correct lyrics next time you feel like singing!