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When you listen to a song for the first time, your ears can play tricks on you. You hear the words in a way not intended by the writer.
A misheard lyric is normally classified as a mondegreen, defined as a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase. The name mondegreen comes from the poem, 'The Bonnie Earl o' Moray', from which the line, 'they have slain the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green' sounds like, 'they have slain the Earl of Murray and Lady Mondegreen.
We've selected a few song lyrics re-interpreted in that special way - some you may have heard before, some you haven't:-
Original lyric: ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky
Misheard as: ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy
(this has even inspired a website at www.kissthisguy.com)
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Original lyric: There’s a bad moon on the rise
Misheard as: There’s a bathroom on the right
Original lyric:: All I do each night is think
Misheard as: All I do is Chinese things
Everytime you go away
Original Lyric: Every time you go away you take away a piece of me with you
Misheard as: Every time you go away you take a piece of meat with you
Like A Virgin
Original Lyric: Touched for the very first time
Misheard as: Touched for the thirty-first time
Do you have any misheard masterpieces for us?
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