Have you ever heard of a mondegreen?
It is the name given to a misheard lyric.
The phrase was coined by Sylvia Wright who, as a child, misheard the line 'I laid him on the green' as 'Lady Mondegreen'.
Cute isn't it!
We have all had a mondegreen or two in our time.
That is a definite.
This morning I read someones status update on Facebook and they had written the lyrics to "Forever in Blue Jeans".
It is a great song.
However, for years I misheard the lyrics.
When Neil Diamond sang Forever in Blue Jeans,
I heard him sing Reverend Eugene.
What tips this little anecdote to the pathetic side of the spectrum is that I knew the song title and wondered what that had to do with the song.
I still maintain that it was a plausible error.
My other beauty was with Lionel Ritchie's "Hello".
You know that adorable love song,
where he sings
'I want to tell you so much I love you'
Yes, well I misheard that to be
'I want to tell you SOBER I love you.'
I didn't find out that I was wrong until I lived in Lithuania.
I was singing it one day and the guy who ran the hostel Valdas
started looking at me rather strangely.
As I kept singing he burst out laughing and simply said
'I don't think that song means what you think Louise, but that is a very Irish way of singing it.'
Confused, I looked up the lyrics and subsequently cringed.
Again, I reckon it was an easy mistake to make.
What do you think?
Apparently, there are some song titles that just lead to worldwide confusion. One of the biggest offenders is:
Bathroom on the right
Malapropisms can lead to funny instances too...
I saw this sketch this morning and it cracked me up
So, do you have any Mondegreens to share?