Posted by: episystechpubs | February 21, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Mondegreen (1 shot Midori, 1 shot Triple Sec, 1 oz lemon juice, garnished with slice of honeydew melon)

It’s another mondegreen Friday! I think maybe it’s time to join up with a local karaoke bar to create a drink called the “Mondegreen” (though “Mondegreen Mondays” has a better ring to it) and let the singing begin! Today I’ve collected a few favorites with a common theme: critters! Whether there are animals in the songs or not, we seem to hear lyrics about dogs, cats, bears, lice (ick!), chicken, and more.

As before, these mondegreens are from books by Gavin Edwards: ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, When a Man Loves a Walnut, and He’s Got the Whole World In His Pants.

Remember, mondegreens are misheard song lyrics. These are presented as follows:

Group/Singer (Song Title)

Mondegreen. (Actual song lyrics.)

Stevie Nicks (Edge of Seventeen)

Just like the one-winged dog (Just like the white-winged dove)

J. Geils Band (Freeze-Frame)

Flea spray (Freeze frame)

Sheryl Crow (All I Wanna Do)

Dry their shiny dachshunds (Drive their shiny Datsuns)

Traditional (Gladly, the Cross I’d Bear)

Gladly, the cross-eyed bear. (Gladly, the cross I’d bear.)

David Bowie (Suffragette City)

Don’t lean on me man, ‘cause you ain’t my type of chicken (Don’t lean on me many, ‘cause you can’t afford the ticket)

Smashing Pumpkins (Bullet with Butterfly Wings)

The spider marines, Siam’s steel-chested rabbit arcade. (In spite of my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.)

The Grateful Dead (Sugar Magnolia)

She paints my chicken when I sleep. (She pays my ticket when I speed.)

Jimmy Buffet (Margaritaville)

Wasting away in my gorilla suit. (Wasting away in Margaritaville.)

The Knack (My Sharona)

Mice aroma (My Sharona)

The Clash (Rock the Casbah)

Sherry don’t like it/Rock the catbox (The Sharif don’t like it/Rock the casbah)

Cher (Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves)

Gypsies, chimpanzees/And every night all the men would come around and lay the monkey down. (Gypsies, tramps, and thieves/And every night all the men would come around and lay their money down.)

The Rolling Stones (Street Fighting Man)

My name is Countess Gerbil (My name is called disturbance)

Elton John (Tiny Dancer)

Count the head lice on the highway (Count the headlights on the highway)

Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)

Your cat just peed in your penthouse (You can’t plant me in your penthouse)

Kara Church

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