Posted by: episystechpubs | March 7, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Farewell to Mondegreens

Well, my guess is that after weeks of these misheard song lyrics, you will never forget what a mondegreen is! Today is the last of those I’ve picked for you, from three 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, two of these books are up for grabs as contest prizes.

· Prizes: I have two collections of mondegreens by Gavin Edwards. You can win either ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy or He’s Got the Whole World in His Pants.

· How to enter: All you have to do is talk to your friends and co-workers and see if they want to sign up for our daily language tips, tricks, tidbits, and trivia. Have your buddies send me an email to sign up and have them mention your name. For each person you send, I will enter your name in the drawing. Five friends? Five chances to win! [KC – Your chances are great right now. I only have eight entries!]

· Additional details: I’ll accept new names anytime, but the contest ends at midnight, Thursday, March 13. The winner for each book will be picked at random and announced on Monday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day).

Okay, now for your mondegreen treats. These are presented as follows:

Group/Singer (Song Title)

Mondegreen. (Actual song lyrics.)


Midnight Oil (Blue Sky Mining)

Who’s gonna shave me? (Who’s gonna save me?)

KC and the Sunshine Band (Keep It Comin’ Love)

Keep it common law (Keep it comin’, love)

Deep Purple (Smoke on the Water)

Slow-motion Walter/fire engine guy. (Smoke on the water/fire in the sky.)

Pink Floyd (Another Brick in the Wall [Part II])

The Dukes of Hazzard are in the classroom. (No dark sarcasm in the classroom.)

Pink Floyd (Shine on You Crazy Diamond)

Shine on you crazy blind man. (Shine on you crazy diamond.)

Whitesnake (Here I Go Again)

Like a drifter I was born to wear cologne. (Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.)

Soundgarden (Rusty Cage)

I’m gonna braid a rustic Cajun rug. (I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run.)

Carly Simon (You’re So Vain)

You probably think this song is about you / Don’t shoot! Don’t Shoot! (You probably think this song is about you / Don’t you? Don’t you?)

.38 Special (Hold on Loosely)

Hold on, Bruce Lee, and don’t let go. (Hold on loosely and don’t let go.)

INXS (Devil Inside)

Every single one of us is double in size. (Every single one of us the devil inside.)

Billy Joel (Movin’ Out—Anthony’s Song)

Who needs a house out of hackeysacks? (Who needs a house out in Hackensack?)

Alanis Morissette (You Oughta Know)

The cross-eyed baby that you gave to me (The cross I bear that you gave to me)

Elton John (Tiny Dancer)

Hold me closer Tony Danza (Hold me closer, tiny dancer)

Elton John (Someone Saved My Life Tonight)

Someone shaved my wife tonight (Someone saved my life tonight)

The Beatles (Get Back)

Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a woman (Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner)

Depeche Mode (Policy of Truth)

The coliseum roof (The policy of truth)

Neil Young (Pocahontas)

Indian blood and a fight with Cher (Indian rug and a pipe to share)

The Steve Miller Band (Abracadabra)

Have a cadaver/I wanna reach out and stab ya (Abracadabra/I want to reach out and grab ya)

Traditional (America the Beautiful)

Oh, beautiful for spaceship guys (Oh, beautiful for spacious skies)

Bon Jovi (Livin’ on a Prayer)

It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not. (It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.)

Cheap Trick (Dream Police)

Latrine police, they live inside of my head. (The dream police, they live inside of my head.)

The Bangles (Hero Takes a Fall)

There’ll be a prize toupee. (There’ll be a price to pay.)

Guns N’ Roses (Paradise City)

Take me down to the prairie-dog city (Take me down to the paradise city)

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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