Posted by: Jack Henry | September 19, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Marvelous Mondegreens

For those of you fairly new to the Editor’s Corner, we have a fan favorite for you today: mondegreens. Mondegreens are misheard song lyrics. The latest purchase I’ve made is called Hit Me with Your Pet Shark: Misheard Lyrics of the 1980s, by Charles Grosvenor Jr. Here are the top nine reasons Mr. Grosvenor gives for people mishearing songs:

1) Secret belief that all songs are dirty

2) Singer has a thick accent

3) Listener made up a word or phrase to fit the rhyme

4) Words are slurred together to form a new word

5) Dropped a leading or trailing consonant

6) Use of an unusual proper name

7) Lyrics are not in a listener’s native tongue

8) Music is too loud

9) Lyrics are sung too fast

I have my own for number 10: Listener is under the influence of some mind-numbing substance.

Here are your lyrics for today:

Song Title Artist/Group Mondegreen Actual Lyrics
Take on Me A-Ha I’ll be coming for your love of cake I’ll be coming for your love, okay?
When Smokey Sings ABC When smoke gets in, I fear violence When Smokey sings,

I hear violins

Back in Black AC/DC I got nine lives,


I got nine lives,

cat’s eyes

For Those About to Rock AC/DC For those who bought the Rock, we sell Luchoo For those about to rock, we salute you
Der Kommissar After the Fire Calm your sausage down Der Kommissar’s in town
Dude Looks Like a Lady Aerosmith · Do it like a lady

· Do the dragon lady

Dude looks like a lady
Venus Bananarama Gladys on the mountaintop Goddess on the mountaintop
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles The Hardy Boys call it gamblin’ The party boys call the Kremlin

Kara Church

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