Posted by: Jack Henry | December 11, 2017

Editor’s Corner: The Sixth Day of English (2017)

On the sixth day of English

My true love sang to me

Some funny tunes that turned

To mondegreens.

It’s been some time since we’ve talked about mondegreens, also known as misheard song lyrics. Today I visited a website named after a mondegreen for some Jimi Hendrix lyrics. The words in the actual song are “Excuse me, while I kiss the sky.” The mondegreen is “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy.”

Here are six mondegreens from Kiss This Guy:

Song Title Artist/Group Actual Lyrics Mondegreen
You Can’t Quit Me Baby Queens of the Stone Age You’re solid gold

I’ll see you in hell

You smell like goat
I’ll see you in hell
Jeremy Pearl Jam At home, drawing pictures

Of mountaintops

With him on top

At home, drawing pictures

Of mounds of tots

With ham on top

I’m Every Woman Chaka Khan I’m every woman I’m Terry Wogan
Dancing Queen Abba See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
Take My Breath Away Berlin Haunted by the notion somewhere there’s a love in flames In all that body lotion, somewhere there’s a loving flame
Like a Virgin Madonna Like a virgin

Touched for the very first time

Like a virgin

Touched for the thirty-first time

And for those of you who prefer rap:

Kara Church

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