|I know. "Squat Party" makes me giggle too.|
But I also like some 60s music.
? and the Mysterians' 96 Tears, the Kinks' All Day and All of the Night, Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood, even some Jerry Lee Lewis works for me.
The other day I was struggling (and swearing, I freely admit) through a medieval torture device called 'plank walks' when Jay & the Americans' Come a Little Bit Closer started playing. I misheard the lyric I always get wrong and started laughing, collapsing on the floor. (I waited for the Nike lady who periodically shouts out encouragement or directions to scold me.) It's one of my favorite mondegreens.
A mondegreen is a misheard lyric in a song. The term comes from an old song which contains the lyric "They slew the Earl of Moray and laid him on the green." It was commonly misheard as "They slew the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen."
The correct lyric in the song I was listening to is "She belonged to that man, Jose."
What I hear is, "She belonged to Batman Jose."
One of the most famous mondegreens is "S'cuse me while I kiss this guy" instead of Jimi Hendrix's intended "S'cuse me while I kiss the sky." It shares its name with a website collecting submitted mondegreens and a book as well.
Here are some of my favorites:
"I want a piece of date bread."(The Ramones- I Wanna Be Sedated)
"You make the rice. I'll make the gravy. But it just may be some tuna fish you're looking for."(Billy Joel- You May Be Right)
"See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen."(ABBA- Dancing Queen)
"Steak and a knife. Steak and a knife."(Bee Gees- Stayin' Alive)
"Let's pee in the corner, Let's pee in the spotlight."(R.E.M.- Losing My Religion)
"This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus"(Fifth Dimension- Age of Aquarius)
"There's a bathroom on the right."(Creedence Clearwater Revival- Bad Moon Rising)
"I've got shoes, they're made of plywood."(Grease soundtrack, You're the One That I Want)
I think the best part of mondegreens is imagining someone singing them- their head thrown back, totally getting into the song, then singing lines like "Hit me with your pet shark!" (Hit Me With Your Best Shot.)
In the book I'm writing, one of my main characters is always mishearing things, lyrics especially, and I've really enjoyed writing the scenes where she's caught singing the most wrong, absurd lyrics possible.
Do you have a misheard lyric that confounded you? Share it in the comments if you like.
Kind of like Lane Meyer in Better Off Dead when he's left to his own devices in the kitchen.