Friday Funnies: mondegreens – most famous misheard song lyrics

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Have you ever been guilty of singing the wrong song lyrics? It’s called a mondegreen – and here, for your entertainment, are 23 of the most famous misquoted song lyrics.

Mondegreen: There’s a bathroom on the right.
Should be: There’s a bad moon on the rise.
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Mondegreen: And there’s a wino down the road.
Should be: And as we wind on down the road.
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Mondegreen: ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
Should be: ‘Scuse me, while I kiss the sky.
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

Mondegreen: Bake me a pie of love.
Should be: Bring me a higher love.
Higher Love – Steve Winwood

Mondegreen: I want a piece of bacon.
Should be: I wanna be sedated.
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones

Mondegreen: I sometimes wish I’d never been boiled in oil.
Should be: I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Mondegreen: No Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom.
Should be: No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Mondegreen: We are living in a Cheerio world, and I am a Cheerio girl.
Should be: We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl.
Material Girl – Madonna

Mondegreen: Wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.
Should be: Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Mondegreen: Take your pants down and make it happen.
Should be: Take your passion and make it happen.
Flashdance – Irene Cara

Mondegreen: Back in ’55, we were makin’ fun that hurts.
Should be: Back in ’55, we were makin’ thunderbirds.
Makin’ Thunderbirds – Bob Seger

Mondegreen: I can see you … your bra-strap’s shining in the sun.
Should be: I can see you … your brown skin shining in the sun.
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley

Mondegreen: A year has gone since I broke my nose.
Should be: A year has passed since I wrote my note.
Message in a Bottle – The Police

Mondegreen: Your legs move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
Should be: Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

Mondegreen: See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen.
Should be: See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen.
Dancing Queen – Abba

Mondegreen: There’s nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do.
Should be: There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.
Africa – Toto

Mondegreen: Joy to the visions that the people see.
Should be: Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea.
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

Mondegreen: Are you ringing in the ears?
Should be: Are you reelin’ in the years?
Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan

Mondegreen: I got my first real sex dream, I was 5 at the time.
Should be: I got my first real six-string, bought it at the five-and-dime.
Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams

Mondegreen: Money for nothin’ and chips for free.
Should be: Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free.
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Mondegreen: Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you.
Should be: Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you.
Every Time You Go Away – Paul Young

Mondegreen: It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not.
Should be: It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Mondegreen: Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her.
Should be: Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer.
I’m a Believer – The Monkees

Which is your favourite? Do you know of any other famous mondgereens? Why not share them with our members?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 26
  1. 0

    Like a grindstone cowboy instead of like a rhinestone cowboy

  2. 0

    You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille
    With four hundred children and a crock in the field…

    Kenny Rogers, Lucille

    (With four hungry children and a crop in the field.)

  3. 0

    One of the older ones is….

    “Rule Britannia!
    Britannia rules the waves”

    It’s “rule”, not “rules”.

  4. 0

    Alright, al…right
    Should be: Warm ride, wa…rm ride by Graham Bonnet

  5. 0

    Jambalaya, crawfish pie, billy gumbo

    Should be: Jambalaya, crawfish pie, fillet gumbo

  6. 0

    Sung by me as a child. “Our home is DIRT by sea”. Also… “round John Virgin mother & child”.

    • 0

      Ah! Yes! In the 80s our daughters sang:
      “Australian sons and ostriches”

      and then, listening to the words more carefully:
      “Australian sons and hostages.”

      Then there is:
      “While shepherds washed their socks by night”

      to which someone added:
      “All seated round the tub
      A bar of Sunlight Soap came down
      And they began to scrub.”

  7. 0

    The above misheard are NOTHING when compared to the 1965 hit “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen. It is the song with the most misinterpreted lyrics of the ERA!

  8. 0

    You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel. Kenny Rogers. Like a Thai girl, should be Like a Tiger.

  9. 0

    While shepherds watched their flock by night,
    + all seated round the pot, the Angel of the Lord came down,
    and scoffed the ruddy lot!

  10. 0

    Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m six feet four. Beetles

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