Most famous misheard song lyrics

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?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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