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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

3 Reasons Why You Mishear Lyrics

They're called mondegreens image
We've all misheard lyrics and are frequently surprised when we discover what the real lyrics actually are. Believe it or not, there's actually a name for it, called a "mondegreen," and there are a number of reasons why it happens.

But first, here are some of the more famous mondegreens:
  • Some people hear "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear" instead of the fine old hymn "Gladly The Cross I'd Bear". 
  • Then there's "There's a bathroom on the right," a mishearing of "There's a bad moon on the rise" from the old Creedence Clearwater song "Bad Moon Rising."
  • A big one is "Excuse me while I kiss this guy," which is actually "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from the Jimi Hendrix song "Purple Haze." (Supposedly Jimi was aware of this and occasionally sang it like that in concert).
  • Of course there's "Round John Virgin," in the Christmas song "Silent Night." 
  • There's "You and me and Leslie," instead of "You and me endlessly," from the Rascal's song "Groovin'."
  • Bob Dylan's in there too with "Dead ants are my friends, they're blowin' in the wind," instead of "The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind."
  • Then there's Jose Felician's famous "Feliz Navidad" that is often heard as "Police naughty dog." 
  • It even happens in everyday speak as well, as some people hear the "2 liter size" of Coke and Pepsi as "cheerleader size" instead.
That said, here's a video that it explains the phenomena in much more detail.

1 comment:

Phil said...

I've always wondered who is Vince Miller and why he won't let the singer go in Bohemian Rhapsody...


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