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Jennifer
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I thought we had a mondegreen thread, but I must be thinking of a previous forum. What are some longstanding mondegreens of yours? When I was very young, I remember hearing Gloria Gaynor's "I never can say goodbye, boy" as "I never can say the Bible" -- and thanks to the satellite radio in Jeff's car, which shows the names of any song currently playing (unless the station forgot to properly input the metadata), I only recently learned that a certain tune I half-remembered from childhood road trips features the Marshall Tucker Band singing "Heard it in a love song," NOT "Dirty little love song" as I'd previously thought.*

*After listening to the song again, and especially after reading the lyrics, I think my lyrics might actually work better. The guy singing clearly is NOT enthralled with the idea of settling down with one woman, no matter what the love songs say.
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I'm only a few steps beyond Randall Munroe in understanding song lyrics, sometimes. It's especially bad when I don't know the title of the song. I actually started a list a few years back; I thought I might use them as software project code names.

* I thought "Candida" by Tony Orlando was about convincing his girlfriend to go start a little "cantina" with him in the countryside, somewhere.
* Similarly, before I looked up what the song was called, I thought the Boxer Rebellion's "Diamonds" had the line "I'm no good next to Darwin". (Poor Lamarck!)
* I thought "Take Me Over" by Peking Duk had a line about "there's no Foreign Legion", but it's "Dream no more and leave it".
* "All Night Long" by Peter Murphy has a line I thought was "Know that by heart", but is apparently "No bad vibe hearts".
* From the soundtrack of dhex's favorite movie, "Tokyo Drift (Fast and Furious)" by the Teriyaki Boyz, I kept trying to parse "fast-and-furiouhhhs" as "cross-the-barrierrrrr", which seems unwise in a race, drifting or not.

Some I blame on the artists, as I can confirm other people mishearing these:

* "Hold my flaming satellite" is more of a complete thought than, "Hold my flame and set alight [nothing ever specified]" in the chorus of "Flame" by Sundara Karma.
* "Midnight City" by M83 refers to "Looking at the milky skyline" while sounding much more like "Looking at the mutating skyline".
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First time I heard In Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" I thought he was singing "I'm a fucked up personality" and was absolutely shocked: "I didn't know you could say THAT on the radio!"
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I don't care what the "official" lyrics are, or what was sung on subsequent versions. The original lyrics sung on the recording actually are:
She's got electric boobs, her mom had used.
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I'd always thought it was "She's got electric boots, a mohair suit, you know she got it from a Pakistani, oh ho."
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Not mine, but one of my favorites was actually from JasonL. He originally thought the chorus in Prodigy's "Smack my Bitch up!" was saying "Snap my picture!"

I've had a few over the years but the only one that springs to mind was Sleep's "From Beyond." There is a line that goes "Chilled rays freeze below the eye of silver sun" and I originally heard it as "below the iron super sun." I remember thinking I don't know what an iron super sun is but it sounds pretty bad ass.

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Jennifer wrote:
18 Dec 2019, 22:50
First time I heard In Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" I thought he was singing "I'm a fucked up personality" and was absolutely shocked: "I didn't know you could say THAT on the radio!"
OK, that's funny. :)
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Not mine, but the name of the band Radio Birdman is actually based on one of these - the Stooges' "1970" includes the line "Radio burnin' up above", which the band heard as "Radio birdman up above".
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Until I went to a karaoke bar with my then-wife, I believed Stevie Nicks' song Edge of Seventeen included the lyric, "Just like the world we know." The real lyric, of course, is "Just like the white-winged dove."
After hearing that someone heard, "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from Purple Haze as "Excuse me while I kiss this guy," I can't not hear it that way.
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Number 6 wrote:
22 Dec 2019, 13:19
Until I went to a karaoke bar with my then-wife, I believed Stevie Nicks' song Edge of Seventeen included the lyric, "Just like the world we know." The real lyric, of course, is "Just like the white-winged dove."
After hearing that someone heard, "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from Purple Haze as "Excuse me while I kiss this guy," I can't not hear it that way.
I never understood what Stevie was singing about. It sounded to me like "Just like the whirl winger. Sings a song says as she's singing". Uh okay.

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I thought for sure it was "Just like the wild wind blows..."
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I was a "world we know" guy too.

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I always heard the “white winged dove” part right, but thought the next bit was “sings a song sans actually singing” ie without actually singing.
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Number 6 wrote:
22 Dec 2019, 13:19
Until I went to a karaoke bar with my then-wife, I believed Stevie Nicks' song Edge of Seventeen included the lyric, "Just like the world we know." The real lyric, of course, is "Just like the white-winged dove."
After hearing that someone heard, "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from Purple Haze as "Excuse me while I kiss this guy," I can't not hear it that way.
I heard it as 'one winged dove'. A trait I share with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.
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I just realized I've been hearing precisely one multiply-repeated word of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" wrong for the last twenty-six years.

I thought it was "grave", not "gray".

Which made sense to me. Likening someone to "a kiss from a rose on the grave" conveyed the ambivalence that keeps cropping up in the song—talking about someone who brings comfort and life to him, but is also kind of a painful addiction. Also a more dramatic metaphor for loneliness and depression. Ah, well.
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Eric the .5b wrote:
15 May 2020, 00:37
I just realized I've been hearing precisely one multiply-repeated word of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" wrong for the last twenty-six years.

I thought it was "grave", not "gray".

Which made sense to me. Likening someone to "a kiss from a rose on the grave" conveyed the ambivalence that keeps cropping up in the song—talking about someone who brings comfort and life to him, but is also kind of a painful addiction. Also a more dramatic metaphor for loneliness and depression. Ah, well.
Wait, WHAT?!

Of course it's "grave"!

**Googles**

Well, shit.
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Jake wrote:
15 May 2020, 04:14
Eric the .5b wrote:
15 May 2020, 00:37
I just realized I've been hearing precisely one multiply-repeated word of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" wrong for the last twenty-six years.

I thought it was "grave", not "gray".

Which made sense to me. Likening someone to "a kiss from a rose on the grave" conveyed the ambivalence that keeps cropping up in the song—talking about someone who brings comfort and life to him, but is also kind of a painful addiction. Also a more dramatic metaphor for loneliness and depression. Ah, well.
Wait, WHAT?!

Of course it's "grave"!

**Googles**

Well, shit.
This may be the single greatest argument against authorial intent ever witnessed.
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"Kiss from a rose on the gray" makes NO sense at all. I'm sticking with "grave" for this.
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Jennifer wrote:
15 May 2020, 15:09
"Kiss from a rose on the gray" makes NO sense at all. I'm sticking with "grave" for this.
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lunchstealer wrote:
15 May 2020, 14:57
Jake wrote:
15 May 2020, 04:14
Eric the .5b wrote:
15 May 2020, 00:37
I just realized I've been hearing precisely one multiply-repeated word of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" wrong for the last twenty-six years.

I thought it was "grave", not "gray".

Which made sense to me. Likening someone to "a kiss from a rose on the grave" conveyed the ambivalence that keeps cropping up in the song—talking about someone who brings comfort and life to him, but is also kind of a painful addiction. Also a more dramatic metaphor for loneliness and depression. Ah, well.
Wait, WHAT?!

Of course it's "grave"!

**Googles**

Well, shit.
This may be the single greatest argument against authorial intent ever witnessed.
Also this.
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Kiss from a rose on the GRAY? Like one of the aliens?
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