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Mondegreen

A Mondegreen is a misheard or misinterpretation of a phrase.

From Wikipedia: The American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term mondegreen in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen," which was published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.[3] In the essay, Wright described how, as a young girl, she misheard the final line of the first stanza from the 17th century ballad "The Bonnie Earl O' Murray." She wrote:
When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen.
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green". As Wright explained the need for a new term "The point about what I shall hereafter call mondegreens, since no one else has thought up a word for them, is that they are better than the original".

This is common in music. What are the real lyrics?
1) Slow cousin Walter;
2) There's a Bathroom on the right;
3) 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy;
4) Hold me close young Tony Danza;
5) The girl with colitis goes by.

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jellomarx
May. 15th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
You're right about 3 & 4. 2 & 5 are relatively easy. I haven't a clue as to yours, but maybe somebody else will come up with it.
calenorn
May. 15th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
I've been to Mondegreens, but I like CVS better.
gushgush
May. 15th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
smoke on the water
bad moon on the rise
purple haze
Tiny Dancer
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
jellomarx
May. 15th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
You got them all.
i
May. 15th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
how about "she's so popular"
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