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It's Been a Hard Day's Night and I've been Walking Like a Dog - Share Your Most Embarrassing Mondegreens

Exposition Owl

could use a space fortress
(he/him/his)
A few more:
-When I was a kid, I used to hear the Doobie Brothers' "It Keeps You Running" as "Let's Be Two Robbers."

-In Radiohead's song "Sulk," the line "When the loving comes and we've already gone" always sounded like "When a man becomes a weevil, pray to God" to me.

-In Queen's "Somebody to Love," even though I know Freddie Mercury is singing "I just keep losing my beat," I can't help but hear "I just keep losing my beans."
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
For curiosity's sake, do native speakers usually differentiate between "Love rain on me" and "Love reign o'er me" in Love, Reign o'er Me or is it a common mistake too?
I'm not super familiar with the song, but most native speakers pronounce "rain" and "reign" the exact same way, so it's a pretty subtle difference.

I parsed it as "I can sing a song for all who we love" but I've never actually looked it up
I was thinking "all who feel love" but I'm not positive either.
 

Behemoth

Dostoevsky is immortal!
(he/him/his)
My eight-year-old daughter told us a great one the other day: she thought the lyric in "Everybody Talks": "it started with a whisper; and that was when I kissed her" was "it started with a whisper; and then I hurt my keister." I don't even know where she learned the word "keister."
 

4-So

Spicy
Wrong: "Sweet dreams are made of these"
Correct: "Sweet dreams are made of this"

Got it wrong for years, which seems to be super common because of how much it sounds like Annie Lennox (or Marilyn Manson) is saying "these". The Weezer cover gets a little closer; the Emily Browning cover is clearly "this".

Another popular one:

Wrong: "I miss the rains down in Africa"
Correct: "I bless the rains down in Africa"
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Got it wrong for years, which seems to be super common because of how much it sounds like Annie Lennox (or Marilyn Manson) is saying "these". The Weezer cover gets a little closer; the Emily Browning cover is clearly "this".
Doesn't help that the ends of the two following lines ("disagree" and "seas") both rhyme with "these", either.
 
Wrong: "Sweet dreams are made of these"
Correct: "Sweet dreams are made of this"

Got it wrong for years, which seems to be super common because of how much it sounds like Annie Lennox (or Marilyn Manson) is saying "these". The Weezer cover gets a little closer; the Emily Browning cover is clearly "this".

Doesn't help that the ends of the two following lines ("disagree" and "seas") both rhyme with "these", either.
"This" makes no sense and I'm sticking with the original due to that rhyming issue

Another popular one:

Wrong: "I miss the rains down in Africa"
Correct: "I bless the rains down in Africa"

Another one: "I guess it rains down in Africa".
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
I figured it out on my own, but it took a couple times hearing it on the radio before I figured out what a "b-b-b-bunker face" was.

Another popular one:

Wrong: "I miss the rains down in Africa"
Correct: "I bless the rains down in Africa"

...I have stepped closer to enlightenment today.
 

Dracula

Plastic Vampire
(He/His)
For some reason I'm almost incapable of hearing lyrics correctly on the first go. Nearly everything on the radio sounded like nonsense to me as a kid. I'll probably think of lots of things to add to this thread. The first one that jumps to mind is Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer." I always heard the lyric as

After the poison sun has gone

Which I still think is kind of cool.

"dirty deeds and the dondo king."

I didn't have a mondegreen for this one, but I've heard at least one person talk about how they heard the lyric as "Dirty Deeds and the Thunder Chief," and they always wondered who this mysterious Thunder Chief might have been.
 

Exposition Owl

could use a space fortress
(he/him/his)
-In The Zombies' "Time of the Season," for a long time I thought that the chorus was (appropriately enough) "It's the time of the season for zombies" rather than "it's the time of the season for loving."

-In Pink Floyd's "Pigs (Three Different Ones)," the singer mockingly addresses the subject of the song several times with the line "ha ha, charade you are." I had assumed that Roger Waters was singing "I should write you up."
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I heard "For Your Love" this morning, and while I know the words are:

"To thrill you with delight
I'll give you diamonds bright"

I couldn't keep from hearing it as:

"To thrill you with delight
I'll give you diamond Sprite"

This has been the Yardbirds, on behalf of Coca-Cola Inc.
 
I remember when my brother and I first heard Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something. "It's the same old song of applesauce!" was sung along with the final chorus. Bugged the hell out of my father on a long car trip.
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
Instead of "back that ass up", "back that answer"

like... show your work? provide evidence to support your conclusions? 😸
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
ai yai yai
I'm your little butterfly
Drink up your milk
Making colors in the sky

(also "wait for someone right" instead of "where's my samurai")
 

Purple

(She/Her)
I turn to her and say...

Don't switch the blade on the giant shaved-head gnome!
Don't masquerade with the giant shaved-head gnome!
I can't believe it
'Cause you've got it made with the giant shaved-head gnome!
 

4-So

Spicy
I turn to her and say...

Don't switch the blade on the giant shaved-head gnome!
Don't masquerade with the giant shaved-head gnome!
I can't believe it
'Cause you've got it made with the giant shaved-head gnome!

I'm willing to petition for these to become the official lyrics.
 

nosimpleway

(he/him)
ai yai yai
I'm your little butterfly
Drink up your milk
Making colors in the sky

(also "wait for someone right" instead of "where's my samurai")
If we're going to do baffled interpretations of heavily-accented lyrics in DDR songs, Hot Limit is right there. "We chase salmon home; we drink Ritalin", indeed.
 
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