I truly love a good mondegreen. Of course until yesterday, I didn’t know the proper terminology for when someone hears song lyrics as something other than what they actually are. For example, my college friend Sara recently told us in the comments that she used to hear “Lead On, O Kinky Turtle” when everyone was actually singing “Lead On, O King Eternal.” My cousins used to hear “Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you” as “Every time you go away you take a piece of meat with you.” You’re right, that makes no sense at all. That’s why it’s so funny!
Yesterday on the 22 Words blog, Abraham Piper posted a video of Joe Cocker singing “I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends” complete with captioning for “the clear-headed.” I’ve watched it five times now and every single time I end up snort laughing. Come on, watch it with me again:
And it’s still funny! Now it’s your turn to make me laugh. I want to hear your funniest mondegreen. I know you have at least one. Or maybe your kids have a really great one. If you don’t participate, I will post my own mondegreens from now until Christmas; yes, that’s a threat. Like this one: I am convinced that the Beach Boys are singing “Merry Christmas, Amy,” not “Merry Christmas, Baby” like the song title suggests. Listen closely next time you hear it. They are singing “Amy”! Okay, your turn. (Too bad I didn’t post this on Monday so we could have Mondegreen Monday.)