My story on misunderstood song lyrics — often referred to as mondegreens — appeared on MSNBC.com’s Body Odd blog Friday and, as always when someone touches on this topic, it garnered a ton of reader response (nearly 350 comments so far!). Who doesn’t love to make fun of their old boyfriend or little sister for loudly singing some nonsense lyric at the top of their lungs?
Many readers brought up what you might call classic mondegreens: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “bathroom on the right” (instead of bad moon on the rise); Manfred Mann’s “wrapped up like a douche” (instead of revved up like a deuce); Neil Diamond’s “Reverend Blue Jeans” (which I’ve always preferred to the actual lyric, forever in blue jeans).
But others shared stories of mangled lyrics I’d never heard before. Some of my faves:
To this day I can still hear Wayne Newton singing “Donkey Chains” (Danke Schoen).
My sister used to sing “Felix, oh oh oh Felix” instead of the real song, “Feelings, oh oh Feelings”.
When my son was small, he thought the lyrics to “Wild Thing” were…”Wild Thing, you make my horse sing!”
Reader comments like that make my heart (and horse) sing, too. Anybody have a favorite misheard lyric they’d like to share? Pony up.