Misheard lyrics, or mondegreens (yes, there’s an actual word for them), are the source of much hilarity and embarrassment – depending on whether you’re the one who overhears or delivers the jumbled verse. We recently asked our Facebook followers for the best mistaken lyrics they’ve overheard. The response did not disappoint.
There were the old favourites: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s mistaken line, “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” from ‘Purple Haze’ (there’s even a site dedicated to misheard lyrics named after this line); ‘There’s a bathroom on the right”, the oft mis-sung “There’s a bad moon on the rise” from Creedence Clearwater Revival; Manfred Mann’s Earth Band being “wrapped up like a douche“; and of course the Elton John classic, “Hold me closer Tony Danza”.
A few ones that were new to us were Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ given a weird avian twist, a hammy version of The Doors ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’, and a 100% more delicious version of The Jam’s ‘The Eton Rifles’.
Check out some of our favourite misheard lyrics, as told by our Facebook followers:
Angel Of Death – Slayer
Rock And Roll All Night – Kiss
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
Paradise – Coldplay
Space Oddity – David Bowie
The Eton Rifles – The Jam
Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
Mr Roboto – Styx
La Isla Bonita – Madonna
Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors
Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya
Heard someone get the words to your favorite song horribly wrong? Tell us your funny misheard lyrics!