What’s your worst mondegreen?
I'll tell you mine. Now, these aren't just mondegreens... these are deeply embarrassing and retroactively confusing mondegreens.
I am not talking just mishearing a lyric in an innocuous way... I am talking about samsara through juice fires!
Oh, a mondegreen is a misheard lyric.
Famous ones are ‘Ain’t no woman like the one eyed gott’ (correct lyric, ‘ain’t no woman like the one I got’), or ‘excuse me while I kiss this guy’ (correct lyric, ‘excuse me while I kiss the sky’)
Those weren’t mine, though. The first one is a doozy, for sure! Here are a couple I recently discovered were wrong after singing for 30 years.
One man come, he a juicy fire, one man to overcome! This is U2, Pride in the Name of Love. Do you know what a juicy fire is? I sure don’t, but I swear that is what he was saying, but that was what I heard… I swear. Turns out he was actually saying “one man come, he to justify… one man to overcome”. Well, that does make more sense. Listen to the song, though… and tell me you don’t hear ‘juicy fire’. Well, you will now!
There’snothing that a million men on mars could ever do! This is the great song from Toto (with an ever better cover than the original here). Turns out he was saying “there’s nothing that a million men or more could ever do!” hmm. Right again… that does make more sense.
edit December 2016 - I thought of another one driving in today. In Metallica's song 'Ride the Lightning' about the electric chair. Specifically, the narrative is told by one in that chair. In the very first verse, he cries
"Damn it, it ain't right!" Yeah, that makes more sense. It's a shame, in retrospect, that the singer was unaware of his Damadadian rights. Then, he wouldn't be so panicked. the more you know!
*** for fun, I added 'damadadian rights' to the tag for this post. Perhaps one day, even many years from now, a young lad will mis-hear the same thing I did... and try and look up exactly what the Damadadian Rights are. Heck, let's just copyright that now - Damadadian Rights®