Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Kiss This Guy

Churlita says, in the comments to this post, that she once misheard the lyric in the Kenny Rogers song "Lucille" as "400 children and a crop in the field".

It reminded me of a hilarious web site that catalogues misheard lyrics. The website takes its name from a Jimi Hendrix song which can be misheard as "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy."

Check it out.


dmarks said...

One of my favorites is "Kyrie" by Mister Mister:

"Carry a laser
Down the road that I must travel
Carry a laser
Through the darkness of the night
Carry a laser
Where I'm going will you follow
Carry a laser
On a highway in the light"

Anonymous said...

I really have not encountered many of these..I am not an FM Radio listener. I listen to underground metal and punk or I listen to AM Talk. I will have to investigate this a bit.

Moonbeam said...

My friend Loretta's husband just passed away, but will be remembered for his misheardness on so many things.

This blog brought to mind one that involved me, and the TV show CSI. At the beginning of the show the theme song is by The Who, entitled Who Are You. I think most of us know the words. Well...one day I was visiting John and we were talking about an episode of CSI. He says to me, I cant figure out who Ollie is. You know the Ollie they sing about at the beginning of the show. He continues to tell me, you know they say OOOOOHS Ollie. I thought for a minute before a grin came upon my face and my blonde moment passed. ( I am not blonde, btw ) I proceeded to explain that they were really saying...Who Are You, not oooooohhs ollie.

Until this converstation John had gone months wondering who's ollie.

From then on I often called him Ollie and for some reason he called me rooty tooty ya hooty.

G-d Bless you John.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

Interesting site.. I checked it out and there are soooooo many.. some are funny and others are plain stupid..

Tara said...

I got a laugh out of the misheard lyrics from the song "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. I was hearing the same misheard lyrics.

David in DC said...

dmarks: Not exactly liturgical. Made me laugh.

e-e: It's worth checking out. My RFB always thought the lyric in Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" was "There's a bathroom on the right." The real lyric is "There's a bad moon on the rise".

Moonbeam: I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad this provoked a happy memory

Babybull: "some are funny and others are plain stupid.." Kinda describes humanity, doesn't it?

Tara: As a Springsteen fan I've been correcting that particular one since the late '70's.

Manfred Mann just completely fucked with three Springsteen tunes in a row on three albums in a row. "Blinded by the Light" is a blasphemy and the band's covers of "For You" and "Spirit in the Night" suck way bad too.

Not that I have strong feelings about this or anything.

Churlita said...

Thanks for the link.

You know how I am about song lyrics, so I really love that site.

David in DC said...

Glad to oblige, o churlish one. :)

Unknown said...

It's actually a book, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy."

I think my favorite is translating Bad Moon Risin' into "There's a bathroom on the right."

Anonymous said...

"Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so achoo."

Migdalor Guy said...

It wasn't a new site to me, but it was ghreat to be reminded of it and pay it yet another visit. Embarrassingly, though a musicians, I always had trouble with misheard lyrics-part of it is that I just can;t understand what a lot of pop/rock singers are singing!

Anyway, as a parodist, I think we need a site devoted not just to the misheard, but to the deliberate word parodies, things like:

You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel...

Stranglers in the night....

and so many more.

And a side anecdote. As a child, I once attempted to correct the brilliant Oscar Hammerstein II, and change the words to "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" because I had no idea what "isinglass" was, so I figured it was just a typo meant to be a colloquial sounding "within is glass windows...."

Migdalor Guy

Migdalor Guy said...

Oh, and Churlita-I share your penchant for accuracy in lyrics. Just ask David in DC or anyone else who's ever seen me work.

My biggest pet peeve is those who still omit the "bat" in HaTikvah.