I know, it’s too late for this to be a Mondegreen Monday post. In my defense, though, I never promised that I’d offer anything here regularly or on time. That, plus a crazy weekend involving province-wide power outages, burst pipes and 8+ hours of car rides on too much Robaxacet means that I get to post this now.
Sweet deal, I know.
My older son is like me in many ways. He spends a lot of time alone, in his own little world. He often pretends he’s a rock star, and he spends hours singing and dancing in the basement. He walks to and from school bouncing to the beat in his head, singing quietly to himself. Sometimes it’s his own songs, sometimes others he’s heard.
The kid loves music, is what I’m saying.
We were all eating supper the other night, and Simon started singing to himself.
“Maaaaan on a rug! Man on a RUG!”
After a few seconds of silence, AJ asked, “Do you mean ‘Band on the run’?”
Simon thought for a bit. “Maybe.”
It’s too late for me, now. The song is always going to be Man on a Rug. Thanks, Simon.
Of what, you say? You know, mondegreens. Misheard phrases or lyrics, which are often rah-ther amusing.
I mishear lyrics a LOT. I have to be careful not to sing the wrong ones around AJ, because it pisses him off. If I sing “blah, blah, blah” instead of “love, love, love” along with the Beatles, he will leave me on the side of the road and drive away. He claims I’ve ruined “Tiny Dancer” for him by singing “hold me closer, Tony Danza,” though I would point out that Phoebe sang almost exactly the same lyrics on FRIENDS, so he should be mad at her, too.
Today, I offer a video that should give you a pretty good idea of what’s out there. I’m not saying this is going to happen every week, but who couldn’t use a laugh today? I know I could.
Have you ever been embarrassed to learn that you were singing the wrong lyrics to songs? I know there’s a long history of it in my family– I can’t believe they left out “There’s a bathroom on the right” in that video– one of my Nana’s classics. It was RIGHT THERE after one of the lines they showed! Anyway, please share in the comments, and let me know if you’d be willing to let me share yours on another Mondegreen Monday. 🙂
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