August 4, 2011


Lady Mondogreens

You know what that means, even if you think you don't. It's the proper name for when you totally hear the lyrics of a song wrong. It's much better if you've gone decades singing it wrong, of course, and more points if you sing it out loud.

Read the link for more info, but 'Lady Mondogreen' was actually 'laid him on the green'. Easy to see how that happened. When I was a teenager, it was that Manfred Mann song with the line 'wrapped up like a douche' that we would sing at the top of our lungs. The girls used to get embarrassed. Too bad the lyrics were actually 'revved up like a deuce'. A car. Who knew?

I have a point. I just came in and had to ask Christopher to decipher a song for me. That Killers song (it's pretty bad, which is unfortunate; I like the Killers) but they're singing "are we human, or are we denser?:. I did not understand that. So I asked Christopher what the words were. He cocked an eyebrow and said "you mean the one 'are we human, or are we dancer?'" I learned just now that a whole debate raged over this, as it is grammatically incorrect and came from a Hunter S. Thompson line and I'm sorry, but that means it's allowed to be.

Or something like that.

I've still never forgotten a book I read (and re-read) as a kid where Ramona Quimby thinks the line in the American national anthem is not 'the dawn's early light', but instead, 'the donzer lee light'. She was picturing a lamp. I don't blame her.

I've never done karaoke (see? someone's prayers have been answered, so far), but I would imagine this should have gone a long way to sorting out the busted lyrics of a lot of songs. Isn't Creedance Clearwater a karaoke staple? We used to wail away to Bad Moon Rising, singing that there was a bathroom on the right. What? A bad moon on the rise? I like the mondogreen better.

So...what have you been getting wrong all these years?

11 Comments:

Anonymous jmd said...

How about Elton John's classic "Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza"?

August 04, 2011 3:00 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

He actually sang that, live.
My favorite mistaken lyric was an English folk song where the fan insisted the lyric was "I'll take my chances on a waterbed." when it was actually "I'll takes no chances on a wall of death." He asked in a pub to have this song performed. The band knew about his mistaken lyrics and in the intro said pointedly " it has nuthin to do wer waterbeds." Another favorite actually happened at the Cambridge Reporter when a classified ad writer took down copy for an author's book tour. The author phoned teh paper after the ad ran and complained about the insulting typo. His book talk tour was mistitled "Wrestling with the Pig in Christ." Poor Tom Harpur, his Scots accent mangled the word Pagan. and there you go.

August 04, 2011 3:37 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

I could never figure out why Robert Palmer would say "Might as well face I you're a dick with a glove"

Addicted to love is way more fun in the company I keep. I've run into a few Customs officials that should have listened to the faulty lyrics.

August 04, 2011 5:38 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

A friend of mine, the magnificent Iamsurly, says she'll take her chances on an xray machine instead of someone in a rubber glove who is paid ten bucks an hour...

August 04, 2011 5:40 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

How's about Pat Benetar - "Hit Me With Your Pet Shark"?

August 04, 2011 6:03 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

How did I know this would be the perfect topic for you!?

August 04, 2011 6:13 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

We share the same warped sense of humour.

August 04, 2011 6:45 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Thank goodness there is enough to go around=)

August 04, 2011 6:50 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

"Scuse me, while I kiss this guy!"

August 05, 2011 9:02 AM  
Blogger DJW said...

Ozzie stole mine...

But...

...as a 5 year old, I would walk around loudly singing that Stampeders hit, "Sweet Titty Woman."

Here is another from my house...

"...The County Judge,
and Elmer Fudd,
Will search for evermore..."
(band on the Run)

DJW

August 06, 2011 8:56 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

LOL at "Sweet Titty Woman." No way a guy could get away singing that one after puberty.
That Tom Cochrane song "Big League" has a smoking good one in it " I can hear the ass crack" I always grin at that one on the radio. He just had to pretend he was southern for that line.

August 06, 2011 10:40 AM  

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