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Mondegreen ~ "Hold me closer Tony Danza"

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  1. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    noun
    noun: mondegreen; plural noun: mondegreens
    1. a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song. ( Poem or other familiar saying )
    What's It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?

    What’s It Called When You Misinterpret Lyrics?

    What is a mondegreen?
    Have you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? Maybe a child gave the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” a new meaning by replacing the line “life is but a dream” with “life’s a butter dream.” Or maybe you’ve unironically belted out “Excuse me while I kiss this guy,” instead of Jimi Hendrix’s intended lyrics, “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”

    A word or a phrase resulting from mishearing another word or phrase (especially in a song or poem) is a common phenomenon known as a mondegreen. A mondegreen typically sounds like the original phrase, (i.e., they’re homophonous) but the meaning is often entirely changed—with presumably amusing results.


    Where did the word mondegreen come from?
    So, why do we call these misinterpretations mondegreens? The term is itself a mondegreen. Sylvia Wright, an American author, coined it after a phrase she recalled mishearing as a young girl. Wright reportedly believed the first stanza to “The Bonnie Earl O’Moray,” a 17th century ballad, featured two unfortunate aristocrats:

    Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
    Oh, where have ye been?
    They have slain the Earl O’Moray
    And Lady Mondegreen.


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    The article goes on to explain the correct phrasing of the poem's fourth line is, “And laid him on the green.” Thereby coining the word mondegreen.

    The title of the thread contains a mondegreen from a famous Elton John song. Anyone have any idea which song it is? Add your own.
     
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  2. defensewinschampionships

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    Tiny Dancer by Elton John

    And pretty sure that mondegreen came from an episode of Friends
     
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    Excuse me... while I kiss this guy!
     
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    Life in the Vasoline
     
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    Oh dream wiener... Lol... my girlfriend said her older sister used to sing "dream wiener" instead of Dream Weaver...
     
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    I saw a bathroom on the right. by ccr
     
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  7. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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  9. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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  10. timthibault

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    “Blinded by the light. Wrapped up like a douche...” Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann

    “Jeremy’s smokin’ crack today” Jeremy by Pearl Jam

    “Kickin’ your cat all over the place” We Will Rock You by Queen
     
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  11. gatorknights

    gatorknights GC Hall of Fame

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    I like Cheech's version of The Knack's "My Sharona", but I'm not sure I can post it here. Think of the worst place you would want to be kicked. :eek:
     
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  12. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    You're likely right about it coming from 'Friends.' The Tony Danza example was suggested to me by my son who was a 'Friends' fan. He may have seen that episode.
     
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    I saw that one, too.
     
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    The Diary of Jane or The Diarrhea Pain by Breaking Benjamin ?
     
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    I fondly remember "dirty deeds and the Dunder Chief", although I wasn't exactly sure what a dunder chief might be, I was sure it was someone to be reckoned with in Australia.
     
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    Down on the corner, out in the street Willie and the po-po are playing, bring your whimper happy feet
     
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    "big ol' Jed got a light out"" instead of "big ol' jet airliner" Steve Miller
    "something Jessie did" instead of "Suffragette City" David Bowie
     
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    Blackened by Metallica. I had a friend back when we were at UF that thought the song said Rockin’ Indians instead of Blackened is the end.
     
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    Don’t go bacon my
    Don’t go bacon my
    Don’t go bacon my heart!
     
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  20. defensewinschampionships

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    Sounds like the executive of a certain Scranton paper company
     
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