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Wednesday, 28 September 2005



Ah yes, the mondegreen (thanks for adding that to my vocab). I used to spend quite a bit of time in the university bookstore humour section, flipping through various "misheard lyrics" books. Of course, much the same was as one forgets what one is looking for the second one steps into a bookstore, my mind has gone completely blank when it comes to other examples. Blast it all.

Anyway, great post.

By the way, that song is from Pearl Jam's second album, Vs. (which is possibly my favourite album of theirs).


Going back to my early teens, my tendency towards moderation was in evidence by thinking KISS wanted to 'rock and roll all night and part of every day'. My husband loves that one.

A few years ago a radio station tried to deconstruct a REM song with a line that sounds like 'going to Las Vegas'. People called in from all over to give their interpretations - an absolute hoot! Of course, even when you do get the lyrics right, REM rarely makes sense.


Speaking of REM, that reminds me of another one: I always thought the chorus lyric on "The Sidewinder Sleeps" (from Automatic for the People) was "Call me Jamaican". I'm still not sure what it is exactly, but I've been told it's "call me when [or once] you wake her up."


Marc, THAT's the line I was talking about! It's like the Rorschach Ink Blot of lyrics -everyone hears it differently.


It was bugging me so I had to Google it.

The lyrics are:

"Call me when you try to wake her up.
Call me when you try to wake her."

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