Back when my kids were little, they were addicted to The Lion King. One day, we took them to the local mall, where some of the characters from the movie were going to be appearing. I will never forget when our son Kevin spotted one of them and shouted, “It’s the Wizerbeeki!!” Huh? My wife and I looked at each other with puzzled expressions. Since Kevin was still a little guy, we had to run that statement through our Lil’ Keevin Translator, and what came out was, “It’s the wise Rafiki!” Oh! Never would have guessed that one.
For some reason, thinking about that day reminds me of song lyrics we have a tendency to get wrong. There certainly are a lot of gems out there, but from personal experience, I have found Elton John came up with some of the best ones. In Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding, I’ve always heard, “Thoreau is in the window box do un-cide”. Nope, the lyric is, “The roses in the window box are tilted to one side.” Really? Don’t get me started on Tiny Dancer. “Hold me close now, Tony Danza.” What?
Recently, I found a website dedicated to misheard song lyrics. Kiss This Guy is a reference to the famous Jimi Hendrix line from Purple Haze, “Excuse me, while I kiss the sky”. It has some real classics. A couple of my favorites are ABBA’s Dancing Queen, “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”. And, who can forget the Madonna classic, “Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time”.
So, check out the website and have some laughs. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who thinks Bennie had “Electric Boobs, a Mole Hair Suit”. Happy Thursday!
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