We’ve all done it. Misheard the lyrics to popular songs. If you’re lucky no one else is around to catch your mistake, but more often, you’re singing along with the car radio and have no idea why your friends have suddenly burst out laughing. (Wait, Lucy isn’t in disguise with diamonds?) Even more fun for us olds is when for years you’ve only ever heard the radio edit of a song and suddenly hear it with all the glorious profanity restored. (Seriously, “Santeria” is WAY more messed up than I ever realized as a teenager.)
What are your favorite lyrical misunderstandings? Or have you ever just flat-out forgotten the lyrics and made up something absurd, hoping no one would notice? My personal low happened while singing “The Ants Go Marching” to my (fortunately very young at the time) daughter. I forgot what happened at “eight by eight” and accidentally sang “The little one stopped to masturbate.” I blame sleep deprivation.