CCR Misheard Lyrics and Some Other Songs You Thought You Knew
So I am doing my radio show and the phone rings. I answer and the caller on the other end said “Are you sure that’s the name of the song?” The song in question was CCR’s Bad Moon Rising. I said “yes I am absolutely sure, I have been playing that song for years”. The caller then told me that for years they thought the lyrics were “There’s a bathroom on the right”. Uh….no.
That common misconception of hearing one thing but the song lyrics are actually another is a phenomenon known as mondegreen, a real word coined by Sylvia Wright which means the misinterpretation or mishearing of a phrase.
Along with CCR “Bad Moon Rising”. here are few more examples.
Duralee Dunder Sheep (“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC)
Night Moose (“Night Moves” by Bob Seger) and sometimes just partial verses:
Who hides Lite Brite and wants to sew (‘Who shines white light and wants to show’ from “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin) and
On a dark, desert highway, Cool Whip in my hair (‘Cool wind in my hair’ from Eagles’ “Hotel California”)
The real lyrics aren’t that much better. In Steve Miller Band’s “Take the Money and Run” they rhyme ‘Texas,’ ‘facts is’ and ‘taxes.’
To see these and a few other classic rock mondegreens check out this list