My first awareness of this happened when we sang "Jesus Saves" in church. I heard "Jesus Shaves". That made perfect sense to an 8 year old.
The whole lyrics thing fascinated me when I actually heard Credence Clearwater Revival**, "Bad Moon Rising." The real lyrics are "There's a bad moon on the rise." But I always heard "There's a bathroom on the right". When someone corrected my error, I thought, well what else am I hearing.
I searched and found some great ones, all reflecting what I felt and heard.
This comes from Huffington Post "13 Commonly Misheard Song Lyrics That Are Way Funnier Than The Real Ones, by Andy McDonald". Here are a few:
1) Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
Alternate version Excuse me while I kiss this guy.
Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer.
Alternate version Then I saw her face, now I'm going to leave her.
3) Queen, "We Will Rock You"
Kicking your can all over the place.
Alternate version Kicking your cat all over the place.
4) R.E.M. "Losing my Religion"
That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight.
Alternate version Let's pee in the corner, Let's pee in the spotlight.
5) Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind"
The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind."Alternate version The ants are my friends, they're blowin' in the wind."
Does that change our enjoyment of the song? Not for me. The lyrics from these artists are always on the strange side, so what makes the difference? Not a single thing.
Got any alternate lyrics of your own?
p.s. Credence Clearwater Revival--my fave then and now.