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Another mondegreen

September 28, 2015

Here’s an old mondegreen I’ve just remembered. You know that song by Charlene, “I’ve Never Been to Me?” It’s a mawkish 70s song about a woman who’s had tons of sex but never had kids and now feels sad about it. The refrain is “I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to me”. Well, I used to think she sang “I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to Leeds.”

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  1. Mark Brafield permalink

    And a couple more. The Police song ‘So lonely’ was current when we were in the sixth form, and one of my schoolfriends was convinced that they were singing about the BBC presenter Sue Lawley. And in the title song to the film ‘Ghostbusters’, if you listen carefully, you would swear they were actually singing ‘who you gonna call …those bastards’. For a sort of deliberate mondegreen effect, look up the video on You Tube where Aled Jones introduces an earnest congregation singing hymns from Bury St Edmunds cathedral on Songs of Praise. The joke – which is very funny indeed – is that the subtitles come up with rude or nonsense words that coincide exactly with the words that are actually being sung, as if the subtitles were one extended mondegreen. Highly recommended.

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