Hoist a pint to the mondegreen

From Kim Darnell, a link to a Meriwether of Montana page offering (for sale) “Hilarious Mistaken Lyrics Stainless Steel Glasses”: pints with mondegreens on them. One example:

(Hey, you might be a dick, but at least you practice safe sex.)

The original: addicted to love.

This is the one mondegreen in the set with sexual vocabulary in the mishearing. Three others are food-related; go figure.

On the song in the photo, from Wikipedia:

“Addicted to Love” is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It has become his signature song, thanks in part to a popular video featuring high fashion models. Other artists have since released versions of it.

You can watch Palmer’s video here.

On to: “Donuts Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. On the original, from Wikipedia:

“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” is a song written by Richard Leigh, and recorded by American country music singer Crystal Gayle. It was released in March 1977 as the first single from Gayle’s album We Must Believe in Magic. Despite the title, Gayle herself has blue eyes.

You can watch a later performance of the song here.

Next: “The Age of Asparagus”. On the original, from Wikipedia:

“Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)” (commonly called “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “The Age of Aquarius” or “Let the Sunshine In”) is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by the 5th Dimension [in 1969].

You can watch the 5th Dimension performing the song here.

And finally: “Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese”. On the original, from Wikipedia:

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” [“made of these” in the music video] is a song written and performed by the British new wave music duo Eurythmics. The song is the title track of their album of the same name and was released as the fourth and final single from the album in early 1983

You can watch the (fine) music video here.

There are many collections of mondegreens on the net, for instance, on the site “25 Ridiculous Misheard Lyrics” and on the site “50 of the Best (or Worst) Misquoted Song Lyrics Ever”. These are collections of mondegreens passed around by word of mouth, and assembled by enthusiasts, but I don’t know of any systematically collected inventories (with attributions to the responsible hearers). On the other hand, there are systematic collections of mishearings in general (only a few of them involving song lyrics) and even controlled experiments on mishearing.

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