Great Mondegreens all...
(American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen," published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.
When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl O' Moray,And Lady Mondegreen.
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green".
Wright explained the need for a new term: "The point about what I shall hereafter call mondegreens, since no one else has thought up a word for them, is that they are better than the original."
deleted link to you tube...shoulda watched to the end first!
What does this have to do with Michael Jackson lyrics?
Especially for me it's very difficult to understand what Michael says cause english is not my native language..... That's what I heard when I listened to the songs for the first time:
Original:You talk survival(?).......You're just a rival
?ine:Your dog's on fire.........You're just a Rambo
Original: Demerol, Demerol, Oh God he's taking demerol
Mine: Debbie Rowe, Debbie Rowe, oh God he's taking Debbie Rowe
Original:But the kid is not my son
Mine:But the chin is not my son (I still can't hear kid....)
WHY YOU WANNA TRIP ON ME
Original:You got homeless people With no food to eat
Mine:You got homeless people with no friends to eat
Original:We've got streetwalkers Walkin in the darkness
Mine:We've got Stevie Wonders rockin in the darkness
DON'T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH
Original:Keep on with the force don't stop
Mine:Keep on with the pants stuffed