Science Explains Why You Keep Hearing Those Lyrics Wrong

Misheard song lyrics are called mondegreens. You know, like hearing “‘Cuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “kiss the sky” in Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or whatever the hell you hear Manfred Mann is singing in “Blinded by the Light.” Science explains why we get it wrong.

February 18, 2017; 10:26 a.m.
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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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