Missing mondegreens: Is the internet killing misheard song lyrics?

Peter Kimpton on whether "mondegreens" will make it in the age of the internet.

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay talks to The Guardian's music writer Peter Kimpton about the imminent death of the misheard song lyric. Is the internet making it too easy to look up the right words and, as a result, rooting out our delightfully incorrect interpretations? 

Your favourite misheard lyrics 

Following this segment, we asked if you've ever fudged the official words. Big thanks to all those who sent in misheard lyrics. They truly had us laughing out loud! 

Here, for your listening pleasure, is our "mondegreen" mix, paired with musical snippets, inspired by your submissions. (See if you can hear it both ways!)

Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay reads some of your best #MisheardLyrics submissions.


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