Are you familiar with “misheard lyrics?” This is a phenomenon that occurs when song lyrics are misheard and taken to be something else (e.g. “‘Scuze me while I kiss this guy” instead of “‘Scuze me while I kiss the sky” from the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze.”)
“Misheard lyrics” is a thing in Japan, too. It’s called 空耳 [そらみみ] – “empty-ear”, and often involves the Japanese hearing Japanese lyrics in songs that are definitely not Japanese. Two of my favorites are:
- 誰の落書き？困るぜ！ [だれのらくがき？こまるぜ！] – “Whose graffiti is this? Somebody is in trouble!” (Original: “There ain’t no doctor that can cure my disease” – Bon Jovi)
- 馬鹿だもん！ [ばかだもん!] – I’m an idiot! (Original: “Bark at the Moon” – Ozzy Osbourne)
Do you know any 空耳? If so, leave a comment and share with the class!