Bud and I were riding in the car today, when Bud asked out of the blue, "Mama, what's a country roads?"
I glanced around to see if there was a sign outside that he was reading, then, seeing none, I said, "Well, it's a small street, in a place that's not too busy. Kind of like this street."
Bud was quiet for a minute, then asked, "Mama, what's a oh feeder monkey size?"
"A what, honey?"
"A oh feeder monkey size. What's a oh feeder monkey size?"
I played it through in my head: Oh feeder monkey size. Oh feed her, monkey sighs. Oaf eater, monkeycize! Oh, feed our monk, he sighs. Our feet are monkey-sized. I was stumped.
"Bud," I said, "I don't know what that is. Where did you hear that?"
From Dierks? Oh feeder monkey size?
Then it hit me: Country roads.
Country roads. Oh feeder monkey size.
"Country roads. Old theatre marquee signs.": the first line of Dierks Bentley's "Every Mile a Memory," and a classic case of mis-heard lyrics. In my book, "oh feeder monkey size" is right up there with Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a bathroom on the right."
What's the best song lyric you've heard someone get wrong?