I have. I bet you have, too. A number of websites exist for the purpose of discussing song lyrics and allowing people to discuss lyrics that other people have misheard, sometimes with quite comic results.
There is even a name for this - mondegreens.
I've spent countless hours, since the early 1970's, listening to these songs. (I will also admit I am not partial to his later work.) I clearly hear "Hold me closer, tiny dancer". But somehow, I never realized that young Tony Danza had crept into the lyric when I wasn't looking.
"Tiny Dancer" came out in 1971. Tony Danza was born in 1951. The show "Who's The Boss" started in 1984. So, Tony Danza must have been pretty young - about 20, to be exact - when he appeared in the lyric, only 13 years after the song came out.
For the record, I never have watched the TV show Friends (the show that immortalized the "Young Tony Danza" lyric), so no wonder I was the last to know.
Until yesterday, that is. A tweet led me to the website Mental Floss (a wonderful magazine, by the way, and I can't wait until the next time I visit my childhood friend in Brooklyn so I can
And "Tiny Dancer" was #1 on the list of most misheard lyrics!
Now, my personal most misheard lyric is the Bruce Springsteen/Manford Mann's Earth Band classic "Blinded By The Light.", as immortalized in this skit.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Atlantic, the BBC has had its own fun with mondegreens.
I must admit, in more than one instance, that the wrong lyric makes more sense than the right lyric.
Do you have a favorite misheard lyric? Or have you been singing the wrong lyric of a particular song for years?