Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
The opening words of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Kids Sing The Darndest ThingsRemember when you finally learned that the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't singing “with a butter shed this lonely view” but “with the bird I’ll share this lonely view”? Right?! We do, too. Misheard utterances (usually in the form of song lyrics) are called mondegreens and we’ve got a whole article explaining how they work. Hearing things incorrectly starts pretty much the moment you have ears. Children’s misheard lyrics are especially cute because kids are so ridiculously innocent—even if what they mishear sometimes isn’t! Take a look.
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