Mika’s Place for Underwear


11-y-o Junior bought his first own album last Saturday: Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. (My own first was Depeche Mode’s Some Great Reward, bought at age 12 in ’84 or ’85). It’s an excellent record once you’ve gotten used to Mika’s queeny (and Queenish) style of singing: catchy studio pop. And Junior has this awesome “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” mishearing of one of the songs. When he told me about it and played me “By the Time” I couldn’t hear it any other way either.

“By the time I’m dreaming
and you’ve crept out on me sleeping
I’m busy in the place for underwear”

What Mika actually claims to sing in the liner notes is:

By the time I’m dreaming
and you’ve crept out on me sleeping
I’m busy in the blissful unaware


  1. #1 codero
    September 30, 2009

    As is to be expected, there is a technical name for this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen 😉

  2. #2 Per
    October 1, 2009

    Well, he sounds rather unbritish, but as he was brought up in Paris and London by a libanese mother and an american father I guess that’s not so strange. Just the other night I downloaded We are golden from iTunes for my 14 y-o junior – not to listen to but to make a remix of. Kids these days …

  3. #3 Martin R
    October 1, 2009

    I can’t help finding it kind of creepy when a 26-y-o guy sings falsetto about teenagers that “we are golden”.

  4. #4 Nariane
    October 2, 2009

    Obviously the liner notes are wrong… =^D

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