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Origin of "beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard"?

Posted by Gordonw on April 27, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of "beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard"? posted by gordonw on April 27, 2003

: : : The listing in the Mondegreen section of the Phrase Finder does not give a source for the mis-hearing of the line from Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

: : : Could it come from the cover version of B.R. done by the Young Ones? They certainly use the line "Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard" instead of the correct lyric.

: : : Of course, they may just have been repeating a popular mishearing, but I am not enough of a Queen fan to know....

: : : Mama Mia

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: : There is a site about misheard lyrics under the name of I think - named after the line in the Hendrix song Purple Haze where he sings "'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky" - Jimi did deliberately sing "Kiss this Guy" after they realised that the lyric was often misheard. As for Queen - the late, great Freddie Mercury sang "Fried Chicken" instead of "One Vision" for the same reason.

: > Surely the line is "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me"? - which makes sense. Listen to it carefully again, with this in mind...

> ok, I'm not usually this stupid. Just disregard my last post (& I think the misquote was made official by The Young Ones, after most of the population misheard).