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May 12, 2013

Until today, the line I had most admired in Roxy Music’s classic 1972 song Virginia Plain was: ‘Dance the cha-chah oo-ooh till sunrise opens up its gruesome doors’. What a great line. But this afternoon I happened to read the lyrics and was disappointed to find its actually ‘Dance the cha-cha oo-ooh till sunrise opens up exclusive doors’. What a let-down.

I think this is that rare thing, a mondegreen that is actually better than the original. And I hope that if Bryan Ferry chances to read this, he’ll agree and go with my version when he performs this song in future. 

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