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"Scuse me while I kiss this guy." was what I thought I heard, but "Scuse me while I kiss the sky." was the actual line.

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    @EdwinAshworth I think the question is actually about whether to include the periods inside the quotations (they're quoting a frequently misheard line of a song (aka mondegreen)).
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 3 at 19:25
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    This question is similar to: Should a period be placed within quotation marks if it would conflict with a punctuated item that should be used or typed verbatim?. If you believe it’s different, please edit the question, make it clear how it’s different and/or how the answers on that question are not helpful for your problem.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 3 at 19:27
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    @KillingTime Did you migrate this? I don't think this is a basic question appropriate for ELL. The proper use of punctuation when quoting is a tricky question, as pointed out in the answer to the similar question I linked to.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 3 at 19:30
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    You're quoting a snippet of speech, not a typed phrase, so you can omit the periods inside the quotation marks.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 3 at 20:11
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    @Barmar If it's asking 'Should it be << "Scuse me while I kiss this guy." >> or << "Scuse me while I kiss this guy". >>?', this has surely been covered ad nauseam. // If it's asking 'Should it be << "Scuse me while I kiss this guy." was what I thought I heard, but "Scuse me while I kiss the sky." was the actual line. >> or << "Scuse me while I kiss this guy" was what I thought I heard, but "Scuse me while I kiss the sky" was the actual line. >>?', I believe there's a duplicate advocating the use of commas rather than periods or zero punctuation (I'd use the latter though). Commented Jul 3 at 22:49

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The two quoted lines are complete sentences. As there’re no clashes in punctuation marks, quoting them in full including the periods is fine.

In a construction like the following, to avoid the clash of punctuation marks, the writer would need to exclude the period:

I thought I heard “Scuse me while I kiss this guy", but I realised later that ...

In OP’s original example, it’s also fine to quote all the words but without the periods. The quoted lines would then be considered snippets:

“Scuse me while I kiss this guy" was what I thought I heard, but "Scuse me while I kiss the sky” was the actual line.

To answer the OP's question, the two periods are not needed.

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  • If this is transcribed vocalism, '"Scuse me while I kiss this guy." was what I thought I heard, but "Scuse me while I kiss the sky." was the actual line.' isn't standard any more than ' "Please pass the salt." said John.' // With relayed text, total accuracy of copying is arguably needed (including any punctuation errors). Commented Jul 4 at 15:06

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