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Mondegreens - 1

soroban

Well-known member
Feb 2, 2012
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. . . . . . . . . . Mondegreens - 1


In 1954, Sylvia Wright wrote:

. . When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from
. . Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began.

. . . . Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
. . . . Oh, where hae ye been?
. . . . They hae slain the Earl of Moray,
. . . . And Lady Mondegreen.

. . Some years later, I learned that the last line was
. . "and laid him on the green".

Since then, such phonetic misunderstandings
are called mondegreens.


Here are some classics:

Bronze Lullaby.

Darwin's Oranges and Peaches

Simon & Garfunkel's song that begins:
. . "Hello, Douglas, my old friend ..."

Elvis Presley's "A Malt Shoe Cup"
. . and "Retard Lucinda."

The Fifth Dimensions' song:
. . "The dawning of the ancient aquarium"

"The girl with colitis goes by."

Rudolph was the ninth reindeer,
but are you familiar with the tenth, Olive?
. . "Olive, the other reindeer,
. . used to laugh and call him names ..."
 

MarkFL

Administrator
Staff member
Feb 24, 2012
13,775
How about the classic from CCR:

There's A Bathroom On The Right
 

Deveno

Well-known member
MHB Math Scholar
Feb 15, 2012
1,967
And of course, the famous one from Jimi Hendrix:

"Skews me, while I kiss this guy"
 

topsquark

Well-known member
MHB Math Helper
Aug 30, 2012
1,123
Here's a backward example. Iron Butterfly's song "In A Gadda da Vida" is supposed to be "In the Garden of Eden." I believe he was stoned when he wrote it and someone asked him to tell them the name of the song. (Tongueout)

-Dan