. . . . . . . . . . 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:
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 ..."