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any new mondegreens?

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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 29 Dec 21 - 06:18 AM

Any Dylan fans ever wondered why Rosemary took a cabbage into town? (Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts)


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Helen
Date: 28 Dec 21 - 11:41 PM

"O, Little Town of Battery Hen"

My Mum, now deceased, grew up on a large chook farm. No matter how hard I tried to convince her she would never watch the Aardman Animations movie Chicken Run. It brought back too many overwhelming childhood memories.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,The Man from UNCOOL
Date: 28 Dec 21 - 08:40 PM

On a recent music Zoom, Pete Grassby misheard Bethlehem as "Battery Hen" during two verses of a carol. "O, Little Town of Battery Hen", anyone? C'mon, SOMEone's gotta write it, surely??


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Greum
Date: 27 Dec 21 - 03:03 PM

I Live Not Where I Love

"My heart Airfixed in your breast"


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Thompson
Date: 14 Dec 21 - 03:50 AM

How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees - "And you come to me in a submarine…"


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Helen
Date: 12 Dec 21 - 11:32 PM

I was just watching Episode 15, 2009 of Spicks and Specks, an Oz music/comedy quiz show. The Closed Captions showed not one but two mondegreens.

When a short excerpt of the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody was played the caption showed "Miss Miller" instead of "bismillah", and when a Prince song was mentioned it was captioned as "Raspberry Parade" and not "Raspberry Beret".

I can't tell you whether it was a human or a digital captioner, but in a music show it made it twice as funny.

I need the captions on that show because they all talk so fast and excitedly that I miss the answers to the quiz questions.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GerryM
Date: 10 Dec 21 - 01:36 AM

Olive Hillman Mondegreen has a web presence, https://prsfoundation.com/profiles/olive-hillman-mondegreen/

No relation to Olive, the other reindeer.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Anne Lister sans cookie
Date: 09 Dec 21 - 06:22 PM

In the Musicians Union magazine which arrived today I see there is an Olive Mondegreen listed as a musician. I suspect a nom de guerre.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 09 Dec 21 - 04:02 AM

I first heard it as "magic of your thighs".

Freud would have a field day!

Robin


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 21 - 09:31 PM

Re. Don Meixner’s post above.
I sang chicken slacks for years too, even though it didn’t make sense to me - then one day I got that light bulb moment.

Also, in the song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” I thought the line was “Can I believe the magic of your size”. The actual word is ‘sighs” - and there’s me thinking that ….. hmm ;-)


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Taconicus
Date: 08 Dec 21 - 09:12 PM

I'm not surprised that in the ballad "The Bonny Earl o' Moray" the lyric, "They hae ta'en the Earl o' Murray and laid him on the green" was often misheard and repeated as, "They hae ta'en the Earl o' Murray and Lady Mondegreen."


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Helen
Date: 08 Dec 21 - 02:05 PM

An interesting point about closed captions on TV: in Oz and maybe elsewhere the initial process is automated speech-to-text and then the human is there to pick up on errors and correct them, so machines can make mondegreens as well as humans.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 08:02 PM

I'm so tired
I just got hired
and it feels just like many times before

Not a mondegreen, but I heard this in my head out of nowhere.

You know Boebert and Gomert and Steve King and Marge Greene
Hitler and Himmler old nazis and Blitzkrieg
But do you recall
The most famous Nazi of all?
Donald the Red-Nosed Nazi
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it grows
All of the other Nazis
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Donald
Join in any Nazi games
Then one foggy 'lection night
Bannon came to say
"Donald, with your nose so bright
Won't you sleigh Clinton tonight?"
Then how the nazis loved him
As they shouted out with glee
"Donald the Red-Nosed Nazi
You'll go down in history"


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Helen
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 06:21 PM

Another Aussie classic mondegreen:

Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light

I don't know how many people here in Oz heard the correct lyrics of that song from 1975.

If you say the words "wrapped up like a douche" everyone knows which song you are referring to.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 05:04 PM

I have been singing for years and have always felt I got them words right. Just recently, days ago actually, I learned that Sam Cooke wasn't singing about a guy dancing in Chicken Slacks but he was dancing with The Chick in Slacks.

Live and loin.

Don


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: cnd
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 04:52 PM

I used to know someone who swore emphatically that the words to "Walking In a Winter Wonderland" went: "Later on, we'll perspire As we sit by the fire" -- it makes sense semantically, but not much else.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 04:34 PM

good one, Helen, not having a TV, I missed it way back in August!


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Helen
Date: 07 Dec 21 - 03:06 PM

Hi Taconicus, I'm reopening this old mondegreen thread so that we can have a funny happy chat for Christmas.

My problem is that I can't understand - or remember - song lyrics and these days I set the closed captions on the TV so that I can "hear" what they are singing. Having said that, sometimes I see the funniest, laugh-out-loud things written on the captions. I'll try to remember some of the other most recent ones I've seen but this one made the news here in Australia:

'Ken Behrens'

To briefly explain, Canberra is our national capital and people who live there are referred to as Canberrans - pronounced Can'-berrans with the accent on the first syllable, often with a higher pitch on "Can" going down slightly in pitch for each of the next two syllables. (Another note, just to confuse you Canberra can be pronounce as Can'-berra, with the same accent and pitch as above or Can'-bra. The mondegreen doesn't work with the second pronunciation although even people who use the second pronunciation probably still say Can'-berrans. Confused? Never mind. Just have a laugh at the caption mistake and the resulting fun people have had from it.)


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Raggytash
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 05:32 AM

Someone recently posted on a facebook thread that "she loved it from the button of her heart"!


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 21 - 04:38 AM

Re. this verse of Paul Simon's fabulous song Graceland.

As if I didn't know that
As if I didn't know my own bed
As if I'd never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead

I keep hearing him sing that
last line as
"The way she brushed her hair and farted"


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 12 Nov 21 - 09:00 AM

I think I've cured my tendency to Spoonerise the second line of The Next Market Day.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Nov 21 - 06:21 PM

Our Father who art in heaven
Harold be thy name...


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Steve Jones
Date: 11 Nov 21 - 04:07 PM

Listening today for the nth time to John Mayall's "Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton" album I suddenly realised that, in the song "Little Girl", he intends us to understand a comma before the last word of "I'm gonna give you a love child". I had always thought it a rather a bold lyric for 1965 or whenever it was.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 04:58 AM

Listening to Simon & Garfunkel "The Boxer" on Radio 2.
I must have been thinking of the numerous Zombie films as I'm sure I heard Seeking out the poorer quarters where the rabid people go


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 20 Mar 21 - 04:09 PM

New Directions is pronounced just like Nude Erections


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: PHJim
Date: 18 Mar 21 - 07:11 PM

I'm not sure that this qualifies as a mondegreen, but -

The CTV Drama channel has a blue screen with a warning before many CSI type shows. If you don't read the screen, but just listen to the woman's voice reading the warning, it sounds like she's saying, "This program contains violence, coarse language, amateur subject matter."
If you read the screen, it says, "This program contains violence, coarse language, and mature subject matter."


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Bill Turnpenny
Date: 16 Mar 21 - 11:21 AM

Dance, dance, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the damp settee.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 16 Mar 21 - 07:17 AM

We will be true to D till debt.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Mar 21 - 02:29 PM

From "Gentle Jesus, meek and mild"
Pity mice implicitly


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Jos
Date: 13 Mar 21 - 12:02 PM

Some years ago I had an Abbey National bank account. I decided to try telephone banking and was greeted with:
"You have reached Abbey National spanking service."


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Mar 21 - 11:30 AM

Got it in one, Nigel. Blessed art thou a monk swimming...


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 13 Mar 21 - 10:59 AM

Who built the ark? No one, no one, I sang as a small child, impressed with the progressive, I thought, Baptist missionaries...


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Mar 21 - 11:07 AM

We will be true to veetle death
We will be true to Thee 'til death?


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Mar 21 - 09:55 PM

One for Joe here. Sang this at school for ten years at least without understanding the last lines at all:

"Faith of our Fathers, holy faith
We will be true to veetle death
We will be true to veetle death"

I could never bring myself to ask the priests what a "veetle death" was because I thought I was supposed to know...


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Mar 21 - 11:58 AM

Thanks to a meme seen on FaceBook: Here
I finally know it's "Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night"


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 25 Jan 21 - 07:52 PM

Remember the '60s song Incense and Peppermints by the group Strawberry Alarm Clock? There's a line throw your pride to one side which I always thought was:

Throwing up by the wayside.

And so it goes...


Jay


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jan 21 - 01:57 PM

Joe, that cracked me up.

Looking up words to sing today I found that Samson fought 1000 battles, not where the crimson fell and lost as I've heard it all my life, but wearing crimson flannel drawers.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Jan 21 - 05:45 PM

Mrrzy: Likewise, I have heard tell of a child asking Edith Piaf for her song about the pink airplane (l'avion rose).


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Reinhard
Date: 10 Jan 21 - 07:56 AM

Listen to Ron Angel on Chemical Workers Song - Ron Angel (original version). He sings 'among the fumes'.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 10 Jan 21 - 05:08 AM

The Chemical Worker's Song, aka Process Man, includes a line usually sung as "I've worked and breathed among the fumes that trail across the sky". I have also heard it sung as "I've worked and breathed ammonia fumes that trail across the sky", which seems to me to make better sense. But which did Ron Angel actually write?


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Dec 20 - 10:44 AM

Ok this one just happened: I found I had a French version of I met her in Venezuela, in which I heard the line Her parents delivered grain (ses parents livraient du grain). Looked up the words... That line was Separating the chaff from the grain (Séparant l'ivraie du grain).

The two are completely pronounced the same.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: GUEST,Gallus Moll
Date: 07 Dec 20 - 08:00 AM

There's a discussion on Fiddles in Scotland about Scottish and Irish tunes that are played in both Scottish and Irish sessions (many tunes have two names - a Scottish one and an Irish one!)
I did have a chortle at one which was a Strathspey (Scottish dance) which had the Irish title Graf Spee!!!!


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 Nov 20 - 10:03 AM

Caught (accidentally) a line from the opening credits to Happy Days:

Goodbye crazy guys!


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 28 Oct 20 - 07:43 AM

This is wellworth a listen! Peter Kay from UK misheard lyrics on popular songs.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 10:07 PM

It's on this here thread, in fact,
dated 29 October, 2013.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 10:03 PM

I can't get out of my head,
the mondegreen described by Catspaw49, God be good to him,
not long before he passed.

He was in fact being treated by the oncology nurses at the time.
And something came up about Lorde's hit single 'Royals.'

In the choruse, Lorde sings,
"You can call me Queen Bee ... "

and if you recall Spaw's post, one of the nurses
was absolutely positively convinced that this line went,

"You can call me Green Bean"

I really miss that ...


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: leeneia
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 01:03 PM

I recently heard a song where for a long time I thought "the land and shore" as "the Atlantic shore." I kept listening for a reference to the Pacific.


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 08:32 AM

Echo FFS David.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 07:51 AM

Where the ecko knocks the cornflakes

Amang the whinny knowe.


Dave H


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Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
From: Jos
Date: 27 Oct 20 - 05:38 AM

When my son was little I used to recite and sing rhymes to him.
One day he said, "Do the one about the man who found a sixpence under a crocodile."

[There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile, and found a crooked sixpence under a crooked stile.]


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