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What’s your favourite mondegreen?

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Blossoming Tue 18-May-21 17:21:54

A mondegreen is a misheard lyric or phrase that seems to make sense but has a completely different meaning to the actual words used. It comes from a mishearing of a poem that read ‘They have slain the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen. Except it really read ‘They have slain the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green’.

My own favourite, courtesy of a little niece, is that well known song by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, from Grease, “You’re the Wizard of Oz, ooh ooh ooh”.

Luckylegs Tue 18-May-21 17:36:11

We always have sung “Another one bites the duster” in the Queen song. Our son was convinced it was correct.

grandMattie Tue 18-May-21 17:37:26

My sister always used to sing “And keep away for ever and ever..” to the Hallelujah chorus!

ixion Tue 18-May-21 17:40:47

"Gladly, the cross-eyed bear" 🧸

EkwaNimitee Tue 18-May-21 17:46:12

The opera La Donna e mobile has an aria where it sounds as though he’s singing about elephants ears. I’ve heard it many times and I still think it sounds like elephants ears!

Cathymac Tue 18-May-21 17:56:53

Chiquitita by ABBA .. is of course Chicken Tikka. grin

SueDonim Tue 18-May-21 18:02:48

‘I can see Deirdre now the rain has gone’

Lin52 Tue 18-May-21 18:04:01

My favourite from my young grandson whilst watching Train my Dragon, he kept saying “wooden helpers”, it turned out it was “Woden help us.” We still have a chuckle with him about this.

BlueBelle Tue 18-May-21 18:07:44

I always thought it was Another one bites the dust !

When my grandson was a little fella he came home from school and said they d been praying to Kevin
We were puzzled but he gave us the explanation
Our father who art with Kevin

LindaPat Tue 18-May-21 18:08:32

At the end of the chorus of Hi Ho Silver Lining, my friend used to sing " But I won't make a fuss, blowing coffee dust". We couldn't convince her that the correct lyric was "But I won't make a fuss, though it's obvious"! x

Cathymac Tue 18-May-21 18:08:55

And also Suedonim I can see Deirdre now Lorraine has gone. grin

EllanVannin Tue 18-May-21 18:13:03

"And lead us not into Thames station". Lord's Prayer.

fiorentina51 Tue 18-May-21 18:15:03

My favourite is...
"Ooh, ohhh, me ears are alight."

varian Tue 18-May-21 18:15:09

"Harold be thy name"

Sara1954 Tue 18-May-21 18:20:14

Back to Grease,
Tony Moore, Tony Moore, did you get very far?
Tony Moore, Tony Moore , like did he have a car?
Etc etc
Small daughter was convinced.

Ro60 Tue 18-May-21 18:25:13

DD Sung with gusto at church:
All things bright & beautiful, all pizzas great and small......
... The purple hairy mountains .....

Hadn't heard of 'mondegreen' Thanks Blossoming
Every day's a school day.😁

Gingster Tue 18-May-21 18:28:39

My DD when at nursery school came home singing
‘Poor Jenny is a weakling, a weakling a weakling’.

BBbevan Tue 18-May-21 18:34:05

Child at school sang Harry Hoover for Hallelujah

baubles Tue 18-May-21 18:40:54

‘A wean in a manger’ 😀

For those unfamiliar with Scots, a wean (pronounced wane) is a baby or child.

B9exchange Tue 18-May-21 18:47:28

Thy bountiful mare, what tongue can recite
It breathes in the air;
it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills,
it descends to the plain,
and gently returns to its stable again.

Church choir used to sing this and see if the organist noticed!

geekesse Tue 18-May-21 19:35:56

My cousin recited this for years before someone corrected him:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed are the monkeys swimming...

(Should be ‘blessed art thou amongst women’)

merlotgran Tue 18-May-21 19:59:04

I always thought Mary was full of grapes because we were blessing the fruit of her womb.

Mollygo Tue 18-May-21 20:01:49

I’m really enjoying the read!🤣🤣

BBbevan Tue 18-May-21 20:03:27

Without a city wall. Why didn’t it have one ?

Greyduster Tue 18-May-21 20:11:31

My daughter a very young ABBA fan always used to sing “Super trooper, beans are going to blind you”! Beware of the beans!