mondegreen  (also sometimes spelt “mondagreen”)


(1) A series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric;
(2) the mishearing (usually accidental) of a phrase, such that it acquires a new meaning;
(3) a song lyric gone bad.

Christmas

"Get dressed you merry gentlemen, let nothing through this May."

from "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer":
    I've warned all my friends and neighbours:
    "Better watch out for yourselves."
    They should never give a license to a man who drives a sleigh and plays the bells.

"Olive, the other reindeer..."

"Round John Virgin, mother and child..."
 

General

'Bacon soda' for 'baking soda.'

'Under Toad'   The word 'undertoad' comes from the phrase 'Under Toad' which was coined by John Irving
in his book The World According to Garp. The rest of us know it as 'under tow.'

'I led the pigeons to the flag'  [of the United States of America]


Mairzy Dotes

[Words & Music by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston, 1943;  Recorded by The Pied Pipers, 1944
The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions...]


Mairzy dotes and dozy dotes and little lamsy divey,
A kiddly divey, too - wouldn't you?
Mairzy dotes and dozy dotes and little lamsy divey,
A kiddly divey, too - wouldn't you?

Now if the words sound queer, and funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey,
Just say, "Mares eat oats, and does eat oats,
And little lambs eat i - vy."

Mairzy dotes and dozy dotes and little lamsy divey,
A kiddly divey, too - wouldn't you?
A kiddly divey, too - a kiddly divey,too,
A kiddly divey, too - wouldn't you?

 


... a whole bunch more Urban Legends mondegreens

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