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Mondegreens! What Are They?

I got this from a friend. Question: What song contains the words, "The Ants Are My Friends?"

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The Ants Are My Friends
Have you ever been told that you have been incorrectly singing the lyrics to one of your favorite songs? If you’re like us, it happens all the time! This phenomenon is called a mondegreen, and is among the new words being added to the 2008 update of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. The term means "a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung." For example, many folks think Jimi Hendrix is singing "excuse me while I kiss this guy," instead of the actual lyric, "excuse me while I kiss the sky."
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Another mondegreen is "Olive the other reindeer"

The origin of the word, from Wikipedia:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray, [sic]
And Lady Mondegreen.
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green." As Wright explained the need for a new term, "The point about what I shall hereafter call mondegreens, since no one else has thought up a word for them, is that they are better than the original."

Other examples [Ms] Wright suggested are:

Surely Good Mrs. Murphy shall follow me all the days of my life ("Surely goodness and mercy…" from Psalm 23)
The wild, strange battle cry "Haffely, Gaffely, Gaffely, Gonward." ("Half a league, half a league,/ Half a league onward," from "The Charge of the Light Brigade") [/quote]




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Bob Dylan. "Blowing in the Wind"

whadda I win?

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Another example:

There's a bathroom on the right...


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Imma go with CCR's Bad Moon Rising.

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I'm embarrassed to admit this one. You know the song Night Moves by Bob Seger. The line is "way up firm and high," referring to the girl's cleavage. I thought he was saying "Way up at Furman High," like it was Mark Furman High School. Now that's way before we knew who Mark Furman was, so I guess this must have been his father, Irving R. Furman.


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In this digital age, we have no more excuses for mondegreens. I continue to be amazed at actually hearing and understanding the lyrics I thought I knew but had wrong to the songs of the sixties I can now hear in remastered and digitally-enhanced clarity on oldies radio.
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Tell me about it, Tim. I happened to catch REO Speedwagon live on Soundstage by accident on PBS the other morning and the stuff was note for note, and I was like "man it's like its not even the same SONG." I heard in the 70's.


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James Taylor singing "goodnight my sweet Lady Jane". I even named my dear, sweet kitty Lady Jane after that lyric, only to find out, 20 years later, that he actually said "goodnight my sweet baby James"!

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Steve, you are definitely a winner!




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Someone shaved my wife tonight, sugar bear....

Something in the way she moos...

Blew out my flip-flop, stepped in a cow flop...

It doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not....


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