Lady Mondegreen's Mangled Song Lyrics
Mistymented1 on 05/22/2008
|Who is Lady Mondegreen, you ask? Well, read along with me here, while I clue you in.|
It all started with Sylvia Wright, an American writer. She coined the term "mondegreen" in an essay she wrote titled: "The Death of Lady Mondegreen".
Harper's Magazine published her essay in November 1954. It told of how, as a young girl, she misheard the final line from the 17th century ballad "The Bonnie Earl O'Murray," which her mother would read to her.
The poem as remembered and related to us by Sylvia went something like this...
"Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen. "
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green."
It was many years before the true words were discovered by Sylvia.
A example of a classic mondegreen ~
"There's a bathroom on the right..." (the line at the end of each verse of "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival: "There's a bad moon on the rise")
So, a mondegreen can be defined as ~
mangled song lyrics.They have been either, misunderstood, misheard, mispronounced, or misinterpreted due to homophony.(Homophony examples are:'stuffy nose' vs. 'stuff he knows' or 'euthanasia' vs.'youth in Asia')
The information I used for this quiz comes from many different sources - most of them on-line. If anyone would like a list of those I have saved,just PM me and I'll get them together. They do make for some very easy and light-hearted reading!
Good Luck and most of all: ENJOY!
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