Mondegreen: the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem or a lyric in a song.
I love mondegreens. I have a book of mondegreens – “When A Man Loves A Walnut” and they never fail to make me giggle. My own personal best mondegreen is my Dukes of Hazzard one.
Recently (as in within the last 8 years because it happened in Florida) I was riding along in my car singing at the top of my lungs. This is best done when alone because a singer I am not. So I’m singing…
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom
And then I stopped. And had one of those moments. Where I realize that Pink Floyd was clearly not singing about Bo & Luke Duke. Although when I was a child it made perfect sense. No teacher was going to allow you to watch the Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom. As an adult, I just had to laugh at myself. And then listen very, very carefully to find out what the real lyric was. Clearly “no dark sarcasm” made much more sense!
Mondegreen: An amazing soft and gorgeous yarn, hand-dyed by the Verdant Gryphon – 60% BFL, 20% baby camel, 20% silk.
I got to knit with this stuff on a traveling project before it was released and I fell in love. So I got in touch with Gryphon and begged for some for a cozy winter wrap I’d been meaning to re-knit up in a larger size and publish. So she sent me two skeins of “There’s A Bathroom On The Right” in this delicious chocolate brown color.
Just wait til you see the cozy, soft goodness this turned into! And get your hands on some Mondegreen so you’re ready to make your own!